PocketWizard AC3 ZoneController for Nikon

PocketWizard AC3 ZoneController for Nikon

PocketWizard AC3 ZoneController for Nikon

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  • Fingertip Power Control
  • 3 Independent Zones of Flash Control
  • 6 Stops of Flash Control in 1/3rd Stops
  • PowerTracking / CLS/i-TTL & Manual
  • Turn Zones On and Off Remotely
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PocketWizard AC3 overview

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When you add the PocketWizard AC3 ZoneController for Nikon to your on-camera MiniTT1 Transmitter or FlexTT5 Transceiver, you instantly have three zones of flash control. Whether in CLS/i-TTL 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 / CLS/i-TTL) or OFF. Best of all, with its intuitive interface, the design is simple to use. When matched with the PowerST4 or AC9 AlienBees Adapter, you can now control Elinchrom RX, White Lightning and AlienBees flashes right from the camera's position.

All the PocketWizard radios in your system should be using the same firmware version for proper functionality. The AC3 for Nikon is compatible with any firmware version used on the MiniTT1 and FlexTT5 for Nikon.

ControlTL
PocketWizard's new firmware platform taps into the full potential of your 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.
CLS/i-TTL Compatibility
Designed to work seamlessly with Nikon's CLS/i-TTL systems, the AC3 ZoneController removes operating complexity with its easy-to-use design.
Manual Power Control
With three simple dials, you can quickly adjust the power settings for three independent zones in 1/3rd stop increments with a six stop range.
ZoneControl
Control up to three zones of light, each with one or more flashes, right from the camera's position. Set them all on manual, auto, or mix the settings between zones. Need to turn a zone off? Just slide a switch and it's off.
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.
Studio Flash Compatibility
When used in conjunction with a PowerST4 Receiver for Elinchrom RX, or a FlexTT5 paired with an AC9 AlienBees Adapter, you have remote power control over Elinchrom RX, AlienBees and White Lightning studio flash. You can also mix these Nikon CLS/i-TTL or any other PocketWizard triggered flash.
Simple Design
The AC3 weighs almost nothing and slips into the top-shoe of your on-camera MiniTT1 or FlexTT5. There are three dials and three switches, one for each zone.
Auto-Manual Switch
This switch allows you to set each zone to either Manual Power Control, Auto (PowerTracking CLS/i-TTL) or OFF. Set it to OFF and that zone will not fire.
Easy to Read Dials
Clearly labeled from +3 to -3 in 1/3 stop increments. In Auto mode, the dials act as flash exposure compensation. In manual mode, +3 on the dial is your flashes maximum power level. Adjust the dial down to control your power in 1/3 stop increments for up to six stops of control.
UPC: 893577001743
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PocketWizard AC3 ZoneController for Nikon
  • Quick Guide
  • 1 Year Limited Warranty
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    PocketWizard AC3 specs

    Compatibility Nikon CLS/i-TTL, Elinchrom RX, AlienBees, White Lightning
    Mounting Hot shoe
    Adjustments Auto = +/- 3 stops, 1/3 stop increments
    Selector switch: Off, Manual, Auto (PowerTracking, CLS/i-TTL)
    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 (23.25g)
    Requirements MiniTT1 Transmitter or FlexTT5 Transceiver with firmware version 2.100
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 0.09 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 4.4 x 4.3 x 1.8"

