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PocketWizardMiniTT1 Radio Slave Transmitter for Canon E-TTL & E-TTL II Systems
 
4.3

(based on 196 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (115)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (55)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (10)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (12)

91%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (164)
  • Easy to use (146)
  • Reliable (117)
  • Packs small / compresses (88)
  • Strong construction (46)

Cons

  • Not durable (13)
  • Unreliable (10)
  • Not functional (9)
  • Difficult to use (6)
  • Poor quality (5)

Best Uses

  • Weddings (98)
  • Family photos (78)
  • Portraits (56)
  • Travel (53)
  • Sports/action (46)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Semi-pro photographer (53), Pro photographer (45), Professional (34), Semi-professional (26), Photo enthusiast (20)
    • Was this a gift?:
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

So Close... but, not there yet.

First, let me start off by saying that I do really like this system but it does have it's limitations.Before purchasing (3) FlexTT5, (1) MiniTT1 and (1) AC3 Zone Controller,...Read complete review

First, let me start off by saying that I do really like this system but it does have it's limitations.Before purchasing (3) FlexTT5, (1) MiniTT1 and (1) AC3 Zone Controller, I did lots of research on wireless TTL triggers and of course like many of us, the main comparison was between PocketWizard and RadioPoppers. I literally spent a good month of weighing the pros and cons of both system and concluded that BOTH were really good systems. Ideally, if you could just merge the two you would have the ultimate solution. Of course, this is merely a fantasy. So after a weighing the pros and cons I went with the PocketWizards. As we all know (or should know) the Flex and Mini system have an issue with the radio noise of a few popular Canon Speedlites (580EX, 580EX II and 480EX). Of course I only own 580EX II's so I was at a disadvantage from the start. However, the interference issues are only at distances over 30 feet. Since I shoot mostly portrait and product stuff, 30ft is a fair distance... especially since I was already using a 32ft ETTL cord. Well, I put the system to the test and sure enough, 30ft was maximum distance I could get. With the system setup in my house, once I exceeded 30 feet the system was very erratic and misfired a lot. BUT... then I installed the AC5 soft shield (which is included with the FlexTT5). Well, my house was too small to fully test the system as I easily exceeded 30ft, so I moved my test outside to a wide open field in a local park. Low and behold, I easily exceeded the 30ft limitation and was able to trigger the system as far away as 200ft! Now I do understand that the RadioPoppers are good for about 1500ft, which is amazing, but who shoots that far? that's 5 football fields! I'll never need that range. You may... but I certainly do not. Now, throw in the AC3 Zone Controller and the system becomes VERY versatile. The ability to control 3 zones in ANY combination of ETTL or Manual... right from the top of the camera is a fair trade off for the distance thing. Sure you can do sort of the same thing with RadioPopper PX system, via a camera mounted master flash and the Canon A:B:C method. But, it's not nearly as versatile as the AC3 and not as easy to access as the AC3. Another great advantage over the RadioPopper system is that you can easily update the firmware and software via the USB port on each unit. Hopefully the will develop some update that will rectify the interference issue.THE BOTTOM LINE: The PocketWizard Flex and Mini system is quite versatile, but does lack a bit on the reliability end. Having to add the AC5 soft shield can be a bit annoying by limiting your access to the flash controls, but you should not need access if you are using the AC3 Zone Controller. The system can be affected by ambient radio noise and occasionally misfires. For the money, this system should work flawlessly. The truth is... it works ALMOST flawlessly. I can live with it's limitations, because the trade-off is flexibility.The best article that I've read about the Flex system and it's distance limitations is here: http://www.robgalbraith.com/bins/multi_page.asp?cid=7-10050-10598

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Not Yet Ready for Prime Time

I really, really wanted to like the new Pocket Wizards, because I have used the PW PlusII for several years, and I thought I researched these new units extensively enough. I chose these...Read complete review

I really, really wanted to like the new Pocket Wizards, because I have used the PW PlusII for several years, and I thought I researched these new units extensively enough. I chose these units because of their lower profile design when trying to trigger off camera flashes while also using an on camera flash (instead of strapping a PW on top of my on camera flash). The appearance of the design is great, especially the Mini. I tested them ahead of a shoot, but testing doesn't completely prepair you for all the circumstances of real under pressure use. I used a pair of Mini/Flex units at a wedding with both eTTL off camera flashes and other AC powered units (which of course is one of this products' main target markets i.e. wedding/candid events). I ultimated chose to return both the Mini and the Flex, and B&H gave me a very prompt refund.

