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PocketWizardPlus III Transceiver (Black)
 
4.8

(based on 492 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (400)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (74)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (13)

  • 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

Top of the line.

By Benjamin

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Plus III Transceiver (Black):

There is a reason PW is the standard of professionalism. This should be your go to trigger. Good range, battery life, and reliability. I'm going to even replace my flex tt5 units with this (Velcro to the Speedlite).

Note: I couldn't find this anywhere else on Google, but you can only use groups (or zones) if your triggers are set to channel 17 or higher.

 
5.0

Bulletproof!

By ERNIE

from San Diego

Verified Buyer

Comments about Plus III Transceiver (Black):

I've tried all the remotes over the years and the Plus lll Transceiver is the most reliable I've ever used for remote cameras and flashes.

 
5.0

I would definitely buy this product again and only from b&h

By Ishumel

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Plus III Transceiver (Black):

I use my Plus III Transceiver with my awesome d810 nikon camera, Its great for my type of photography (inside studio). I absolutely love it.

 
5.0

Buy It!

By Ernie

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Plus III Transceiver (Black):

Reliable for remote flash and camera use. I've tried many brands over the years and this has been the best, by far.

 
4.0

Just as expected

By Larry

from St.Thomas, Ontario Canada

Verified Buyer

Comments about Plus III Transceiver (Black):

performed just as I expected

 
3.0

Hotshoe is Loose and Doesn't Fire

By Kevin

from Undisclosed

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Comments about Plus III Transceiver (Black):

You would think this product would outperform Chinese garbage, but it isn't even built very well. I converted all my recievers/transmitters to PocketWizard to increase reliability and range. The range has been excellent, but after only a few months owning these (I have 5), they stopped firing reliably. It turned out that the hot shoe mount is designed to fail so you will buy a replacement part to fix the flaw...that will eventually break again. The contact point inside begin to lift off the main board and stop receiving commands from the single pin hotshoe mount. To fix it, you can open them up and bend the connectors back into place yourself, or you can send them into PocketWizard and they'll fix them for you free...if you pay shipping both ways.

I'm very upset with this product and I'm extremely soured on PocketWizard as a company for the design issue. When all five have the same problem, you know the thing is junk. Sorry, PW, this product is a joke and you have hundreds of dollars of my money now. When they work, they're awesome and have a killer range. But now all 5 of my PWs are acting up and need to be sent in or repaired at home. Yay...

 
5.0

Very satisfied with this product

By cmlndm

from Aurora, IL

Verified Buyer

Comments about Plus III Transceiver (Black):

Very satisfied with this product

 
5.0

A Good Product

By Sri

from Sacramento, CA

Verified Buyer

Comments about Plus III Transceiver (Yellow):

The transceiver is compact and works well. Having a large number of channels available comes in handy.

 
5.0

perfect pocket wizard. perfect price

By jeff

from denver

Verified Buyer

Comments about Plus III Transceiver (Black):

nuff said

 
5.0

Dependable

By Jimmy

from Chicago,Il.

Verified Buyer

Comments about Plus III Transceiver (Black):

I have used Pocket Wizard products for the past 5 years. They have always been a dependable product. Looking forward to many years of service with my new Plus III.

 
5.0

perfect, exactly what I needed.

By Ian

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Plus III Transceiver (Black):

for the working pro, perfect. exactly what I needed.

 
4.0

90% reliable

By Jonnelleivan

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Plus III Transceiver (Black):

Works great. Decent battery life. Channels and modes are great. However, every so often, had issues turning them on. Also had instances where trigger would not operate, possibly due to bad connection to hotshoe on camera. These issues rarely happen, but do happen.

Biggest complaint, the button and screen are placed in a way where they are face down towards the ground when shooting portrait. Slightly overlooked design flaw.

 
5.0

Flash Sync @ 1/800

By Bill G

from Pasadena, CA

Verified Buyer

Comments about Plus III Transceiver (Black):

I was able to flash sync a Hasselblad H4D-40 with Profoto heads at 1/800 second.

It took me a decent amount of research to come up with this conclusion.

 
5.0

Really really reliable.....they just work!

By OD2

from Atlanta

Verified Buyer

Comments about Plus III Transceiver (Black):

I own five Plus IIs, one went bad and I bought two Plus IIIs. More channels and they are better built!

 
5.0

Plus III Pocket wizard

By Hugh

from Placentia, CA

Verified Buyer

Comments about Plus III Transceiver (Black):

Pocket Wizards are a very good addition to my camera and light bag

 
5.0

Love my PW III

By Stan

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Plus III Transceiver (Black):

easy to set up and use. Works great so far

 
5.0

I would buy the Plus lll Transceiver again!

By Hoss

from Uncasville, CT.

Comments about Plus III Transceiver (Yellow):

I use it to fire my Bowens Gemini Pro Strobes and My Speedlight's!!!

 
5.0

Extremely reliable product

By Corey

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Plus III Transceiver (Yellow):

I purchased two of these to serve as a trigger for a remote camera in basketball. I already had the Mini and Flex TTL, but, with too many photographers on the court there was a channel sign-in sheet. So, I could not use those due to channel limits (I could have triggered other photographers' gear). I purchased these for use on a D4s and remote D500. There is virtually no hesitation and proving to always be accurately timed. Great product and they are compatible with my other Pocketwizard Flex TTL.

 
5.0

Terrific customer service! The P3's and PX's work!

By Michael/Atlanta

from Atlanta, Georgia

Verified Buyer

Comments about Plus III Transceiver (Black):

I've used the PW's for several years with my Norman power packs both studio & locations. They always work!

Recently had an issue with one PlusX that stopped working. It was three months out-of-warranty. Called PW to send in for service. Was asked about battery corrosion on the contacts. I didn't notice any... They said to send it anyway and if it wasn't abused, dropped or battery corrosion, they'll repair it under warranty. Whoa!

Turns out it was corrosion (alot...) and they still repaired it without charge! Promptly...

Since the PW's always work and with terrific customer service, I'm a customer for life!

 
5.0

I will make B&H my first choice

By L

from IL

Verified Buyer

Comments about Plus III Transceiver (Black):

Buying from B&H is absolutely the best experience I've had buying online. From the time you make the purchase to the time you receive it is quick. The return procedure is also quick, easy and hassle free which makes this an even greater place to buy from hands down.

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