Wednesday, February 6, 2013
From PocketWizard: PocketWizard G-Wiz Vault gadget bag perfect for the safe and convenient storage of multiple radios, cameras and accessories
LPA Design, manufacturers of PocketWizard Photo Products, the world leader in wireless control of cameras, flash lighting and light meters, announces today the new G-Wiz Vault bag. Designed for use with the PocketWizard MultiMAX®, Plus® II or FlexTT5® Transceivers and accessories, this padded gear bag is also the perfect size to protect a full-sized DSLR camera.
“Many photographers own several PocketWizard radios and the new G-Wiz Vault bag offers them a storage solution that keeps them safe when not in use.” said Dave Schmidt, LPA Design’s VP of Marketing. “We’ve also designed the G-Wiz line as a convenient storage solution for other photo gear and the G-Wiz Vault is sized to fit any full size DSLR camera body or other accessories.”
The new PocketWizard G-Wiz Vault bag holds up to six MultiMAX or Plus II radios with connector cables, ten FlexTT5’s, or one full-size DSLR camera body. The Vault features three movable or removable hook-n-loop padded dividers allowing photographers to customize this bag to fit their gear-packing needs. Available in three colors, the G-Wiz Vault opens from the top allowing photographers to ensure at a glance that all their PocketWizard gear is neatly and safely packed away. Features include:
three movable hook-n-loop padded dividers, zippered inside pocket, Super-Snap closure attachment straps with grab handle and durable rip-stop nylon construction. Dimensions:
6" x 6" x 3.5". Capacity:
carries PocketWizard G-Wiz storage bags
Post Date: 2/6/2013 6:51:03 AM CT Posted By: Sean
Thursday, December 20, 2012
From PocketWizard: MiniTT1 & FlexTT5 updated beta firmware release plan for new Canon and Nikon Cameras
So. Burlington, VT – As Canon and Nikon continue to release new cameras and flashes, PocketWizard Photo Products has established an evolving Firmware Release plan for the MiniTT1 and FlexTT5 radios to address compatibility with these new products.
The MiniTT1 and FlexTT5 offer a comprehensive list of unique features such as HyperSync, Power Control with an AC3 ZoneController, Optimized Rear Curtain Sync and many others including our legendary broad-based reverse compatibility. These features are what differentiate PocketWizard radios from other wireless triggers. The MiniTT1 and FlexTT5 require specialized programming which is highly dependent on the internal coding of the camera or flash. When a new camera or flash is released, we must reverse engineer the new internal coding to make sure the timing of our features is compatible with the new hardware. This reverse engineering and testing can take anywhere from a few weeks to a few months before it meets our standards and can be released as a beta into the market for further testing. Some gear is easier to reverse engineer than others.
It is important to note that PocketWizard does not receive any inside information from either Nikon or Canon regarding the release of new gear. PocketWizard Photo Products must order new Nikon or Canon gear from a local dealer and wait for it to be shipped. Once the product is received at PocketWizard headquarters in Vermont, it is then thoroughly tested, reversed engineered by our firmware engineers, tested again and then tested yet again for compatibility.
In order to expedite the process, we will be releasing “rolling betas” which will then be rolled into production releases based on feedback during the beta phase. Although we cannot provide specific beta firmware release dates, what we can tell you is that a typical beta period is three to five weeks and a production release should fall shortly thereafter assuming nothing major was discovered during the beta process.
Prioritized rolling BETA release plan for MiniTT1 and FlexTT5 Firmware:
- MiniTT1/FlexTT5 BETA firmware release for Canon
MiniTT1/FlexTT5 Beta firmware release for Nikon
- Compatibility with Canon 1D X Camera*
MiniTT1/FlexTT5 Beta firmware release for Canon
- Compatibility with Nikon D600 & Nikon D3200
- Compatibility with Canon T4i & Canon 6D
* Please note that the BETA firmware release for the Canon 1D X will have limited compatibility. The firmware release will include Manual Power Control and Manual HSS and HyperSync®. The beta release firmware for the Canon 1D X will not have the capability to perform TTL exposures.
