PocketWizard Plus III

PocketWizard Plus III from the PocketWizard website

 

PocketWizard Plus III on a Nikon from the PocketWizard website

 

Information has been released on the PocketWizard site regarding the new PocketWizard Plus III.  There are already four hands on reviews linked on the site to

  1. The Strobist, David Hobby
  2. Joe McNally
  3. Rob Galbraith
  4. FStoppers

Basically, these four sites cover everything that you want to know.  As I haven’t put my hands on a unit yet, I’ll just give my impressions based on the data from PocketWizard and the information from these reviews.

First off, this unit is not something that I’m going to rush out and get.  Don’t get me wrong, I’m not an ‘ebay trigger’ guy.  PocketWizards work, period.  They are the industry standard that everyone tries to go after.  My reason for not rushing out to buy a Plus III is that I prefer to shoot and control the flash from the camera.

Currently I’m still loving my Nikon and the CLS system.  Again, don’t get me wrong.  My plan is to move up to a Flex/MiniTT1 system. But I’m not a manual flash fan.  I know a lot of photographers out there insist on shooting manual, and I won’t say they’re wrong.  They get great stuff and they can get it consistently.  I just like to be able to change things around and see what I get.  This is my entire reason for loving digital over film.

All that being said, let’s get back to the Plus III’s.  These are, as most of the reviews have mentioned, game changers.  They’ve crammed these things full of features, such as 32 channels, a better antennae, long range and repeater modes, just to name a few.  Then they lowered the price by $30.00 over the Plus II’s!!!

My conclusion is the same as many of the reviews I’ve read.  If you are thinking of getting a manual system, spend the extra money and go with a PocketWizard Plus III.  If you don’t need the features, look for used units or discounted new units and pick up the Plus II.  They are well worth the money, even if you only use them for a year and sell them for most of the money you put into them.  They retain the value much better than the knockoffs, due to the reliability.

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About covesphotography

I have loved photography since I was a child. I always had a camera with me, although it was usually an old Kodak 110 Instamatic. When I was older, I used to take (with permission) my fathers Konica SLR with a 50mm Sigma lens. I was always disappointed that I had to wait for the film to be developed to see what it looked like. I have about two large containers full of pictures in my bedroom closet even now, mostly mine from that time. I don't know exactly how old I was, but I was able to take a picture of a sunset over Lake Superior with a heavy cloud cover above and the water below, the sun just broke through. My parents took it and blew it up to a very large image and I had it hanging on my wall for years. As a lot of teenagers are now, I was impatient and didn't stay with my love of photography, however when digital became more popular, and because I double exposed an important roll of film, I purchased my first digital camera, about 2004. I loved it so much that it went everywhere with me. Now I want to turn that passion for photography to something that can bring joyful moments to other people. From elegant weddings, to family portraits, from infants and pregnancy photos to corporate head shots, from pets to product photography. I travel to you, either to your home or a location you specify. If needed I can help in location scouting as well.
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