I am about to pull the trigger on some off camera flash gear. The pocket wizard offerings seem to get the highest regard but for that price I can sell my xsi and upgrade to a 60d with built-in ettl ii wireless flash (among other major upgrades). Searching the board however turns up a lot of hate for this system.
Is it really that bad? Are the claimed ranges (23' outside, 33' inside, 80 degree spread) not accurate? Will it work with modifiers (like a shoot through umbrella)? Seems like they could block the line of sight. What other shortcomings am I overlooking? Any work arounds to make it more flexible? Like maybe being able to bounce the signal to get more than an 80 degree spread or to speedlites behind the camera or subject?
Lets try to limit input on this to real world experiences and not just hearsay.
Thanks in advance for any help...