The schedule above represents our BETA release plan. We will make decisions about official PRODUCTION releases as we go, depending on reverse engineering progress and field reports.
We intend to update the Nikon and Canon compatibility pages on wiki.pocketwizard.com on a regular basis. Any updates to the firmware release plan will also be updated on Facebook and Twitter.
Post Date: 12/20/2012 3:34:32 PM CT Posted By: Sean
Wednesday, December 19, 2012
From PocketWizard: PocketWizard Photo Products Announces ControlTL Firmware Update for Canon 5D Mark III Update provides compatibility for Canon version MiniTT1® and FlexTT5® radios with the Canon 5D Mark III digital SLR camera So. Burlington, VT – December 19, 2012
– LPA Design, manufacturers of PocketWizard Photo Products, the world leader in wireless control of cameras, flash lighting and light meters, announces today a new update to its ControlTL firmware for Canon versions of its MiniTT1 and FlexTT5 radios. Available now, firmware version 6.200
for Canon includes compatibility with the Canon 5D Mark III digital SLR camera. Any current owner of the ControlTL system can easily install this version via USB connection and update for free using the PocketWizard Utility. PocketWizard Utility version 1.54 or later is required before installing this update.
“This latest release of ControlTL firmware further strengthens PocketWizard’s compatibility with the Canon brand of digital cameras and flashes,” said Dave Schmidt, Vice President of Marketing at LPA Design, the company that manufacturers PocketWizard Photo Products. “Our engineers worked tirelessly to make this update available to our customers that use the Canon 5D Mark III camera. Our goal is to provide photographers with frequent important upgrades such as this because it allows owners of PocketWizard radios to stay current as new cameras and flash units are introduced.”
Compatibility for the Canon EOS-1D X is not available at this time but firmware for this camera should be available in the near future. Learn more about our firmware development plan here.
For more information on how to update PocketWizard products via USB connection and the PocketWizard Utility 1.55 visit:http://www.pocketwizard.com/support/downloads/ Resources:
Firmware version 6.200 release notes, click here
Canon Quick Guide, click here
Full Canon Wiki Manual, click here
Post Date: 12/19/2012 10:26:01 AM CT Posted By: Sean
Saturday, November 10, 2012
: Utility 1.54 & 1.55 offers compatibility with PocketWizard Plus III November 9, 2012
– PocketWizard, the industry leader in wireless control and synchronization of cameras, flash and light meters, announces today the release of Utility version 1.54 & 1.55. Utility version 1.54 & 1.55 offers a few new features from Utility 1.35 including the ability to upgrade your PocketWizard Plus III with future firmware updates.
Utility 1.54 & 1.55 offer many improvements including improved help text, automatic notifications for new firmware and the addition of a scrollbar to the inner frame allowing for better full screen operations on smaller displays. Additionally, a final version for PowerPC-based Macs running Mac OS X version 10.5 “Leopard” was created.
Utility 1.54 & 1.55 is compatible with all USB enabled PocketWizard radios including MiniTT1 and FlexTT5 for both Canon and Nikon, Plus III, PowerST4, PowerMC2 and MultiMAX (USB enabled only). PocketWizard Utility 1.55 is for Windows and Intel Mac operating systems. 1.54 is for PowerPC* MAC operating systems.* Version 1.54 for PowerPC is the final PocketWizard Utility for PowerPC-based Macs. There will be no future PocketWizard Utility versions for PowerPC-based Macs.
to download PocketWizard Utility 1.54 or 1.55
See the full release notes here
Post Date: 11/10/2012 8:54:50 AM CT Posted By: Sean
Friday, August 31, 2012
From LPA Design/PocketWizard: MiniTT1 and FlexTT5 Beta Firmware for Canon 5D Mark III
So. Burlington, VT – August 31, 2012: LPA Design, manufacturers of PocketWizard Photo Products, the world leader in wireless control of cameras, flash lighting and light meters, announces today the release of MiniTT1 and FlexTT5 for Canon 6.153 beta firmware with 5D Mark III compatibility.
