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PocketWizardPlus III Transceiver (Yellow)
 
4.8

(based on 462 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (373)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (72)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (12)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (3)

98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (311)
  • Easy to use (281)
  • Reliable (268)
  • Durable (239)
  • Attaches securely (40)

Cons

  • Heavy / bulky (9)
  • Poor design (9)
  • Not durable (7)
  • Difficult to use (6)
  • Not functional (4)

Best Uses

  • Portraits (292)
  • Studio (253)
  • Travel (106)
  • Everyday (97)
  • Home (58)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Professional (157), Semi-professional (105), Enthusiast (43), Pro photographer (30), Semi-pro photographer (29)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (364), Yes (7)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Great - Absolutely, but not perfect.

I am a semi-pro wannabe who shoots about 4-6 weddings per year as well as a few portrait sessions. I wanted this for two primary purposes:

1) To...Read complete review

I am a semi-pro wannabe who shoots about 4-6 weddings per year as well as a few portrait sessions. I wanted this for two primary purposes:

1) To free me up in the studio. I have some Hensel flashes which work great with the optical slave, but I don't like using my flash gun on the camera to trigger them because of the stray light. The cable trigger is just too long and clunky. So I wanted these to trigger my studio flashes. For this, they work swell.

2) To allow me to more easily use off-camera fill flash for weddings. When I'm outside, I need a softbox and flash to compete with the grey skies and bright sun that we get here sometimes in Sweden. Here the Hensels with a portable power supply are troublesome as the optical trigger goes byserk outdoors. Again, the cable is too cumbersome. But the Hensels themselves are also an issue as they're too heavy for my 11 year old daughter/assistant to handle, so enter Lastolite Hot Shoe EZYBOX Softbox Kit or the Interfit Strobies Folding Softbox (24 x 24") (both sold by BH). With the EZYBOX, you have the option of using 4 flashes simultaneously, which should give one about 320 w/s (assuming 4x SB-800 or 900). Granted, this isn't to the level of the Hensels which deliver 500 w/s, but it should be enough to give the sun a run for it's money and be more portable. You can use 2 pocketwizards (one on the camera and 1 to a speedlight) and then use the optical trigger function in manual mode on the other 3 speedlights in the box to synch the flash. Voila - a solution. Of course, you need the optical trigger which is available on the SB-26, SB-800, and SB-900/910 model flashes to make this work.

Now, these pocketWizards don't support high-speed synch, which is a major bummer for me. To get this, you need to purchase the TT1 or TT5 models (also available from B&H), so to get the apertures to open up a bit at my highest available synch speed for my set-up, I need some neutral density filters. Having investigated some on the subject, I will probably go for the 3 or 4 stop multicoated B+W filters. For those of you who haven't tried them, the multi-coated B+W filters are about 10 times easier to keep clean than the Hoya filters. A tangent here, but I've dropped one lens and my wife has dropped one over the years. On the one with the Hoya filter, the filter shattered and very slightly scratched my lens - not something you want with a 135mm F2 DC Nikkor... On the second one with the B+W filter, the filter ring bent to the point that I could not remove the filter (a tougher drop), but the glass stayed intact. B+W has amazing filters...

Grumble 2: The speedlights go to sleep after a bit. I believe that one can set the timing on this on the speedlights themselves. In any case, the first picture which I take after a pause awakens the speedlight and the flash actually functions on the 2nd or later. I think that if you push the test button, this will wake up the flash, it's just a matter of remembering to do this. Not an issue with the pocketwizard per se, just me learning to use them...

Grumble 3: When you ding the side of these with your finger, you hear the antenna twang. I design antennas for a living, so I'm pretty sure that they have a simple coil stub in the slightly elevated area in the corner. This is the correct design choice due to the frequencies that they're covering and to keep costs down. A coil antenna costs about 20 cents to manufacture in volume, is very efficient and has decent bandwidth. It was the right design choice, but you could put a little foam or something around it to keep it from twanging - it simply sounds cheap.

