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PocketWizardAC3 ZoneController for Nikon
 
4.8

(based on 120 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (97)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (17)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (6)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

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99%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (72)
  • Reliable (38)
  • Easy to use (34)
  • Attaches securely (29)
  • Durable (19)

Cons

  • Flimsy (4)
  • Poor quality (4)

Best Uses

  • Portraits (37)
  • Weddings (36)
  • Indoors (35)
  • Outdoors (32)
  • General purpose (28)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Semi-pro photographer (37), Pro photographer (34), Photo enthusiast (19), Casual photographer (5), Photography student (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (96)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

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...Read complete review

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!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

simplistic, great, easy, control

I use this product to trigger my nikon speedlights and paul buff a.k.a alienbees studio lights. The only reason I gave it 3stars is becuase it won't allow you to control paul buff einstein...Read complete review

I use this product to trigger my nikon speedlights and paul buff a.k.a alienbees studio lights. The only reason I gave it 3stars is becuase it won't allow you to control paul buff einstein down all the way to 1/128th power, and if your not paying attention feels like you may break it
Great product ability to trigger studio and speed lights at the same time. no more walking back and forth to change powerlevels on flash can all be achieved from the top of your camera. also gives you the ability to control three sets of light so now you can have a key back and fill light have comeplete ratio control

Not so great: well it seems kinda flimsy feeling when your turning or forget and try to overturn the command dial. It could use another stop on the command dial as it wont let you choose any power level under 1/64th power which the paull buff and nikon speed lights go under to 1/128 power

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3.0

Very Useful

By Akbar Ukani

from Atlanta,GA

Verified Buyer

Comments about PocketWizard AC3 ZoneController for Nikon:

This is my 3rd AC3 within 2 years of time, it's not last long (made in china) AC3 is very good product it's a very very useful make your work easier.

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5.0

Great Product - Makes Life Easy

By South Texas Mike

from San Antoinio, TX

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Consistent
  • Easy To Set Up
  • Lightweight
  • Reliable

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Artificial Lighting
    • Photography
    • Portraits
    • Strobe Lighting
    • Weddings

    Comments about PocketWizard AC3 ZoneController for Nikon:

    Allows me to take my Flex and Mini to the next level. When used with me Nikon SB-910's it works great! I only wish Pocket Wizard would make their products a little more heavy duty. While I've never broken a PW product, they all feel a bit on the flimsy side.

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    3.0

    Works for iTTL

    By bestphototoday

    from Southampton, NY

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Set Up

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about PocketWizard AC3 ZoneController for Nikon:

        Works with both my Nikon and Metz flashes as TTL, Does not control the flash power in manual mode as stated.

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        • No

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        5.0

        Control at your fingertips

        By Rich B

        from Garnet Valley PA

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Consistent
        • Easy To Set Up
        • Lightweight
        • Reliable

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Artificial Lighting
          • Photography
          • Portraits
          • Strobe Lighting
          • Weddings

          Comments about PocketWizard AC3 ZoneController for Nikon:

          What a time saver, the last thing you want to do is keep running back and forth to your remote flashes to make adjustments. Here I can adjust my main light, fill light and background flash without leaving the camera. Unless you want to bring a crew to speed things up this is the next best thing.

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          5.0

          Ultimate flash controller for Pocket Wizard system

          By Jeffrey Dowell

          from Portland, Oregon

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent
          • Easy To Set Up
          • Lightweight
          • Reliable

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Photography
            • Portraits

            Comments about PocketWizard AC3 ZoneController for Nikon:

            Simply slide this onto your TT1 radio slave and you have three dials to adjust your flash up and down. This is a must-have for the Pocket Wizard system.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Why did I wait?

            By MON

            from Long Island, NY

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Consistent
            • Easy To Set Up
            • Lightweight
            • Reliable

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Artificial Lighting
              • Photography
              • Portraits
              • Strobe Lighting
              • Weddings

              Comments about PocketWizard AC3 ZoneController for Nikon:

              Have been using PocketWizard Mini's and Flex since before they went on the market (was one of the original beta testers). Now I can control all the remote lights right from the camera without having to have a speedlight on the camera and firing.

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              • No

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              5.0

              Makes it easy

              By Rod

              from Edison New Jersey

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Consistent
              • Easy To Set Up
              • Lightweight
              • Reliable

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Artificial Lighting
                • Strobe Lighting
                • Weddings

                Comments about PocketWizard AC3 ZoneController for Nikon:

                I like the fact that this device does not require another battery that you would have to carry.
                The device does exactly what it says it will and it doesn't without being complicated. It is also compact and there's almost no Additional weight.
                Just remember that this device is designed to be used when there is no flash on your camera.
                Would I buy it again? Yes

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                5.0

                not controlled with high pricing

                By queen

                from hahnville, la

                About Me Photography Student

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Set Up
                • Lightweight
                • Reliable

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Artificial Lighting
                  • Photography
                  • Portraits
                  • Strobe Lighting

                  Comments about PocketWizard AC3 ZoneController for Nikon:

                  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.

