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Leonard Gee Photography

Posts: 16426

Sacramento, California, US

Jamez wrote:
Seriously, what am I missing? This thing can do zones, remote camera, signal relay etc? Why would anyone buy a MM now?

descending chain wrote:
Three things I can see:
1.  if you need to keep the camera awake
2.  if you need to fine tune the contact time
3.  if you use a private channel

4. SpeedCycler
5. Noise snooper
6. Adjustable delay
7. Multi-pop
8. Flash confirmation

Feb 21 12 08:33 am Link

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Quang Dang

Posts: 2955

Montreal, Quebec, Canada

JAE Photography PA wrote:

PWIIIs work with the older models, yes.

Then what's the need to upgrade?

Feb 21 12 08:40 am Link

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Jean-Claude Photo

Posts: 634

Los Angeles, California, US

It doesn't have the antenna. I like the antenna.

Feb 21 12 09:11 am Link

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photoimager

Posts: 4906

Stoke-on-Trent, England, United Kingdom

Leggy Mountbatten wrote:
As if the whole MiniTT1/FlexTT5 debacle never happened...

Didn't happen with the Nikon version, it did happen with Canon's RF noisy flash units. Some of the issues were not PW's fault although you'd have thought they'd have identified the problem before releasing the product.

Feb 21 12 12:02 pm Link

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AJ_In_Atlanta

Posts: 12835

Atlanta, Georgia, US

More channels, check
Cheaper, check
Internal antenna, check

How is this bad.  I sort of understand a lot of folks don't need more, I thought the same until I moved into a great historic building with 3 other studios in range.  But a lower price and design is a good thing even if it was just the same old IIs.  The only drawback is that the professional lights manufactures still tend to only put in the 4 channel versions (and my meter).

Feb 21 12 12:55 pm Link

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Quang Dang

Posts: 2955

Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Jean-Claude Photo wrote:
It doesn't have the antenna. I like the antenna.

+1

Feb 21 12 04:28 pm Link

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TareqPhoto

Posts: 291

'Ajmān, 'Ajmān, United Arab Emirates

Long thread reading as English is not my main language, so what is this PWIII has as a great feature? I don't have PlusII PW but i have 2 PW MultiMax, and TTL PWs for Canon, what will this PlusIII has as advantage?

Feb 21 12 04:38 pm Link

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Gurdev Sambali

Posts: 10

Olongapo, Central Luzon, Philippines

Jean-Claude Photo wrote:
It doesn't have the antenna. I like the antenna.

+1 smile

Feb 21 12 07:02 pm Link

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DougBPhoto

Posts: 38604

Portland, Oregon, US

I did see an interesting comment somewhere... the new PWIII has the display on the left side of the unit, so if the camera is mounted on a tripod in typical portrait orientation (such as matching the vertical release buttons on grips) it seems that users would need to kneel or lay on the ground to get low enough to see/read the controls that are on the *side* of the PW.

Feb 21 12 07:06 pm Link

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Leonard Gee Photography

Posts: 16426

Sacramento, California, US

Jean-Claude Photo wrote:
It doesn't have the antenna. I like the antenna.

Has an antenna (see the long thing on top), just more integrated into the body.

DougBPhoto wrote:
I did see an interesting comment somewhere... the new PWIII has the display on the left side of the unit, so if the camera is mounted on a tripod in typical portrait orientation (such as matching the vertical release buttons on grips) it seems that users would need to kneel or lay on the ground to get low enough to see/read the controls that are on the *side* of the PW.

I wondered about that. This PWIII is rotated 90 degrees - so the sides are facing front and back; supposedly the profile will block less of the view over the top of the camera. Don't know what to think about that, have to twist the camera to look at the display and work the buttons.

Feb 21 12 07:14 pm Link

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Leggy Mountbatten

Posts: 12562

Kansas City, Missouri, US

Leggy Mountbatten wrote:
As if the whole MiniTT1/FlexTT5 debacle never happened...

photoimager wrote:
Didn't happen with the Nikon version, it did happen with Canon's RF noisy flash units. Some of the issues were not PW's fault although you'd have thought they'd have identified the problem before releasing the product.

It didn't happen with the Nikon version because it came out well after the Canon version. As you said, you'd think they'd have tested it with Canon's flagship flash unit before releasing it.

As for Canon's "noisy" flash, in fact, it's just the opposite. Canon changed the recharging frequency so it would no longer be audible. I love this feature, though I suspect it's what's generating the interference PW didn't bother to account for when designing their triggers.

Feb 21 12 07:24 pm Link

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Brooklyn Bridge Images

Posts: 9789

Brooklyn, New York, US

AVD AlphaDuctions wrote:

yes, but it's important to remember there is a reason they once dominated the market. For a while it was everyone else's debacles we talked about and only PWs were reliable. they were trying to push the limits again, just without the same engineering finesse they managed the first time round.

Fool me once...

Feb 22 12 04:38 am Link

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Tyler Olson

Posts: 6

Dave Sambali wrote:

+1 smile

but not when they bend and break.. not that that has ever happened to me (or anyone??)

TogTech is giving a pair of the new Plus III's away
http://www.togtech.com/pocketwizard-plus-iii-giveaway/

Feb 28 12 05:05 am Link

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Zebulon Ellis

Posts: 2

Orange, California, US

I've learned to hate the sideways facing feature of the Plus III. What's sideways in landscape mode becomes DOWNWARD facing in portrait mode! Or upward if your mount will work that way. Either way it becomes non user friendly. If anyone ever makes an adaptor to mount it correctly I'll be the first to buy one.

Jul 24 12 05:26 pm Link

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DougBPhoto

Posts: 38604

Portland, Oregon, US

Zebulon Ellis wrote:
I've learned to hate the sideways facing feature of the Plus III. What's sideways in landscape mode becomes DOWNWARD facing in portrait mode! Or upward if your mount will work that way. Either way it becomes non user friendly. If anyone ever makes an adaptor to mount it correctly I'll be the first to buy one.

Yeah, there are a lot of little "improvements" that are kinda annoying.

The sideways facing thing is a pain.

Another I found recently was going to shoot with someone else, to put all of my units onto the same channel as the other person, i had to turn each unit on, press the buttons to move to the different channel, and then turn the ones I wasn't going to use back off... with something like a Plus II, you just move the switch whether the units are on or off... quite simple.

Jul 24 12 06:36 pm Link

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Gulag

Posts: 1250

Duluth, Georgia, US

The PW3 won't work with Nikon D4, D800 and D800E yet.

Jul 24 12 06:37 pm Link

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GPS Studio Services

Posts: 36377

San Francisco, California, US

mshi wrote:
The PW3 won't work with Nikon D4, D800 and D800E yet.

Where did you get that idea?   They work just fine.  We do it around here all the time.

Jul 24 12 06:39 pm Link

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Jamez

Posts: 241

Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

mshi wrote:
The PW3 won't work with Nikon D4, D800 and D800E yet.

How exactly do they not work? It's a hotshoe connection...
send us some links or documentation

Jul 26 12 08:24 am Link

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Gulag

Posts: 1250

Duluth, Georgia, US

Sorry it was a typo. What I meant was the mini/ttl5.

Jul 26 12 10:41 am Link