Trigger Happy: The LPA Design PocketWizard MultiMAX remote transceiver (Photo by Rob Galbraith/Little Guy Media)
After a multi-month drought in some regions, the LPA Design PocketWizard MultiMAX
remote transceiver is once again shipping. When two critical components - including the microprocessor - were discontinued by its suppliers, says LPA Design's Jim Clark, the company was forced to stop production while they reworked the unit to incorporate replacement components. This included rewriting the MultiMAX's firmware from scratch.
That process is complete, full production of the MultiMAX has recommenced and the first units of the revised MultiMAX are already beginning to land at dealers. The revised MultiMAX, says Clark, is nearly identical to the original one: its outward appearance and controls are the same, plus it has the same specifications, including 32 digitally-coded channels, a 1600-foot (488-metre) range and compatibility with other PocketWizard remotes and accessories.
The only operational differences are minor, says Clark. Some of the configuration menus that involve numeric entry have been tweaked, including the Intervalometer, which now displays the time in Hours: Minutes: Seconds and shows the time remaining until the next photo is taken. Plus, it's possible to fire remote strobes at 8 fps (and higher) without adjusting the default contact time setting now.
One feature has also been dropped: Fast Mode, which shortens the MultiMAX's standard trigger delay from 1/2000 of a second to 1/4000 of a second, is not present in the revised MultiMAX.
Because the type of microprocessor used in the original and revised MultiMAXs is entirely different, it isn't possible to update the firmware in original units with the menu tweaks implemented in the revised units, says Clark.
Thanks to Paul Richards for bringing this to our attention.