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Casting light on the PocketWizard MiniTT1 and FlexTT5 - Continued
On the previous page, we made the point that the first HyperSync mode provides the fastest standard sync speed, besting a wire as well as all wireless triggering devices we've tried. How high you can go with HyperSync, at least the first mode that doesn't sacrifice strobe brightness, is dictated in large part by the camera's shutter design and sensor size. A fast shutter and smaller sensor are good. A slow shutter and big sensor are not.

The blank wall photos below will show you where this mode of HyperSync ranks relative to other triggering options. All photos were taken with an EOS-1D Mark III, at shutter speeds ranging from 1/160 to 1/500. As you'll see, things don't get interesting with this camera until 1/320. By 1/500, HyperSync is the only triggering option still standing.

The triggering methods represented are:
  • MicroSync The MicroSync Digital wireless transmitter and receiver
  • Cactus One of the better-regarded products in the class of so-called "eBay triggers," the Cactus Wireless Flash Trigger V2s is also unique among low-cost units in that it both claims, and actually has, U.S. FCC certification
  • Plus II The PocketWizard Plus II deployed as both transmitter and receiver
  • MultiMAX The PocketWizard MultiMAX set to Fast Mode (which reduces wireless signal delay slightly by reducing the number of bits of data sent during the transmission) and deployed as both transmitter and receiver
  • Wire A cable from the PC sync socket of the camera to the power pack
  • HyperSync A MiniTT1 with its HyperSync Offset value set to -150, transmitting to a MultiMAX receiver
The strobe was a Dyna-Lite Arena series pack set to 600ws and driving a 4080SP bi-tube head.

Canon EOS-1D Mark III at 1/160th

eos-1d_mark_iii_msync_160.jpg
eos-1d_mark_iii_cactus_160.jpg
eos-1d_mark_iii_plusii_160.jpg
MicroSync: 1/160 at f/5.6
Cactus: 1/160 at f/5.6 Plus II: 1/160 at f/5.6
eos-1d_mark_iii_mmax_160.jpg
eos-1d_mark_iii_wire_160.jpg
eos-1d_mark_iii_mini_160.jpg
MultiMAX: 1/160 at f/5.6 Wire: 1/160 at f/5.6 HyperSync: 1/160 at f/5.6

Canon EOS-1D Mark III at 1/200th

eos-1d_mark_iii_msync_200.jpg
eos-1d_mark_iii_cactus_200.jpg
eos-1d_mark_iii_plusii_200.jpg
MicroSync: 1/200 at f/5.6
Cactus: 1/200 at f/5.6 Plus II: 1/200 at f/5.6
eos-1d_mark_iii_mmax_200.jpg
eos-1d_mark_iii_wire_200.jpg
eos-1d_mark_iii_mini_200.jpg
MultiMAX: 1/200 at f/5.6 Wire: 1/200 at f/5.6 HyperSync: 1/200 at f/5.6

Canon EOS-1D Mark III at 1/250th

eos-1d_mark_iii_msync_250.jpg
eos-1d_mark_iii_cactus_250.jpg
eos-1d_mark_iii_plusii_250.jpg
MicroSync: 1/250 at f/5.6
Cactus: 1/250 at f/5.6 Plus II: 1/250 at f/5.6
eos-1d_mark_iii_mmax_250.jpg
eos-1d_mark_iii_wire_250.jpg
eos-1d_mark_iii_mini_250.jpg
MultiMAX: 1/250 at f/5.6 Wire: 1/250 at f/5.6 HyperSync: 1/250 at f/5.6

Canon EOS-1D Mark III at 1/320th

eos-1d_mark_iii_msync_320.jpg
eos-1d_mark_iii_cactus_320.jpg
eos-1d_mark_iii_plusii_320.jpg
MicroSync: 1/320 at f/5.6
Cactus: 1/320 at f/5.6 Plus II: 1/320 at f/5.6
eos-1d_mark_iii_mmax_320.jpg
eos-1d_mark_iii_wire_320.jpg
eos-1d_mark_iii_mini_320.jpg
MultiMAX: 1/320 at f/5.6 Wire: 1/320 at f/5.6 HyperSync: 1/320 at f/5.6

Canon EOS-1D Mark III at 1/400th

eos-1d_mark_iii_msync_400.jpg
eos-1d_mark_iii_cactus_400.jpg
eos-1d_mark_iii_plusii_400.jpg
MicroSync: 1/400 at f/5.6
Cactus: 1/400 at f/5.6 Plus II: 1/400 at f/5.6
eos-1d_mark_iii_mmax_400.jpg
eos-1d_mark_iii_wire_400.jpg
eos-1d_mark_iii_mini_400.jpg
MultiMAX: 1/400 at f/5.6 Wire: 1/400 at f/5.6 HyperSync: 1/400 at f/5.6

Canon EOS-1D Mark III at 1/500th

eos-1d_mark_iii_msync_500.jpg
eos-1d_mark_iii_cactus_500.jpg
eos-1d_mark_iii_plusii_500.jpg
MicroSync: 1/500 at f/5.6
Cactus: 1/500 at f/5.6 Plus II: 1/500 at f/5.6
eos-1d_mark_iii_mmax_500.jpg
eos-1d_mark_iii_wire_500.jpg
eos-1d_mark_iii_mini_500.jpg
MultiMAX: 1/500 at f/5.6 Wire: 1/500 at f/5.6 HyperSync: 1/500 at f/5.6

On the next page, you'll find the same series taken with an EOS 5D Mark II.

Next Page: HyperSync, part 3: the EOS 5D Mark II
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