The beta firmware release notes and instructions on how to download the beta firmware can be found here
Please note that this beta firmware release for Canon does not include compatibility with the Canon EOS-1D X or the Rebel T4i.
Learn more about our firmware development plan here
Post Date: 8/31/2012 4:29:27 PM CT Posted By: Bryan
Monday, August 27, 2012
Status of 5D Mark III Compatibility with MiniTT1 and FlexTT5
So. Burlington, VT – August 27, 2012 - We have a version of the ControlTL firmware that includes compatibility for the 5D Mark III that is very promising. We are hard at work testing it with both the 5D Mark III and all the other previously compatible Canon cameras, flashes, and transmitters. Please keep in mind, the beta and the official release must be compatible with all currently supported cameras in addition to the 5D Mark III - we cannot separate one version out for just one particular camera.
Testing is going well and we are making progress every day. That being said a bug could pop up at any given moment and delay the release of the firmware. To complete our testing as quickly as possible we have dropped all other tasks in our support office to get this testing done. This means we’re not answering the phone, not responding to emails and not answering questions on Facebook for a few days. Although we are hopeful to have a release within the next couple of weeks, we cannot give any definite date on when this firmware will be available.
We are just as eager to provide full support for the 5D Mark III as you are to employ it in your photography. We recognize the popularity and importance of this camera and we fully appreciate the impact that this has on your workflow. Our goal is to deliver firmware that you will have confidence in.
Post Date: 8/27/2012 5:11:57 PM CT Posted By: Bryan
Monday, August 6, 2012
From PocketWizard: PocketWizard Announces ControlTL Firmware Update New features and free upgrades available now for MiniTT1® and FlexTT5® radios, both Canon and Nikon versions
So. Burlington, VT – LPA Design, manufacturers of PocketWizard Photo Products, the world leader in wireless control of cameras, flash lighting and light meters, announces today a new update to its ControlTLfirmware for both Nikon and Canon versions of its MiniTT1 and FlexTT5 radios. Available now, firmware version 3.150 for Nikon and 6.150 for Canon include several new features and updates including compatibility with more cameras and flash units, support for the Sekonic RT-32CTLmodule, and a new optimized rear curtain sync utility control. Any current owner of the ControlTL system can easily install these new features via USB connection and update for free using the PocketWizard Utility.
New firmware features include compatibility with the Nikon D4, D800 and D800E digital cameras and Nikon SB-910 Speedlight as well as compatibility with the Canon 600 EX-RT Speedlite and ST-E3-RT Speedlite Transmitter. Compatibility for the Canon 5D Mark III is not available at this time but firmware for this camera should be available in the near future.
“This latest release of ControlTL firmware further strengthens PocketWizard’s compatibility with Nikon and Canon brand digital cameras and flashes,” said Dave Schmidt, Vice President of Marketing at LPA Design, the company that manufacturers PocketWizard Photo Products. “Providing photographers with frequent important upgrades such as this is a very high priority for us because it allows owners of PocketWizard radios to stay current as new cameras and flash units are introduced.”
This update enables PocketWizard’s MiniTT1 and FlexTT5 radios to work with Sekonic RT-32CTL equipped light meters and trigger compatible flashes in ControlTL mode. This allows photographers with an AC3 ZoneController on their transmitting MiniTT1or FlexTT5 to set remote flash power levels on their Speedlights or other ControlTL flashes, and then meter those remote flashes using their compatible Sekonic light meter, all wirelessly within the ControlTL system. For more information visit: http://www.sekonic.com/Products/All/Accessories/RT-32CTL-Radio-Transmitter-Module-for-L-358-and-L-758-series.aspx
These two firmware releases also include many additional operational improvements like improved default Aperture Priority and Rear Curtain Sync operation, improved Pre-Flash operation across all zones (Nikon), and more. Learn more here:
For more information on how to update PocketWizard products via USB connection visit: http://www.pocketwizard.com/support/downloads/
Post Date: 8/6/2012 10:38:11 PM CT Posted By: Bryan
Wednesday, August 1, 2012
From PocketWizard: PocketWizard Photo Products Announces New Storage Solution PocketWizard G-Wiz Squared gadget bag perfect for the safe and convenient storage of multiple Plus® III’s and accessories
LPA Design, manufacturers of PocketWizard Photo Products, the world leader in wireless control of cameras, flash lighting and light meters, announces today the new G-Wiz Squared bag. Designed specifically for use with the PocketWizard Plus III Transceivers and accessories, this optimally-sized padded gear bag, available in three colors, packs a lot of room in a small space and still fits easily into a photographer’s complete gear bag.