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                  • No

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                  4.0

                  Great addition but... Has one limitation

                  By Retired Camera Guy

                  from Orlando, FL

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Convenience
                  • Easy To Set Up
                  • Size

                  Cons

                  • Info In Pic Data

                  Best Uses

                  • Off Camera Flash Control
                  • Portraits
                  • Strobe Lighting
                  • Weddings

                  Comments about PocketWizard AC3 ZoneController for Nikon:

                  I bought this item after reading several reviews because I wanted a faster way to control one or more off camera flashes. First off, it works great adjusting the power in both manual and TTL modes. I can look down and quickly adjust my key or fill lights based on my subject. Secondly, size! It is small and fits perfectly on top of the camera. Lastly, no addional batteries! It uses the power right off the Mini TT1.
                  Now this could be a non issue for some shooters, but I also like to look at my data in my camera or later when I processing my pics. I like to see what I did and review all the information, such as ISO, F stop, shutter speed and flash power. What I ran into using my Nikon D600 with SB910 strobes was the information in the data always recorded the flash as full power. When I contacted Pocketwizard they confirmed this issue however said this was the first time it was brought to their attention. There is no immediate plan to correct this but I was told they would look into it.
                  Again, I would have easily given this 5 stars based on it's size and convenience. I also use a SU800 which does give the flash values in the picture data, but it is bulky and you have to refresh it to change settings not to mention it's an addional battery to carry for the unit.

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                  5.0

                  Very Versatile Controller

                  By John

                  from Conover, NC

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Attaches Securely
                  • Easy to Use
                  • Lightweight
                  • Powerful

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Indoors
                    • Portraits
                    • Special Events

                    Comments about PocketWizard AC3 ZoneController for Nikon:

                    I use the AC# with my MiniTT1, FlexTT5 and PowerMC2 units to control the light output for each zone. From my camera I can control the light outputs from each zone without having to individually change their settings. Power Tracking is also very useful to keep the correct exposure when changing the aperture or ISO settings.

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                    5.0

                    Fast control

                    By Photog25

                    from NJ

                    Comments about PocketWizard AC3 ZoneController for Nikon:

                    I love this zone control cause it's easy to use and let's you adjust settings fast.

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                    4.0

                    Small size but does the job

                    By Bob

                    from Detroit, MI

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Attaches Securely
                    • Durable
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about PocketWizard AC3 ZoneController for Nikon:

                        I really expected this to be closer in size to the FlexTT5, but it's dimensions are about all about half. Making it a little bigger than the hot shoe.

                        But it does what it advertises. I actually wish it were a little bigger to make turning the dials a bit easier.

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                        3.0

                        Good deal

                        By Gdh

                        from Va

                        Comments about PocketWizard AC3 ZoneController for Nikon:

                        I bought this to go with my radio and speed lites and nikon d800 works well

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                        5.0

                        Solid review

                        By NCP

                        from Harrisburg, PA

                        About Me Pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Attaches Securely
                        • Lightweight
                        • Powerful

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about PocketWizard AC3 ZoneController for Nikon:

                            Solid lighting control that saves you a ton of time in the field.

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                            4.0

                            Works good but previous unit failed

                            By James Pratt

                            from Edmond, OK

                            About Me Pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Comments about PocketWizard AC3 ZoneController for Nikon:

                            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.

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                            5.0

                            Excellent Product

                            By TWPhotos

                            from Coudersport, Pennsylvania

                            About Me Pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Attaches Securely
                            • Durable
                            • Lightweight
                            • Long-Lasting

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Control Multiple Lights
                              • Easy Power Adjustment
                              • Outdoors
                              • Weddings

                              Comments about PocketWizard AC3 ZoneController for Nikon:

                              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.

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                              4.0

                              Everything I had hoped for

                              By GeoNikon

                              from Albany, NY

                              About Me Pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Lightweight
                              • Reliable Easy Set Up

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Indoors
                                • Night Time
                                • Outdoors
                                • Portraits
                                • Special Events

                                Comments about PocketWizard AC3 ZoneController for Nikon:

                                I've been looking at the AC3 for use with my PW Flex and Mini system (Nikon). I run two cameras, each with a TT1/AC3 combo and three lights around the room with TT5's. With very few exceptions, exposures are accurate. All flashes fire reliably, even throughout a five hour reception. Subracting one star as the exposure compensation/control dials sometimes get changed when the cameras are hanging at my side.

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                                5.0

                                Great product

                                By Refurb

                                from SoCal

                                About Me Photography Student

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Attaches Securely
                                • Lightweight

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • General Use
                                  • Outdoors
                                  • Special Events

                                  Comments about PocketWizard AC3 ZoneController for Nikon:

                                  Small and portable - easy to use and it will really simplify life. So much easier than messing with manual adjustments or camera menus. Once you have two Flex-5s it's a no-brainer. For the price why not get one?

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                                  5.0

                                  Great for Full Manual Control

                                  By MTI Photography LLC

                                  from Deptford, NJ

                                  About Me Pro Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Attaches Securely
                                  • Durable
                                  • Good Color Value
                                  • Lightweight
                                  • Long-Lasting
                                  • Powerful

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • General Use
                                    • Indoors
                                    • Low Light
                                    • Night Time
                                    • Outdoors
                                    • Portraits
                                    • Special Events

                                    Comments about PocketWizard AC3 ZoneController for Nikon:

                                    The PocketWizard AC3 Zone controller does exactly what it says it does. It will control the output of your different flash units in each group. It supports 3 groups with multiple flashes. You can have as many flashes in 1 group as you'd like. The unit can be used in Full Manual or Automatic TTL mode, but in both modes, you can adjust the power output of the flash itself remotely.

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                                    5.0

                                    This works GREAT with my 3 flashes

                                    By Billy Ball

                                    from L.A.

                                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Easy To Set Up

                                    Cons

                                    • Inconsistent Output

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Photography

                                    Comments about PocketWizard AC3 ZoneController for Nikon:

                                    On portraits in and out from the sun

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                                    • No

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