Summary with a little rambling: Great product. Works great as in all the reviews. At 1/250s flash synch, if you're using this outdoors, you need some neutral density filters and powerful flashes to make things work right.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Still needs some work

I like another poster am looking to use these units with Elinchrom Strobe and found they lock up if you are above channel 17 and even trouble on 17, 14 worked fine. I tried...Read complete review

I like another poster am looking to use these units with Elinchrom Strobe and found they lock up if you are above channel 17 and even trouble on 17, 14 worked fine. I tried putting each into deicated mode of TX and RX respectively with no change. One thing I noticed is that the cord Pocket wizard provides is actually a stereo jack (three separate connections, tip and two coller connection) and you only need mono (two tip and collar). I am curious if extra conector is cause signaling problems. I have bought mono jacks from Radio Shack and plan to make a cord and do to some testing. If find out something more I will post here. I have also hook up pocket Wizard to my Canon 580 with the PC connection and found that both cords the center pin was off center. Nothing insurmountable just not a pain. With 580 both high (new Channels) and old (channel 17 and below) do work. I am not ready to give up yet on the units because of the price and capability. I would also have to say I do not like the side orientation and it additionally worse the button face floor in portrate mode. I have not used other radio trigers and I am hoping that Pocket Wizard will get the enhanced functionality working. I got the Pocket Wizard III because I did not have a radio trigger and this unit does do all the function of the 2+ at a cheaper price. If you have a trigger works for you then I would not upgrade, but if you are just starting like me then I say go for it.

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5.0

LOVE!!!

By Gisele Gaboury @ Collections Photography

from Edmonton, Alberta

Verified Buyer

Comments about Plus III Transceiver (Yellow):

LOVE THE PRODUCT, shipping was quick as usual!

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5.0

Awesome gadget!

By Lol

from Florida

Verified Buyer

Comments about Plus III Transceiver (Yellow):

Sturdy and reliable!

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5.0

A lovely Transceiver

By Jimmy

from NYC

Verified Buyer

Comments about Plus III Transceiver (Black):

This transceiver is extremely advanced and sleek and gets the job done. I am very happy i purchased this product because it allows me to use my flashes seamlessly and with no hassle of wires. would definitely recommend.

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5.0

All PW trans receiver work great

By Al

from Boca Raton Fla.

Verified Buyer

Comments about Plus III Transceiver (Black):

I have a few Plus X and now two Plus III amazing all the possibilities.

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5.0

Great triggers

By PhotoDave

from Boerne, TX

Comments about Plus III Transceiver (Yellow):

These triggers are great. Works with most any hotshoe. Very functional.

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5.0

Good Product

By Fdo

from arlington

Verified Buyer

Comments about Plus III Transceiver (Black):

Nice product

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5.0

Made my life much easier.

By JYS

from Urbana, IL

Verified Buyer

Comments about Plus III Transceiver (Black):

I always needed a good transceiver so that I could use both my speedlites with umbrellas, but I wasn't able to do that until I invested in these and they made my life much easier.

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1.0

worst investment ever

By josue lubin

from pompano beach fl

Comments about Plus III Transceiver (Black):

consistently misses fire during my shoots. when it does happen i have to press the test button over and over to get it to work for a few shots. sent my d810 back to nikon thinking it was the problem with the hotshot mount (note brand new camera :/). but now I'm force to use a sync cable to avoid embarrassment on set. :/. ugh.

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5.0

I need more.

By Rail52

from Cowansville Québec

Verified Buyer

Comments about Plus III Transceiver (Black):

Very good and easy to use.

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5.0

My Wizards are 100% reliable

By kdmorris

from Philadelphia

Verified Buyer

Comments about Plus III Transceiver (Yellow):

As a concert photographer, I am venturing into the world of studio photography.

