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PocketWizardFlexTT5 Transceiver Radio Slave for Canon E-TTL II System
 
4.1

(based on 400 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (210)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (119)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (23)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (15)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (33)

86%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (300)
  • Easy to use (284)
  • Reliable (237)
  • Packs small / compresses (178)
  • Strong construction (93)

Cons

  • Unreliable (31)
  • Poor quality (30)
  • Not functional (21)
  • Difficult to use (20)
  • Not durable (17)

Best Uses

  • Weddings (188)
  • Family photos (169)
  • Portraits (106)
  • Travel (94)
  • Sports/action (91)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Pro photographer (117), Semi-pro photographer (116), Professional (52), Semi-professional (44), Photo enthusiast (31)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (260), Yes (6)

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: [@]

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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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1.0

So over these overrated unreliable radios!

By Elizabeth

from Undisclosed

Site Member

Comments about PocketWizard FlexTT5 Transceiver Radio Slave for Canon E-TTL II System:

I have had my FlexTT5 (3 of them) and MiniTT1 (1 of them) for *years* now. I got them when they first came out and my Canon 1dx when it was first released. At first the updates were slow to include ETTL functions for the radios, but I waited and waited patiently for the updates. Finally Pocket wizard got it together and updated for the new 1DX camera.
I shoot weddings, and over the years I have missed shots, had radios fail, just stop working, not sync up and just spaz out off and on. Now these pieces of junk have made my camera lock up and render it useless at the most inopportune moments now 3 times. I finally gave up on them and went for the cheaper Yongnuo after reading that people liked them. I shot my first wedding with them last night and can NOT believe how horrible Pocket Wizard is! Nothing failed last night, no sync issues with the cheaper Yongnuo. No random misfires. So as cute and compact as these TT5 or Mini radios are, avoid them like the plague and go with something else. I have heard that the Nikon version works better but still, get it together Pocket Wizard!

 
2.0

Unreliable for Canon, much better on Nikon

By Jeffrey

from Undisclosed

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Comments about PocketWizard FlexTT5 Transceiver Radio Slave for Canon E-TTL II System:

I shot several FlexTT5s and a FlexTT1 with AC3 for about a year professionally on the Canon system. Things were pretty good, but AT LEAST once per wedding the entire system would stop firing without warning. Fresh batteries every gig, updated firmware, you name it, I tried it. Changing the camera body that the transmitter was on also seemed to upset it and cause things to stop. I cannot afford that kind of reliability at a wedding, my clients deserve better! The other guy I shoot with still uses that system for Nikon and it appears much more reliable for him. It may be the way they reverse engineered the Canon ETTL algorithms. The power cycling order you use is extremely important. These things are finicky. If you're a Canon shooter use the proprietary RT system in the new 600 series flashes and never look back.

 
5.0

Pocket Wizard

By Unique Vision Photography MariaDorsey

from Fords NJ

Comments about PocketWizard FlexTT5 Transceiver Radio Slave for Canon E-TTL II System:

Excellent

 
5.0

Works like a charm

By jserinya

from Houston, TX

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy to Use

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about PocketWizard FlexTT5 Transceiver Radio Slave for Canon E-TTL II System:

      I'm using the FlexTT5 with a Canon 430 flash. It is perfect for complementing the Bowens Gemini 500 at a much lower cost (if you already own a Canon Speedlight).
      I'm firing this unit and the Bowens unit with my PocketWizard Plus III.

       
      5.0

      Great Product

      By Charlotte

      from Alabama

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Family Photos
        • Weddings/Events

        Comments about PocketWizard FlexTT5 Transceiver Radio Slave for Canon E-TTL II System:

        I purchased this FlexTT5 to go with the PocketWizard radio controls I already have. I have a MiniTT1 Transmitter on my camera and a FlexTT5 Transceiver on an off-camera flash. With this purchase, I am now able to use 2 off-camera flash units. My experience has always been great with my PocketWizard equipment. Anytime it has failed to do it's job, it has been because it needed a fresh battery. I suggest you always have extra batteries on hand, as well as checking them before any photo shoot.