“This colorful new G-Wiz Squared bag offers photographers a convenient and secure solution to keep all their radios and coordinating accessories organized and together in one place for quick and easy access,” said Dave Schmidt, LPA Design’s VP of Marketing. “It’s the ideal storage solution for photographers that have invested in multiple Plus III Transceivers plus it’s a perfect general gadget bag as well.”
The new PocketWizard G-Wiz Squared bag holds up to four Plus III’s and connector cables and features movable hook-n-loop padded dividers allowing photographers to customize this bag to fit their gear-packing needs. The G-Wiz Squared opens from the top allowing photographers to ensure at a glance that all their PocketWizard gear is neatly and safely packed away. And, the padded movable dividers provide extra protection when traveling.
Features include: zippered inside pocket perfect for connector cables, Super Snap Closure attachment straps, movable hook-n-loop padded dividers, 2.8" wide x 4.7" high by 4.7" deep, and durable rip-stop nylon construction. The G-Wiz Squared bags are available now in Black, Orange and Blue. Adorama
is your source for PocketWizard products
Post Date: 8/1/2012 1:30:27 PM CT Posted By: Bryan
Friday, June 22, 2012
PocketWizard has made ControlTL MiniTT1 and FlexTT5 Nikon Beta Firmware Version 3.110 available for download
The Beta Firmware Release Bulletin
has more details, but version 3.110 includes new Nikon camera model support, feature improvements and bug fixes. (thanks Mike)
Post Date: 6/22/2012 7:21:55 PM CT Posted By: Bryan
Thursday, June 14, 2012
From PocketWizard: MultiMAX Beta Firmware 7.51 Release Notes Intro:
Beta Firmware Version 7.51 adds two new features introduced since the launch of Firmware Version 7.50: Patterns and Auto Power-Off control.
Please report any problems with this beta version to firstname.lastname@example.org. IMPORTANT:
This new firmware requires that you use PocketWizard Utility version 1.35 or later. It is available here
. Upgrade to the latest Utility first, then upgrade your radios’ firmware.
When updating firmware, be sure to update all of your radios to the latest version. Your radios will only operate as expected when all units are using the latest firmware.
PocketWizard Utility and Factory Reset Note: Always perform a factory reset after updating your firmware. To reset your MultiMAX to factory defaults, hold “C” as you power on the radio. Custom IDs:
If you have Custom IDs installed in your MultiMAX, they will be retained through a firmware upgrade and factory reset. Custom IDs are permanent. Learn More:
Visit the PocketWizard Wiki
for more information on using your radios.
Post Date: 6/14/2012 1:59:51 PM CT Posted By: Bryan
Saturday, May 26, 2012
From PocketWizard: Special 2012 Summer Olympics MultiMAX Upgrade Special 2012 London Summer Olympics Upgrade Offer for Custom ID owners with older MultiMAX radios
So. Burlington, VT - LPA Design, manufacturer of PocketWizard Photo Accessories, is announcing a special MULTIMAX UPGRADE offer exclusively to Custom ID owners.
Special London Olympics Offer:
If you own an older PocketWizard radio with a Custom ID in it, you should take advantage of this special offer to upgrade to the latest MultiMAX. A modern MultiMAX has the following benefits for the Olympics:
- A USB port for firmware upgrades – we are working on a new firmware to help in multi-user Olympic environments
- The ability to move your Custom ID to a different frequency. Older radios had the Custom ID pinned to one frequency - if the frequency was crowded you might miss triggers. The latest MultiMAX allows you to move among the available frequencies in your MultiMAX to move away from interference.
