PocketWizard MiniTT1 Radio Transmitter

PocketWizard MiniTT1 Radio Transmitter is part of a new generation of PocketWizard radios providing E-TTL II and power control capabilities with Canon Speedlites and select studio lights. It features Dedicated E-TTL II Triggering, Manual Power Control, High Speed Sync (HSS or FP Sync) Disable Mode, PowerTracking, ZoneControl, Continuous Fast FPS, Built-in Hot Shoe, Basic Trigger Mode, PocketWizard Compatible, Automatic HSS Trigger Timing for Manual Flash, and Auto Trigger Select for ControlT. The PocketWizard MiniTT1 Radio Transmitter has measures 2.8″ (7.1 cm) long x 1.9″ (4.9 cm) wide x 1.3″ (3.3 cm) tall and weighs 2.3 oz (65 grams), 2.0 oz (57 grams) without battery.

Overall Rating: ★★★★★ | Latest Price Info

Expert Reviews

PocketWizard MiniTT1 Radio Transmitter Expert Reviews

Pointsinfocus reviews the PocketWizard MiniTT1 Radio Transmitter and writes;
“The power/setting select switch picks from 2 setups. Each setup is capable of configuring the radio to use one of the 20 Control TL and 32 basic channels. As well as the settings for each of the new. The Mini-TT1 can transmit on all 20 of the new Control TL channels as well as all 32 basic channels that the MultiMax uses. However, it cannot transmit on MultiMAX custom ID frequencies. In addition, all of the advanced Control TL settings can be customized on a per-mode basis.”
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Digitalphotobuzz reviews the PocketWizard MiniTT1 Radio Transmitter and writes;
“Pocketwizard MiniTT1 – This is a transmitter only unit. A transmitter is just used to sit on your camera to transmit the radio signal to a receiver unit (or a transceiver unit). The new MiniTT1 is just as the name says, Mini. Its such a perfect size, very low unlike the older units that I had which stood up 5 inches and had a little antennae on the top. These have no antennae and are so small I normally leave them on top of my camera body all day even when not using it.”
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User Opinions

PocketWizard MiniTT1 Radio Transmitter User Reviews

Great for professional photographers
“This system seems to work well. My unit came with the latest firmware (version 5.0) already installed. I didn’t experience the problems earlier reviewers experienced, so I think the new firmware has resolved a lot of the older issues. PocketWizard continually updates the firmware and allows users to download the newest firmware from their website (installed to device using the USB port). They also allow users to download and install beta versions of the newest firmware and provide feedback to the company to help make the firmware better for everyone.” – By Quoad Toad
Rating: ★★★★★

The Perfect Solution
“The absolute best part I love about this is it allows any mode of flash operation that the camera body and hot-shoe flash support, and they work flawlessly. The fact that it also has a USB connector for receiving updates is a huge plus too. The PocketWizard MiniTT1 has made my flash photography a whole lot more simple, and gives me so much more flexibility, that already I wonder how I managed to do without one. “ – By SevereWX
Rating: ★★★★★

Awesome flash control for Canon and New Firmware 5.0 Fixes all past issues
“I was really surprised with how quickly I had it up and working. I think even a cave man could use it. It will use all the cameras flash settings,even at high shutter speeds not like some of the other competition-no names mentioned. The size of the units is just right and does not add any noticed weight to the camera and no problems with it being so big and bulky that it is in your way or falling off due to bumping it into something. The units worked flawless for me and will pack them where ever I go. I would recomend this combo with the 5.0 firmware as it seems PocketWizard has addressed all past issuse.” – By Michael Countryman
Rating: ★★★★★

Close encounters of the Third kind
“The first step in the evolution of a photographer into a true strobist, is to become aware of the evils of the harsh head-on shots taken with the on-board flash. The second step, is when you attach your first external flash unit, and learn how to use your external flash effectively – learning the basic principles of bouncing, diffusing it, and color correcting the generated light. The third step in this evolution is to move your flash completely off your camera, and thereby open up a whole slew of creative possibilities. When combined with the techniques you’ve already mastered in step 2, the world is soon your oyster when it comes to what you can achieve. At this point in your evolution, the PocketWizard units are your new best friends. “ – By Damodar Chetty
Rating: ★★★★★

