The AC9 is a unit that attaches to the Alien Bees strobe head and to the FlexTT5 Transceiver unit. It allows you to manage the amount of power that comes out of the strobe from the AC3 unit just as you would with a flash unit. We were able to set the base point of the Alien Bees unit, hoist the strobe and octobox into place and control the lights from right on the camera.
Our second shot was more of a creative shot. Our model was covered in a paper mache mix of newspaper strips and set on a background of news print. Again not too terribly difficult of a shot from a technical stand point, but one that demonstrates the usefulness of the PocketWizard for everyday studio work.
Again the series of units played in harmony together and made for a great series of shots. In my prior review, I stated that I liked the smallness of the MiniTT1. Even with the AC3 on top, the whole set up was not oversized. It felt about right and you could almost forget that it was on the camera.
The AC9 is very small as well. When connected to the FlexTT5, it doesn't add to the height very much and it was easy to position out of the way. I like the way that you can control the function of the Alien Bees through the FlexTT5 to dim the modeling lights and sleep modes.
Once again, I continue to be amazed at the reliability and quality of these all of these pieces and how well they work together. For my third and final review, we are going to go out into the field to put them through uncontrolled situations. I will be taking them to a Gary Thomas Extreme Lighting Workshop to test them out. Until till then, if you want the ultimate in the ability to control your flash and strobes from right on your camera, then I very highly recommend you add the AC3 and the AC9 to your MiniTT1 and FlexTT5 units.