    PocketWizard AC3 reviews

    AC3 ZoneController for Nikon is rated 4.8 out of 5 by 122.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent product This product does what it advertises and does it well. Now I don't need to worry about line of sight (as I did with my SU800) and about shooting in broad daylight. The AC3 coupled with the mini tt1/ flex tt5 make for a complete remote solution. I have had no misfires so far - it simply delivers! And at $ it is a third the price of the SU800. Finally I love the fact that it does not need a battery to operate. Excellent product!
    Date published: 2011-03-19
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Must Have Item for FlexTT5 or MiniTTL Outstanding little device which allows you to control multiple lighting zones using your Nikon Speedlights and PocketWizard FLEXTT5/MiniTTL radio triggers. If you have the SU-800, you don't need this to have the same capability, but if you need to work fast when making adjustments, buy you one of these; you can still use the SU-800 as a backup device. Requires no batteries, gets it power from the MiniTTL or the FlexTT5. So small its easy to misplace or lose. The build quality is questionable; it feels flimsy, so only time will tell if the rotary switches will stand the test of time and pro use. PocketWizard should have integrated this capability into the MiniTTL product!
    Date published: 2011-03-31
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from A Must-have for Manual Shooting I use the AC3 when shooting with multiple (or single) flashes because it allows super quick individual sdjustments of flash exposures while maintaining your desired aperture setting. This system is particularly nice when (1) working in tight quarters (working around light stands, equip., etc.) but really excells when (2)you're working in vast environments where your flashes are over there on the horizon 1500' away -- keeps ya from having to run to each flash for adjustments. Room for improvement, yes: (1) The numbers and letters are quite difficult to read in normal lighting situations. Too small. (2) This zone control really should be incorporated into the TT1 transmitter as a single tool.
    Date published: 2012-07-03
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is what I have been looking for!!! This unit on my camera and two others out on strobes gives me the range and the flexibility to place things were i need to. Do not have to worry about line of sight. These can be used outside all day long! The computer program that you use when you first recieve the unit(s) is user freindly and easy to use. There are lots of options to set and things to reserach and try out. Although the DEFAULT settings is all that i used and things work great. People may talk about the DURABILITY of this unit or lack of MASS or WEIGHT. Now-a-days anythign dealing with radio transmission waves doesnt have to be heavy or bulky. These are perfect weight and size for me.
    Date published: 2012-01-11
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from This is what I have been lookign for!!! go to PocketWizard website to find out more about this zone controller. It is really as easy as they portray it to be in the videos. No more screwing around with the Nikon on board flash levels on the camera and/or flash. No more wondering if you need commander modes, slave modes, zone assignement. This unit and the FlexTT5 takes care of it all. Make simple little adjsutments on the fly when needed. People complain about the construction, or weight of this unit. Anything dealing with radio waves now a days doesnt have to be bulky or heavy. It is acceptable to me and doesnt matter much to me. I do not need anything ELSE weighing down my camera as a whole UNIT.
    Date published: 2012-01-11
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Easy to Use The AC3 is necessary to set up different lighting zones when using the PocketWizard system, if you do not want to mount an SB800 or SB900 as a commander on top of a MiniTT1 or FlexTT5 on you camera. The AC3 is small and lightweight, so even though it adds bulk to your camera when mounted on a MiniTT1 or FlexTT5, you won't feel any extra weight. The switches on the AC3 correspond with the zones that you selected on the FlexTT5s, while the dials control the light output for those zones. The system is very intuitive and works well.
    Date published: 2011-06-27
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Product This is simply amazing. I keep this on top of each PW Mini TT1 unit for each of my cameras. I use these units for general portraiture, and shooting weddings. While at a wedding I tend to stick remote flash units all about the reception area to fill the room with light, and match the ambient light. The zone controller gives me full control and ease of use. Dialing in the best exposure in manual takes seconds, and the TTL mode is also very good. I've never had a problem with any of my Pocketwizard units.
    Date published: 2014-05-27
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Works good but previous unit failed This new unit works fine as advertised. I had purchase an AC3 zone controller 2-3 years ago and it failed for what seems no reason. It is a very simple device so I don't understand why it quit working. I thought it was a problem with my pocket wizards for a long time. Finally I did a lot of testing and narrowed it down to the AC3 failure. Ordered a new one from B&H and everything working again. I wish they allowed me to control more zones than just 3 but it works as advertised - until it fails. By the time it failed it was long out of warranty. At least I can now use my FlexTT5's now.
    Date published: 2014-07-03
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