The Best Remote Flash Triggering System
“The TT1/TT5 pair is working right out of the box. Pop in the battery, mount on the camera, mount the flash and start shooting. That is all there is to it. Range is astounding, I can set off the flash more than 100′ away. I placed the remote flash inside the house and shot the window from the outside at night with a 300mm lens, and the result is awesome. Shot that was almost impossible to take before. This set was manufactured to work with Canon equipment, so you get the settings much like shooting with am on-camera flash.” – By H. Dinh
Rating: ★★★★★

Worked Fine Right Out Of The Box
“The unit arrived with version 5 firmware installed so there was no need to update. I tested the unit on a 5D Mk II with a 580ex and 580ex II flash. The unit perform well with each configuration tested. I performed a test to find maximum triggering range and found it to be 120 feet which I thought was very good. “ – By J. White
Rating: ★★★★★

The best wireless trigger system money can buy
“I am an experienced photographer who spent several years earning a living with photography and I’ve used a variety of off-camera wired and wireless flash/strobe trigger methods. PocketWizard is THE brand to buy in this category and the latest Flex TT5 and Mini TT1 continue this legacy of excellence. I used Canon gear years ago and switched to being a “multi-system” photographer who uses cameras, lenses, and accessories from a number of different companies. I’m personally not a fan of using Canon gear, but the PocketWizard Flex TT5 and Mini TT1 are so outstanding that I find myself using Canon DSLRs and flashes whenever I need to use off-camera flash.” – By Jerry Jackson Jr.
Rating: ★★★★★

after using these for a while
“The MiniTT1/FlexTT5 combo provide a wireless connection that acts as if your flash was attached to your camera. Beyond that, the MiniTT1 (transmitter) is very low profile. That’s important if you’re moving around a lot such as at a wedding. It’s like working with nothing stuck to your camera (as opposed to the original pocketwizard that seemed to get caught on everything). Here’s the real bottom line: If you make money with a camera then any of the bottom tier units is just wrong. The Alien Bee can work well but the additional features features provided by this generation of PocketWizards probably make them your best choice.” – By Robert S. Tobias
Rating: ★★★★★


PocketWizard MiniTT1 Radio Transmitter User Manual

– Download PocketWizard MiniTT1 Radio Transmitter User Manual (PDF – 4.6Mb)

Features & Specifications

PocketWizard MiniTT1 Radio Transmitter Features & Specifications

The smallest PocketWizard radio ever, the FCC/IC 340 – 354 MHz MiniTT1 Transmitter locks onto the camera’s hot shoe supporting an on-camera flash with its own hot shoe while working with remote PocketWizard units. Remotes can be one or more PocketWizard FlexTT5 Transceivers connected to Canon E-TTL II flashes or any PocketWizard Receiver for triggering flash or remote cameras.

The MiniTT1 Transmitter is easy to use; just slide in place and begin to shoot. The new PocketWizard ControlTL System interprets the complex E-TTL II data being sent through the camera’s hot shoe and digitally transmits it in a reliable radio signal. Change the flash compensation dial on the camera, and those commands pass seamlessly through the system to your remote flash. Adjust your shutter speed, aperture or ISO and the system corrects for those changes. A ratio command set on the flash or command unit passes through the MiniTT1 to set the remotes. PocketWizard ControlTL radio communication allows you to shoot farther, faster, around corners, through walls even at high noon in bright daylight. Now you can deploy a wireless flash system wherever you want, without infrared limitations, in seconds.

Use the MiniTT1 for standard triggering with any PocketWizard Receiver including the FlexTT5, PlusII or MultiMAX. When used this way with a digital camera, you can take advantage of PocketWizard’s HyperSync Technology that allows up to 1/500th of a second camera sync with many camera/strobe set-ups. HyperSync allows you to advance the timing of your flash trigger so that faster than X-sync speeds can be achieved.