         
        3.0

        Poor interface

        By AOP_photos

        from Bloomington in

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Pros

          Cons

          • Difficult to Use

          Best Uses

            Comments about PocketWizard FlexTT5 Transceiver Radio Slave for Canon E-TTL II System:

            If you only have a Mac computer and have OS El Capitan you will not be able to configure these radios. The pocketwizard utility is the only way to upgrade firmware, change channels, and pretty much set any feature. Canon owners are very limited in what speed lights are compatible because of RF problems with the canon speed lights. Nissin and Metz are the only third party speed lights. See compatibility list on pocketwizard.com. If you have a supported speed light they work great.

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            • No
             
            5.0

            Works great

            By Oneway626

            from Bethlehem, PA

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Reliable

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Family Photos
              • Sports/Action

              Comments about PocketWizard FlexTT5 Transceiver Radio Slave for Canon E-TTL II System:

              I use this primarily to fire a second camera and it works very well.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No
               
              5.0

              Works great with ETTL and Manual

              By Sandy

              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
                • Wildlife Photos

                Comments about PocketWizard FlexTT5 Transceiver Radio Slave for Canon E-TTL II System:

                It is very easy to set up with the Pocket Wizard Utility. It works great with manual and ETTL. It fits snugly on a light stand with an umbrella or soft box. So far it has been very reliable.

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                • No
                 
                5.0

                Easy to use and durable

                By Charlene

                from San Jose, CA

                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
                  • Weddings/Events

                  Comments about PocketWizard FlexTT5 Transceiver Radio Slave for Canon E-TTL II System:

                  I purchased it for a wedding the week before and it came in pretty quickly. It was so easy to use, came with batteries already and it was durable.

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                  • No
                   
                  5.0

                  Works really well

                  By JABster

                  from Portland, Or

                  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 FlexTT5 Transceiver Radio Slave for Canon E-TTL II System:

                    Use this product in the studio and outdoors with both flash and strobes. I was able to program my Plus X triggers to do hypersync and extremely happy with the results!!

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    3.0

                    Pretty good

                    By Markthetog

                    from So Cal

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Pack
                    • Easy to Use
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                    • Unreliable

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about PocketWizard FlexTT5 Transceiver Radio Slave for Canon E-TTL II System:

                      I got this to trigger my Bowens flashes with their proprietary cards.
                      Triggering is good inside but range is poor outdoors.

                      What is good is the Hypersync feature that allows me to use the flashes up to about 1/2500 sec.

                      However as the range is short and unreliable it is hard to recommend this combo.

                      Plastic foot is just wrong after all these years.

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                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      4.0

                      Perfect for 580ex ii and 430 Speedlites

                      By RobynDawn

                      from Myrtle Beach, SC

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                      • Antenna Closes Easily

                      Best Uses

                      • Family Photos
                      • Portraits
                      • Weddings/Events

                      Comments about PocketWizard FlexTT5 Transceiver Radio Slave for Canon E-TTL II System:

                      After trying the mini-tt1 for my Canon 580exii and 430ex and having it trigger maybe half the time, I read that these specific flash models have issues with radio frequency interference. I finally read that the FlexTT5 works with these just because there's an antennae that helps with the RF interference.

                      The FlexTT5 works so much better with these flashes and I haven't had issues with triggering at all UNLESS I accidentally push the antennae down.

                      If you have these flashes, go with this transceiver, NOT the mini-tt1. I also like that this transceiver uses AAs.

                      (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      1.0

                      DO NOT DO NOT DO NOT buy this headache

                      By Peelzy

                      from San Clemente, Ca

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Comments about PocketWizard FlexTT5 Transceiver Radio Slave for Canon E-TTL II System:

                      If only there was a negative rating system. I bought two Flex TT5s back in 2012. I want to use them remotely for light painting. According to everything I have read this is supposed to work. Right off the bat I had trouble getting these to work properly, even when following directions to a T. I work with the company by email and phone and nothing was working. I got frustrated and put them away for a while then recently pulled them out and tried to get them working. Again, I contacted PW and they tried to work with me to get these things working the way I wanted them to, for my uses. Eventually, one of the managers contacted me and informed me that what I was trying to do would not work. But, instead of putting the blame on PW, he put it on Canon and claimed that the 580 exii speedlites are too noisy and interrupt Pocketwizard units. So my question is - why was this product allowed to hit the market if the 580 exii not workable with the PW products that were "specifically" made for Canon speedlites???? So, now I'm stuck with over $ worth of shyte plastic that I can't use for the only things I wanted it for.Thanks, PW, for leading me on and leaving me nothing but a hole in my pocket.

