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PocketWizardMiniTT1 Radio Slave Transmitter for Nikon i-TTL System
 
4.5

(based on 181 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (120)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (39)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (14)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

93%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (142)
  • Easy to use (126)
  • Reliable (125)
  • Packs small / compresses (120)
  • Strong construction (72)

Cons

  • Difficult to use (9)
  • Unreliable (9)
  • Poor quality (6)
  • Expensive (4)

Best Uses

  • Weddings (116)
  • Family photos (83)
  • Sports/action (58)
  • Travel (36)
  • Landscape/scenery (24)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Pro photographer (65), Semi-pro photographer (64), Photo enthusiast (34)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (161)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Love the MiniTT1 / TT5 Combo

I had been struggling with which radio slaves to buy as they all seem to have their pros and cons. However, after reading Kevin Kubota's book, Lighting Notebook (a great read by the...Read complete review

I had been struggling with which radio slaves to buy as they all seem to have their pros and cons. However, after reading Kevin Kubota's book, Lighting Notebook (a great read by the way!), I decided to go with the PocketWizard TT1/TT5 system. I'm very pleased with my decision. I've since purchased additional TT5 tranceivers for additional flashes.

The system has performed nearly flawlessly under many different conditions. I've used the system up to 100' without issue. The only problem I had was a shoot of about 70' with the TT5 around a corner. The system worked, but about 80% reliably. See the attached photo for a shot that worked.

If I have any knock at all, it is that the system can be complex to program as there are so many configurable options. I haven't explored all its capabilities yet. The system is very easy to use for in its simpliest form. The units are small and manageable. I carry them nearly everywhere now. They have added such a broad dimension to my photography.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

compact, low profile radio transmitter

See my review for the TT5 units for more details. I really like the small, low profile of this MiniTT1 atop my lightweight Nikon D5500. It is not compatible for TTL with some...Read complete review

See my review for the TT5 units for more details. I really like the small, low profile of this MiniTT1 atop my lightweight Nikon D5500. It is not compatible for TTL with some of these DX cameras, but still works well for "basic trigger" mode and using manual flash settings.

This transmitters is communicating well with receivers up to about 80 feet with line-of-site. This is pretty good, but for the relatively high price and a lot less than the 1200' specification, I give only 3 stars.

Used indoors with receivers behind furniture, I've experienced good, consistent results. I expect these to meet my needs, including for future capabilities with TTL and other flash systems.

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5.0

Reliable and Durable

By Eddie

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about PocketWizard MiniTT1 Radio Slave Transmitter for Nikon i-TTL System:

Best radio slave transmitter on the market. Have been using Pocket Wizard TTL system for several years and it has never failed. PERFECT!!

 
3.0

Mixed Feelings

By Paul

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about PocketWizard MiniTT1 Radio Slave Transmitter for Nikon i-TTL System:

I bought the MiniTT1 because of the ability to control the power of my Einstein (with addition of PowerMC2 Receiver Module. The Mini is advertised as having 32 channels, just like all of the other PW triggers. While that is technically a true statement, it is somewhat misleading. In fact, the Mini can only switch between 2 channels and comes set to Channels 1 and 2 by default. In order to access other channels, one has to plug into the Pocket Wizard Utility on a computer, or go through an alternative process that requires "learning" the other channels from another PW unit. So, you can't just flip a switch and get more than the two channels that are preset on your unit. This is really useless when you need to make a quick change to accommodate a situation with multiple shooters, or side by side studios, etc. Plus, if you don't have a computer to plug into or another PW to "learn" from, you're out of luck.
The other negative, is that it requires a special battery, so your handy stockpile of AA and AAA batteries won't do you any good if you run out.
As long as you're OK with just being able to choose between two channels, the unit is fine.

 
5.0

Works like it should

By Tward88

from Iowa City, Iowa

Verified Buyer

Comments about PocketWizard MiniTT1 Radio Slave Transmitter for Nikon i-TTL System:

Does exactly what it says it will do. I have had no issues so far.

 
3.0

When it works it is fine but I find it does not always fire.

