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PocketWizardPlusX Transceiver
 
4.8

(based on 216 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (172)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (39)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

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99%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (158)
  • Easy to use (137)
  • Reliable (125)
  • Packs small / compresses (68)
  • Durable (65)

Cons

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

Best Uses

  • Weddings (73)
  • Family photos (71)
  • Portraits (69)
  • Indoors (34)
  • Outdoors (34)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Pro photographer (91), Semi-pro photographer (50), Professional (25), Photo enthusiast (18), Semi-professional (7)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (201)

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

 

DOES NOT WORK 100% OF THE TIME

I use these transceivers to fire off camera flashes. Transmit from the hot shoe on a Nikon D 3 DSLR, 20 feet or so, to the receiver attached to a Nikon SB-800...Read complete review

I use these transceivers to fire off camera flashes. Transmit from the hot shoe on a Nikon D 3 DSLR, 20 feet or so, to the receiver attached to a Nikon SB-800 flash. New fully charged batteries in both units and still the flash does not fire 100% of the time. I still recommend them, but am a little disappointed.

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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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        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.

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              • 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.

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              • 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.

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                  • 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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                    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

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                      • 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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                        5.0

                        Pocket Wizard PlusX Transceiver

                        By Picturemark

                        from Arkansas

                        About Me Pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Attaches Securely
                        • Durable
                        • Lightweight
                        • Long-Lasting

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • General Use

                          Comments about PocketWizard PlusX Transceiver:

                          I dropped one of my PW Plus II's one too many times and it quit on me. I use multiple units to fire my DynaLite studio strobes and numerous nikon and canon speed lights on location. Instead of trying to repair the old unit (for the time being) I decided to order the PlusX. I like the design and simplicity of the new unit. I wish there was a red LED that indicated it was on at a distance, but the backlit channel indicator will work.
                          Nice product; I recommend it without reservation.

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                          • No

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                          5.0

                          Solid reliable radio slaves

                          By Tim S

                          from Lafayette LA

                          About Me Pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Durable

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about PocketWizard PlusX Transceiver:

                              Have been using Pocket Wizard products for decades, the latest generation are even more robust and just as reliable as ever. Would not use any other brand.

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                              • No

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                              5.0

                              Pocket wizard

                              By photomomma

                              from Winnsboro, Louisiana

                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Attaches Securely
                              • Durable
                              • Lightweight

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

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

                                Comments about PocketWizard PlusX Transceiver:

                                Love the pocket wizard. I bought two and loved how accurate it performed. Bought my third one and really expect it to be as good. No worry if it will fail me great product.

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                                • No

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                                5.0

                                Really love the PlusX

                                By Chuck Nacke

                                from Lexington, MA, USA

                                About Me Pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

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

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

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

                                  Comments about PocketWizard PlusX Transceiver:

                                  I've been using wireless triggers for three decades and still have an old HAWK setup, but the PlusX is the best system I've seen. Service from B&H is always great.

                                  Chuck Nacke

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                                  4.0

                                  Indispensable component

                                  By Steven

                                  from Tucson,Az

                                  About Me Pro Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • The Price Is Right

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

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

                                    Comments about PocketWizard PlusX Transceiver:

                                    I have eight pocket wizards, four of this model the rest are older models. I use them every time I photograph. The plusX is a good value, the price is right. I do believe though the company overstates the consistency of the product we do get missed firings and putting them outside the room just shooting through a window can cause malfunction.

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                                    4.0

                                    Works Fine--My experience ruined by the MiniTT1's...

                                    By Mosaic Photographics

                                    from Atlanta GA

                                    About Me Pro Photographer

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Attaches Securely
                                    • Durable
                                    • Lightweight
                                    • Long-Lasting

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Indoors
                                      • Low Light
                                      • Outdoors
                                      • Special Events

                                      Comments about PocketWizard PlusX Transceiver:

                                      We got this along with some miniTT1's to use with our simple off-camera flash and on camera flash setup. Boy was I disappointed...

                                      The PlusX seemed to work perfectly, but the MiniTT1's just did not want to trigger both on and off camera flash.

                                      I still have this good marks because this thing just works. Set it to the right channel and you're good to go.

                                      That said, we replaced the PocketWizard's with some Phottix Strato II's and are SO happy with them! They work just the way they are supposed to and they are much simpler to operate--not to mention cheaper...

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                                      • No

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                                      5.0

                                      Don't mess with anything else.

                                      By CLE Wedding Photographer

                                      from Cleveland, OH

                                      About Me 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
                                        • Weddings

                                        Comments about PocketWizard PlusX Transceiver:

                                        I honestly can't work without these. Pocketwizards just work every single time - period. Never had a single misfire with any of my lights. I can use them with any camera and any light. I simply turn them on and start working. Nothing says professional like not fussing with your gear.

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                                        • No

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                                        5.0

                                        Works as advertized

                                        By AJC

                                        from Potomac MD.

                                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Durable
                                        • Powerful

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Portraits

                                          Comments about PocketWizard PlusX Transceiver:

                                          It feels solid, and was able able to trigger my strobe and Canon 580 EXII when needed.

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                                          • No

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