PocketWizard FlexTT5 Transceiver for Canon DSLR Cameras & Flash Units, with a Range of up to 1200'

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About PocketWizard FlexTT5

The PocketWizard dedicated FlexTT5 Transceiver, with its built in hot-shoe and ControlTL firmware, is the perfect addition to Canon E-TTL II flash systems. The FlexTT5 takes the existing benefits of Canon wireless systems beyond the boundaries of infrared technology. When paired with the Mini TT1 Transmitter or another FlexTT5 Transceiver, a whole new world of wireless flash freedom opens up. The FlexTT5 is also the perfect Transceiver for your manual triggering needs and works with all MultiMAX channels and many of the MultiMAX advanced functions.

The FlexTT5's simple design comes to life through its hot-shoe connection with a camera or flash. Mount a flash or command unit on the FlexTT5 to use the same zone controls and ratio commands as you would normally. The system tracks your changes in ISO, shutter speed and aperture and reacts accordingly to make sure exposures stay right on target. Use the flash compensation dial on your camera or flash just as you would normally and the changes pass seamlessly through the system.

The FlexTT5 has two channel configuration settings; C1 and C2. Each can be programmed as needed with up to 20 ControlTL channels for TTL photography, or 32 standard channels for manual flash photography. The FlexTT5 Transceiver also has a three-zone selector switch for ease of use with Canon zones and ratios.

With PocketWizard HyperSync Technology, the FlexTT5 can precisely advance the timing of your flash trigger so that increased flash sync speeds, up to 1/500th of a second is achievable with many strobes.

The FlexTT5 also has Auto-Sensing Transceiver Technology that enables it to switch back and forth between Transmitter and Receiver modes as needed for greater flexibility on the job.

When a hot-shoe or other trigger is detected, it automatically switches to Transmitter mode. With Auto Relay Mode you can easily trigger a remote camera in sync with remote flash. Put a camera where you can't be and use remote TTL or non-TTL lighting at the same time. Expand your coverage and increase your creativity.>

The PocketWizard FlexTT5 is commonly used for Everyday, Family photos, Landscape/scenery, Portraits, Sports/action, Studio, Travel, Weddings, Wildlife photos and more.The PocketWizard FlexTT5 is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a Photo enthusiast, Pro photographer, Semi-professional, Semi-pro photographer among others.The PocketWizard FlexTT5 is popular because customers like the following qualities of the PocketWizard FlexTT5: Durable, Easy to use, Lightweight, Packs small / compresses, Reliable and Strong construction

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Pros:
Lightweight (68),Easy to use (67),Reliable (64),Packs small / compresses (54),Strong construction (31),Durable (4)
Cons:
Unreliable (11),Heavy / bulky (6),Poor quality (6),Pricey (6),Difficult to use (5)
Best Uses:
Weddings (55),Family photos (52),Sports/action (27),Travel (22),Landscape/scenery (15),Portraits (14),Wildlife photos (14),Studio (10),Everyday (4),Fast action (3),Landscape photography (3),Nighttime (3) Outdoor events / games (3),Tote along (3) View All
Reviewer Profile:
Semi-pro photographer (36),Pro photographer (28),Photo enthusiast (19),Semi-professional (4),Casual photographer (3),Professional (3)

PocketWizard FlexTT5 Features

  • PocketWizard's newest firmware platform taps into the camera's digital communications to enable an entirely new level of remote flash capabilities through proven radio system, beginning with remote TTL for Canon E-TTL II systems.
  • Dedicated E-TTL II Flash Triggering
  • Auto-Sensing Transceiver Technology enables the FlexTT5 Transceiver to switch back and forth between Transmitter and Receiver modes as needed for greater flexibility on the job.
  • Easily trigger a remote camera in sync with a distant remote flashes with Auto-Relay Mode. Put a camera where you can't be and have remote TTL or non-TTL lighting at the same time. Expand your coverage and increase your creativity.
  • When working in E-TTL II you can change any of your control settings on your flash or camera and the system adjusts for those changes. Change your flash compensation to adjust the exposure or make adjustments in shutter speed, aperture or ISO and the system balances your flash for proper exposure.
  • Eight Frames per Second
  • HyperSync allows photographers to achieve faster X-sync speeds, up to 1/500th second, with full power flash. Now you can cut the ambient light and use wide-open apertures, outdoors in bright sunlight. HyperSync works with TTL speedlights and full size studio flash.
  • FP/High Speed Sync
  • Built-in Hot Shoe
  • Low-Profile Design
  • The FlexTT5 has two channel configuration settings; C1 and C2. Each can be programmed as needed with up to 20 ControlTL channels for TTL photography, or 32 standard channels for manual flash photography.
  • The FlexTT5 Transceiver has an A-B-C zone-select switch to allow use with the slave groups found on Canon E-TTL II flashes. Using these zones allows you to use the E-TTL II ratio controls found in the Canon system.
  • These zones can also be used with a MultiMAX thus allowing you to pair a single MultiMAX radio on camera with FlexTT5's Transceivers on your remote flashes and utilize many of the MultiMAX's advance trigger functions.
  • Use the supplied PocketWizard Utility software with the on-board USB port to program the FlexTT5 Transceiver to any PocketWizard channel and zone as well as many other custom settings. The FlexTT5 can be upgraded whenever updates and feature enhancements are available.
  • The FlexTT5 Transceiver operates on the same channels as all other PocketWizards and will work with any PocketWizard radio you may already have.
  • The FlexTT5 Transceiver has two plug-in ports for use with remote Canon E-TTL II cameras and other flash units, including studio strobes. With its auto-relay function, the Flex can trigger a remote camera and transmit to a remote strobe.