By RLN

from Kalamazoo, Mi

Verified Buyer

Comments about PocketWizard MiniTT1 Radio Slave Transmitter for Nikon i-TTL System:

I use this for inside property photos to fire remote flash units to brighten shadows and other rooms. I use a Nikon D750 with an SB 800 on the camera and Nikon SB-26's in manual and sometimes an SB 600 which rarely works more that once. The remote units are always out of sight and have Pocket Wizard Plus II's attached. They have always worked great in the studio but it seems that homes with plaster walls block the signal. When it does work I suspect that the remote is catching and camera flash and firing with the optic slave. I find I am taking too many extra photos to get everything to work. My old unit always worked fine on the D300s. I shoot 3-4 properties a day so I do not want to be messing around with something that does not work 100%. This week I will try some other set ups and monitor the interior wall finishes to try and narrow it down. If I can't depend on it I am better off with the optic slave.

The unit seems to be built well as are other Pocket Wizard products and that is why I went with this setup. I have used the Plus II for studio work and outdoor remotes for over five years without any problems. I am not sure it my issue is the unit or the shooting situations but because my past use of the Plus II without problems I would recommend this product but consider how it will be used.

 
5.0

Welcome Addition To The Family

By Wes

from Carlisle, PA

Verified Buyer

Comments about PocketWizard MiniTT1 Radio Slave Transmitter for Nikon i-TTL System:

I've already used this several times over the past week and it's done an excellent job in conjunction with the other three pocket wizards I already have. The smaller stature is nice for on top of the camera, with or without a flash attached, and the battery life seems to be fairly good. As a full time photographer, I use this system regularly and it's always done a good job for me. They are well built and I plan on continuing with them for as long as I'm on business.

 
4.0

I need more of these

By Sam Dam

from Arlington, MA

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy to Use
  • Lightweight
  • Reliable

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Family Photos
    • Weddings/Events

    Comments about PocketWizard MiniTT1 Radio Slave Transmitter for Nikon i-TTL System:

    Bought it along with transceiver....does good work

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No
     
    3.0

    Works with exceptions

    By Dan

    from Philadelphia

    Verified Buyer

    Comments about PocketWizard MiniTT1 Radio Slave Transmitter for Nikon i-TTL System:

    I mainly bought the the MiniTT1 for the hypersync capability. And while it does do what it claims, it truly is a 'work around' for the camera's x sync speed with resulting pros and cons. To be fair, pocket wizard does make it pretty clear of the limitations.

    Cons...
    actual sync speed depends on your camera and lights being used
    Huge learning curve
    ANY variations from its intended use (shutter speed, strobe power, etc) should be thoroughly tested before use on assignment
    Less usable power from my strobes

    Pros...With my profotos I was able to sync at 1/800...1/1000 if I am willing to crop a bit of the bottom

     
    5.0

    Best Radio Transmitter

    By EddieM

    from New Jersey

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

      Comments about PocketWizard MiniTT1 Radio Slave Transmitter for Nikon i-TTL System:

      I have been using my first MiniTT1 for two years and it has never failed. I photograph weddings year round and this product is a workhorse and very dependable. I have accidentally bumped into walls and other items, but it has performed without any issues. The second one I'm purchasing is going on the second camera I will be carrying during a wedding. Great product!!

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No
       
      5.0

      Does what I need it to

      By Dean

      from Arizona

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about PocketWizard MiniTT1 Radio Slave Transmitter for Nikon i-TTL System:

          I bought this to go with the Flextt5. I can now do HSS with my SB-800 outdoors and have total control of the sunlight.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          (4 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

           
          2.0

          Does not totally operate as advertised

          By Bob N

          from Pennsylvania

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Lightweight

          Cons

          • Difficult to Use

          Best Uses

          • Family Photos
          • Weddings/Events

          Comments about PocketWizard MiniTT1 Radio Slave Transmitter for Nikon i-TTL System:

