Focus 2013: PocketWizard PlusX coming to UK “in 2–3 weeks”

We visit the JP Distribution stand at Focus On Imaging 2013 and go hands-on with a pre-production CE PocketWizard PlusX.

PocketWizard PlusX at Focus On Imaging 2013

Last Friday saw the announcement of the PocketWizard PlusX, effectively a stripped-down Plus III flash trigger, aimed at making it cheaper for photographers to buy into the renowned PocketWizard system.

At Focus On Imaging 2013, official UK distributor Johnston’s Photopia had a stand showing off the full range of PocketWizard and Sekonic devices. Unfortunately, the only PlusX unit available was a dummy model, so I did not get to play with a working sample.

PocketWizard PlusX at Focus On Imaging 2013

From first impressions of the shell unit (pictured) the PlusX transceiver handles, as expected, just like the Plus III. The channel selector dial, positioned on the side, makes a reassuring click as it rotates. The whole device, including the hotshoe foot, is made of plastic but nothing feels flimsy. The test button was very squishy but this is probably not the case on the final model. I can’t really comment on any other aspects until I get a functioning review unit.

Though the FCC PocketWizard PlusX is already available from Adorama, B&H and Amazon.com, the CE version (there are different frequencies for North America and Europe) has not yet been delivered to JP in the UK. Product manager Rob Whyatt said it should be ready “in two to three weeks”.

The recommended retail price is £89.99 for an individual PlusX transceiver and £169.99 for a set of two.

David Selby
Based in Paris, France, David Selby is editor of Lighting Rumours, a part-time photographer and a quantitative analyst.
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