New Gear: PocketWizard Announces Super-Simple PlusX Transceiver
Just plug it in, and you're ready to get started in the world of off-camera strobes
Setting up a wireless control system for off-camera flashes can be a daunting — and expensive — prospect. The fine folks at PocketWizard are aiming to simplify that with the newly announced PocketWizard PlusX, the companies most straightforward and affordable wireless control rig.
Already available for just $99, the PlusX is almost ludicrously straightforward to use. You put one on your hotshoe. You attach one to your flash using the included miniphone-to-miniphone, miniphone-to-PC, or miniphone-to-1/4″ adapter. You set the pair to the same of the 10 available channels, and then you start shooting. That’s it. The transceivers can automatically detect which is sending and which receiving (though you can lock it if you need), and the PlusX has an internal antenna to keep the size compact. As with other PocketWizard gear, the range is an impressive 1600 feet.
At $99 per unit, the PlusX is substantially less expensive than a great number of other PocketWizard transceivers. However, if you get started with these and then want to upgrade, the PlusX is “compatible with all PocketWizard transmitters and receivers including PocketWizard-enabled photo gear from Profoto, Dynalite, Norman, Photogenic and Sekonic light meters.” So you can easily pair them with more gear as you get them, or pick up a couple as an affordable way to expand your existing setup.
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So. Burlington, VT – March 1, 2013 – LPA Design, manufacturers of PocketWizard Photo Products,
the world leader in wireless control of cameras, flash lighting and light meters, today announces the
immediate availability of its new PlusX Auto-Sensing Transceiver.
The high-quality PocketWizard PlusX is the perfect entry into the PocketWizard Wireless System with
the same range and reliability of its renowned Plus line of radios. Whether new to off-camera flash or
remote camera triggering, or a seasoned professional looking to expand their PocketWizard wireless
triggering system, the PlusX is the perfect choice. And as the user’s technical needs grow, the versatile
PlusX will continue to work with any other PocketWizard radios that a photographer adds to their gear
The 10 Channel PlusX uses PocketWizard’s patented “Auto-Sensing Transceiver Technology” which
means it will automatically switch between transmit and receive as needed. Users just turn it on, connect
it to the flash or camera and set the channel using its simple, rotary-dial. The PlusX automatically figures
out what it needs to do to trigger remote flashes or cameras. Using the same side-profile design of the
PocketWizard Plus III radio, the PlusX has an internal antenna to minimize obstruction and increase
“The new PlusX transceiver adds to the legendary Plus reliability that so many photographers have come
to trust on all their photographic assignments,” said Dave Schmidt, Vice President of Marketing at LPA
Design, the company that manufacturers PocketWizard Photo Products. “Working on a budget should not
mean sacrificing performance or reliability.”
The PlusX is compatible with all PocketWizard transmitters and receivers including PocketWizard-
enabled photo gear from Profoto, Dynalite, Norman, Photogenic and Sekonic light meters. The
PocketWizard Wireless System allows for total flexibility with whatever lights or cameras a photographer
may be working with.
PlusX Features include:
With the PlusX’s 10 digitally coded Standard Channels, users can claim their own channel for
exclusive triggering when working with other photographers at crowded events. Photographers
can use different channels for different setups and select them simply and intuitively with the
turn of a dial. And these 10 channels are compatible with every PocketWizard ever made 1 set
to Standard Channels 1 – 10. (1radios of the same frequency; in the United States, the PocketWizard PlusXoperates on an FCC-approved frequency of 344MHz. In other markets it operates on a CE-approved frequency of
Backlit Channel Dial
Setting channels is as easy as turning a dial. The backlit channel dial clearly displays the channel and
because the backlight consumes so little power it stays on all the time for convenience.
The PlusX features a durable, side profile design with an unobtrusive, internal antenna minimizing visual
obstruction between the photographer and their subject. By utilizing an internal antenna, there’s no
chance to kink or break it when on location. The total height of the transceiver and antenna is 4.2 inches,
and it weighs less than 4 ounces, including batteries.
Easily Connected / Cable Port
On the user’s camera, the PlusX slides into the hot shoe with no cables required. For remotes, it features
one do-it-all miniphone (3.5mm or 1/8”) sync port. The miniphone connector is much more reliable than
a PC connection and every PlusX comes complete with a miniphone-to-miniphone cable, a miniphone-to-
phono (1/4″ or 6.3mm) adapter for triggering the majority of modern flashes, and a miniphone to locking
PC cable for triggering some remote speedlights or for using a PlusX on-camera when the user can’t put
it in a hot shoe. Other miniphone connector cables are available for major brands of lighting equipment
in a variety of lengths. Dedicated remote camera triggering cables are also available for popular camera
With PocketWizard’s patented Auto-Sensing Transceiver technology, the PlusX Transceiver will
instantly and intelligently switch between transmitter and receiver modes keeping setup as simple as
possible. The PlusX may be set to transmit (Tx) only, when desired.
PocketWizard’s Auto-Sensing Transceiver technology lets users trigger a remote camera in sync with
remote flashes using only three PocketWizard radios: the one in their hands, a PlusX cabled to a remote
camera, and the one connected to a remote flash. The PlusX cabled to a remote camera will receive a
radio signal and trigger the camera’s motor drive, then switch to transmit mode and trigger PocketWizard-
connected remote flashes, all automatically. The sequence can be started by simply pressing the TEST
button of any PocketWizard Transmitter. Remote cameras require remote shutter release cables.
Status Indicator/Battery Life Indicator
The PlusX features a tri-color LED status indicator that serves two functions. When the PlusX sends or
receives a triggering signal, the LED will glow red. During normal operation, the indicator will blink a single
green blink meaning it is operating normally and the battery life is above 50%. It will blink a double amber
blink when the battery is below 50% but above 25% and it will blink three red blinks when the battery life is
below 25% and it’s crucial to replace the batteries.
Transmit Only Mode
There are times when a photographer only wants their radio to transmit, usually when two or more
photographers are sharing a set of lights. By enabling transmit only mode, users can disable the receive
mode and auto relay functions to make sure their radio is just transmitting.
Range and Reliability
PocketWizard Plus radios are known for their range and reliability. Although the PlusX costs less than
other PocketWizard radios, users will still get the range and reliability they expect from a PocketWizard
Ultra-fast microprocessors allow for reliable sync speeds of 1/250 seond for focal plane shutters and 1/
500 second for leaf shutters.
For more information visit: http://www.pocketwizard.com/
Incorporating the latest radio technology, PocketWizard radio triggers exceed the demands of the
professional and serious amateur photographer with durability, ease of use, advanced capabilities and
legendary reliability. PocketWizard products, including the Plus®X, PLUS® III, PLUS® II, MultiMAX,
MiniTT1® and FlexTT5® are made by LPA Design, based in South Burlington, Vermont and sold by
distributors around the world including the MAC Group in the USA.