          I purchased the a Sekonic L-758DR light meter, Pocket Wizard Flex TT5 and a Mini TT1 for Nikon iTTL flash systems, I'm using them with a Nikon SB-910 Speedlight off camera.
          I attempted to set it all up, that's where the problems started! I could not get the L-758DR to trigger the flash that was mounted on the Flex TT5 in the iTTL flash mode, nor would the camera fire the flash in the iTTL flash mode with the Mini TT1 mounted on the camera when the shutter button was press to take a photo. I went on line to the Pocket Wizard support website, read all of the posting and watched all of the videos, and checked the firmware to be sure it was the latest.
          I then tried setting up the Mini TT1 and the Flex TT5 as per all of the information on their website and a number of third party websites with no success. I then finally decided and tried for 3 days to contact Pocket Wizard support by phone to get only an answering machine instructing me they were busy and to communicate with them by email. Finally after numerous emails that went back and forth over several days instructing me to get on to their support website and read all of the postings and watch the videos, I called several more times and finally got a live person that told me they would email me a few setting to try, they didn't work either. I finally just set the Flex TT5 to the "Basic Trigger Mode" and it started working only in the manual flash mode and not the iTTL or any other flash modes. I come to find out that the Nikon SB-910 is not totally compatible with the Pocket Wizard system. If you want to use the SB-910 you have to set it to be used in the manual mode only for it to work.
          It's a lot of money to spend to get the manual mode feature only! If you have a problem and need tech support plan on wasting several days online reading all of the posting, playing email tag or possibly trying to get a live person to tell you they will email you instructions to find out that you have already tried everything listed in there instructions! After, spending countless hours online and reading different posting it appears that a lot of people are have problems with this system and the Nikon SB-910 speedlight. All conclusions are to that the Nikon SB-910 cannot be used with the Pocket Wizard system in the iTTL or any of the other flash modes. I have come to find that customer service is not one of there priorities.

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          • No
           
          4.0

          I like it

          By HD

          from vallejo

          Comments about PocketWizard MiniTT1 Radio Slave Transmitter for Nikon i-TTL System:

          I like this pocket wizard, I have two of the regular sized ones on my flashes and this one I use on camera to trigger the others. So far it has been consistent.

           
          4.0

          Expanding my kit

          By Piper Don

          from CT

          Comments about PocketWizard MiniTT1 Radio Slave Transmitter for Nikon i-TTL System:

          Allows on camera trigger for other multiple pocket wizards. Works great. Only comment is it uses flat disc batteries so you'll need spare batteries.

           
          5.0

          Ultimate command center for the Pocket Wizard system!

          By Jeffrey Dowell

          from Portland, Oregon

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Family Photos
            • Sports/Action

            Comments about PocketWizard MiniTT1 Radio Slave Transmitter for Nikon i-TTL System:

            This little guy packs a punch of radio waves to my other two TT5 transceivers. It has not failed once. Not having to use wires with it is extremely important and a huge time saver. It is definitely worth the money to upgrade to this system. I have owned other brands in the past, and nothing comes close. I just put it on my camera, and I'm ready to go.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No
             
            4.0

            Reliable Powerful Mini

            By Mamo

            from Wausau, WI

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Sports/Action
              • Weddings/Events

              Comments about PocketWizard MiniTT1 Radio Slave Transmitter for Nikon i-TTL System:

              I bought this to triger my Elinchrom Ranger RX Speed AS using the ST4. it works out of the box, easy.
              Had to install Pocketwizard utillity software to update firmware and set the HyperSync settings. I like how quick it is, and easy to change settings and set custom 1 and custom 2 settings. the size is a plus for sure.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

              (0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

               
              2.0

              Not for me...

              By Mosaic Photographics

              from Atlanta GA

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Pack
              • Lightweight

              Cons

              • Difficult to Use
              • Unreliable

              Best Uses

                Comments about PocketWizard MiniTT1 Radio Slave Transmitter for Nikon i-TTL System:

                We got these along with a PlusX to use with our simple off-camera flash setup. Boy was I disappointed...

                We got some Cactus triggers for a wedding a few months back and they were alright but we had issues with the pass-through TTL not working properly. You would have to wiggle the trigger and the flash, or turn them off and back on to get them to function.

