When you add the PocketWizard AC3 ZoneController for Nikon to your on-camera MiniTT1 Transmitter or FlexTT5 Transceiver, you instantly have three zones of flash control. Whether in CLS/i-TTL or Manual mode, you have control over all your flashes from your camera position. Put your flashes wherever you want, without worrying about having to access them during a shoot.
Three clearly labeled dials let you increase or decrease power to three zones of flash in 1/3-stop increments with a range of up to six stops. Three switches allow you to change zones between Manual, Auto (PowerTracking / CLS/i-TTL) or OFF. Best of all, with its intuitive interface, the design is simple to use. When matched with the PowerST4 or AC9 AlienBees Adapter, you can now control Elinchrom RX, White Lightning and AlienBees flashes right from the camera's position.
The PocketWizard AC3 is commonly used for Everyday, Family photos, Portraits, Studio, Travel, Weddings and more.The PocketWizard AC3 is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a Photo enthusiast, Pro photographer, Semi-professional, Semi-pro photographer among others.The PocketWizard AC3 is popular because customers like the following qualities of the PocketWizard AC3: Durable, Easy to use, Lightweight, Packs small / compresses and Reliable
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SU-800 or AC3
The AC3 works very well but remember its meant as a possible subsitute to using either a flash or SU-800 on top of your Flex or Mini. So pick your best option to control your flashes flash or SU-800 advantages -manual setting reaches 1/128 vs 1/64 with the AC3 -backlight -AF assist light AC3 Advantages -no battery -faster to set with dedicated switches and dials -lower weight and smaller size -lower price Also of note the AC3 is compatible with Elinchrom and Alienbee setups according to the s...View full Review
The AC3 works very well but remember its meant as a possible subsitute to using either a flash or SU-800 on top of your Flex or Mini. So pick your best option to control your flashes flash or SU-800 advantages -manual setting reaches 1/128 vs 1/64 with the AC3 -backlight -AF assist light AC3 Advantages -no battery -faster to set with dedicated switches and dials -lower weight and smaller size -lower price Also of note the AC3 is compatible with Elinchrom and Alienbee setups according to the specs here. I am not sure if the SU-800 will work in those instances.
Reviewed by 34 customers
Used on the miniTT1 on nikon d7100 works as expected
Takes a bit getting used too but once you get a system in place for setting up your zones, being able to adjust the power right from the camera with a few clicks is such a time saver. It also allows you to keep the connection between you and your subjects without breaking to adjust each light.
Nothing to beat. It simply the best to manege the light source in 360. However, I'm only received 3 out of 5 items from the shippment...
The AC3 is a great addition to a TT5 or Mini TT1 setup. I bought one almost 2 years ago, and just bought a second one as a backup. While they are generally very reliable, and work well as long as you follow the instructions, my first one did have an issue with the connectors which is being repaired right now. I'm guessing it was just a one-off issue though, as I've never heard of anyone else having that problem. Fortunately, they have a two year warranty, so the repair should be covered. Overall I couldn't do what I do as efficiently without it.
This is a very easy plug and play controller that gives you remote exposure adjustment control in both TTL and manual from the camera. A must have! Works great.
I now own two of these. They are both always attached to my two camera bodies when I'm out shooting sessions in the field. The AC3 makes it quick and simple to adjust the flash power of 3 independent flash groups. It's nice to be able to quickly dial in the power to match the scene and the mood when shooting outdoors, where conditions are constantly changing. It makes the photographers life so much easier.
The AC3 is a must have if you use PocketWizard's FlexTT5, MiniTT1 system. It provides complete control over your zones and the mode that your remote flashes fire plus Flash Compensation. It frees up the use of a Speedlight being used in Master mode. Although I use Sekonic L-478DR lightmeter to set my remote flashes power level when in manual flash mode, I find the AC3 to be a perfect complement. I can turn on and off groups from my camera position and if I want a group to operate in iTTL, than I just switch the AC3's group to A mode instead of M. Then the camera controls that group in iTTL mode with Flash Compensation dialed in by the AC3. Works perfect!
4 out of 5 because I think the stack on top of another stack is a clunky design. It seems to work well enough with Canon 580EXII and 600EXRT speedlights and FlexTT5/TT1 (and I don't use the RF shields). It can be a little flaky to get everythng working well all at once though. 3 flashes, 3 TT5 and the camera+TT1 never seems to follow the same flow to get working. Make everything work and THEN add the AC3 finally. I followed the PocketWizard tutorials, videos and FAQs and about the best advice I cann give is always start from the top down when you're powering up and if all else repeatedly fails it's probably the battery or you have the devices to close together.
put this on my mini tt1 and it worked as promised out of the box. It made it easy to adjust the flashes right on the camera. The size is a little small for my hands.
Great addition to Mini tt1. Adjusts your flash output instantly from your camera when paired with a Flex tt5. Be careful not to drop it. I broke one!