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PocketWizardPlus III Transceiver (Black)
 
4.7

(based on 346 reviews)

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    (275)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (59)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (266)
  • Reliable (253)
  • Lightweight (245)
  • Durable (180)
  • Compact (5)

Cons

  • Heavy / bulky (9)
  • Poor design (9)
  • Not durable (7)
  • Difficult to use (6)
  • Not functional (4)

Best Uses

  • Studio (242)
  • Portraits (235)
  • Travel (101)
  • Everyday (93)
  • Home (58)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Professional (146), Semi-professional (101), Enthusiast (41)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (279), Yes (7)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great - Absolutely, but not perfect.

I am a semi-pro wannabe who shoots about 4-6 weddings per year as well as a few portrait sessions. I wanted this for two primary purposes:

1) To...Read complete review

I am a semi-pro wannabe who shoots about 4-6 weddings per year as well as a few portrait sessions. I wanted this for two primary purposes:

1) To free me up in the studio. I have some Hensel flashes which work great with the optical slave, but I don't like using my flash gun on the camera to trigger them because of the stray light. The cable trigger is just too long and clunky. So I wanted these to trigger my studio flashes. For this, they work swell.

2) To allow me to more easily use off-camera fill flash for weddings. When I'm outside, I need a softbox and flash to compete with the grey skies and bright sun that we get here sometimes in Sweden. Here the Hensels with a portable power supply are troublesome as the optical trigger goes byserk outdoors. Again, the cable is too cumbersome. But the Hensels themselves are also an issue as they're too heavy for my 11 year old daughter/assistant to handle, so enter Lastolite Hot Shoe EZYBOX Softbox Kit or the Interfit Strobies Folding Softbox (24 x 24") (both sold by BH). With the EZYBOX, you have the option of using 4 flashes simultaneously, which should give one about 320 w/s (assuming 4x SB-800 or 900). Granted, this isn't to the level of the Hensels which deliver 500 w/s, but it should be enough to give the sun a run for it's money and be more portable. You can use 2 pocketwizards (one on the camera and 1 to a speedlight) and then use the optical trigger function in manual mode on the other 3 speedlights in the box to synch the flash. Voila - a solution. Of course, you need the optical trigger which is available on the SB-26, SB-800, and SB-900/910 model flashes to make this work.

Now, these pocketWizards don't support high-speed synch, which is a major bummer for me. To get this, you need to purchase the TT1 or TT5 models (also available from B&H), so to get the apertures to open up a bit at my highest available synch speed for my set-up, I need some neutral density filters. Having investigated some on the subject, I will probably go for the 3 or 4 stop multicoated B+W filters. For those of you who haven't tried them, the multi-coated B+W filters are about 10 times easier to keep clean than the Hoya filters. A tangent here, but I've dropped one lens and my wife has dropped one over the years. On the one with the Hoya filter, the filter shattered and very slightly scratched my lens - not something you want with a 135mm F2 DC Nikkor... On the second one with the B+W filter, the filter ring bent to the point that I could not remove the filter (a tougher drop), but the glass stayed intact. B+W has amazing filters...

Grumble 2: The speedlights go to sleep after a bit. I believe that one can set the timing on this on the speedlights themselves. In any case, the first picture which I take after a pause awakens the speedlight and the flash actually functions on the 2nd or later. I think that if you push the test button, this will wake up the flash, it's just a matter of remembering to do this. Not an issue with the pocketwizard per se, just me learning to use them...

Grumble 3: When you ding the side of these with your finger, you hear the antenna twang. I design antennas for a living, so I'm pretty sure that they have a simple coil stub in the slightly elevated area in the corner. This is the correct design choice due to the frequencies that they're covering and to keep costs down. A coil antenna costs about 20 cents to manufacture in volume, is very efficient and has decent bandwidth. It was the right design choice, but you could put a little foam or something around it to keep it from twanging - it simply sounds cheap.