                These are a whole different level of suck.

                We opted for the PocketWizards because everyone raves about how reliable they are. Well they were anything but reliable for us.

                They would work to trigger the off-camera flash for about a minute, but then they would realize they were doing something useful and would stop triggering the off-camera flash. Our on camera TTL flashes would still work great, but these just wouldn't fire the remote flash.

                To make matters more confusing, the off-camera flash would fire if you pressed the "test" button--so they were clearly connecting/communicating. This made it abundantly clear that the triggers were DELIBERATELY not firing our remote flash.

                I believe these probably work great if you have a FlexTTL off camera, and they probably work amazing if you use top of the line Nikon flashes that use the CLS system AND if the flash you have on camera is a flagship one capable of commander mode.

                BUT.... I kinda thought the whole point of using PW's was so that we don't have to buy the ridiculously overpriced Nikon flashes?!?

                Anyways... For simple off-camera flash with pass-through TTL on camera, these fail miserably. Like seriously horribly.

                We replaced them with some Phottix Strato II's and are SO happy with them! They work just the way they are supposed to and they are much simpler to operate.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Compact and It Works

                By B Man

                from Texas

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Family Photos
                  • Sports/Action
                  • Weddings/Events

                  Comments about PocketWizard MiniTT1 Radio Slave Transmitter for Nikon i-TTL System:

                  I use it with a PocketWizard PowerMC2 to trigger my Einsteins. Had it transmitting for the first time in under a minute. Easy to use. Still learning all the advanced features.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  Works well

                  By jhbeckman

                  from Pelham, NY

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy to Use
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about PocketWizard MiniTT1 Radio Slave Transmitter for Nikon i-TTL System:

                      Many years ago, when PocketWizard first came out with their radio trigger for flashes (I used it for studio flash), I was talked to them on the phone and said, "You guys should develop a TTL system." They said, "We're hoping to." And now, here we are.

                      The PocketWizard TT1 and TT5 system has worked well for me so far. I've been impressed with the results I've gotten -- the images show that the system is taking account to flash exposure compensation changes. It is as reliable as Nikon's own infrared-based TTL system, without the disadvantages (line of sight, distance limitations, etc), and it is certainly easier than the manual mode radio triggering of yore.

                      Recommended.

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                      • No

                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      slave to no one

                      By queen

                      from hahnville, la

                      About Me Photography Student

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Family Photos
                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Sports/Action
                        • Travel

                        Comments about PocketWizard MiniTT1 Radio Slave Transmitter for Nikon i-TTL System:

                        Before making this purchase from b&h, i had went to local shops. This product was either not in stock or over priced. I purchased it from b&h the same week i needed for a birthday shoot. As usual, my purchase came in on time, priced lower and packaged well.

                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No

                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        4.0

                        It Works

                        By Chip

                        from San Jose, CA

                        About Me Pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy to Use
                        • Lightweight
                        • Reliable

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Family Photos
                          • Weddings/Events

                          Comments about PocketWizard MiniTT1 Radio Slave Transmitter for Nikon i-TTL System:

                          After buying a cheap copy, finally bought the real deal. Love it.

                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • No

                          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          3.0

                          compact, low profile radio transmitter

                          By JPaul

                          from TX

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Pack
                          • Easy to Use
                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about PocketWizard MiniTT1 Radio Slave Transmitter for Nikon i-TTL System:

                              See my review for the TT5 units for more details. I really like the small, low profile of this MiniTT1 atop my lightweight Nikon D5500. It is not compatible for TTL with some of these DX cameras, but still works well for "basic trigger" mode and using manual flash settings.

                              This transmitters is communicating well with receivers up to about 80 feet with line-of-site. This is pretty good, but for the relatively high price and a lot less than the 1200' specification, I give only 3 stars.

                              Used indoors with receivers behind furniture, I've experienced good, consistent results. I expect these to meet my needs, including for future capabilities with TTL and other flash systems.

                              • Was this a gift?:
                              • No

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