- An ACC port for controlling the “half press” of your remote camera
- And more!
From now until July 31st, you can upgrade your older Custom ID radio to a modern MultiMAX for $195. Just send your Custom ID radio to LPA Design and we will take care of the rest.
How do you know if you have an older MultiMAX? Hold down “A” on power-up – if your MultiMAX displays version 6.xx or earlier, you could benefit from an upgrade!
This offer is only available for MultiMAX or MAX radios with Custom IDs already installed. It is not for Plus, Plus II, Plus III, etc. This offer is only available directly from LPA Design.
To learn more, visit www.pocketwizard.com/news_events/news/multimax_upgrade/
Post Date: 5/26/2012 10:17:28 AM CT Posted By: Bryan
Friday, May 11, 2012
PocketWizard has revealed their firmware release plan
for support of new products (primarily DSLRs).
Post Date: 5/11/2012 10:22:25 PM CT Posted By: Bryan
Monday, February 20, 2012
David Hobby at Strobist
reviews the new PocketWizard Plus III. Joe McNally
reviews the new PocketWizard Plus III. B&H
is taking PocketWizard Plus III Transceiver
Post Date: 2/20/2012 11:00:13 AM CT Posted By: Bryan
From LPA Design: LPA Design Announces New PocketWizard Plus III Transceiver Easy-to-use, feature-packed radio trigger is ideal for any serious photographer
So. Burlington, VT – February 20, 2012 – LPA Design, manufacturers of PocketWizard Photo Products, the world leader in reliable wireless control of cameras, flash lighting and light meters, announces the new PocketWizard Plus III – a feature-packed, easy-to-use solution for remote flash and camera triggering. This new simple but powerful radio provides professional and serious amateur photographers with the most reliable triggering system which they will never outgrow and never want to be without.
“Our goals in designing the new Plus III were simple: It needed to do more, cost less and offer the same reliability and simplicity as the legendary Plus II. We believe the Plus III achieves all of this and more in its sleek new design,” said Dave Schmidt, LPA Designs VP of Marketing. “Photographers need tools that will help them create images they couldn’t before and with less hassle and lower cost. The Plus III is exactly that tool.”
The new Plus III Transceiver features 32 channels and Selective Quad-Zone Triggering that enables photographers to remotely trigger flash and/or cameras in groups or individually all wirelessly from hundreds of feet away. Performance enhancing features include Long Range Mode and Repeater Mode to help photographers tackle the most challenging shooting environments and open the door for never-attempted image ideas. All features, channels and zones can be easily set using the soft-touch keypad and are clearly displayed on the backlit LCD display. *
The versatile new PocketWizard Plus III is compatible with all other PocketWizard radios and virtually every popular flash and professional digital SLR camera system. It also communicates with all PocketWizard-enabled photo gear including select Profoto, Dynalite, Norman and Photogenic flash systems and Sekonic light meters.
The new Plus III will be demonstrated at the PocketWizard WPPI 2012 Booth #621 in Las Vegas, NV, February 20-23, 2012 as well as in the JP Distribution booth at Focus on Imaging Show in Birmingham, UK, March 4-7, 2012.
* Please see PocketWizard PLUS III Features and Specifications documents for more information.
More information should become available at http://plusiii.pocketwizard.com/
Post Date: 2/20/2012 9:10:34 AM CT Posted By: Bryan
From LPA Design:
LPA Files Patent Claim
LPA Design Files Patent Infringement Claim Against Chinese Manufacturer
So. Burlington, VT – January 11, 2011 - LPA Design has filed a complaint for patent infringement in the United States District Court for the District of Vermont against Phottix (HK) Ltd. and Eternal Fortune (HK) Ltd., alleging that the Phottix Atlas wireless flash trigger produced in China infringes upon two patents held by LPA Design. The Vermont-based company, incorporated as Lab Partner Associates, Inc., is the manufacturer of the industry-leading PocketWizard® line of high precision wireless control devices for the professional photography market, including the popular PocketWizard Plus II®.
