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About PocketWizard AC9

The AC9 AlienBees Adapter paired with a FlexTT5 Transceiver enables remote power control of AlienBees or White Lightning flash. With a MiniTT1 Transmitter or FlexTT5 Transceiver on your camera, you can now adjust the power settings on your AlienBees or White Lightning flashes from the camera's position. Add the AC3 ZoneController and you can control three different groups of lights in 1/3-stop increments with a six-stop range. Utilize PocketWizard's unique features such as HyperSync and Optimized Rear Curtain Sync for maximum control of your lighting.

The PocketWizard AC9 is popular because customers like the following qualities of the PocketWizard AC9: Easy to use, Lightweight and Reliable

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

  • 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
  • Manual Power Control: When the AC9 is used with a FlexTT5 Transceiver and paired with either an on-camera MiniTT1 or FlexTT5, you can adjust the power settings of your AlienBees/White Lightning flashes directly from the camera's position
  • ZoneControl: Use either the AC3 ZoneController or a MultiMAX radio to control up to three zones of light with as many lights in each zone as you want. Use the A-B-C zone switch on the AC9-paired FlexTT5 to assign the zone
  • PowerTracking: In Auto Mode, change ISO, aperture, or FEC and the lights automatically adjust their compensating power setting with PocketWizard PowerTracking
  • HyperSync: HyperSync allows photographers to achieve faster X-sync speeds, all the way up to 1/8000 second, will full power flash. Now you can cut the ambient light and use wide-open apertures, outdoors in bright sunlight
  • Low-Profile Design: The AC9 is tiny and simply slides onto the FlexTT5 hot shoe and plugs into the remote socket on the flash using the supplied cord
  • No batteries Required: The AC9 gets its power from the paired FlexTT5

PocketWizard AC9 Specifications

Mounting
Hot shoe
Voltage Present
3.3 VDC (all pins) - safe for all cameras
Construction
High impact plastic
Power
Receives power from the FlexTT5 Transceiver
Requirements
Must be used on a FlexTT5 Transceiver and in conjunction with an on-camera MiniTT1 Transmitter or FlexTT5 Transceiver for power control capability
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 (L x W x D)
1.9" x 1.6" x 1" / 4.7 x 4.0 x 2.5 cm
Weight
0.81oz (22.96g)

PocketWizard AC9 Reviews

Review Snapshot®

 
4.6

(based on 13 reviews)

93%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Ratings Distribution

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    (11)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (1)

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    (1)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Works great if you actually read!

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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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Doesn't Work

I ordered two of these from Adorama and tried them with my existing FlexTT5 and Alienbees B1600 setup. Despite reading the quick start and following the directions exactly, I couldn't get them to work. The Alienbees B1600 wouldn't trigger from the test button on the TT5 connected to the AC9, or the test button on the TT5 on camera. It also wouldn't trigger when the shutter was tripped. The receiver on the light blinked signaling it received the signal from the transmitter on camera. Power con...

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I ordered two of these from Adorama and tried them with my existing FlexTT5 and Alienbees B1600 setup. Despite reading the quick start and following the directions exactly, I couldn't get them to work. The Alienbees B1600 wouldn't trigger from the test button on the TT5 connected to the AC9, or the test button on the TT5 on camera. It also wouldn't trigger when the shutter was tripped. The receiver on the light blinked signaling it received the signal from the transmitter on camera. Power control also didn't work. I tried two different AC9s on 3 different Alienbees B1600s with two different TT5's. Same results. I wasted 4 hours of my life that I'll never get back updating firmware, double checking that I followed the instructions, and fiddling with settings in the Pocketwizard utility trying to get these to work. The Alienbees B1600s triggered from the TT5s fine with the regular sync cord. My Nikon speedlights also triggered fine, so the TT5s were not at fault. In short, the title says it all - these absolutely don't work.

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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Therese M  Do you need an AC9 for each strobe?
ROBERT W  Yes, you need one for each Alien Bee you want to control output. The AlienBees will still fire in manual mode without it.
maninerror m  Is this CE Europe version ? thanks hanif
maninerror m  Hi Thank you all for the answers. @Robert D, You have tried it and succeeded, haven't you ? On PW website it stated they will not communicate each other if frequencies are different.
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