Here are some my biggest frustrations with the Mini & the Flex: 1. Recalibration way too often --When the camera or flash goes to sleep, you have do another calibration shot (which means you need to calibrate every few minutes at a wedding, and frequently miss important shots). So even if you just use the mini or Flex as a triggering device (with flash attached) for use with conventional PocketWizards, your on camera flash won't fire frequently, because the unit needs to so frequently recalibrate. 2. Off camera eTTL flashes often won't fire at all, or won't fire accurately --- The frequency that these units use is heavily effected by the same frequency of the RF "noise" produced by the popular Canon flashes (yes I've read the new version of the 430 is less prone to this RF). Because of this the recieving flash with FlexTT5 attached is too unpredictable if hand-held and often won't fire, or will fire at full power, because the unit needs to be positioned "just so", and often needs to be rediculously close to work at all.

Unfortuanately the engineers blew it on this product. Fixes/Designs they "should have done": 1. They should have allowed the unit to calibrate only once and not needing to have the calibration continually refreshed (maaaaaybe this will be fixed in a firmware update). 2. They could/should have designed the unit to send out 2 signals simultanously-- one to trigger legacy PocketWizard units, and one on a more reliable frequency for the Canon eTTL units (I don't see this happening without them bring out a newer version)

These units are almost contenders, but because of these and other major design flaws, I'm guessing the vast majority of them will be returned.

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5.0

Perfect for triggering remote flashes on sunny days

By BB

from Irvine,CA

Verified Buyer

Comments about PocketWizard MiniTT1 Radio Slave Transmitter for Canon E-TTL & E-TTL II Systems:

works great outdoors on sunny days

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5.0

PocketWizard Mini

By Unique Vision Photography

from Fords

Comments about PocketWizard MiniTT1 Radio Slave Transmitter for Canon E-TTL & E-TTL II Systems:

Excellent a must have

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5.0

I LIKE IT ALOT :-)

By cousin Mark

from USA

About Me Pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Pack
  • Easy to Use
  • Lightweight
  • Reliable
  • Strong Construction

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Weddings/Events

    Comments about PocketWizard MiniTT1 Radio Slave Transmitter for Canon E-TTL & E-TTL II Systems:

    Recently switched over to the PocketWizards and have no complaints. I am using the system primarily to trigger my White Lightning X series units. I opted to go with the MiniTT1 because of the smaller size and weight on the camera (using a PlusX as the receiver) not so much for the TTL and other functions. One thing to note is that unless you adjust a configuration to "basic Trigger" the first shot after the unit has gone dormant will not fire the flashes. It's easy enough to make that adjustment. After trying several options, I've found the MiniTT1 the most dependable SMALL transmitter out there.

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    1.0

    Unreliable garbage

    By Ozmoses

    from MIlwaukee, WI

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

      Cons

      • Unreliable

      Best Uses

        Comments about PocketWizard MiniTT1 Radio Slave Transmitter for Canon E-TTL & E-TTL II Systems:

        Several years ago I purchased two of these units and two Plus IIs. They failed at a wedding that I shot. I sent them in and the minis came back as bad. Pocketwizard sent "new" replacements. I decided to try them again a year later and they failed again at another wedding. I finally sent them in again for repair and now those units came back bad as well. I would not recommend Pocketwizard products. Very disappointed.

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        2.0

        600ex-rt users be aware!

        By Sick of Sync

        from Northern VA

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Lightweight

        Cons

        • Unreliable

        Best Uses

          Comments about PocketWizard MiniTT1 Radio Slave Transmitter for Canon E-TTL & E-TTL II Systems:

          I was excited to use this to sync my power pack and use my 600 ex-rt to control the speelights via the 600rt remote attached to the hotshot on this transmitter. Well, forget it! it doesn't work. It automatically kicks the rt interface to ETTL and you can't adjust the settings at all. I think there is an interference among the radio transmission of both transmitters.