Summary with a little rambling: Great product. Works great as in all the reviews. At 1/250s flash synch, if you're using this outdoors, you need some neutral density filters and powerful flashes to make things work right.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Still needs some work

I like another poster am looking to use these units with Elinchrom Strobe and found they lock up if you are above channel 17 and even trouble on 17, 14 worked fine. I tried...Read complete review

I like another poster am looking to use these units with Elinchrom Strobe and found they lock up if you are above channel 17 and even trouble on 17, 14 worked fine. I tried putting each into deicated mode of TX and RX respectively with no change. One thing I noticed is that the cord Pocket wizard provides is actually a stereo jack (three separate connections, tip and two coller connection) and you only need mono (two tip and collar). I am curious if extra conector is cause signaling problems. I have bought mono jacks from Radio Shack and plan to make a cord and do to some testing. If find out something more I will post here. I have also hook up pocket Wizard to my Canon 580 with the PC connection and found that both cords the center pin was off center. Nothing insurmountable just not a pain. With 580 both high (new Channels) and old (channel 17 and below) do work. I am not ready to give up yet on the units because of the price and capability. I would also have to say I do not like the side orientation and it additionally worse the button face floor in portrate mode. I have not used other radio trigers and I am hoping that Pocket Wizard will get the enhanced functionality working. I got the Pocket Wizard III because I did not have a radio trigger and this unit does do all the function of the 2+ at a cheaper price. If you have a trigger works for you then I would not upgrade, but if you are just starting like me then I say go for it.

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5.0

What a great product!

By Jay

from Michigan

About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Lightweight

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Everyday use
    • Portraits
    • Studio

    Comments about PocketWizard Plus III Transceiver (Black):

    Works perfect !

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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    5.0

    It Works.

    By Mackphoto1

    from Chicago

    Comments about PocketWizard Plus III Transceiver (Black):

    This is my first cordless flash controller. In doing my research all of the reviews said that PocketWizard was THE only brand to use based on its reliability. I've used them on 4 separate occasions bot indoors and out. They have worked every time.
    Price is the only downside with these. I'm willing to bet they'd still make good money if they charged 100 a piece for these. Either way, I'll likely be buying more in the future as my lighting gear grows.

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    5.0

    One of the best on the market!

    By Jack

    from Dallas, Texas

    About Me Professional

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Easy To Use
    • Lightweight
    • Reliable

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape Photography
      • Macro Photography
      • Portraits
      • Studio

      Comments about PocketWizard Plus III Transceiver (Black):

      PocketWizard products live up to their specifications and then some. The Plus III is a step up and very easy to use straight out of the box. Their range and dependability is excellent. Highly recommended. Also thanks to B&H for their excellent and very prompt service.

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      • No

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      5.0

      Gotta love these!

      By Glenn

      from Los Angeles and Hobe Sound Fl

      About Me Professional

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight
      • Reliable

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Location
        • Portraits
        • Studio

        Comments about PocketWizard Plus III Transceiver (Black):

        Another great tool.
        Easy to program

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        • No

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        4.0

        Works as advertised

        By Dazervin

        from New Jersey

        Comments about PocketWizard Plus III Transceiver (Black):

        Very good product ... Haven't gotten any problems so far .. The only thing I do wish is if it didn't stick straight up from my cameras hotshoe ... Can they make it look more like a mini tt1

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        5.0

        Reliable everytime

        By JSphoto

        from Reading, PA

        About Me Professional

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Easy To Use
        • Lightweight
        • Reliable

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Everyday use
          • Portraits
          • Studio

          Comments about PocketWizard Plus III Transceiver (Black):

          I have used PocketWizards for over 20 years. They simply work...every time.

