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PocketWizardPlusX Transceiver
 
4.8

(based on 224 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (179)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (39)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

99%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (159)
  • Easy to use (137)
  • Reliable (125)
  • Packs small / compresses (68)
  • Durable (66)

Cons

  • Poor quality (8)
  • Heavy / bulky (4)

Best Uses

  • Weddings (73)
  • Family photos (71)
  • Portraits (70)
  • Indoors (35)
  • Outdoors (35)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Pro photographer (93), Semi-pro photographer (50), Professional (25), Photo enthusiast (18), Semi-professional (7)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (203)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

The economy wizard

For a long time I've been trying to save up for PocketWizards, and as many already know of the Pocket Wizard to have such an elite reputation , fortunately the brains behind Pocket Wizard...Read complete review

For a long time I've been trying to save up for PocketWizards, and as many already know of the Pocket Wizard to have such an elite reputation , fortunately the brains behind Pocket Wizard decided to create an affordable device, the Plus X transceiver that wont cost you an arm or a leg. From the little conveniences of rubber test buttons buttons, to having the option of up to 10 channels to work with, the PocketWizard Plus X is very simple to use, and can affordably be found in B&H's store for less[$] I highly recommend this to anyone looking to get into off camera flash photography, or and have been in the same predicament as me.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Not Enthralled

Too many software changes are needed to other pocket wizard models to be used with this one. If I want to use this one as a triggering device, I have to reconfigure my Pocket...Read complete review

Too many software changes are needed to other pocket wizard models to be used with this one. If I want to use this one as a triggering device, I have to reconfigure my Pocket Wizard TT5 to be a receiver and fire a flash. If you can't get your own products to seamlessly work together, then how can you expect people to trust that they will work well with other manufactures' products?

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5.0

Works like a champ.

By RandallH

from Surfside Beach, SC

Verified Buyer

Comments about PocketWizard PlusX Transceiver:

Pocket Wizards work when nothing else will. So far I have 5, with 3 being close to 10 years old. They have never failed to work as needed.

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5.0

Solid Performer- Line of Sight, anyway

By mikewinb

from Queens, NYC

Verified Reviewer

Comments about PocketWizard PlusX Transceiver:

This model is for standard flash triggering only.
Works well with PW Flex TT5 for Canon.

How i use it:
Set my PWPlusX to (standard) Channel 2
Set it in the Flashshoe of my 1978 Nikon FE (Film Camera)
Set my Canon 580EX ii Speedlight to CF 5-3 (Manual External Flash control)
Set my Speedlight in the Hotshoe of of Canon Flex TT5 - Standard Chanel 2

Press the shutter release on my Nikon FE and my Canon Flash Fires with [auto] External Manual Flash exposer.. and voila - perfectly exposed.
** NO SYNC SHOT was needed to get the transceivers to be "on the same page", thereby wasting a frame of film (This above process also works with two TT5s, but you need to take a couple "sync" shots first to get the Flex's to communicate correctly - wasting film isnt a luxury these days.

Nice addition - Remote Flash Sync Cables and Adapter were included (no remote shutter release was included though).

I've essentially bought a Nikon Speedlight for the cost of the pocketwizard plus X

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5.0

Does what it needs to do.

By NYPhotog

from NY, NY

Verified Buyer

Comments about PocketWizard PlusX Transceiver:

I have two of these now. I have them hooked up to Einstein Studio lights. This way the strobes will only fire from the channel i'm set to with the transmitter on my camera rather than someone else's flash.

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5.0

X is great

By Duane J

from Fayetteville, NC

Comments about PocketWizard PlusX Transceiver:

Great product and very inexpensive

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3.0

Well, at least it fires the flash

By CurtD

from Washington, MO

About Me Pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Comments about PocketWizard PlusX Transceiver:

Can we just get a trigger? Not a combo trigger/reciever? And maybe one that is not gigantic. The PW MiniTTi came close, and would have been nice except it doesn't connect consistently with a Canon 1DX. PLEASE PW just a transmitter and receiver, no bells, no whistles!

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  • No

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5.0

Great for 99% of your work

By Rbent21

from Burlington, VT

About Me Pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Attaches Securely
  • Durable
  • Lightweight
  • Long-Lasting

Cons

    Best Uses

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

    Comments about PocketWizard PlusX Transceiver:

    10 Channels are more than enough in most cases. Range is great, as long as you have them pointing straight up. Turn them on and start firing, so simple.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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    5.0

    Works as intended

    By Embee

    from Chicago, IL

    Comments about PocketWizard PlusX Transceiver:

    Added this to my PocketWizard III arsenal for my Alien Bee flashes. Much simpler than the III, just no frills and easy to use.

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    5.0

    Worked as expected

    By Matt

    from Worcester, MA

    Comments about PocketWizard PlusX Transceiver:

    I needed anothet radio transmitter that works with my older pocket wizards. This unit worked perfectly with them.

