Re: Pocket Wizard Alternatives
I have a set of Quantum Freewires that my work owns that I have used which seem to work fairly well. They are transceivers, like the PW multimax model, which is nice if you have varying needs for multiple receivers/transmitters that will change frequently. They have 5 channels and a variety of inputs and outputs, unlike the PW models which use only the 1/8" mini plug. They seem to be fairly reliable and have the equivilent of the ABCD on the Multimax models as well; This allows you to have, say, 4 strobes, all with a receiver attached to them. By moving a switch, you can select which ones will fire and which ones will not, still having them all on the same channel.
But, after using these I went with the PW multimax models handsdown for my own purchase. The have a greater range, are more reliable, have more features, are a lot smaller and a more streamlined design (the Freewire seriously looks like a refrigerator attached to the top of your camera, they are huge), have a lot more channels, ect. I would even take a set of the PW Plus models over the freewires as long as you do not really need the flexibility of the tranceiver. I think there were some older Quantum products that served a simular purpose, but I have not had any expierience with them. Hope that helps,