A lot of noise on the US forums about the mechanical strength and the RF range of these units has led me to publish a few of the links and info here for you to check out should you wish to do so. When I get my UK frequency units I’ll be carrying out my own tests and working out how to get the most out of them. There tend to be a lot of comments from people trying to put the PW system down, even going so far as testing their own units to destruction.
One of the worlds best places for flash advice and ideas is the Strobist blog in the US. Their full review of the US frequency PW’s is here.
The Rob Galbraith blog is also a place I respect for it’s reviews. His analysis and findings are here.
Interestingly, at the bottom of his post you can see a chart of the Speedlights, radio frequency zone and RF range. It shows significantly more range for the EU units over the US versions when used with the Canon 580 and 580 mk2 Speedlights. This looks promising.
There were some lengthy, deadly dull videos posted on You Tube by Tricoast Photography. They are very informative, exhaustive and independent tests (without any consideration of art) on the US frequency Pocket Wizard TTL systems and have shown the following results: When shooting with the Canon 430 EX2 Spedlight mounted directly to the flexTT5 on a lighting stand expect 30m of camera to flash range with a Pocket Wizard MiniTT1 transmitter on a Canon dSLR. This is a usable but not amazing range; When shooting with a 580 or 580 EX2 Speedlight mounted directly to the flexTT5 on a lighting stand expect about 10m of camera to flash range with a Pocket Wizard MiniTT1 transmitter on a Canon dSLR. This is minimal and not a great distance at all. It’s okay for most of my personal shooting but I’d expect more from an RF system.
I’ve not had a chance to test a UK frequency set of Pocket Wizard TTL units and it is worth mentioning that radio frequencies are critical with performance and interference issues. As the UK frequency band of these units is likely to be around 865Mhz I understand it is way higher than the PW US frequencies and far nearer the Radio Popper operating frequencies. Radio Poppers at 900 Mhz work well with the Canon 580 Speedlights although they are not available in the UK as they interfere with our GPS phone network. Furthermore, no announcement has been made on the Radio Popper website to say that UK units are going to be available. :( There’s speculation of an imminent announcement but that has been the case for well over a year now.
I’ve decided to place my order for UK test stock of these units and thoroughly use them before releasing them. I need to know that the UK spec kit does the job it was designed to do. I’ll keep you posted.
If you have any further links to info or you would like to comment on the findings please do so here.
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