PocketWizard AC9 AlienBees Adapter for Canon

PocketWizard AC9 AlienBees Adapter for Canon

PocketWizard AC9 AlienBees Adapter for Canon

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Product Highlights

  • For AlienBees & White Lightning
  • Also Compatible with Zeus Power Packs
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The PocketWizard AC9 AlienBees Adapter for Canon allows remote control of AlienBees and White Lightening flash heads as well as Zeus power packs when used with a PocketWizard MiniTT1 transmitter or FlexTT5 transceiver. This version is dedicated for use with Canon cameras only.

ControlTL
PocketWizard's firmware platform taps into the full potential of your Canon camera and flash system enabling an entirely new level of remote flash capability through our proven radio communications. ControlTL firmware is configurable and upgradeable for "future-proof" continuous improvement.
Manual Power Control
When the AC9 is used with a FlexTT5 transceiver and paired with either an on-camera MiniTT1 or FlexTT5, you can adjust the power settings of your AlienBees/White Lightning flashes directly from the camera's position. This can be done with either the Flash Exposure Compensation dial or add the AC3 ZoneController for three zones of power control.
Optional ZoneControl
Use either the AC3 ZoneController or a MultiMAX radio to control up to three zones of light with as many lights in each zone as you want. Use the A-B-C zone switch on the AC9-paired FlexTT5 to assign the zone.
Optional PowerTracking
In Auto Mode, change ISO, aperture, or FEC and the lights automatically adjust their compensating power setting with PocketWizard PowerTracking. Set your AC3 ZoneController to manual and PowerTracking is turned off for absolute manual control. PowerTracking can be customized via the PocketWizard Utility.
HyperSync
HyperSync allows photographers to achieve faster X-sync speeds, all the way up to 1/8000 second*, will full power flash. Now you can cut the ambient light and use wide-open apertures, outdoors in bright sunlight. That extra speed can also freeze action, whether shooting models or athletes in motion. (*camera and flash model dependent).
Low-Profile Design
The AC9 is tiny and simply slides onto the FlexTT5 hot shoe and plugs into the remote socket on the flash using the supplied cord.
No Batteries Required
The AC9 gets its power from the paired FlexTT5.
UPC: 893577001705
In the Box
PocketWizard AC9 AlienBees Adapter for Canon
  • AC9 Adapter
  • RJ-14 Connector Cord
  • Sync Adapter Plug for Disabling Optical Slave
  • Lanyard
  • Touch-fastener
  • Quick Guide
  • 1 Year Manufacturer's Warranty
  • Table of Contents
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    PocketWizard AC9 specs

    Mounting Hot shoe
    Voltage 3.3 VDC (all pins) - safe for all cameras
    Operating Conditions Above 22° F (-30° C) and below 185° F (85° C)
    Construction High impact plastic
    Power Receives power from the FlexTT5 transceiver
    Requirements Must be used on a FlexTT5 transceiver in conjunction with an on-camera MiniTT1 transmitter or FlexTT5 transceiver for power control capability.
    Certification RoHS compliant
    Compatibility Canon DSLR cameras with:
    AlienBees: B400, B800, B1600
    Zeus Power Packs: Z1250, Z2500
    White Lightning X-series, UltraZAP or Ultra flashes: X800, X1600, X2400, X3200, UZ800, UZ1600, Ultra60, Ultra1200, Ultra1800
    Dimensions 1.9 x 1.6 x 1" (4.7 x 4.0 x 2.5 cm)
    Weight 0.81 ounces (22.96 g)
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    Package Weight 0.22 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 4.4 x 4.3 x 1.8"

