Tuesday, December 29, 2009

PocketWizard Releases Version 5.0 Firmware for MiniTT1™ and FlexTT5™

Elmsford NY – December 29, 2009 – PocketWizard launched the newest and most advanced firmware for the MiniTT1 Transmitter and FlexTT5 Transceiver. ControlTL™ Firmware Version 5.0 for Canon incorporates several new features, many performance improvements and new camera and flash compatibility. Now, with a simple download, customers who already own MiniTT1’s and FlexTT5’s can upgrade them to get the same features found on brand new units. Owners are encouraged to upgrade all existing units at the same time for improved performance.  

Two key version 5.0 capabilities 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.  

Another significant new feature is Automatic Camera Detection. The ControlTL system can now automatically detect exactly which camera is being used to optimize system performance precisely for that camera. For Canon 5D and 5D Mark II users, this means the system will set the High Speed Sync crossover point to 1/320th versus the default of 1/400th to compensate for those camera’s slower shutter mechanisms. Camera compatibility for the Canon 7D has been added as well as E-TTL flash compatibility for the Metz 58 AF-1 flash.

Several other new features and refinements have been made and complete details can be found at www.PocketWizard.com/downloads. Current MiniTT1 Transmitter and FlexTT5 Transceiver owners can upgrade to the new firmware for free via the recently revised PocketWizard Utility.

About PocketWizard and the MiniTTI and FlexTT5

The PocketWizard MiniTT1 Transmitter and FlexTT5 Transceiver for Canon allow photographers to wirelessly control single or multiple off-camera flash units. These radios interpret the flash and exposure data communicated through the camera’s hot shoe and digitally transmit the information through a reliable radio signal. Photographers can place E-TTL flashes connected to a dedicated FlexTT5 Transceiver for wireless E-TTL operation wherever they need to illuminate a scene, even out of sight or in bright sun. Any change in ISO, aperture, shutter speed and even flash compensation is automatically communicated and adjusted wirelessly. A ControlTL system for Nikon is in the works as well as compatibility with some studio lights. The ControlTL system is also compatible for standard triggering with all PocketWizard radios.

For More Information

For more information on firmware version 5.0, including all new features and refinements, please visit PocketWizard.com

NOTE:  These are the great wireless units that I use. The full list of features these products offer is quite amazing. I also own the Canon Wireless system with the ST-2 controller but these PocketWizards offer way more features, are easier to use, work at greater distances and do not require line-of-sight to work.

They are available from Amazon.com here:

Pocket Wizard FlexTT5 Transceiver For Canon TTL Flashes
PocketWizard MiniTT1 Radio Transmitter for Canon TTL Flashes

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