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About PocketWizard AC3

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

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Pros:
Easy to use (31),Lightweight (27),Reliable (26),Packs small / compresses (17),Durable (5),Strong construction (4)
Cons:
Poor quality (3)
Best Uses:
Weddings (18),Family photos (15),Portraits (10),Studio (7),Travel (7),Sports/action (6),Landscape/scenery (5),Everyday (4),Macro photography (3),Wildlife photos (3)
Reviewer Profile:
Semi-pro photographer (10),Photo enthusiast (9),Semi-professional (5),Professional (4),Pro photographer (4)

PocketWizard AC3 Features

  • ControlTL: PocketWizard's new firmware platform taps into the full potential of your camera and flash system enabling an entirely new level of remote flash capability through the proven radio communications. ControlTL firmware is configurable and upgradeable for future-proof continuous improvement
  • i-TTL Compatibility: Designed to work seamlessly with Nikon's i-TTL system, the AC3 ZoneController removes operating complexity with its easy-to-use design
  • Manual Power Control: With three simple dials, you can quickly adjust the power settings for three independent zones in 1/3rd stop increments with a six stop range
  • ZoneControl: Control up to three zones of light, each with one or more flashes, right from the camera's position. Set them all on manual, auto, or mix the settings between zones. Need to turn a zone off? Just slide a switch and it's off
  • PowerTracking: In Auto Mode, change ISO, aperture, or FEC and the lights automatically adjust their compensating power setting with PocketWizard PowerTracking
  • Studio Flash Compatibility: When used in conjunction with a PowerST4 Receiver for Elinchrom RX, or a FlexTT5 paired with an AC9 AlienBees Adapter, you have remote power control over Elinchrom RX, AlienBees and White Lightning studio flash
  • Simple Design: The AC3 weighs almost nothing and slips into the top-shoe of your on-camera MiniTT1 or FlexTT5. There are three dials and three switches, one for each zone
  • Auto-Manual Switch: This switch allows you to set each zone to either Manual Power Control, Auto or Off. Set it to off and that zone will not fire
  • Easy to read dials: Clearly labeled from +3 to -3 in 1/3rd stop increments. In Auto mode, the dials act as flash exposure compensation. In manual mode, +3 on the dial is your flashes maximum power level

PocketWizard AC3 Specifications

Compatibility
Nikon CLS/i-TTL, Elinchrom RX, AlienBees, White Lightning
Mounting
Hot shoe
Selector Switch
Off, Manual, Auto (PowerTracking/E-TTL II)
Adjustment Range
Auto = +/- 3 stops, 1/3 stop increments
Status indicator
LED: Green status indicator
Construction
High impact plastic
Power
Receives power from MiniTT1 Transmitter or FlexTT5 PocketWizard
Requirements
MiniTT1 Transmitter or FlexTT5 Transceiver with firmware version 2.100
Operating temperature
Above -15deg. C (5deg. F) and below 50deg. C (120deg. F)
Storage temperature (without battery)
Above -30deg. C (22deg. F) and below 85deg. C (185deg. F)
Dimensions
2 x 1.7 x 0.9" (5 x 4.2 x 2.1 cm)
Weight
0.82oz (23.25g)

PocketWizard AC3 Reviews

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4.8

(based on 34 reviews)

93%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

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...

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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

 
4.0

works great

By

from Long Island N.Y.  -  Photo Enthusiast

Used on the miniTT1 on nikon d7100 works as expected

 
4.0

All About Convenience And Ease of Use

By

from New York  -  Pro Photographer

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.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

It's a beauty!

By

from Houston, Texas  -  Photo Enthusiast

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...

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Extremely Handy In The Field

By

from Memphis  -  Pro Photographer

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.

 
5.0

Easy to use. Great design!

By

from Madison, WI  -  Professional

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.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Control just a quick dial away.

By

from Exchange, WV  -  Semi-Professional

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.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

AC3 puts the control in your hands

By

from Albuquerque, NM  -  Professional

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!

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Easy Enough....

By

from Ashland, OH  -  Professional

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.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

great product, just as described.

By

from Davenport, Ia  -  Hobbyist/Enthusiast

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.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Indispensible!

By

from Long Beach, MS  -  Professional

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!

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STEPHEN P. T  If you have PocketWizard flex units for your flashes I highly recommend this optional device. Originally was not pleased that PocketWizards do not allow in-camera setting of the remote flashes, but I find that it is quicker to change settings with the AC3. Very pleased that I have it with use with my Nikon flexTT5 units and 3 Nikon SB-900 flashes.
John C  May I know what in the box? does it have a transceiver already?
ROBERT M  No transceiver. The AC3 clicks into a Flex or a MiniTT1. The Flex or Mini is attached to the camera via the hotshoe. I love my AC3, it's nice not to run back and forth to adjust lights. Hope this helps ya
GERRY L  Hello. i jst purchased a pw ac3 for my nikon system( nikon d200, sb900) i am have trouble adjusting the power level when iam in mamual mode.TTLis working perfect i also just updated my firm ware ?
DANTE G  Make sure the firmware is the same version on all your devices. Other than that, there's not much else to adjust on the AC3 itself. Try swapping between the flash and camera controllers to eliminate that as the problem. I had a bad mini that I returned.
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