          Okay, fine.. But I was using this thing on my power pack on a shoot and it just craps out on me for no reason! I though It was out of battery since the test lights will not even blink. (good thing I had the ancient micro sync version 1 with me). So I come back home, and it works now... WTH?

          A few times, I would push the shutter and the first click it would not fire the light. (yes, I did press the "learn" button... by the way, what is that? learn... shouldn't it know what's on the thing? not impressed) t don't know if it was "waking up" but that won't do when you're on a job. Rather surprised that Pocket-wizard would be this unreliable.

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          5.0

          Works great

          By Oneway646

          from Bethlehem PA

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Pack
          • Easy to Use
          • Lightweight
          • Reliable

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Sports/Action
            • Weddings/Events
            • Wildlife Photos

            Comments about PocketWizard MiniTT1 Radio Slave Transmitter for Canon E-TTL & E-TTL II Systems:

            Using this transmitter with a Flex TT5. Works great and is easy to program and customize while attached to the computer. Nice an compact.

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            5.0

            MiniTT1 Radio Slave Transmitter for

            By 427accobra

            from CT

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy to Use
            • Lightweight
            • Reliable
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

            • Nne At This Time

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Portrait
            • Weddings/Events

            Comments about PocketWizard MiniTT1 Radio Slave Transmitter for Canon E-TTL & E-TTL II Systems:

            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.

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            4.0

            It works!!

            By ibjc

            from Tennessee

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Pack
            • Easy to Use
            • Lightweight

            Cons

            • Weak Construction

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Travel
            • Weddings/Events

            Comments about PocketWizard MiniTT1 Radio Slave Transmitter for Canon E-TTL & E-TTL II Systems:

            I'm only giving 4 stars in that I had this a total of 10 minutes and the flimsy cover for the computer connection broke off. It's not made well and I fear that it will happen again on the new one. As for the unit, love it....it just works!!! I wish the covers were made for rugged use then I would never fear it breaking again because I am not rough on my gear.

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            5.0

            Game changer

            By KlarkPhoto

            from Davenport Iowa

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Pack
            • Easy to Use
            • Lightweight
            • Reliable
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Sports/Action
              • Video
              • Weddings/Events

              Comments about PocketWizard MiniTT1 Radio Slave Transmitter for Canon E-TTL & E-TTL II Systems:

              My portraits opportunities just increased greatly.

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              5.0

              Very Reliable

              By Katie

              from Excelsior Springs, MO

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Pack
              • Easy to Use
              • Lightweight
              • Reliable
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Family Photos
                • Travel
                • Weddings/Events

                Comments about PocketWizard MiniTT1 Radio Slave Transmitter for Canon E-TTL & E-TTL II Systems:

                A great little transmitter. Easy to set up with the USB Cable and the Pocket Wizard Utility. Take your flash off sleep mode and the very first shot is the calibration shot. The rest of your shots are perfect.

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                5.0

                Great product, great design

                By ckbknyc

                from Brooklyn NY

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Pack
                • Easy to Use
                • Lightweight
                • Reliable
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Sports/Action
                  • Travel
                  • Weddings/Events
                  • Wildlife Photos

                  Comments about PocketWizard MiniTT1 Radio Slave Transmitter for Canon E-TTL & E-TTL II Systems:

                  Gone are the days of velcro-ing your transmuter to your on-board flash. Works great, although the pairing process with other Pocket Wizard transceivers was new to me but easy enough.

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                  4.0

                  Good system

                  By Stuart B.

                  from Greenwich, CT

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Pack
                  • Lightweight
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                  • Difficult to Use

                  Best Uses

                  • Family Photos
                  • Portraits
                  • Weddings/Events

                  Comments about PocketWizard MiniTT1 Radio Slave Transmitter for Canon E-TTL & E-TTL II Systems:

                  I use the PocketWizard system: an AC3 / Mini on the camera and FlexTT5 together with PlusIII. The Flex triggers are used with 580 EXII and 430 EXII Canon speedlites. The PlusIII is used on a 580 EX (not the EX II) because the EX is incompatible with the FlexTT5.