Need more speed? Push your ControlTL system beyond 1/500th and go into FP/High-Speed Sync mode automatically. No buttons to press or settings to change other than your shutter speed will give you flash sync all the way to 1/8000th.

A new PocketWizard Utility download is provided to support the MiniTT1 via a USB port. The Utility allows you to configure your channel settings, dial in your HyperSync timing, adjust your sleep-mode timers and update your product to the latest firmware.

The PocketWizard MiniTT1 Transmitter is the start of a new era in wireless trigger control.

Compatible with the following: Canon DSLR Cameras: 1Ds MKIII, MKII; 1D MKIII; MKII; 1DMKII N; 5D, 5D MKII; 20D, 30D, 40D, 50D; Rebel XT/350D, Rebel XTi/400D, Rebel XS/1000D, Rebel XSi/450D Canon Flash Units: 580EX, 580EXII, 430EX, and 430EXII.

* ControlTL™: PocketWizard’s firmware platform taps into the camera’s digital communications to enable an entirely new level of remote flash capability through our proven radio system. ControlTL allows remote TTL for Canon E-TTL II systems as well as Manual Power Control. ControlTL firmware is configurable and upgradeable for “future-proof” continuous improvement. Find more details on ControlTL here.

* Dedicated E-TTL II Triggering: Locking your MiniTTI Transmitter into the hot shoe of a Canon DSLR camera and mounting E-TTL II flashes onto FlexTT5 Transceivers gives you full autoflash exposure control with the freedom and reliability of a PocketWizard radio. There are no special settings to make or modes to call up. Use the camera, on-camera flash or flash commander controls for flash compensation, zone and ratio control.

* Manual Power Control: Adjust the manual power settings of your remote Canon Speedlites directly from a AC3 ZoneController, 580EX or 580EX II flash mounted on your on-camera MiniTT1 or FlexTT5. You can independently control the power output of up to three remote groups of lights (you can have as many lights in each group as you want) from full power down to the lowest setting simply with the dials of the AC3 ZoneController or the user interface on the back of the 580 EX or 580 EX II flash. Manual Power Control also works with select studio lights when paired with PowerST4, PowerMC2, or AC9/FlexTT5. Now you can work with total control with your remote lights, without leaving your shooting position.

* Optimized HSS: High Speed Sync takes Speedlite flash photography all the way to 1/8000th of a second sync. ControlTL optimizes this amazing Canon feature and provides more light (which equals greater working distance), faster recycling times and more flashes per battery set when shooting in Canon’s HSS/FP Flash mode. Use this feature to shoot wide open in bright sun for amazing results.
Click here to watch a detailed video on Optimized High Speed Sync as narrated by Photographer Mark Wallace.

* HyperSync™: Our patent pending HyperSync technology allows photographers to achieve faster X-sync speeds with full power flash. Now you can cut the ambient light and use wide-open apertures, outdoors in bright sunlight. HyperSync allows you to adjust the timing of your flash trigger so that faster than X-sync speeds can be achieved. With certain Canon camera and flash combinations you can achieve sync all the way to 1/8000th of a second. Just imagine what you can do using flash in bright sun with wide open apertures and fast shutter speeds. Since HyperSync is a trigger function you can use any PocketWizard Receiver including the FlexTT5, PlusII or MultiMAX.
HyperSync works with both TTL speedlites and full size studio flash. All you need is a MiniTT1 or FlexTT5 on camera that has been tuned to your specific camera via the PocketWizard Utility. While performance varies by the camera and flash equipment being used, HyperSync will get the maximum possible out of any set-up.

* High Speed Sync (HSS or FP Sync) Disable Mode. Select either HSS Sync or HyperSync™ at shutter speeds at or over 1/640. This allows you to use HyperSync and the benefit of full power flash all the way up to 1/8000 with certain flash systems.

* Optimized Rear Curtain Sync: Precise rear curtain sync capability is engaged automatically, no buttons to press. Set the shutter speed at which rear curtain sync is engaged with the PocketWizard Utility. Capture natural light trails with sharp exposures at the end – no “after trails!”

