PRESS RELEASE: PocketWizard Releases MiniTT1 and FlexTT5 Version 5.0
Burlington, Vermont – December 29, 2009 – PocketWizard today launched the newest and most advanced firmware for the MiniTT1 Transmitter and FlexTT5 Transceiver. ControlTL™ Firmware Version 5.0 for Canon incorporates several new features, many performance improvements and new camera and flash compatibility. All have been fully tested via the PocketWizard Beta Lab.
Two new key features are Rear Curtain Sync and Pre-Flash Boost. PocketWizard’s rear curtain sync allows the photographer to set the shutter speed at which rear curtain sync automatically engages while optimizing the timing of rear curtain sync to fire at the absolute end of the shutter opening. Pre-Flash Boost provides enhanced E-TTL performance when using flash diffusers, doing bounce flash, or at ranges just beyond the normal E-TTL capabilities. By increasing the pre-flash power, PocketWizard has offset the loss of light in these challenging E-TTL situations.
One other significant new feature is Automatic Camera Detection. The ControlTL system can now automatically detect exactly what camera is being used to optimize system performance precisely for that camera. For 5D and 5D Mark II users, this means the system will set the High Speed Sync crossover point to 1/320th versus the default of 1/400th to compensate for those camera’s slower shutter mechanisms. Camera compatibility for the Canon 7D has been added as well as E-TTL flash compatibility for the Metz 58 AF-1 flash.
Several other new features and refinements have been made and complete details can be found here. Current MiniTT1 Transmitter and FlexTT5 Transceiver owners can upgrade to the new firmware for free via the PocketWizard Utility. Users will also need to upgrade the PocketWizard Utility to version 1.18.9, which is also on the downloads page.
When upgrading your radios, be sure to upgrade all MiniTT1’s and FlexTT5’s to firmware version 5.0. Units will only operate as expected when all units are using the same firmware.
Photographers who have signed up for the free AC5 RF Soft Shield promotion, those have begun shipping on a first-come, first-served basis. Fulfillment should be caught up to all current requests in the next two to three weeks. If you have just purchased your FlexTT5’s you may request a free AC5 for each FlexTT5 you own here.
About PocketWizard and the MiniTTI and FlexTT5
The PocketWizard MiniTT1 Transmitter and FlexTT5 Transceiver for Canon allow photographers to wirelessly control single or multiple off-camera flash units. These radios interpret the flash and exposure data communicated through the camera’s hot shoe and digitally transmit the information through a reliable radio signal. Photographers can place E-TTL flashes connected to a dedicated FlexTT5 Transceiver for wireless E-TTL operation wherever they need to illuminate a scene, even out of sight or in bright sun. Any change in ISO, aperture, shutter speed and even flash compensation is automatically communicated and adjusted wirelessly. A ControlTL system for Nikon is in the works as well as compatibility with some studio lights. The ControlTL system is also compatible for standard triggering with all PocketWizard radios.
For More Information
For more information on firmware version 5.0, including all new features and refinements, please visit PocketWizard.com. PocketWizard, the world leader in wireless control and synchronization of cameras, flash lighting and light meters, is made by LPA Design, based in South Burlington, Vermont and sold by MAC Group in the USA and authorized distributors around the world.
(First posted on Tuesday, December 29, 2009 at 17:25 EST)