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                      5.0

                      Absolutely flawless!

                      By Phil

                      from Buffalo

                      Comments about PocketWizard FlexTT5 Transceiver Radio Slave for Canon E-TTL II System:

                      When some people occasionally complain about the consistency of this product I think they haven't set them up properly. I started out with three units and now have gone to five, they have been absolutely flawless and I love them!

                       
                      5.0

                      FlexTT5 Transceiver Radio Slave for Cano

                      By 427accobra

                      from CT

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy to Use
                      • Lightweight
                      • Reliable
                      • Strong Construction

                      Cons

                      • None at this time

                      Best Uses

                      • Family Photos
                      • Portriat
                      • Weddings/Events

                      Comments about PocketWizard FlexTT5 Transceiver Radio Slave for Canon E-TTL II System:

                      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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                      • No
                       
                      5.0

                      I love my PW

                      By annbhiking

                      from Virginia

                      Comments about PocketWizard FlexTT5 Transceiver Radio Slave for Canon E-TTL II System:

                      This was bought to add to my collection. I mostly shoot equine stuff and getting my flash off camera offers so many great opportunities. Love it.

                       
                      5.0

                      As easy as they come

                      By Mr. Stubbs

                      from Conroe, Tx

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Family Photos
                        • Weddings/Events

                        Comments about PocketWizard FlexTT5 Transceiver Radio Slave for Canon E-TTL II System:

                        This is a great product from PocketWizard. Very easy to setup, update and make changes in the settings. I originally bought 2 FlexTT5's and a MiniTT1. The only advantage the MiniTT1 has as a transmitter is the smaller size. The drawbacks to the MiniTT1 is that it only transmits, where the FlexTT5 is a transceiver...it can transmit and receive. Also the Mini takes a CR2450 battery (watch style) where the FlexTT5 takes 2 AA batteries. I have a bunch of rechargeable eneloop batteries and find this is a more desirable option. So, I bought another FlexTT5 to put on my camera. I have two Elinchrome Monolights, so I bout the PowerST4 to trigger them with the FlexTT5...works perfect...plug and play basically. Also the FlexTT5 allows you to shoot in hypersync. I also use the AC3 to control my light outputs.

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                        5.0

                        Pocket Wizards

                        By Mike C.

                        from Reno, NV

                        About Me Photography Student

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                        • Bulky
                        • Weak Construction

                        Best Uses

                        • Family Photos
                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Sports/Action
                        • Travel
                        • Underwater
                        • Weddings/Events

                        Comments about PocketWizard FlexTT5 Transceiver Radio Slave for Canon E-TTL II System:

                        what can you say, pocket wizards rock!

                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No
                         
                        4.0

                        A Must Have

                        By troutstalker

                        from Sacramento, CA

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy to Use

                        Cons

                        • Weak Construction

                        Best Uses

                        • Family Photos
                        • Weddings/Events

                        Comments about PocketWizard FlexTT5 Transceiver Radio Slave for Canon E-TTL II System:

                        I bought two of these to control by Canon 430s off camera. Best gear purchase this year. Pros: simple to use, simple to install. Cons: a bit flimsy feeling.

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                        • No
                         
                        4.0

                        Reliable, but fragile

                        By zerovision

                        from Dallas, TX

                        About Me Pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy to Use
                        • Lightweight
                        • Reliable

                        Cons

                        • Lots Of Aa Batteries
                        • Lots Of Batteries
                        • Weak Construction
                        • With Lots Of Tt5s

                        Best Uses

                        • Weddings/Events

                        Comments about PocketWizard FlexTT5 Transceiver Radio Slave for Canon E-TTL II System:

                        I bought this FlexTT5 for three reasons.

                        1, Its cheaper than a 600EX
                        2, To replace another FlexTT5 that broke when it fell out of the Tri-mount shoe on my mono-pod.
                        3, To allow more off camera flash for additional speedlites I own.

                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No

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