* Pre-Flash Boost: In some E-TTL situations, including shooting in full sun, over long distance or using diffusers or bounce flash, the normal pre-flash is simply not enough for the camera to see. With Pre-Flash Boost, the pre-flash is two stops brighter. This will approximately double the working distance of E-TTL II, compensating for the light loss when defusing or bouncing.

* PowerTracking: When working with the PowerST4, PowerMC2 and AC9/FlexTT5 paired with compatible manual flashes, you can change any of your settings on your camera and the system adjusts for those changes. Change your exposure compensation to adjust the exposure or make adjustments in aperture or ISO and the system balances your flash for proper exposure.

* ZoneControl: Add the AC3 ZoneController on top of your MiniTT1 and gain three zones of power control right from the camera’s position. Works in both auto/E-TTL II and manual. Shut down an entire zone with the flick of a switch.

* Continuous Fast FPS: Radios work a lot fast then infrared communications allowing you to shoot with remote flash in E-TTL as speeds close to your maximum frames per second. Never before have you been able to shoot remote E-TTL non-stop in continuous high-speed mode. Fill the buffer! Nothing else comes close.

* Built-in Hot Shoe: Lock your Canon flash into the FlexTT5’s dedicated hot shoe and combine your remote flash with on-camera flash or use the on-camera flash for additional E-TTL II or Manual Power Control only. The metal and glass reinforced resin hot shoe assembly is a superstructure onto itself and incredibly durable. The best part; no more cords.

* Basic Trigger Mode: Allows the MiniTT1 or FlexTT5 to work as a transmitter on ANY camera it will fit. Anyone looking for the small form factor of the MiniTT1 can use it on other DSLR’s, SLR’s or even medium format cameras with standard hot shoes. The MiniTT1 and FlexTT5 are completely reverse compatible with all previous PocketWizards so they will work with whatever PocketWizards you already own.

* PocketWizard Compatible: The MiniTT1 operates on the same channels as all other PocketWizards and will work with any unit you may already have.

* PocketWizard Utility – Programmable and Upgradeable: Use the supplied PocketWizard Utility software with the on-board USB port to program the MiniTT1 to any PocketWizard channel and zone as well as many other custom settings. The MiniTT1 can be upgraded whenever updates and feature enhancements are available (many planned!).

* Channels / Learn Mode: The MiniTT1 has two channel configuration settings; C1 and C2. Each can be programmed as needed with up to 20 ControlTL channels* for TTL photography or Manual Power Control, or 32 standard channels** for manual flash photography. Channels can be configured with the PocketWizard utility or use the Learn function to quickly program channels, or the reset function to configure back to factory settings.
* – 20 ControlTL channels for FCC/IC 344 MHz radios and three ControlTL channels for CE 433 MHz radios.
** – 32 Standard channels for FCC/IC 344 MHz radios and 35 Standard channels for CE 433 MHz radios.

* Automatic HSS Trigger Timing for Manual Flash. This allows you to mix a manual flash with an E-TTL II flash in HSS/FP Sync shots at 1/640 and above with certain flash systems.

* Auto Trigger Select for ControlTL: The hot shoe on both the MiniTT1 and Flex TT5 will trigger just about any hot shoe flash placed into it in addition to the Canon Speedlite’s it is designed for. Yes, you can now fire just about any hot shoe flash including Vivatar, Nikon, etc., in manual mode only and not TTL mode. (max trigger voltage < 50V, use P2 port for up to 200V) * Low-Profile Design: The MiniTT1 Transmitter is the smallest PocketWizard ever, utilizing an internal antenna and common coin-cell battery. At just 2.3oz (65 grams) you barely realize it’s on the camera.

* Power Saver: The MiniTT1 Transmitter will go to sleep 10 seconds after your camera does to conserve energy. Just touch the shutter button half way to wake both the camera and the MiniTT1. It works on the supplied CR2450 coin cell battery (or optional CR2354 for in the field options) that provide hundreds of hours of battery life.

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