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Old 12-13-2004, 03:51 PM
Graham_Taylor Graham_Taylor is offline
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Pocket Wizard Alternatives

Hi Everyone
I know quite a few posters here use the pocket wizard but does anyone use an alternative?
I'm using an infa red setup but but with so many digital cameras flashing around at events its causing havoc.




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Old 12-13-2004, 06:55 PM
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Re: Pocket Wizard Alternatives

Bowens Pulsars. When first introduced there were reliability issues - units would fail to fire intermittently. The manufacturers have now increased the signal duration and made some other modifications & all seems well. I used four of the new units on Saturday evening for 700 exposures firing three Bowens monoblocs and all was well. These units are also very easy to use with Canon 550EX's just by connecting a cheap hotshoe with synch cable - no special cables required.

p.s. I used to live in Humberston & went to TollBar school - small world :-)

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Old 12-13-2004, 07:10 PM
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Check out Paramount cords for an alternative.

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Old 12-13-2004, 11:54 PM
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Re: Pocket Wizard Alternatives

<<<I know quite a few posters here use the pocket wizard >>>

For good reason [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]

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Old 12-14-2004, 02:36 AM
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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,

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Old 12-14-2004, 09:11 AM
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Re: Pocket Wizard Alternatives

Thanks for the replies guys. I know the pocket wizard is top of the pile with not much else out there but thought i'd ask.

Pete, nice too hear from you.You may be pleased to know (or not) your old school is doing fine.I shoot their prom & staff every year.Your right the world does get smaller & smaller each day. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]

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Old 12-14-2004, 03:55 PM
Stefan_Randlkofer Stefan_Randlkofer is offline
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Re: Pocket Wizard Alternatives

there is just nothing better than pocketwizards. i never heard of anyone who had troubles with it. i shot thousands of frames with a multimax setup and didn't have ONE mistriggering. thats what i call reliable. i used the bowens system once with loads of problems. i will never get near that junk again.

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