PocketWizard FlexTT5 Specifications

TTL Compatibility
Canon E-TTL II
Frequency
340 - 354 MHz
Channels
52 Channels over 26 Frequencies
Antenna
2.7" (6.9 cm) rubberized with 180 degree swing
Transmit output power
Less than 0.001 watt (1/1000 of a watt or 1 milliwatt)
Maximum Range (In optimum conditions)
800 feet (240 Meters) for E-TTL II triggering
1200 feet (365 Meters) for standard triggering
Mounting
Hot Shoe, 1/4-20, lanyard, velcro
Maximum Shooting Rate
8 fps for E-TTL II and normal triggering
Power / Channel Switch
OFF - C.2 - C.1
Zone Select Switch
A-B-C (matches Canon slave groups)
Status Indicator
LED: Green, Amber, Red status indications
Camera / P1 Port
1/8" (3.5 mm) stereo miniphone for 2-stage remote camera triggering. Port Voltage Handling: up to 50 Volts, 100 milliamp continuous
Tip = Trigger
Ring = Pre-Trigger
Sleeve = Ground
Flash / P2 Port
1/8" (3.5 mm) mono miniphone. Port Voltage Handling: up to 200 Volts, 4 amps peak, 250 milliamp continuous, non-polarized
Minimum Receive Contact Time
Camera / P1 Port = 80 milliseconds
Flash / P2 Port = 500us
Voltage Present
3.3 VDC (all pins) - safe for all cameras
Hot Shoe voltage protection
Hot Shoe: up to 50V
USB
USB Compliant 2.0, Mini-B Connector, 5VDC regulated, 100mA, Pin 1 Positive, Pin 4 Ground
Operating Temperature
Above -15° C (5° F) and below 50° C (120° F).
Storage Temperature (without battery)
Above -30 C (-22 F) and below 85 C (185 F)
Construction
High impact plastic, captive battery door
Hot Shoe made of glass reinforced resin
Power
Two (2) AA (IEC:LR6) Alkaline recommended, other chemistries (NiMH, NiCAD, Lithium) allowed, USB
Compatibility
Canon DSLR Camera's: 1Ds MKIII, MKII, 1D MKIII, MKII, 1D MKII N, 5D, 5D MKII1, 20D, 30D2, 40D, 50D, Rebel XT / 350D, Rebel XTi / 400D, Rebel XS / 1000D, Rebel XSi / 450D
Canon Flash Units: 580EX, 580EX II, 430EX, 430EX II
Battery Life
60 + Hours
Dimensions
3.6" (9.2 cm) long x 2.9" (7.3 cm) wide x 1.4" (3.6 cm) tall, antenna lowered
Weight
5.4 oz (153 grams) 3.8 oz (108 grams) without batteries
Warranty
PocketWizard 1 year limited warranty

PocketWizard FlexTT5 Reviews

Review Snapshot®

 
4.2

(based on 98 reviews)

85%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Ratings Distribution

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    (55)

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    (25)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

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    (6)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

The answer is simple

I was at an off camera flash class when the instructor was telling everyone that there was no need to spend the $ for pocket Wizard when I just happen to have a photo of a hummingbird I shot still in the camera. The photo was taken with the flash behind a tree 2 feet from the bird and I was 10 ft or better away from the subject. No blur in the wings at all everything in the photo was sharp as a tack at 1/4000 sec. f/7.1. His question to the STUDENT (that would be me) Was how did you do that.....

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I was at an off camera flash class when the instructor was telling everyone that there was no need to spend the $ for pocket Wizard when I just happen to have a photo of a hummingbird I shot still in the camera. The photo was taken with the flash behind a tree 2 feet from the bird and I was 10 ft or better away from the subject. No blur in the wings at all everything in the photo was sharp as a tack at 1/4000 sec. f/7.1. His question to the STUDENT (that would be me) Was how did you do that..? The answer FlexTT5 from Pocket Wizard. I did my homework.! So this is MY Review for the Pocket Wizard A+ Its worth every penny..! Its really nice to have something that works every time you need it to and the way you want and the Flex TT5 will give you even more.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

I want to like it...but can't

I received these as a gift and was really excited. Being a long-time user of the PW Plus II (which are rock solid) I was pumped about off camera ETTL. But it didn't take long to realize that these units are unreliable and crippled in distance with my Canon 580EX II flashes. Apparently this flash gives off lots of RF noise at the same frequencies that are used on the FlexTT5s. I did some testing and couldn't get a reliable trigger at more than 25-30 feet with direct line-of-sight. Worse with ...

