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Feb 20, 2012 12:12 |  #16

I've had the great fortune of being able to play with these for awhile now. They are awesome--to be honest - I've got to chuckle at anyone thinking that a cactus is 1/5th the trigger that this is. They just aren't even in the same league.


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Feb 20, 2012 12:15 |  #17

mikekelley wrote in post #13929691external link
I've had the great fortune of being able to play with these for awhile now. They are awesome--to be honest - I've got to chuckle at anyone thinking that a cactus is 1/5th the trigger that this is. They just aren't even in the same league.

Do any testing triggering the 580exii? Wondering if the fun RF challenges the TT5s had are evident in the Plus IIIs..


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Feb 20, 2012 12:19 |  #18

Nope - same as the Plus II, from what I hear. Shouldn't be any problems. I'm sure you would have heard by now, too.


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Feb 20, 2012 12:27 |  #19

I have two PWII that I've been thinking about selling in order to move over to the Phottix set. Is there anything in the new PWIII that should make me rethink?



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Feb 20, 2012 12:34 |  #20

SYS wrote in post #13929768external link
I have two PWII that I've been thinking about selling in order to move over to the Phottix set. Is there anything in the new PWIII that should make me rethink?

http://fstoppers.com/p​lusiiiexternal link

^ Pretty much the best video out yet on the PW III.


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Feb 20, 2012 13:03 |  #21

mikekelley wrote in post #13929691external link
I've had the great fortune of being able to play with these for awhile now. They are awesome--to be honest - I've got to chuckle at anyone thinking that a cactus is 1/5th the trigger that this is. They just aren't even in the same league.

Can you explain why?

They both do the same exact thing, do they not? These are "dumb" triggers, are they not?

I'm going to quote from FM Forums here, just because i think S Dilworth said exactly what I feel:

Things I don't like:

- it's very bulky, and that's made worse by the insistence on having it stand as tall as possible on the camera's hotshoe. I'd prefer it to lie flat like the $30 Cactus V5 (or Elinchrom EL-Skyport)
- it still has a dinky plastic foot, unlike the $30 Cactus V5
- it's still missing a hotshoe, unlike the $30 Cactus V5
- it still uses heavy AA cells, when it could use AAA cells like the the $30 Cactus V5.


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Feb 20, 2012 13:08 |  #22

Have you used a Cactus V5? Sorry, they just aren't built for professional use. There is a reason PW is the industry standard.


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Feb 20, 2012 13:14 |  #23

Cactus triggers don't work wirelessly with my light meter. PW does!


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Feb 20, 2012 13:22 |  #24

tman2782 wrote in post #13928185external link
The PW Plus III Zoning is available only on channels 17-32, the Plus II's only have channels 1-4.

:( okay without the zoning feature then... can the Plus III still trigger the Plus IIs?


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Feb 20, 2012 13:24 |  #25

PhilF wrote in post #13930056external link
:( okay without the zoning feature then... can the Plus III still trigger the Plus IIs?

Yeah they still trigger all the older versions.

"Of course, the Plus III is reverse-compatible with all PocketWizard radios, making it the perfect addition to existing gear. It is especially well paired with the MultiMAX which has the same set of 32 channels and four zones."


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JAE Photography wrote in post #13930063external link
Yeah they still trigger all the older versions.

"Of course, the Plus III is reverse-compatible with all PocketWizard radios, making it the perfect addition to existing gear. It is especially well paired with the MultiMAX which has the same set of 32 channels and four zones."

that's cool. I can slowly update my triggers then.


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Feb 20, 2012 15:20 |  #27

mikekelley wrote in post #13929980external link
Have you used a Cactus V5? Sorry, they just aren't built for professional use. There is a reason PW is the industry standard.

And PW are? Ive had the TT1 and Flex TT5, same plastic build. At lease cactus has a metal foot unlike the PW.


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Feb 20, 2012 15:21 |  #28

JAE Photography wrote in post #13930016external link
Cactus triggers don't work wirelessly with my light meter. PW does!

You can get an extra transciever to have around and trigger your stuff... it would still be less expensive than the RF module for your meter.


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Feb 20, 2012 15:31 |  #29

Cactus is cool and all ...but if you are doing photography professionally (depending on the level you are at), getting industry standard equipment is a must.... especially when you get larger and big accounts. It is what it is.


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Feb 20, 2012 15:46 |  #30

PhilF wrote in post #13930715external link
Cactus is cool and all ...but if you are doing photography professionally (depending on the level you are at), getting industry standard equipment is a must.... especially when you get larger and big accounts. It is what it is.

Thats the mindset I just dont understand... why MUST you get the PW when it does the same exact thing as another alternative? Sounds like bad business to me. Do you think your client really cares how you trigger your strobes? I'm all for haveing great camera or lenses, but a basic dumb trigger...

If PW created a trigger that was truely 'professional" with metal foot and sturdier plastic components I would not argue... Also, why the dumb triggers, I see no innovation from PW. Give me a good quality trigger that also does ETTL AND can communicate with my strobes via camera menu like the Pixel Kings... thats innovation.


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