PocketWizard has introduced a Panasonic version of its FlexTT5 wireless TTL flash trigger.
Until now, the PocketWizard ControlTL system has only been available for Canon and Nikon cameras and flashes, so a Panasonic unit brings the technology — including HyperSync — to (a subset of) Micro Four Thirds users for the first time. Interestingly, PocketWizard have skipped over Sony, which is possibly third for market share after Canon and Nikon.
The level of support, at launch at least, is fairly limited: the only compatible camera is the Panasonic Lumix GH-4 and the only flashes that will work are the Panasonic DMW-FL360L and DMW-FL580L. There is no word yet on support for Olympus or other Micro Four Thirds brands.
According to the manufacturer: “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.”
In a press release, senior PocketWizard engineer said: “We have been developing a TTL radio system for Panasonic’s mirrorless gear, specifically the GH4 which is targeted towards professional photographers. Now at last, we have optimized the PocketWizard TTL operating system specifically for their cameras and flashes.”
The PocketWizard FlexTT5 for Panasonic has a recommended retail price of US$186. There is no MiniTT1 yet, so you are stuck with the fairly unwieldy FlexTT5 transceiver on your small mirrorless cameras for the time being.
Panasonic will be demonstrating the new PocketWizard FlexTT5 at their stand at Photokina this week, 20–25 September 2015. For more information, visit the FlexTT5 for Panasonic product page.