PocketWizard Plus X Review

Gear & App Reviews December 5th 2013 4:07 PM 8 Comments

Intro to the PocketWizard Plus X

PocketWizard has long been known in the industry to be the leaders in the radio transceiver technology. Unfortunately, their higher-than-average price has made them less than favorable in the budget minded flash community, But now, they have just introduced the PocketWizard Plus X as their budget friendly and simple to use radio transceiver.

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Pocket Wizard Plus X Pros

Unlike its predecessors, the Plus X has an uncomplicated interface and an equally easy user setup.  The device itself has an on/off switch, a dial to select one of 10 channels, an internal antenna, an all-in-one sync port for device cable connection, a hot shoe, a test button, and a battery light indicator to let you know when the battery life is running low.

The Plus X is designed as a “transceiver,” which means that it can work as either a transmitter or receiver. The great thing is that once it’s connected to a device it knows exactly which role it needs to play.  Its build quality, robust design, internal antenna, and 1,600 ft radio range are also carried over from its big brother, the Pocketwizard Plus III.

Finally, the best part about the PocketWizard Plus X is the price.  At less than a hundred dollars, it’s the most affordable of PocketWizard model available.

  • Robust design
  • Internal antenna
  • 1600 ft signal range
  • Simple interface
  • Intuitive setup
  • Affordable price

Pocket Wizard Plus X Cons

The idea was to keep it very simple so it makes sense that the Plus X doesn’t have more advanced features like flash-grouping or TTL (Through-the-lens) metering.

We do wish that in the future PocketWizard to include a hot shoe in order to sync speedlights directly without having to use sync cables. But we understand that the reason for not including this is because the PocketWizards Plus series is primarily designed to use with studio strobes, not speedlights.

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Setup

You’ll need one PocketWizard Plus X to attach to the camera to act as a trigger and another one attached to each flash to act as a receiver. The Plus X is also backward compatible to other PocketWizard Plus models. To operate, simply dial all the devices onto the same channel and they’ll all work together. The simple intuitive setup makes it incredibly appealing to photographers that are new to off camera flash and to those that just want the simple triggering functionality of a transceiver without all the bells and whistles.

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Pocket Wizard Plus X Accessories

  • The Plus X comes with a miniphone-miniphone cable and a miniphone-1/4″ adapter to connect it to your flash.
  • It also comes with a miniphone-PC cable to connect it to your camera.
  • If needed, PocketWizard also carries a variety of other cable options
  • Get the PocketWizard organizing bag to store and carry your PocketWizards and your cables in their own separate compartments

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Sample Images Using the Pocket Wizard X

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Conclusion to the PocketWizard Plus X Review

We’ve been using the PocketWizard Plus X for a while now, and we would definitely recommend it. It offers the same quality and reliability of its older siblings, and it is much more affordable. As a result, we award it a strong 5 star rating.

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Michelle is a Southern California Portrait and Wedding Photographer. When she’s not geeking out with a camera she’s nerding out in her IT world. All other moments in the day are spent with her two wonderful children and her sweet hubby

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8 Comments

  1. Mary

    What do you mean by ” not a TTL transceiver”?

    • Michelle Ford

      mary, TTL or Through The Lens in flash speak means the power produced by the flash is based on the camera’s metering system. This means that the camera determines how much light it needs and communicates that to the flash. with this particular transciever, that kind of data is NOT communicated. i usually have my off camera flashes set to manual anyway so i have no need for TTL communication. for what i want and need, it’s more battery efficient and more consistent.

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  3. Sebastian

    Is there a reason to buy used Plus IIs these days? What does the Plus IIs have that the Plus X doesn’t?

    • Michelle Ford

      sebastian it all depends on your needs. i myself need the grouping functions. if not for that i would totally play with this type of simpler trigger. after that it really is a numbers game. the pw ii’s are still excellent triggers but do you need all the functions.

  4. Apollo

    Michelle, if Pocketwizard would add TTL to these, they would kill the sells of miniTT1 and TT5 which is PW’s own TTL system. If you haven’t tried, I recommend trying it. I’ve been using it with speedlights and strobes and it just makes your work joyful since you don’t need to worry about line of sight or will the flash be triggered.

  5. Derek

    I’ve been using the Yongnuo Nc622’s with my speedlites, and have been very pleased. So far, at least, they’ve been rock solid, and one added benefit over the PWs reviewed here: HSS and second curtain sync.

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