Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Pocketwizard MiniTT1 and FlexTT5 review part 2
I've encountered a couple of problems.
First, the special "interference" hotshoe that comes with the transmitter doesn't seem to work. I contacted PW about it and they said they would send me another one. That was two weeks ago. I sent them an email last week to ask about it and haven't heard back yet. I was impressed with how quick they were to respond and promise a replacement but now I'm wondering if I got lost in the shuffle. Luckily, I don't seem to have a need for it but if I did I would be pretty upset at having sat on these remotes for two weeks without being able to use them.
Second, almost every time that I set up the remote they failed to fire the first time. Typically, I have to take my flash off of the receiver, put it back on and tighten it down again before I get a clean connection. I'm going to test this further before I contact Pocketwizard and ask for a replacement.
As I continue to work with these remotes and become more comfortable with them I'm starting to believe that my days of using manual flash are coming to an end. Although I consider myself to be a good photographer when it comes to manual flash, I think that I'm even better when it comes to bounce flash using TTL. Basically, when using these remotes, my off camera flash becomes a TTL flash. So, if I can just adjust my thinking so that I think of the off-camera flash the same way I would think of the flash on my camera I should be able to work very quickly and efficiently.
Are they worth the money? The verdict is still out as I have yet to do anything with them that I couldn't do with the old manual remotes. But then, I know how to use manual off-camera light. If I was just starting out I can see where these remotes would save me time since I wouldn't have to learn how to light manually. I'm not sure that's a good thing as a working knowledge of light can be very helpful as a photographer, even if these new remotes no longer require it.
Booray Perry is a Tampa Bay Wedding Photographer. You can see his work at www.boorayperry.com.
Posted by Booray at 6:21 PM