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May 19, 2013 07:38 |  #1

HI All:

I am mostly a Soccer photographer, but would like to experiment a bit more with my photography. I use 2 Cameras at any game, Canon 1d3 with a 300mm and a 20d a 24-70mm. More and more I find myself using less of the 20d. SO I was thinking of purchasing pocket wizards so I can get Goal mouth shots, which many newspapers are in favour of. Thing is I know very little about them, and would like some advice from anyone that has used them.


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May 19, 2013 08:21 |  #2

I don't shoot football all that much, maybe 5 to 10 matches a year, but still.. Putting remote behind the goal is no big deal and no rocket science... you get stand, where to put camera on (plate or small tripod), connect Pocket Wizard and use wide(er) lens and that's more or less it :) If there's really lot of remotes, agree with others which channel to use, but there's really not much more then this. Or do you want to know something more specific? If yes, then let us know what would that be :)


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May 19, 2013 12:00 as a reply to  @ primoz's post |  #3

Just purchased to Pocket Wizard 3's so im good to go, Thanks for your reply


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May 19, 2013 20:40 |  #4

MCI wrote in post #15946779 (external link)
Just purchased to Pocket Wizard 3's so im good to go, Thanks for your reply

Couple of points...

1) Multimaxes may be better, as you get a visible acknowledgment that it triggered.
2) everything is manual; white balance, focus, exposure, etc. You may be able to use auto iso if you will be transitioning from sun to lights.
3) secure everything


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May 20, 2013 10:05 |  #5

xchangx wrote in post #15948165 (external link)
Couple of points...

1) Multimaxes may be better, as you get a visible acknowledgment that it triggered.
2) everything is manual; white balance, focus, exposure, etc. You may be able to use auto iso if you will be transitioning from sun to lights.
3) secure everything

Thanks for your reply! It will be hit and miss for a while I reckon, but im willing to take the step with these for now


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May 20, 2013 11:42 |  #6

MCI: Let me know how the PWIII's work for you. I've set up two remotes covering third base and home plate and only seem to work off and on...I'm thinking the chain link fences are interfering with the receivers. And both were setup so that the camera never goes to sleep, so I know that is not the issue. It seems I have a bit more luck if I mount the receivers on the inside of the fence...but they still don't seem to fire 100% of the time. :-(


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May 20, 2013 13:10 |  #7

Pocket wizards too expensive for my taste. I used to use my old 20D behind the goal, but really too few pixels. Now I put my 50D there and shoot also with my 1Dmk3. I use Yongnuo's. You have to pre-focus and set to Manual focus, with manual settings and its good to go. However, need to remember to reset exposure at half time if the light is changing!


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May 21, 2013 16:05 |  #8

dwarrenr wrote in post #15949780 (external link)
MCI: Let me know how the PWIII's work for you. I've set up two remotes covering third base and home plate and only seem to work off and on...I'm thinking the chain link fences are interfering with the receivers. And both were setup so that the camera never goes to sleep, so I know that is not the issue. It seems I have a bit more luck if I mount the receivers on the inside of the fence...but they still don't seem to fire 100% of the time. :-(

I certainly will, it may take me a week or two for me to get used to, but I'll let you know


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Mar 26, 2014 03:15 as a reply to  @ MCI's post |  #9

If you set the AF to the shutter button, will the camera AF before shutter release using remotes, as if you are manipulating the actual shutter?

I use MF, but I was wondering this and I have not had time to play around. Stoopid 12 hour night shifts.


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Mar 26, 2014 03:17 |  #10

xchangx wrote in post #15948165 (external link)
Couple of points...

1) Multimaxes may be better, as you get a visible acknowledgment that it triggered

Multimax 32 channel $295

Pocket Wizard Plus III $149. Visual confirmation is better, for twice the cost.


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Mar 26, 2014 10:07 |  #11

Nukehed wrote in post #16787033 (external link)
If you set the AF to the shutter button, will the camera AF before shutter release using remotes, as if you are manipulating the actual shutter?

I use MF, but I was wondering this and I have not had time to play around. Stoopid 12 hour night shifts.

I know a Plus III can half-press. I think it requires a pre-release cable though.


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Mar 26, 2014 10:36 |  #12

Nukehed wrote in post #16787036 (external link)
Multimax 32 channel $295

Pocket Wizard Plus III $149. Visual confirmation is better, for twice the cost.

There's a little more to it than that. You get better range and a ton more options.

Edit:
Let me expand on this. So yeah you get better range with the Multi-max, but you also can use one as a repeater. If you are shooting soccer, chances are you aren't going to be able to reach from the opposite goal. I've never tried with the Multimax, but I know you can't with the Plus 2s. That's why I ended up switching to the multimaxes. I also have custom channels on mine. That way if I were at a large game, I can be confident that no one would trigger my remotes/strobes.


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Mar 26, 2014 21:12 |  #13

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I know a Plus III can half-press. I think it requires a pre-release cable though.

Just read manual online. Plus III's need "proper ACC cable" for half-press functionality. I do not know if ACC cable comes with PW Plus III's.


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Mar 27, 2014 12:02 |  #14

Nukehed wrote in post #16789210 (external link)
Just read manual online. Plus III's need "proper ACC cable" for half-press functionality. I do not know if ACC cable comes with PW Plus III's.

I don't think so, but I'm not really sure. If you want to be sure, you'll have to open up the wallet and buy one from PW. From my experience, the PW cables I've used that allow for half-press usually have a little box with a switch on them that can force the camera(s) to stay awake, but that may be independent of the ACC functionality.


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Apr 03, 2014 13:16 |  #15

abruckse wrote in post #16790477 (external link)
I don't think so, but I'm not really sure. If you want to be sure, you'll have to open up the wallet and buy one from PW. From my experience, the PW cables I've used that allow for half-press usually have a little box with a switch on them that can force the camera(s) to stay awake, but that may be independent of the ACC functionality.

PW Plus III's do NOT come with -ACC or -P cables. The ones I bought came with double mini-stereo jacks (3/8) and one cord with mini-jack and PC connection. You will have to buy -ACC or -P cables separately.


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