The PocketWizard system has always been available for Canon and Nikon DSLRs, but today they’re announcing that their TTL radio system will be available for Panasonic’s mirrorless cameras. The system is highly targeted at photographers who use the GH4, and includes features like HSS (high speed sync) that allow a photographer to shoot at up to 1/8000th, TTL, and can use PocketWizard’s HyperSync technology.
According to the press release:
PocketWizard is currently developing a remote camera cable which will allow Panasonic photographers to trigger a remote camera with their FlexTT5 or any other PocketWizard radio.
At release, the PocketWizard FlexTT5 for Panasonic is currently TTL compatible with the Lumix GH4 camera and DMW-FL360L and DMW-FL580L flashes. Compatibility with other Panasonic camera and flash models will be offered through firmware updates. The FlexTT5 for Panasonic is compatible with existing PocketWizard transceivers including the Plus IV and Plus III in manual trigger mode. It also communicates with all PocketWizard-enabled photo gear including select Profoto, Dynalite, Norman and Photogenic flash systems and Sekonic light meters in manual mode.
The PocketWizard FlexTT5 Transceiver for Panasonic will be available at PocketWizard Authorized dealers across the globe at the end of October, 2016. Photographers will have the option of purchasing individual radios or a set of two. The US MAP price of a single FlexTT5 for Panasonic radio will be $186.00 and a set of two radios which includes a PocketWizard G-Wiz Trunk bag will come in at $299.00 US MAP.
It will be interesting to see how PocketWizard performs when entering this market; especially since other brands have significantly more affordable options and have had them for years.
In fact, I really think that this is years late to the game.
I’m sure Olympus users are asking themselves if it will work with their cameras or not. And here’s PocketWizard’s response.
“We work with each manufacturer platform individually in the development of our radio products. The new FlexTT5 was developed specifically for use with the Panasonic GH4. Development of compatibility with other branded cameras and flashes is on our roadmap. As always, we encourage our PW user base to try it out!”
Basically, it means they don’t know.