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PocketWizardPlus III Transceiver (Black)
 
4.8

(based on 451 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (363)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (72)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (12)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (311)
  • Easy to use (281)
  • Reliable (268)
  • Durable (239)
  • Attaches securely (40)

Cons

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

Best Uses

  • Portraits (292)
  • Studio (253)
  • Travel (106)
  • Everyday (97)
  • Home (58)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Professional (157), Semi-professional (105), Enthusiast (43), Pro photographer (30), Semi-pro photographer (29)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (364), 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

Awesome

By Eyedbaby

from West Virginia

Comments about Plus III Transceiver (Yellow):

This is perfect to use with alien bees. Sync perfect with my 5DMark III I love it

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5.0

works as described

By JZS

from Chicago

About Me Pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Attaches Securely
  • Durable
  • Lightweight
  • Powerful

Cons

    Best Uses

    • General Use
    • Outdoors
    • Portraits
    • Special Events

    Comments about Plus III Transceiver (Black):

    noting to say wrong about this product. Very realiable and worked without any glitches on my nikon d810, d610, D5

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    • No

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    5.0

    A Great Upgrade from Plus II

    By Fishguts

    from Asheville, NC

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Attaches Securely
    • Dependable
    • Durable

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Indoors
      • Low Light
      • Outdoors
      • Portraits
      • Special Events

      Comments about Plus III Transceiver (Black):

      Works effectively and the antenna design is a very practical upgrade from previous model.

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      • No

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      5.0

      I absolutely love this product!

      By Steve

      from Damascus, Maryland

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Attaches Securely
      • Durable
      • Good Color Value
      • Lightweight
      • Long-Lasting
      • Powerful

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • General Use
        • Indoors
        • Low Light
        • Night Time
        • Outdoors
        • Portraits
        • Special Events

        Comments about Plus III Transceiver (Yellow):

        I started out using PocketWizard PlusX's to fire my flashes, which work great. As I upgraded my monolights, I wanted the ability to turn them on and off with the push of a button. The Plus III has this capability, as you can control up to four different zones. Needless to say, I'm looking to purchase some more of them and even the new Plus IV that just came out.

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        • No

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        4.0

        Works great

        By Badger40

        from ND

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Lightweight
        • Powerful

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • General Use
          • Indoors
          • Outdoors
          • Portraits
          • Special Events

          Comments about Plus III Transceiver (Yellow):

          I would give it 4 stars, but the fact that it is mounted sideways dings it. Pretty stupid decision. When you turn your camera orientation it faces downward & you cannot see the controls. Otherwise, this device works really wonderfully. I have 3 of the Plus X2 & they work great with it. This device seems a little more durable than the Plus 2x.

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          5.0

          Great transceiver at a great price.

          By Phil in Tempe

          from Tempe, AZ

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Attaches Securely
          • Lightweight
          • Powerful

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • General Use
            • Indoors
            • Portraits
            • Studio Work

            Comments about Plus III Transceiver (Black):

            Great for studio shoots, works with all the gear I have available to me.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Great Wireless Flash

            By Gator

            from Macomb County, Michigan

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Attaches Securely
            • Durable
            • Powerful

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Indoors
              • Low Light
              • Outdoors
              • Portraits

              Comments about Plus III Transceiver (Yellow):

              These units are excellent transceivers. With the transceivers set up on light stands, and one in the camera hot shoe, they fire every time. With this model you can't use flash in TTL mode, only in A or manual.

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              • No

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              5.0

              my third one

              By lenny villegas

              from san diego, ca

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Good Color Value
              • Lightweight
              • Long-Lasting
              • Powerful

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Plus III Transceiver (Black):

                  I own 2 others and I had to get another because I wanted to add another off camera flash to my arsenal! they all work like a charm!

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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Reliable

                  By fcphoto

                  from Palm Desert, CA

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Durable

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Plus III Transceiver (Yellow):

                      A "must have" if you need to trigger strobes and/or cameras remotely.

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      Works as advertised

                      By New Jersey

                      from Northern NJ

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Attaches Securely
                      • Durable
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • General Use
                        • Indoors
                        • Low Light
                        • Night Time
                        • Outdoors
                        • Portraits

                        Comments about Plus III Transceiver (Black):

                        In considering the best way to use a blend of studio strobes and speedlites, it seemed that using a third party radio trigger would be ideal for triggering both types of lights especially when line of site will be an issue. When it comes to radio triggers, in my perception Pocketwizard seems to be the company that sets the standards. Even 3rd party light meters support triggering a pocketwizard to help you simplify making a test shot to measure light settings. The pocketwizard plus IIIs are reasonably priced - even more affordable than PW transceiver options for some studio strobes.
                        For those of you trying to sort through what to purchase and how to use it, I found more comprehensive "how to" info on youtube than on the PW company website. One thing that is not made clear (enough for my understanding anyway) is that each PW comes with the approporiate cable to sync with a Canon speedlite (580EX II) and monolight.

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                        5.0

                        Great Trigger

                        By Budman49

                        from New Smyrna Beach, Fl

                        About Me Pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Durable
                        • Good Color Value
                        • Long-Lasting
                        • Powerful

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • General Use
                          • Portraits
                          • Studio

                          Comments about Plus III Transceiver (Black):

                          I've used the previous models, but this is a great improvement over earlier models. I love the choice of four zones. I originally bought two triggers but quickly bought a third and the cable to connect this trigger to my camera. Now I can fire the camera and strobe remotely. I also can get my camera and strobes set up, then use the third trigger to fire test shots to verify lighting. The display is clear and easy to understand. The on/off switch has been improved and is easier to access. I have several Pocket Wizard products and I've found them to be reliable and to perform in demanding conditions.