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          • No

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          5.0

          Reliable

          By bestphototoday

          from Southampton, NY

          About Me Professional

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Easy To Use
          • Lightweight
          • Reliable

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Real estate photography

            Comments about PocketWizard Plus III Transceiver (Black):

            Great reliability and range for my Real Estate Photography. Never fails to fire in a different room.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Awesome product

            By Gene

            from Irvine, CA

            About Me Semi-Professional

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use

            Cons

            • Poor Design

            Best Uses

            • Portraits

            Comments about PocketWizard Plus III Transceiver (Black):

            The Plus III transceiver worked as it was supposed to be intended to work. It works well with my old Pocket Wizard II Transmitter without any problem.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Flawless

            By JSphoto

            from Reading, PA

            About Me Professional

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Reliable

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Portraits
              • Traveling

              Comments about PocketWizard Plus III Transceiver (Black):

              I have used "the old style" Pocketwizards for years. Recently upgraded to these and I see the company has not wavered in quality. Reliable on every job, whether it is a wedding, corporate shoot or sporting event.

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              5.0

              Works So Well

              By Ludis

              from Minneapolis/St. Paul, MN

              About Me Semi-Professional

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Easy To Use
              • Lightweight
              • Reliable

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Everyday use
                • Home
                • Portraits
                • Studio
                • Traveling

                Comments about PocketWizard Plus III Transceiver (Black):

                I use these to trigger my strobes and Camera. These are compact, extremely reliable and very easy to operate (set parameters). They are also relatively compact and non-intrusive - equipment-wise. Battery usage could be a bit better.

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                4.0

                Disappointing in only one aspect

                By Fred

                from Texas

                Comments about PocketWizard Plus III Transceiver (Black):

                It has backward compatibility but not exactly. With all it's channels and zones it only plays nice with another PERSON Plus 3.To make full use of this awesome tool you need to buy 4 of them.Otherwise if you have older models or even the new plus x the zone function is useless. If only we started the channel count at 1 rather than 17.If you have $ or your willing to wait and build go ahead its perfect. If you have older units you want to use with it... buy the plus x or understand that the plus 3 zones are useless until you buy more of them. Great equipment just know before you buy.

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                5.0

                Best remote trigger on the market

                By Don

                from Sacramento, CA

                About Me Semi-Professional

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Durable
                • Easy To Use
                • Lightweight
                • Reliable

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Portraits
                  • Studio
                  • Traveling

                  Comments about PocketWizard Plus III Transceiver (Black):

                  I use these for studio lighting as well as speedlights... They are great!

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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Bought 4 of these to "zone" my weddings

                  By Tomassus

                  from Wallington, NJ

                  About Me Professional

                  Verified Reviewer

                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Lightweight
                  • Reliable

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Portraits
                    • Weddings

                    Comments about PocketWizard Plus III Transceiver (Black):

                    I exchanged my +2s in BH for 4x PW+3s to have zoning option. Those radios work perfect. Well built and awesome range. I find that this is an ultimate product for weddings. TTL versions didnt work for me. These are reliable and solid. Worth every dollar. Now few hints I discovered: when used simultanously with speedlight - do not touch the metal PC sync screw cable by the socket - it causes PW+3 to stop working. Also - if anyone is wondering if these radios work in MANUAL BULB (continous radio signal on press and hold) mode. They do. Tested and confirmed with WIN10ACC1 cable on Nikon D3. So yes fireworks and light painting is a go with those.

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                    5.0

                    What Else?

                    By MichaelAlbany

                    from Philadelphia

                    About Me Professional

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Durable
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Lightweight
                    • Reliable

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • none

                      Comments about PocketWizard Plus III Transceiver (Black):

                      Its a Pocket Wizard. These are considered the best for a reason. Now that there is no external antenna to catch on things and they now have groups and a ton of channels... Fantastic.

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                      5.0

                      Easy to use, works perfectly!