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I received these as a gift and was really excited. Being a long-time user of the PW Plus II (which are rock solid) I was pumped about off camera ETTL. But it didn't take long to realize that these units are unreliable and crippled in distance with my Canon 580EX II flashes. Apparently this flash gives off lots of RF noise at the same frequencies that are used on the FlexTT5s. I did some testing and couldn't get a reliable trigger at more than 25-30 feet with direct line-of-sight. Worse with any object in-between. Many serious photographers who are dropping this kind of $$ for remote triggering are often using one of these Canon flashes. I really wanted to keep these but I'm sending them back. I didn't try the device with any light modifiers (softbox or umbrella) but if I could get 80 feet with modifiers and people in-between I would keep these. That's a long way from the 800 ft max but acceptable to me (everyone uses them differently). I believe that it's misleading to state compatibility with the Canon flashes that cripple the device. It's a sentence in the manual which is no good unless you buy the thing first. I also couldn't get the flash to fire at all if I used the SW to change the channels from the default. Changed one unit, plugged in the next unit and hit replicate. The settings were the same but would never fire. I had to hold down the Test/Learn button while turning on to reset to factory settings to get things working again. Perhaps a defective unit??? If you can get by with the distance limitations these are great devices. I heard that the 550EX has a different power supply and performs better. This really is a black-eye for PocketWizard. PW products are expensive because they perform their intended function flawlessly. They really missed the boat on this one.

Reviewed by 98 customers

 
1.0

Disappointed

By

from Madison, WI  -  Semi-pro Photographer

I bought a used FlexTT5 from this site and I am extremely disappointed to find out it is a European Transceiver. I have a U.S. MiniTT1 Transmitter and they are on different frequencies. Thing is nowhere on the product page did it state that the FlexTT5 transceiver was a European model and used a different frequency, so now I'm out $150, stuck with a useless transceiver and I'm going to have to go shell out another $230 for the right model. At least I don't have an immediate need for it...

 
5.0

Amazing Technology

By

from Santa Monica, CA  -  Photography Student

I use Canon Speedlites for my location shoots. This and the MiniTT1 gives me more flexibility in arranging lighting and not dependent on a cable to take advantage of ENGLAND mode.

 
5.0

I need more!!

By

from Brentwood  -  Semi-pro Photographer

Setup a stand speedlight and umbrella and run with it. Can't work any better

 
5.0

Works perfect

By

from El Paso tx  -  Casual Photographer

This product works perfectly, it has made my life so much easier !

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

PocketWizard FlexTT5

By

from Apache Junction, AZ  -  Semi-pro Photographer

I use this with my Nikon D7000 and SB900 and SB910 flashes. I am somewhat disappointed with the need to use a computer to change the channels as this creates a need to bring a computer with you on all assignments just in case you need to change the channel. Another dislike is the need to set the flash to standard dispersion which I typically don't use. Other than that the unit functions well. The software has a pretty good help screen, but can be somewhat confusing at first. Watching videos on usage definately helped.

 
5.0

Best value for your money

By

from Los Ageles, CA  -  Semi-pro Photographer

I love this product. I is very easy to use & reliable.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

FlexTT5 For the Win!

By

from New York  -  Pro Photographer

I love that these units take double A batteries and not a special battery like the MiniTT1. The unit is reliable and easy to use. Makes my life easier being able to trigger without needing line of sight and opens the door to many more creative opportunities.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

One word -Fantastic

By

from Oregon  -  Pro Photographer

For years I used line of site triggers for my flash. These transmitters have changed everything.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

PocketWizard FlexTT5 / Nikon

By

from MI  -  Semi-pro Photographer

Works perfectly!

(1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
1.0

I would give 0 stars if possible

By

from Louisville Kentucky  -  Pro Photographer

Purchased this product along with an upgrade to my Nissin Di866, the Di866 Mark II. Imagine my surprise when I found out the Nissin flashes and the TT5 were not playing together. No amount of effort produced a workable arrangement. I finally noticed on the PW website a tiny mention that the TT5 does not work in TTL mode with Nissin flashes...that I would have to accept a neutered product application. None of this is mentioned in the information for the flash...you will have to read it on the PW site. I contacted Adorama here and returned both TT5's. If I want to purchase a neutered product I will expect a reduced price. Buyer beware and immediately check your product to make sure it will do what you are wanting so that you can return it if there is a problem

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Shopper  Why Did You Choose This?
J. BRIAN M  PocketWizard reputation and better control of my flashes than what is built into the Canon's themselves.
Shopper  do you need two units to fire a flash off camera or does one unit on the camera ,will the flash pick up the signal?
NANCY B  You need two units, one on the camera and one on the flash. The Canon system works with inferred signals- not the same as the pocket wizards
Steven R  Has the problems with the Canon 580EX2 been fixed yet?
DONNA N  I use the pocketwizard flex TT5 with two different Canon speedlights. With the speedlight 580EX2 it works most of the time. It does not always flash when I am using it. When I use it with the canon speedlight 430ex it always works. I hope this helps.
Steven R  Thanks Donna, Looking into the new canon flashes.
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