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                          5.0

                          Built to last

                          By NoVa Kevin

                          from Annandale, Va.

                          About Me Pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Attaches Securely
                          • Durable
                          • Lightweight
                          • Long-Lasting
                          • Powerful

                          Cons

                          • No Zones With Plusx Model

                          Best Uses

                          • General Use
                          • Indoors
                          • Low Light
                          • Night Time
                          • Outdoors
                          • Portraits
                          • Special Events

                          Comments about Plus III Transceiver (Black):

                          I use this in the field and also in my studio. It is great because you can set up zones which can be turned off/on at the press of a button. I tried other triggers but they always lacked the distance and reliability that the PocketWizards deliver.

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                          4.0

                          Pocket Wizard Plus III

                          By medlee

                          from Santa Rosa, Ca

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Special Events

                            Comments about Plus III Transceiver (Black):

                            it works everytime. no ttl just manual but that is what I bought it for.

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                            • No

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                            5.0

                            excellent product

                            By mur

                            from canada

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Durable

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • General Use
                              • Indoors
                              • Low Light
                              • Night Time
                              • Outdoors
                              • Portraits
                              • Special Events

                              Comments about Plus III Transceiver (Yellow):

                              works well on camera shoe and can be used on all my old flashes

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                              • No

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                              5.0

                              Not the MultiMax, but still pretty awesome

                              By DC Photographer

                              from Washington DC

                              About Me Pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Durable
                              • Lightweight
                              • Long-Lasting
                              • Powerful

                              Cons

                              • Has Distance Limits

                              Best Uses

                              • General Use
                              • Indoors
                              • Outdoors
                              • Portraits
                              • Special Events

                              Comments about Plus III Transceiver (Black):

                              Excellent use for arena lighting and studio portraits. Solid construction, I like that the antenna is now more protected.

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                              • No

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                              4.0

                              Works great

                              By GTO1965

                              from San Jose, Ca

                              About Me Casual Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Comments about Plus III Transceiver (Black):

                              At list price it's a little expensive compared to other brands but it works fine. One benefit is that it works with the Sekonic meters with the radio trigger built in. It's only can be used in manual flash mode and not any TTl mode. One benefit Ilf manual is that you can use pretty much any old flash that you have.

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                              • No

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                              5.0

                              Solid Piece of Kit

                              By Stuart B.

                              from Greenwich, CT

                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Attaches Securely
                              • Durable
                              • Lightweight
                              • Long-Lasting

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • General Use
                                • Indoors
                                • Outdoors
                                • Portraits
                                • Special Events

                                Comments about Plus III Transceiver (Yellow):

                                I added two PocketWizard Plus III to my existing group of PocketWizards. Not perfect and, of course, one pays up for the brand. I have been very pleased all in all with these units. Actually, find them more reliable with Canon 580EXII speedlites than the FlexTT5 as I don't have the same radio interference issues.

                                I read some other reviews of the Plus III where photographers have had issues using the Plus III with Elinchrom equipment. I occasionally use the Plus III with Elinchrom Ranger RX Quada and BX 500 RI and have not had any misfire issues with channels above and below Channel 17. I did have misfire issues at one point with the BX500Ri, but the issue was the BX500RI units needed repair.

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                                5.0

                                Made in the USA!!!!!!!!

                                By Chinna

                                from Harrisburg, PA

                                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Attaches Securely
                                • Durable
                                • Lightweight
                                • Long-Lasting
                                • Powerful
                                • Triggers Repetitively

                                Cons

                                • Cant Think Of Any Now

                                Best Uses

                                • Indoors
                                • Low Light
                                • Night Time
                                • Portraits
                                • Special Events

                                Comments about Plus III Transceiver (Black):

                                Excellent product. I brought this product after I used my brothers pocket wizards for couple of events. They do great job and trigger flash every occasion. I always beleived in "you get what you pay for" No offence to other remote triggers, but they do fail at some times and could miss a very important moment. Decide what you want and I can definitely say this product is a quality and reliable product. I am Indian, but I do admire Made in the USA products for their quality and In my case, it proved again.

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                                5.0

                                Wonderful Product

                                By nik4s

                                from Texas

                                About Me Pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Durable
                                • Long-Lasting

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                    Comments about Plus III Transceiver (Black):

                                    This is my 3rd set of units, and they all are still working great!!

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                                    • No

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                                    5.0

                                    PocketWizards Get The Job Done

                                    By Frank

                                    from Southwest Central Florida

                                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Attaches Securely
                                    • Durable
                                    • Lightweight
                                    • Long-Lasting
                                    • Powerful

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • General Use
                                      • Indoors
                                      • Low Light
                                      • Night Time
                                      • Outdoors
                                      • Portraits
                                      • Special Events

                                      Comments about Plus III Transceiver (Black):

                                      I use several of the Plus III Transceiver units to fire my Nikon SB-910s and SB-900s remotely when in full manual control mode. I use my Sekonic 758-DR to get the light strength set to where I want it and then make all needed shots. The Plus IIIs work great, are very predictable, rugged, have a fantastic working range and allow for control of up to four different zones. These units do not provide for TTL, if I need TTL in my remotes I then employ the FlexTT5 units instead. Excellent product if you are looking for a high quality reliable remote trigger that will wok with just about any strobe or speed light on the market.

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