You had to know this one was coming, right? For years now, DSLR manufacturers have been tied to wireless flash communication via light-based transmission systems, which puts limits on the ability to take your flashes out of the line-of-sight of other flashes. Of course, there are a plenty of workarounds – and there are third party solutions from the likes of PocketWizards and RadioPoppers.
But there has always been something missing with those other solutions. Maybe it’s a little clunky to strap on those third-party devices? Maybe there was some radio interference? Something, however minor, just doesn’t quite function like the factory specs of the wireless flash system under ideal conditions.
A recently filed patent application with the USPTO reveals that Canon is working on a radio-based solution for its wireless flash system with transmitters built-in camera bodies. [click to continue…]
The new firmware adds several new capabilities to the wireless system. Two of the big ones are Rear Curtain Sync and Pre-Flash Boost:
“PocketWizard’s rear curtain sync allows the photographer to set the shutter speed at which rear curtain sync automatically engages while optimizing the timing of rear curtain sync to fire at the absolute end of the shutter opening. Pre-Flash Boost provides enhanced E-TTL performance when using flash diffusers, doing bounce flash, or at ranges just beyond the normal E-TTL capabilities. By increasing the pre-flash power, PocketWizard has offset the loss of light in these challenging E-TTL situations.” -PocketWizard
The new firmware also adds automatic camera detection, which allows the system to determine appropriate sync speed for High Speed Sync mode. Compatibility for the Canon 7D has been added, along with compatibility for the Metz 58 AF-1.
Additional details about the updated firmware are available in a PDF file from PocketWizard, which can be viewed here.
PocketWizard has dropped a bomb in the lighting world with their new FlexTT5 and MiniTT1. The big deal about these off-camera flash triggers is the ability to operate in TTL mode on Canon and Nikon cameras at an extended range using radio waves.
Pricing will be roughly $199 for the MiniTT1 and $219 for the FlexTT5 and will be available in March for Canon models and in the Second Quarter of 2009 for Nikon models. You order them at Amazon via the following links:
The above video from PocketWizard does a great job of explaining the features that the FlexTT5 and MiniTT1 offer over the older Plus II and MultiMax models. Additionally, I will refer you to the Strobist himself, who has spent some hands-on time with these new models and seems to be quite impressed with their capabilities. Rob Galbraith also has a thorough write up of his hands-on experience with the new PocketWizards, though you won’t find the same witty commentary as the Strobist post. Chase Jarvis adds to the mix of commentary as well. Finally, you’ll find more details in the press release below. [click to continue…]