PocketWizard AC3 ZoneController for Canon DSLR

PocketWizard AC3 ZoneController for Canon DSLR

PocketWizard AC3 ZoneController for Canon DSLR

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  • 3 Independent Zones of Flash Control
  • 6 Stops of Flash Control in 1/3rd Stops
  • Works in PowerTracking/E-TTL II & Manual
  • Turn Zones On and Off Remotely
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When you add the Pocket Wizard AC3 ZoneController for Canon to your on-camera MiniTT1 Transmitter or FlexTT5 Transceiver, you instantly have three zones of flash control. Whether in E-TTL II or Manual mode, you have control over all your flashes from your camera position. Put your flashes wherever you want, without worrying about having to access them during a shoot. 

Three clearly labeled dials let you increase or decrease power to three zones of flash in 1/3-stop increments--with a range of up to six stops. Three switches allow you to change zones between Manual, Auto (PowerTracking/E-TTL II) or OFF. Best of all, the design is simple to use, with an intuitive interface. When matched with the PowerST4 or AC9 AlienBees Adapter, you can now control ElinchromRX1, White Lightning2 and AlienBees2 flashes right from the camera's position.

The AC3 requires firmware version 5.10 (or later) be installed on paired MiniTT1's and FlexTT5's.

Three independent zones of flash control
6 stops of flash control in 1/3rd stop increments
Works in PowerTracking/E-TTL II or Manual mode
Turn zones on and off remotely
Put your flashes where you want, without worrying about accessing them during a shoot
UPC: 893577001699
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PocketWizard AC3 ZoneController for Canon DSLR
  • Quick Guide
  • 1-Year Limited Warranty
  • Table of Contents
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    PocketWizard AC3 specs

    Mounting Hot shoe
    Status Indicator LED: Green status indicator
    Operating Temperature Above 5°F (-15°C) and below 120°F (50°C)
    Storage Temperature Above 22°F (-30°C) and below 185°F (85°C)
    Power Receives power from MiniTT1 Transmitter or FlexTT5 Pocket Wizard
    Dimensions 2 x 1.7 x 0.9" (5 x 4.2 x 2.1 cm)
    Weight 0.82 oz (23.25 g)
    Requirements MiniTT1 Transmitter or FlexTT5 Transceiver with firmware version 5.10 (or later) needed as a host
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 0.18 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 4.4 x 4.3 x 1.5"

    PocketWizard AC3 reviews

    AC3 ZoneController for Canon DSLR is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 126.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from So handy! Very nice indeed. Who has the perfect balance on strobes the first shot. Tweak a little there a little hear. A lot of running around increasing this strobes, decreasing this other one. I like to shoot big objects at night with strobes. Up to Six It is so nice to be able to control three different groups. Flash compensation doesn't work with so many. Or sometimes it's just a long walk for one light. The AC3 is very small, very light. You can't feel it on your camera. It's a must have if you are using the Pocket wizards in TT5 or manual. Helps to quickly balance the lights in your short and easier to bracket for later evaluation.
    Date published: 2010-11-18
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Completes the ControlTL system I use this on my Canon MiniTT1 with Canon 5D MarkII to control two lights (580exII and 430ex) on FlexTT5 units. From my experience this accessory completes the ControlTL system. I no longer have to walk over to speedlights to adjust their power settings mid-shoot, which can break up the rhythm of a good photo session. I can do it all from the camera (using the AC3) and best of alk my client doesn't even know. The only time I need to touch my speedlights now is to change their direction or to pack them up. I highly recommend the AC3!
    Date published: 2011-02-07
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Worst piece of junk ever, don't buy!! I wouldn't even give it 1 star. I bought this together with a miniTT1 and 3 miniTT5. It works for a short period of time, then stops syncing with the lights. I have tried different camera bodies and with both studio lights and Speedlights and never could get it to work consistently. PocketWizard replaced the first unit, but it didn't help. I'm a pro photographer and was excited to bring this system on an assignment in the Bahamas for a shoot in caves. We had to abandon the shoot which in the end turned out to be a very costly affair for me. I then brought it to Denmark on another assignment where it failed miserably again. I am going to see if I can have my investment refunded.
    Date published: 2012-06-30
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Pocket Wizard - AC3 ZoneController This piece of equipment is vital for quick adjustments on flashes for events and weddings! On camera flashes hard every produce great photos and professionals learn quickly to avoid running to each flash to make adjustments. This Zone Controller gives the photographer immediate access to lighting adjustments by 1/3 of a stop for 3 zones and an unlimited number of flashes per zone. All of this convenience at your finger tips! If you brush the controller by lose clothing or other objects be sure to check the settings, adjustment wheels are well placed but still accessible to accidental adjustment.
    Date published: 2013-04-19
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from AC3 ZoneController I am pleased with the purchase of the MiniTT1, FlexTT5 and the AC3. They are easy to use and set-up with the PocketWizard software available on line. Within a few hours I had them controlling two different flash units. If you have a Sekonic L-478DR the Flex and Mini worked great with the meter and the flash output can be controlled right from the meter from full power to 1/64 power. Controlling the power from the meter is great for portraits photography. The only thing to be careful of is to make sure that your camera is listed as one that they communicate with. I have a Canon 5D Mark II.
    Date published: 2015-03-15
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Key Piece Very Essential I use this along with my Flex TT1 and TT5. It its great because it eliminates the need to have to power down my Speedlights by hand. Just simply set your zone for each flash and enjoy the luxury of controlling your Exposure Value from the top of your hot shoe. Simply easy and very inexpensive. Good product Canon!!!
    Date published: 2012-04-16
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from PocketWizard AC3 controller. Canon My intentions for this product was to simplify the control of my external Canon 580EX2 flashes during portrait photography. I am sad to say it was a bit of a dissapointment. Using the flashes in ETTL mode will overexpose your pictures, and you will manually have to adjust flash exposure compensation to fight this issue. The AC3 controllers build quality is also a little dissapointing as it feels a little flimsy, and the flash control slide buttons are of cheap quality and feel. The good news about this device is that it works fairly ok in manual mode, but don't expect any miracles from it.
    Date published: 2011-09-12
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from gREAT MULTI FLASH CONTROL I have 5 Pocket Wizard Flex TT5s and a Mini TT1. I use TTL on my Canon flashes quite a bit, but also go manual. TTL doesn't really work for a backlight. I often use 1 or two flashes from the front and one on a small stand back of a bride to light her veil. I set the front flashes using using TTL with the AC3 controlling the ratio. The back light is set to manual with the AC3 controlling the setting and the flash power. I snap a quick shot and review the screen, easily making adjustments with the AC3. This system works great indoors or out. I have had cponsitency problems prior to the AC3 that seem to have gone away with the AC3. If my exposures seem to be varying too much with TTL, I switch to manual using the AC3. I don't have to touch any of the flashes to make these adjustments.
    Date published: 2010-11-04
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