Fastest. Refresh. Ever. Last year, PocketWizard announced their very good Plus III radio triggers and today they’re announcing a refresh–the company’s fastest refresh in their history it seems. The new Plus X retains the Plus III’s body style despite not featuring the digital display that the Plus III triggers did, and they also boast a ridiculous range of 1,600 feet. The new triggers also automatically sense whether they should be in transmitter or receiver mode–which is a big improvement over the previous version. It also claims a 100 hr battery life–and the previous triggers still eat batteries like a hungry baby. Other features of major interest are 10 channels that can be controlled via the retro twist dial, a 3.5mm sync port, tri-color LED for a battery life indicator, camera triggering with another remote (which the Plus IIIs had) and more.
Thankfully, the new triggers are backwards compatible with the older ones. Specs are after the jump; and they’re available for $99 at B&H Photo Video.
Frequency FCC/IC model: 344.04MHz
CE model: 433.62 MHz
Channels 10 standard channels; Reverse compatible with all PocketWizard radios using Standard Channels
Zones Single zone
Antenna Precision tuned internal coil
Channel Setting Backlit rotating dial
Range Up to 1,600 feet (500 meters) (Actual range is dependent on multiple factors including equipment, mode, environment, positioning, orientation and interference)
Sync Speed Up to 1/250 for focal plane shutters; Up to 1/500 for leaf shutters
Triggering Speed Up to 14.5 FPS
Contact Time 62 milliseconds in normal operation
Status Indicator LED: Green, Amber, Red status indications
Solid Red: Triggering signal sending or receiving
Single Green Blink: Status OK, > 50% battery life
Double Amber Blink: Battery life < 50% but > 25%
Triple Red Blink: Battery life < 25%, change batteries
Transmit Output Power Less than 1 milliwatt (0.001 watt)
Power Two (2) AA (LR6) 1.5v alkaline recommended. NiMH, NiCAD, NiZn, Lithium acceptable (these chemistries may not report battery life accurately). DO NOT USE 3.6V Li-Ion AA cells!
Battery Life Up to 100 hours (with alkaline batteries)
Max Port Sync Voltage 300 Volts (Camera/Flash Port)
MaxCurrent Handling 1.0 A peak, 0.2 A (1/5 Amp or 200 milliamp) continuous current limited
Voltage Present 3 volts, safe for use with all digital and film cameras
Housing High impact plastic with captive battery door
Weight 3.9 ounces (110 grams) with batteries installed
Dimensions Height: 4.2 inches (10.7 cm)
Width: 2.1 inches (5.3 cm)
Depth: 1.2 inches (3.0 cm)
Operating Temperature Above 5° F (-15° C) and below 120° F (50° C).
Storage Temperature Above -22° F (-30° C) and below 185° F (85° C) (without battery)
Input/Output 3.5mm (1/8”) stereo miniphone jack, hot shoe
Mounting Hot shoe, lanyard/D-Ring loop, ¼-20 threaded insert
In the Box Quick Guide
Stereo 3.5mm (1/8”) miniphone to miniphone cable
Mono 3.5mm miniphone to locking PC cable
Stereo 3.5mm miniphone to 6.3mm (¼”) adapter
RoHS Compliant Yes
Optional Accessories Isolation bar, trigger buttons, camera motor drive cables, PC cables and adapters, flash sync cables and protective case
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