Few weeks ago I posted my decision why to buy PocketWizard FlexTT5 wireless radio remotes, also expressing disappointment about some problems with technical design. This is kind of an add on referring to even more serious problems of PW’s increasing probability of damaging Canon’s flagship flash 580 EX II. Now LPA Design, maker of the PocketWizard’s, has published an analysis.
There have been complaints about the Canon 580 EX II flash being damaged seriously by the use of PocketWizard FlexTT5 and MiniTT1 for a while. The flash would no longer output controlled amounts of light but only output full power dumps, even on a pre‐flash, photographers reported.
In its study LPA Design concludes that the origin of failure might be resulting from Canon flash design itself. But “while PocketWizard products do not appear to cause the failure, through aggressive marketing of remote HSS features of Canon’s flashes we may be accidentally contributing to the rate in which failures happen.” Nonetheless, “PocketWizard markets and encourages people to get out and use high speed sync (HSS)”, the study says. (Click here for the whole analysis)