                      By Creative Jedi

                      from Des Moines, Iowa

                      About Me Professional

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Durable
                      • Easy To Use
                      • Lightweight
                      • Reliable

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Portraits
                        • Studio
                        • Traveling

                        Comments about PocketWizard Plus III Transceiver (Black):

                        I am using two Plus III Transceivers along with two Plus II's that I already had, and they play together perfectly! The Plus III'3 have many more features, but are still so easy to use, and I really like the LCD readout that tells me everything I need to know at a glance. I'm triggering 3 Sunpak 433AF's (full manual control) from my GH3, and everything is working perfectly! Battery life seems pretty good on these, as well. PocketWizards are the best way to get your flash off of your camera and exactly where it belongs!

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                        3.0

                        Perfect next version

                        By MF - DC

                        from Washington DC

                        About Me Professional

                        Pros

                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                        • Difficult To Use
                        • Fiddly
                        • Poor Design
                        • Power hungry
                        • Range

                        Best Uses

                        • Flash Sync
                        • Studio

                        Comments about PocketWizard Plus III Transceiver (Black):

                        Even after a few years of using I still find the orientation a little awkward. On / off isn't easy and takes too long. One of my units takes least 8 seconds to power off.
                        Having the power on/off as the mode change button just leads to unnecessary changes in function.
                        They consume a lot of power so always carry extra batteries.
                        I haven't found the range all that impressive either even outside in direct line.
                        I like the form but that's about it.

                        Sorry to say since I am a huge fan of PW, They've been a friend for decades.

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                        5.0

                        They just work!!

                        By ibjc

                        from Tennessee

                        About Me Professional

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Durable
                        • Easy To Use
                        • Reliable

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Everyday use
                          • Landscape Photography
                          • Portraits
                          • Studio
                          • Traveling

                          Comments about PocketWizard Plus III Transceiver (Black):

                          I can't say anything more than this....Love them, they just work. I did add the eneloop batteries and it's great!!

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                          • No

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                          5.0

                          #1 for a reason

                          By AB Photo

                          from Chicagoland

                          About Me Semi-Professional

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Durable
                          • Easy To Use
                          • Lightweight
                          • Reliable

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Landscape Photography
                            • Macro Photography
                            • Portraits
                            • Studio
                            • Traveling

                            Comments about PocketWizard Plus III Transceiver (Black):

                            I started with cheap Apurture raido triggers from another online retailer. A set of two were the price of one Pocket Wizard X. Great deal right? NO! They were totally unreliable. The flimsy buttons stayed depressed. The battery life sucked. Thankfully I never used them on a paying gig.

                            I bit the bullet and paid for a Plus III and two X triggers and have had no regrets. They are simple to use, they are fantastically reliable, and are solidly built.

                            I spent more money buying the knock-offs and THEN buying what I should have got in the first place --- Pocket Wizards.

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                            5.0

                            Wizardly wonderful

                            By Johnbo of the North

                            from Misssoula, MT

                            About Me Semi-Professional

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Durable
                            • Easy To Use
                            • Lightweight
                            • Reliable

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Home
                              • Portraits
                              • Studio

                              Comments about PocketWizard Plus III Transceiver (Black):

                              I use these in my studio with monolights. super easy to use. led is easy to read even under dark situations as it is backlit. lots of channels means no interferance. compatible with select sekonic light meters for firing remotely great for ease of use setting up lights.comes with cords for most situations.good battery life.

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                              4.0

                              Works well, price is OK

                              By Johnnybee

                              from New Jersey

                              About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Use
                              • Lightweight
                              • Reliable

                              Cons

                              • Not Durable
                              • Should Be Unbreakable

                              Best Uses

                              • Macro Photography
                              • Portraits
                              • Studio
                              • Studio N Macro

                              Comments about PocketWizard Plus III Transceiver (Black):

                              The pocker Wizard Plus III does just what it claims it can do. It makes photography a lot less hectic especially when you are working alone and have no assistant helping you.I use one on my camera and one on my strobes to fire them.Don't drop it on a hard floor because it won't survive. I did this to my Plus II and the part that goes into the hot shoe broke off. I think they should make it out of better material.Other than that I recommend it highly.

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