Stopped by to B&H today to pick up a new PocketWizard PlusX transceiver.
Even the salesman was shocked they had it in stock, since it was just announced.
After adding in a few extras, like bongo ties, chomping on some Zaza candies (go to B&H to enjoy the same), it was time to check out the new bit of gear.
I’ve used Pocket Wizards for years. The industry standard for shooting with strobes, wirelessly.
Bought into the previous Flex and Mini set-up, but passed on the Plus 3 series.
The simplicity and price was the intrigue here with PlusX.
$99. and barely any moving parts. No sticky-outy bits. 2 “AA” batts. Dial control for 1-10 channels.
(of course, my mini only has channels 1 and 2)
The goal? add it to my Nikon SB900 and use it as an off camera hand heldflash for an upcoming shoot.
the transceiver comes with 2 cables, one adapter plug, and a wrist strap primarily for hanging from a light stand.
By piggybacking the PlusX to the back of the Nikon SB900 speedlight with a Bongo Tie, or a Gary Fong rubber band, the rig was set.
The Mini went onto the hot show of the Nikon D800. Turned on the camera, then both flash triggers, it it was done,
Exactly as advertised.
Size wise, it is bigger that the Mini but over 1/2 the size of the Flex.
It does have a 1/4″-20 standard screw in the back and the hot shoe connection on the bottom.
Now I only bought one unit of this new model because I had a previous older model set with me. I love companies that make products that are compatible with previous models.
You can use this rig as a camera trigger with additional cables specific to your camera. Since synch outlets are not the standard these days, make sure your camera is covered.
It already found it’s niche in the gear bag.
If you’re not in the system yet, the price point should make it finally affordable to own a solid well made, strobe/camera trigger.
The PocketWizard PlusX is now available.
If you are already in the system, this is a solid addition performing most of the functions you really need.
And 10 channels to choose from.
N.B. The radio does not perform remote TTL triggering.
And yes, we know that the SB900 has a built in slave,but you have to trigger it with the pop up flash which does have output.