HyperSync “significantly improved” in PocketWizard firmware update

The latest PocketWizard firmware fixes bugs, increases compatibility and improves HyperSync flash control.

New cameras using PocketWizard ControlTL radios

LPA Design, the manufacturer of PocketWizard flash triggers, has announced an a “major update” to their ControlTL remote system, including the FlexTT5, MiniTT1 PowerMC2 and PowerST4 devices.

The new version provides compatibility for the newest DSLR cameras, including the Nikon D600 and D3200, Canon 6D, 1D X and 600D (Rebel T4i). It also “greatly improves the performance” of PocketWizard HyperSync, the system that allows photographers to shoot above their camera’s specified x-sync speed with manual flash units.

According to the release notes, Nikon and Canon users will now have more options when setting up their triggers in the PocketWizard Utility PC software. This includes a wider range of delay settings and the choice of optimising HyperSync for either more apparent flash energy or less banding in images.

New cameras using PocketWizard ControlTL radios

For manual triggers such as the PocketWizard Plus III and MultiMax, the new firmware also fixes minor bugs and adds a couple of new features, such as “patterns” to reduce signal interference (MultiMax only) and a “colour blind status LED” (all except MultiMax) which indicates battery level not only by the colour of the indicator light, but also by the number of blinks in each sequence.

The latest firmware versions, downloadable from the PocketWizard web site, are:

  • 6.400 for the MiniTT1 and FlexTT5 for Canon
  • 3.400 for the MiniTT1 and FlexTT5 for Nikon
  • 5.400 for the PowerST4
  • 2.400 for the PowerMC2
  • 1.200 for the Plus III
  • 7.51 for the MultiMAX

Dave Schmidt, LPA Design’s vice-president of marketing, said: “Our PocketWizard HyperSync technology has redefined studio flash photography for those working outdoors. When photographers can go beyond the normal x-sync shutter speed limitation of 1/200 second or so, they can create an entirely new look whether they need to reduce ambient light to achieve shallow depth-of-field, or freeze action, or both, photographers can now do so quickly, simply and with more creative control than ever before.”

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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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