PocketWizard PowerMC2 Receiver Module

PocketWizard PowerMC2 Receiver Module

PocketWizard PowerMC2 Receiver Module

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Product Highlights

  • For Paul C. Buff Einstein E640 Flash
  • Compatible with Any PocketWizard Radio
  • Enables Remote Power Control
  • Wireless Flash Triggering
  • ControlTL Firmware
  • Programmable and Upgradeable
  • ZoneControl
  • HyperSync & PowerTracking
  • Receives Power from Flash
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PocketWizard PowerMC2 overview

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The PocketWizard PowerMC2 Receiver Module works with the Einstein E640 flash unit to provide wireless power control using ControlTL technology. The module plugs directly into the flash and operates remotely with either a MiniTT1 or FlexTT5 for adjustment of power settings via flash exposure compensation in-camera, however it will act as a simple trigger with any PocketWizard radio.

The ControlTL firmware is programmable and upgradeable as well as offering a wide variety of additional features. One of these functions is ZoneControl, which works with AC3 ZoneController or MultiMAX radio for controlling up to three zones of light. Also, it has PowerTracking and HyperSync for even more control and it is designed to receive its power from the attached flash unit.

Manual Power Control allows you to adjust power of the flash through either Flash Exposure Compensation in-camera or through an AC3 ZoneController radio for zone power control
ZoneControl works with AC3 ZoneController or MultiMAX radio to control up to three zones: A, B, and C
PowerTracking automatically compensates power settings based on changes in ISO, aperture, or flash exposure compensation in Auto mode
HyperSync allows users to reach faster sync speed with full power flashes
USB port allows for connection to program the channel and zone as well as power settings, modeling light settings, and beep options. It also allows the unit to be upgraded
UPC: 893577001774
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PocketWizard PowerMC2 Receiver Module
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    PocketWizard PowerMC2 specs

    Frequency 340-354 MHz
    Channels 52 channels over 26 frequencies
    Antenna 2.7" (6.9 cm), rubberized
    Transmit Power 1 milliwatt
    Mounting Eight-pin remote socket
    Zones A-B-C
    LED Indicator Green, amber, red status indications
    Connection Mini-B USB 2.0
    Power Requirements From attached flash
    Operating Temperature 5 to 120°F (-15 to 50°C)
    Storage Temperature 22 to 85°C (-30 to 185°F)
    Construction High-impact plastic, rubberized antenna
    Dimensions 4.7 x 1.3 x 0.4" (11.8 x 3.3 x 1.1 cm)
    Weight 0.8 oz (22 g)
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    Package Weight 0.1 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 5.4 x 2.6 x 1.1"