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    4.0

    GOOD VALUE

    By cousin Mark

    from USA

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • General Use
      • Indoors
      • Portraits
      • Special Events

      Comments about PocketWizard PlusX Transceiver:

      I picked up the PlusX to work with my new MinniTT1 and it has worked flawlessly. I am primarily using this as a trigger for manual mono lights, it's simple and works reliably. It's nice that PocketWizard still offers these basic units and hasn't dropped them in an effort to sell the newer more advanced model. You rock PocketWizard! I'm only giving this a 4 star rating because the cord seems to be a little light, chances are it will prove to hold up to extended daily use? I'll be getting a back up to be safe :-)

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      • No

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      5.0

      No complaints

      By Ron in NYC

      from NYC

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about PocketWizard PlusX Transceiver:

          The PocketWizard has a simple function to perform: receivers fire remote flashes that have a 1/8" mini phone port when triggered by a transmitter mounted on a hot shoe with a center pin signal. PocketWizards perform this function reliably and self configure as a receiver or transmitter. I use them with a Nikon D810 body and LumaPro LP180 flashes: a simple, manual, non-TTL approach to strobe lighting. Don't forget to bring extra batteries when you use them. Same for the flashes. Battery usage is not alarmingly high but batteries seem to die at the worst possible moment.

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          • No

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          5.0

          Work flawlessly & easily right out of the box

          By Badger40

          from ND

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Lightweight
          • Powerful

          Cons

          • Flimsy

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about PocketWizard PlusX Transceiver:

          ONly have used for a few weeks, and only in practice sessions so far. But I have four & they work flawlessly so far. Even when they are inside a soft box.
          I recommend using velcro to attach them to studio lighting.
          They do feel a little cheesy though & it seems a drop might break them into pieces.

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          • No

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          5.0

          Works with PLUS II

          By Mahwah Guy

          from Mahwah, NJ

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compatible
          • Durable
          • Powerful

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Indoors
            • Low Light
            • Portraits

            Comments about PocketWizard PlusX Transceiver:

            Simple and effective. It's not easy to know what Pocket Wizards will operate with other models. The Plus X works with every thing. Great product.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Great Product

            By TSS Pro.

            from Salem, IL

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Indoors

                Comments about PocketWizard PlusX Transceiver:

                Worked perfectly with my older PocketWizards.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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                4.0

                Love my Pocketwizards

                By NJohnston Photography

                from New York, NY

                Comments about PocketWizard PlusX Transceiver:

                This is the 8th piece of Pocketwizard gear I've bought over the past few years, so I obviously like them. They're reasonably reliable and fairly well made. You get a lot for the price, and they improve your creative control tenfold.

                The only negative things I have to say is they feel a little flimsy in general. This unit, however, is solid enough for most applications. Watch out for placing your transceiver near large metal objects and masses of water, as it can confuse your RF signal and render the TTL information useless. But when alls said and done, it's worth the investment.

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                5.0

                Excellent Product

                By DT Studios

                from Syracuse, NY

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Comments about PocketWizard PlusX Transceiver:

                An old PW receiver bit the dust so I had to get a new one. I like that these are transmitters and receivers combined.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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                5.0

                Nothing fancy but works great.

                By Sarah

                from Winston Salem, NC

                About Me Photography Student

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Attaches Securely
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about PocketWizard PlusX Transceiver:

                    I received a pair of these and they do the job. Not as fancy as the more expensive Pocket Wizards, but these get the job done. I ordered a third one so I can use two off camera flashes.

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • Yes

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                    5.0

                    Works great

                    By Andrew

                    from Los Angeles, CA

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Attaches Securely
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • General Use
                      • Night Time
                      • Outdoors
                      • Portraits

                      Comments about PocketWizard PlusX Transceiver:

                      They're pocket wizards, of course they work great! I use these to set off my speedlights but I also use them to remote trigger my camera while taking landscape shots so as to eliminate any shake from touching the camera. One thing, though, you can't use bulb mode with these. Luckily, most of my exposures are less than 30 seconds.

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      Excellent

                      By Kevin M

                      from Houston, TX

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Attaches Securely
                      • Durable
                      • Lightweight
                      • Long-Lasting

                      Cons

                      • No Battery Life Indicator

                      Best Uses

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

                      Comments about PocketWizard PlusX Transceiver:

                      I got this to replace a damage Plus II but didn't want to go all out and buy another Plus III. And for my uses, I actually like the Plus X just as much as the Plus III, and way more than the old Plus II. The simple interface and controls are great and can be operated by feel. It's solid and the lack of as many soft buttons and screens give me confidence it will last a very long time.

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      pocketwizards work

                      By wnot

                      from philly

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Durable
                      • Lightweight
                      • Long-Lasting

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

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

                        Comments about PocketWizard PlusX Transceiver:

                        cant live with out them

                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No

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                        5.0

                        It does what it is supposed to.

                        By CRamsey

                        from Washington, NC

                        About Me Pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Attaches Securely
                        • Durable
                        • Lightweight
                        • Long-Lasting

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

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

                          Comments about PocketWizard PlusX Transceiver:

                          This is a fairly simple unit that just works. With proper care, it will do the job for years. It syncs with my existing Wizards and light meter. That's all I need.

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                          • No

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