Pocket Wizard Plus X announced as a cheaper option

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PocketWizard has just announced the addition of a new entry level trigger to its lineup. The PocketWizard Plus X claims to be the simplest PocketWizard radio ever and the perfect entry into the PocketWizard Wireless System. This is a welcome addition in hopes to bring more amateur photographers into off camera flash. There are plenty of cheaper alternatives to the PcoketWizard already such as triggers from Phottix and Pixel King.  The introduction of the Plus X is to tap into the entry level and making it more affordable, while keeping much of the same functionality and reliability as PocketWizard’s much-beloved Plus II and Plus III.

What you are missing on the Plus X is the LCD interface, frequency is fixed to 344.04MHz for FCC or 433.62 MHz for CE, only 10 channels (32 channels on the Plus III) and only 1 zone (4 zones with Plus III). Overall, the Plus X is a strip down version of the Plus III with a reduced price tag. However like all PocketWizard devices, the Plus X is reverse-compatible with all PocketWizard radios, making it the perfect addition to existing gear. That is one reason why many photographers choose PocketWizard, knowing that their products will always be backward compatible when new products come out. This is not so true for the cheaper alternatives.

The PocketWizard Plus X is already in stock at B&H.

 

 

Here is a comparison to the Plus III

Here is the specs for it

Frequency 344.04 MHz (FCC/IC model)
Channels 10 standard channels
Zones Single zone
Antenna Precision tuned internal coil
Range 1600′ / 487.7 m
Max Sync Speed Up to 1/250 sec. (focal plane shutter)
Up to 1/500 sec. (leaf shutter)
Triggering Speed Up to 14.5 fps
Contact Time 62 ms (in normal operation)
Transmitting Output Power Less than 1 mW
Power Source 2x AA (LR6) batteries; 1.5V alkaline, NiMH, NiCAD, NiZn, or lithium chemistries accepted
Battery Life Up to 100 hours (with alkaline batteries)
Max Port Sync Voltage 300V (camera/flash port)
Max Current Handling 1.0 A peak
0.2 A continuous current limited
Voltage Present 3V
Housing High impact plastic with captive battery door
Mounting Hot shoe, D-ring loop, 1/4″-20 threaded socket
Input/Output 3.5 mm stereo miniphone jack, hot shoe
Operating Temperature 5-120°F / -15-50°C
Storage Temperature -22-185°F / -30-85°C
Dimensions 4.2 x 2.1 x 1.2″ / 10.7 x 5.3 x 3 cm
Weight 3.9 oz / 110 g (with batteries installed)

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About Kent Yu

Kent is a professional wedding and portrait photographer based in Wellington, New Zealand. He and his team specialise in modern and contemporary weddings. Kent has his work published in international magazines and is a regular author to a number of photographic publication. He is fascinated by photographic equipment and enjoys showcasing the gear used in creating his images. You can find him on Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Google+
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