The PocketWizard technology allows professional photographers to control complex lighting systems remotely from the body of a camera. It is particularly useful in studio, sports and event photography, and has become the industry standard as a result of sustained research and development conducted in Vermont.
“LPA was an early and ground-breaking contributor to the technology and market for professional quality wireless flash triggers,” said Tim Neiley, CEO and President of LPA. “LPA has worked hard to bring its patented technologies to market through constant innovation and improvement always with a view to the needs of the professional photographer. This lawsuit is necessary to protect our investment in innovation.”
LPA Design holds patents in the United States and throughout the world covering its proprietary wireless triggering technology. The patents in the lawsuit cover technology in radio communications between wireless trigger devices and the innovative auto-switching transceiver introduced for the first time in the PocketWizard Plus II wireless trigger.
The patents LPA Design is asserting include:
United States Patent No. 5,359,375 issued for an invention entitled “Microprocessor Programmable Digital Remote Radio Photographic Control.”
United States Patent No. 7,437,063 issued for an invention entitled “Wireless Camera Flash Synchronizer System and Method.”
Founded in 1990 as an electronics R&D consulting company, LPA Design has expertise in printed circuit board design, RF communications and antenna optimization, and remote sensors. Among other innovations, LPA Design developed the industry leading PocketWizard line of high precision wireless control devices for the professional photography market. PocketWizard products provide ultra-high precision, wireless synchronization of cameras, flash lighting, and light meters, allowing professional photographers to create unparalleled photographs and achieve unmatched reliability in capturing high value images.
LPA Design is represented by Downs Rachlin Martin PLLC in Burlington, Vermont.
Post Date: 2/20/2012 9:17:20 AM CT Posted By: Bryan
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
PocketWizard press release: PocketWizard® Photo Products Announces Convenient New Storage Solution PocketWizard G-Wiz Trunk designed specifically for MiniTT1®, Flex TT5® and accessories
So. Burlington, VT – September 6, 2011 – LPA Design, manufacturers of PocketWizard radios, the world leader in wireless control and synchronization of cameras, flash lighting and light meters, announces today the new G-Wiz Trunk bag
. Designed specifically for use with the MiniTT1, FlexTT5 radios and accessories, this optimally-sized padded gear bag packs a lot of room in a small space and still fits comfortably into a photographer’s photo bag.
“This new G-Wiz Trunk bag offers photographers a safe and convenient solution to keeping all their radios and coordinating accessories organized and together in one place for quick and easy access,” said Dave Schmidt, LPA Designs VP of Marketing. “It’s the perfect storage solution for photographers that have invested in multiple MiniTT1 and FlexTT5’s.”
The new PocketWizard G-Wiz Trunk bag features movable hook-n-loop dividers allowing photographers to customize this bag to fit their gear-packing needs. The G-Wiz Trunk opens from the top allowing photographers to see all their PocketWizard gear neatly and safely packed away. And, the padded movable dividers provide extra protection when traveling.
Features include: zippered inside pocket, web loop, movable hook-n-loop padded dividers, 7.5" wide x 3.5" high by 3.5" deep, and durable rip-stop nylon construction. B&H
Post Date: 9/6/2011 1:48:18 PM CT Posted By: Bryan
Thursday, September 1, 2011
PocketWizard has released a significant ControlTL Firmware Update for MiniTT1 and FlexTT5
"PocketWizard, the industry leader in wireless control and synchronization of cameras, flash and light meters, announces a major new update to its ControlTL firmware for both Nikon and Canon versions of its MiniTT1 and FlexTT5 radios. Available now, version 3.0 for Nikon and Version 6.0 for Canon include several new features and updates to make the system more powerful than ever including HyperSync™ Automation, SpeedCycler and Flash Power Control without a Camera. Any current owner of the ControlTL system can install these new features and updates for free using the PocketWizard Utility."
Post Date: 9/1/2011 9:43:49 PM CT Posted By: Bryan
Thursday, February 17, 2011
Post Date: 2/17/2011 9:46:01 PM CT Posted By: Bryan
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