PocketWizard, the American radio trigger manufacturer, has announced that its MultiMAX transceiver is being “retired” after some 13 years on the market. The MultiMAX was sold alongside the Plus II with many additional advanced, customizable features for specialist flash and camera triggering applications. PocketWizard’s Plus II and MultiMAX product lines have merged into and been superseded by the Plus III.
In a statement, the company said:
“The MultiMAX was born in early 2001 and is just a little older than Windows XP. One of the first digital transceivers in the photo industry, the MultiMAX became the professional choice for over a dozen basketball seasons, seven Olympics, and countless portraits and weddings. Its special mix of technology enabled it to survive the industry’s transition from film to digital. Some of its features, like Custom IDs, True Trigger Confirmation, and Equalization, have never been duplicated. Certainly, the MultiMAX has earned its place in the history of photography.”
Part of the reason for PocketWizard ending MultiMAX production is that its LCD — taken from the Motorola StarTAC flip phone (remember those?) — is no longer being manufactured. Warranties and repairs will continue until spare parts run out, at which point PocketWizard says it will “help photographers maintain PocketWizard compatibility by offering alternative product at a special value”.
For further information, please visit the PocketWizard web site.
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