Because of the scope and capabilities of these products, trying to cover everything in one review would not do these products justice and so I will be splitting this into multiple reviews. This first one covers what these products are, what they can do, and setting up and configuring
The MiniTT1 Transmitter and FlexTT5 Transceiver are the newest set of receivers and transmitters from PocketWizard. They allow you to take your flash off camera and control them in a wide range of different situations and conditions. Using ControlTL - the newest firmware platform, these devices are able to tap into the Canon (or Nikon with a specific version) digital communication system providing a new level of remote flash capabilities.
The AC3 is a zone controller for the PocketWizard system it attaches to either the FlexTT5 or the MiniTT1 and it will allow you to have three zones of flash control. Whether working in E-TTL II or Manual mode, you now have control over all your flashes directly from the camera’s position.
The AC9 is an Alien Bees Adapter that, when paired with a FlexTT5 Transceiver, enables remote power control of Alien Bees or White Lightning flash. This, when used with the FlexTT5, gives you the ability to adjust the power settings on your Alien Bees or White Lightning flashes directly from the camera. When you add the AC3 ZoneController and you can control three different groups of lights in 1/3-stop increments with a six-stop range.
While the ones I am using are for Canon cameras, there is a set for Nikon as well. The reason for this is that in automatic mode, they are using the native camera electronics to control the flashes. This, for Canon, means that they use the E-TTL system. So to be effective the flashes also must use E-TTL. In my testing while I have found, they will work in manual mode with some of the older A-TTL, there are no guarantees.
What is needed to work with PocketWizard FlexTT5 and MiniTT1?
• A Canon (or Nikon) camera with a hot shoe fitting on the top. This is the case with most modern digital SLRs today.
• You need a Canon Speedlight flash that uses E-TTL.
• Optionally, you can use studio lighting as well.
What Do You Get with the PocketWizard FlexTT5 and MiniTT1?
Transmitter that is smallest PocketWizard radio ever made that works on two separate control channels. It can operate on 52 Channels over 26 Frequencies (FCC/IC) 35 Channels over 5 Frequencies (CE). It can also shoot 8 fps for E-TTL II & normal triggering. It comes with a USB cord a battery and a quick start guide.