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About PocketWizard AC9

PocketWizard introduces the AC9 AlienBees Adapter flash units, the latest accessory for the PocketWizard MiniTT1 and FlexTT5 ControlTL radio system.. The AC9 slides into the shoe of a PocketWizard FlexTT5 and enables remote power control of AlienBees or White Lightning flashes with a camera mounted PocketWizard MiniTT1 Transmitter or FlexTT5 Transceiver.

The PocketWizard AC9 is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a Semi-pro photographer among others.The PocketWizard AC9 is popular because customers like the following qualities of the PocketWizard AC9: Easy to use, Reliable and Strong construction

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Pros:
Easy to use (11),Lightweight (10),Reliable (10),Packs small / compresses (5),Strong construction (4)
Best Uses:
Portraits (5),Family photos (4),Weddings (4),Studio (3)
Reviewer Profile:
Semi-pro photographer (7)

PocketWizard AC9 Features

  • PocketWizard ControlTL technology, allows controlling the flash power level using the cameras Flash Exposure Control (FEC)
  • PowerTracking feature automatically adjusts flash power to maintain the photographer established level and thus proper exposure when the aperture and/or ISO is changed
  • Slide the new PocketWizard AC3 ZoneController into the shoe of the camera mounted MiniTT1 or FlexTT5 and AlienBees flashes can be controlled in three zones, A B C, in 1/3-stop increments over a 6 stop range
  • The AC9 draws its power directly from the FlexTT5; there's no need to install or replace batteries

PocketWizard AC9 Specifications

Compatibility
PocketWizard MiniTT1 and FlexTT5 ControlTL radio system
Dimensions (W x H x L)
4.25 x 1.75 x 4.25 inches/ 10.8 x 4.4 x 10.8 cm
Weight
0.2 lbs / 90.7 g

PocketWizard AC9 Reviews

Review Snapshot®

 
4.6

(based on 13 reviews)

93%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (11)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

This is make everything SOOOO easy!

Now I can adjust my Alien Bees from the camera. No more raising and lowering the lightstands. What a blessing!

Reviewed by 13 customers

 
5.0

This is make everything SOOOO easy!

By

from Bowling Green, KY  -  Semi-pro Photographer

Now I can adjust my Alien Bees from the camera. No more raising and lowering the lightstands. What a blessing!

 
5.0

Great product

By

from Waxahachie, TX  -  Semi-Professional

Great for portrait photography

 
5.0

Great ADDITION FOR ALIEN BEES!

By

from Fullerton, California  -  Professional

Control up to 3 seperate channels of strobes while operating your camera.You must use these with the Pocket Wizard TL system. The AC9 allows total freedom from your Alien Bees or White Lightning flashes when on location or in the studio. You dial in your flash settings from the MiniTT1 and AC3 mounted on the top of your camera Hot Shoe. The ACP is connected to a Flex TT5 and then directly to the remote control phone jack in the back of the flash. It is a FAST, and EASY setup! It eliminates running back and forth to your strobes to make adjustments. You can even turn your strobes off and on from the camera! Excellent product for cutting your studio or location setup and shoot time to a minimum.

 
5.0

Very nice product

By

from Princeton, MN  -  Semi-Professional

I have had very little time with this product but when I first got them and hooked them up, it was easy and right away they were sync'd to the camera and I was shooting and adjusting with the AC3. Very nice to have all that control right at the camera.

 
5.0

Love my AC9!

By

from Normal, IL USA  -  Semi-pro Photographer

My strobes are Alien Bees and as I learned studio lighting I soon learn what a time waster it was to have to keep walking around to each light to manually reset the power. With the AC9 and FlexTT5's coupled with the AC3 Zonecontroler I do not have to. I can now adjust my lights right from camera position, in the studio or on location. What a time saver!

 
5.0

Great Accessory for PocketWizards!

By

from TN  -  Semi-pro Photographer

Makes Alien Bees come alive for location or studio work!

 
5.0

AC9 works as described

By

from Las Vegas  -  Pro Photographer

I have noticed that it is very important that your pocket wizards and lights are turned on in the proper order or the modeling light doesn't respond/track right away to the AC9 even though the flash is firing and responding to stop adjustments.

 
4.0

Works now

By

from Salt Lake City, UT  -  Semi-pro Photographer

I believe the original reviewer posted before the firmware that actually works with the AC9 was available, so "reading" wouldn't have been a help at that time. The AC9 units don't have any firmware, the firmware issue is with the Nikon compatible TT1 and TT5. Do be aware that PocketWizard's firmware was very buggy and now it's less so for it's Nikon products. You may need to run beta firmware to get around operational issues and for the products to work with specific Nikon bodies. My D7000 body has just been supported by a beta firmware, for example. PocketWizard's product supply line has been really slow for the Nikon products. I ordered three AC9s and Adorama sent me two. It took two months before I got my third AC9.

 
5.0

Love my AC9!

By

from Normal, IL USA  -  Semi-pro Photographer

I love my Alien Bees but now I love them even more since I can control them with my AC9. I use it on location and in the studio. If you use Alien Bee lights then you have to have an AC9.

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Works great if you actually read!

By

from LA  -  Pro Photographer

This works perfect. As stated on the PW website, you need the correct firmware version and for Nikon it's a Beta version. It's not surprising that Nikon and Canon use different versions as their flash systems are worlds apart and function differently. So in Fred's case, that 4 hours could have been saved by simply taking 30 seconds to read on PW website.

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Shopper  Why Did You Choose This?
Mark C  I use my Alien Bees on location and in the studio, the AC9 allows me to fire them with my Pocketwizards. It provides me with consistent results and saves a lot time.
Myron E  Does the AC9 come with the cable for the alien Bee? And I assume this one will work on a Canon?
LEON D  Yes it does come with the cable and it will work with a canon.
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