                  I like many aspects of the system. However, I wish the manual was better written.

                  I changed from King Pixel Pro flash triggers to PocketWizards for versatility and to take advantage of the radio connection with the Sekonic L-478DR light meter. I think this light meter/radio trigger system working together is terrific.

                  I gave 4 stars and not 5 because I didn't like (i) the PocketWizard sensitivity to the order in which one turns on the equipment and (ii) the documentation should be better.

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                  5.0

                  MiniTT1 Transmitter - Canon Systems

                  By Gene

                  from Conway, SC

                  About Me Photography Student

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Pack
                  • Easy to Use
                  • Lightweight
                  • Reliable

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Family Photos
                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Travel
                    • Weddings/Events
                    • Wildlife Photos

                    Comments about PocketWizard MiniTT1 Radio Slave Transmitter for Canon E-TTL & E-TTL II Systems:

                    Transmitting my camera's flash signals wirelessly to Flex TT5 Transceivers is very easy, almost too easy!

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Just what I need to facilitate my work

                    By 3Dguy

                    from Ottawa Canada

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Pack
                    • Easy to Use
                    • Lightweight
                    • Reliable
                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Family Photos
                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Travel

                      Comments about PocketWizard MiniTT1 Radio Slave Transmitter for Canon E-TTL & E-TTL II Systems:

                      Excellent accessory for my two canon speedlight flash to use with my sekonic light meter.

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                      • No

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                      4.0

                      Works like a charm

                      By Wedding photographer Ernest Smith

                      from Hampton VA

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy to Use

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Family Photos
                        • Weddings/Events

                        Comments about PocketWizard MiniTT1 Radio Slave Transmitter for Canon E-TTL & E-TTL II Systems:

                        Does what it is suppose to do. Cant wait to use it on a job. Having control over my lights helps me be more creative. My lighting scenarios are limitless now.

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                        5.0

                        Best thing

                        By Danny

                        from Oregon

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Pack
                        • Easy to Use
                        • Lightweight
                        • Reliable
                        • Strong Construction

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Family Photos
                          • Weddings/Events

                          Comments about PocketWizard MiniTT1 Radio Slave Transmitter for Canon E-TTL & E-TTL II Systems:

                          Works really well out of the box, and great with a set of three flextt5, and a ac3 controller. had no problem and they are just really amazing,

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                          5.0

                          Pricy but works great

                          By The Big Kahuna

                          from Flat Rock, MI

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy to Use
                          • Reliable

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Family Photos
                            • Weddings/Events

                            Comments about PocketWizard MiniTT1 Radio Slave Transmitter for Canon E-TTL & E-TTL II Systems:

                            Used for off camera flash photography

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                            • No

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                            1.0

                            onyl time will tell

                            By r

                            from usa

                            Verified Buyer

                            Comments about PocketWizard MiniTT1 Radio Slave Transmitter for Canon E-TTL & E-TTL II Systems:

                            I got the TT1 and TT5 to start with some in home studio work. I assumed since the CTL function worked with the t4i that it would also work with the t5i. I guess that's my fault for assuming. So far it is just annoying. I hope to get a 5d mark ii soon so hopefully it will work better with that. Only time will tell.

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                            5.0

                            Love this product

                            By TRS Images

                            from Grand Junction Coloradou

                            Comments about PocketWizard MiniTT1 Radio Slave Transmitter for Canon E-TTL & E-TTL II Systems:

                            Love this product!

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                            4.0

                            PocketWizard TT1

                            By CV

                            from New Orleans

                            About Me Pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Pack
                            • Easy to Use
                            • Lightweight

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Portraits
                              • Sports/Action
                              • Weddings/Events

                              Comments about PocketWizard MiniTT1 Radio Slave Transmitter for Canon E-TTL & E-TTL II Systems:

                              A must have for off camera flash shooting. Relatively easy to set up use, although on occasion have been known to be a tad temperamental!

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