Alveric wrote in post #17349590
There's usually more than meets the eye behind a number of issues. It's not that the technology or technical workaround isn't there or that a particular manufacturer wants to suck: a lot of the times it's a legal roadblock that prevents technological implementations or pathways.
Take Zeiss lenses for example: there's the roadblock that only Japanese lens makers can produce AF lenses for Canon and Nikon cameras; as a result, Tamron and Sigma can produce such lenses, but Zeiss cannot, even though Zeiss lenses are far superior than the average to pedestrian products from Tamron and Sigma.
PW (and other manufacturers) have to be reverse engineering Canon's, Nikon's, &c.'s technologies. I don't think Canon shares its blueprints with PW and others, especially now when they've come up with their own radio system: Canon, like most other manufacturers, wants people to buy from them alone. Third parties have to be working around Canon's mutism regarding their technologies in order to develop their radio triggering system. The issues with the 580 flashes are mostly Canon's fault (heh, they might even have done that on purpose or, if it was accidental, might have chosen to do nothing
about it, so as to discourage people from buying PW's; not saying it was so, but it's a possibility).
There's lots of irrelevance here, followed by some just plain wrong.
The Canon 580ex predates the PW flex system, the licensing of all European wireless products was fixed well before their design too. Pocketwizards chose to stick with their preferred bandwidth knowing that they were heading into a place it might not be the best option.
They weighed up the convenience of being able to use the flex alongside their legacy products against the possible interference problems. Some people believe the gamble was justified and are happy with their PW's, others have been stymied by the problems. Those that don't suffer the problems feel those that do are just being drama queens (bless em).
To blame Canon is just hilarious, if I go to put some new tyres on the car tomorrow, and it handles like a pile of ****, the tyre manufacturer can't blame Ford for making the car bad, they're designing tyres for the car, not the other way round. If my Sigma lenses don't work well with my camera, it's not Canons fault, they're the product Sigma are making lenses to work with.
PW made the wrong choice, and lost a significant advantage in a market which was growing exponentially.