    PocketWizard AC9 reviews

    AC9 AlienBees Adapter for Canon is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 24.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Does as asked This little number, while grossly overpriced, serves its purpose perfectly. At a wedding reception I set up my two AB 800s on either side of the hall, connect each to a Flex TT5 with an AC9 attached, and then shoot away with plenty of light. Do note that you need to plug a mini jack cord or adaptor into the sync hole on the back of your Alien Bee in order to turn off the flash sync. Otherwise, even with the AC9 and a Flex TT5 plugged in, your Alien Bee will be triggered by other flashes in the room (annoying at a wedding reception where flashes are going off all over).
    Date published: 2011-10-03
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Will not work with Vagabond Portable I bought these units to enhance my portability away from electricity. They DO NOT work with Paul C. Buff strobes using a portable power source (per Pocketwizard & Paul C. Buff tech support) like the Vagabond series. I would have given them 5 stars had they worked for my application. When using AC power they are remarkable but be weary if you are planning to use them on portable power.
    Date published: 2014-11-18
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great for outdoors I use the AC9 along with the AC 3 Zone Controller on a Mini TT1. A PW Flex TT5 is mounted on one of my Alien Bs with AC9 plugged into both. One of my Canon cameras has the Mini TT1 on the hot shoe with the AC3 zone controller on top. My flash bracket has a Flex TT5 with a Canon 580 EXII or 430 EX II. I set the AC3 to Auto (TTL) for the Canon Flash and dial down the exposure 1 to 2 stops. This is used for fill, only as needed. The Alien Bs output is also controlled by the AC3 through the Flex TT5 through the AC9, usually set to manual, even though there are some neat features in Auto mode that maintain flash output when the F stop changes. The Alien Bs are powerful enough to to overcome direct sunlight even when shooting through soft boxes or umbrellas. I meter the Alien B output and use the on camera flash for a fill as needed. The AC3 makes it really easy to adjust the power for both. I have found the combination extremely reliable and consistent, far more than using TTL on remote, off camera, Canon flashes.
    Date published: 2011-01-03
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Works great! Combine this with the AC3 and you've got yourself a winning combo! I love it. You can easily change the settings in the PocketWizard Utility to have the unit do different things with modeling light. As it comes, the modeling light changes value as you change the power of the strobe. I already had the AC3 that I use with speedlites. I purchased a couple Alienbees and AC9s just because they were meant to work with my existing equipment. Now, I can use my speedlites in combination with the Alienbees and change the power of three different groups (any number of lights) from the top of my camera! Very cool. I was originally looking at the Bowens monolights, but the AC9 sealed the deal for me and I went with the Alienbees. I'm happy I did. Being able to control monolights and speedlites from one simple on camera controller is great!
    Date published: 2010-12-08
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Works great! You can use an Alien Bee with a TT5 and not use this thing - but it makes a difference. The best thing is not being limited by the 1/200 flash sync limitations on my 5D2 - I can easily shoot at 1/2000 w/o getting a shutter blade in the way and at 1/4000 that blade is only a sliver! Works best if you also have the AC3 on your camera-mounted TT1 or TT5
    Date published: 2012-06-15
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Works wonderfully! I use the product along with a TT1 and Flex TT5 and an Alienbee along with beautydish. I love not having to have at sync cables and I love how securely they fit into the bee (just like a telephone jack). I was sick of crawling up my stepping stool or lowering the boom to adjust power. This fixes that when using the AC3!!! Very happy with it, the only reason I have it a 4 is because it is a little pricey for what it is. Also, I've had issues with the hypersync but I don't blame the AC9 for that.
    Date published: 2012-04-01
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Little Magical Beings I bought these AC9s with my own money. I have these Flash Units. Three Alien Bee AB1600 One Alien Bee AB800 One Alien Nee AB800 Ring Flash Three Canon 580 EX II Two Canon 580 EX One Canon MT-24EX Macro Twin Lite Flash I shot a Prom a couple days ago. They wanted a straight up shoot, with a backdrop. Done. I used Two AB1600s, One AB800, one AB800 Ring Flash, and Two 580 EX II. flashes all together. It was so cool! I had a great time.
    Date published: 2013-06-12
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Start in the right order, no problems The only thing with this adapter is that you must start everything in the right series or it does not want to connect. Outside of that it's solid and works like a charm. Only a 4 star because I have to do a calibration shot in order to set the changes from my zone controller to the strobe.
    Date published: 2012-04-02
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