    PocketWizard PowerMC2 reviews

    PowerMC2 Receiver Module is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 47.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Power MC2 Simplicity with Amazing results !!! I am a Wedding/Fashion Editorial photographer based in Birmingham, AL. And I absolutely love the PowerMC2 !!! I use the Flex System for my bridal sessions, and on every occasion I have a Shoot outdoors I Use my Power MC2. I can take advantage of the Power MC2 by over powering the sun utilizing the Hyper Sync speed of my Einteins e640. I can use my strobe lights at 4000th of a second and even at 8000th of a second when I use a wide open aperture as a f2.8. I am not limited at 250th of a second which most DSLRs are set to. Now I have the freedom to freeze motion and create breathtaking images on broad day light !
    Date published: 2015-02-07
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Easy I use it with a PocketWizard MiniTT1. Had it transmitting for the first time in under a minute. Easy to use. I like using my Sekonic Litemaster Pro L-478DR Light Meter with it as it allows me to adjust the power on the Einstein E640 quikly across 3 zones independently while I'm metering the light without the need for an AC3 ZoneController.
    Date published: 2015-07-20
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Excellent trigger. The PW PowerMC2 turns the PCB E640 into the easiest-to-use strobe I've ever handled. The manuals and PW Wiki can be a bit overwhelming, but this trigger is actually quite intuitive after experimenting with it for a little while. Channels (ControTL or standard) and groups are selected from the E640's display. The E640 will automatically switch to second/rear curtain sync at the shutter speed set via the PW Utility. HyperSync works at full power, but not below. The best feature is the wireless manual power adjustment. With tricky subjects or rapidly-changing exposures, like fire performers with burning props, you can keep up with the situation fairly easily. The AC3 Controller gives you 6 stops of control, the flash has a 9-stop range. This controller will shift the flash power away from the set point, so you can max out the AC3, then turn the flash up or down via the rear controls to establish the necessary maximum. With the maximum set, the AC3 will let you go 6 stops down in 1/3-stop increments. If you need to go lower, use the control panel on the E640 to reduce the maximum in 1/10-stop increments. This means you can hit the flash's full power range when combining the AC3 and E640 controls, but only 6 stops at a time via the AC3 alone. I have yet to run into a situation where I need more than 6 stops of wireless control, so as long as your initial setup is in the ballpark, this isn't a problem. Hard to write about, but fairly intuitive to use. Only downside is that the flash's connection isn't terribly solid, mechanically speaking. A bit of a concern, but not a deal-breaker when you're talking about this level of control.
    Date published: 2014-07-21
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Switched from Cyber Command to PocketWizard The MC2, in my humble opinion, that works with the PocketWizard system on Paul C. Buff Einsteins is way more intuitive and far easier to use than the Cyber Commander. The MC2 itself has a cover over the delicate prongs that the PCB units do not have and makes storage a lot easier and safer. But seriously, B&H in all of the $1000s I've spent at your store, this was without doubt the worst packaging I've ever seen from your shipping department. Usually the items I order are very well protected from the ravages of shipping. Not so this little module. Everything looked as if it had been run over by a tire. I was worried that with the package so crushed and no padding around the unit that it might have suffered. However, the unit seems to work fine; and I'm very glad to be the proud owner/user.
    Date published: 2016-08-16
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sorry I waited so long I read the warning about this product on Paul C Buff's website so decided not to buy these and use my old reliable PW FlexTT5s to trigger my three Einsteins. After attending a Joel Grimes workshop awhile back and watching them in action, I bought three and put them to work So far, they have performed perfectly. Never had a problem with the FlexTT5s either but these don't require cables making setup in the field just that much faster.
    Date published: 2015-02-17
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Works great! I use the PowerMC2 with my Einstein strobes and Sekonic light meter. It pops the strobes with a touch of a button...all wireless. Very cool!
    Date published: 2014-05-07
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very I have three of these, and they work great.The only thing I don't like about them is how the pins are subject to damage if you're not careful. But that's a result of the Einstein design, so there's no way around that. I've had my others for a few years, and no accidents yet.This is taller (sticks up more) than the Paul C Buff version. I know, because I have both systems. I do worry about it getting hit, because it sticks out so far from the monolight. Again, this is an Einstein design issue, and PocketWizard could only work with what's available.I love being able to get 'hypersync' with these, and have shot at 1/1000 second outside. I also love being able to control the output of each Einstein with the PocketWizard Zone Controller. Saves lots of time.
    Date published: 2014-08-12
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good product as long as you know its shortcomings. I got this to be able to control the power output of my Einstein from the camera (via MiniTTL). Just be aware that: 1. Even though it's stated to use 32 channels, the process of changing channels on the Mini transmitter is quite cumbersome (see my review of the MiniTTL). It's not just a matter of pushing buttons). 2. Changing power output of the Einstein is done by using the Exposure Compensation on the camera. At least on my camera (Nikon D610) there is a 4 Fstop range of EC, from +1 to -3, so you can't adjust the entire range of power on the Einstein, without , changing the starting point. It's not a huge deal, but something I didn't realize until I bought the MC2. Also, be careful with the electrical contacts. They seem like they could be damaged easily.
    Date published: 2017-02-28
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