I have used various transmitters and receivers (systems) and once I received my Sekonic L-478DR, I HAD to get a Pocket Wizards Plus III, and shortly afterwards l, I was gifted a second one and am SOLD.

I know enough about lighting to deliver quality images, but the PocketWizard's simplified my workflow, thanks to their versatility and range, making me one "happy camper."

#highlyfavored
#musthave
#investinyourcraft

- kdmorris
kdmorris photography

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5.0

Trusty, reliable, no worries

By Chef Tony

from San Francisco

Comments about Plus III Transceiver (Black):

They just work and work. Meeting the needs of remote flash. I use them to control an older Bit well maintained Norman 2000D system with multiple heads, soft boxes and beauty dishes. Thanks B&H for the advice on my purchase. 35 years of continued excellent service to me.

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5.0

Awesome

By Eyedbaby

from West Virginia

Comments about Plus III Transceiver (Yellow):

This is perfect to use with alien bees. Sync perfect with my 5DMark III I love it

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5.0

works as described

By JZS

from Chicago

About Me Pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Attaches Securely
  • Durable
  • Lightweight
  • Powerful

Cons

    Best Uses

    • General Use
    • Outdoors
    • Portraits
    • Special Events

    Comments about Plus III Transceiver (Black):

    noting to say wrong about this product. Very realiable and worked without any glitches on my nikon d810, d610, D5

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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    5.0

    A Great Upgrade from Plus II

    By Fishguts

    from Asheville, NC

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Attaches Securely
    • Dependable
    • Durable

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Indoors
      • Low Light
      • Outdoors
      • Portraits
      • Special Events

      Comments about Plus III Transceiver (Black):

      Works effectively and the antenna design is a very practical upgrade from previous model.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      I absolutely love this product!

      By Steve

      from Damascus, Maryland

      About Me Semi-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 Plus III Transceiver (Yellow):

        I started out using PocketWizard PlusX's to fire my flashes, which work great. As I upgraded my monolights, I wanted the ability to turn them on and off with the push of a button. The Plus III has this capability, as you can control up to four different zones. Needless to say, I'm looking to purchase some more of them and even the new Plus IV that just came out.

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        • No

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        (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

         
        4.0

        Works great

        By Badger40

        from ND

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Lightweight
        • Powerful

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • General Use
          • Indoors
          • Outdoors
          • Portraits
          • Special Events

          Comments about Plus III Transceiver (Yellow):

          I would give it 4 stars, but the fact that it is mounted sideways dings it. Pretty stupid decision. When you turn your camera orientation it faces downward & you cannot see the controls. Otherwise, this device works really wonderfully. I have 3 of the Plus X2 & they work great with it. This device seems a little more durable than the Plus 2x.

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          • No

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          5.0

          Great transceiver at a great price.

          By Phil in Tempe

          from Tempe, AZ

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Attaches Securely
          • Lightweight
          • Powerful

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • General Use
            • Indoors
            • Portraits
            • Studio Work

            Comments about Plus III Transceiver (Black):

            Great for studio shoots, works with all the gear I have available to me.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great Wireless Flash

            By Gator

            from Macomb County, Michigan

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Attaches Securely
            • Durable
            • Powerful

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Indoors
              • Low Light
              • Outdoors
              • Portraits

              Comments about Plus III Transceiver (Yellow):

              These units are excellent transceivers. With the transceivers set up on light stands, and one in the camera hot shoe, they fire every time. With this model you can't use flash in TTL mode, only in A or manual.

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              • No

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              5.0

              my third one

              By lenny villegas

              from san diego, ca

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Plus III Transceiver (Black):

                  I own 2 others and I had to get another because I wanted to add another off camera flash to my arsenal! they all work like a charm!

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Reliable

                  By fcphoto

                  from Palm Desert, CA

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Durable

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Plus III Transceiver (Yellow):

                      A "must have" if you need to trigger strobes and/or cameras remotely.

                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No

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