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.
Pocket Wizard Plus X Video Review
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.
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.
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
Sample Images Using the Pocket Wizard X
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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