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PocketWizard MiniTT1 Transmitter for Nikon DSLR


PocketWizard MiniTT1 Transmitter for Nikon DSLR Features:
The smallest PocketWizard radio ever, the MiniTT1 Transmitter is part of a new generation of PocketWizard radios providing i-TTL and power control capabilities with Nikon Speedlights and select studio lights. Your creativity also extends far beyond X-Sync speeds with HyperSync and FP Sync capabilities.

  • ControlTL
    PocketWizard's newest 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 i-TTL for Nikon CLS / i-TTL systems as well as Manual Power Control. ControlTL firmware is configurable and upgradeable for future-proof continuous improvement.

  • Dedicated CLS / i-TTL Triggering
    Locking your MiniTT1 Transmitter into the hot shoe of a Nikon DSLR camera, and mounting CLS / i-TTL flashes onto FlexTT5 Transceivers gives you full flash 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's flash exposure controls for basic control of remote flashes, or add an AC3 ZoneController or Nikon Master unit for even more flexibility.

  • Manual Power Control
    Adjust the manual power settings of your remote Nikon Speedlights directly from a AC3 ZoneController, SB-800 or SB-900 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 through the user interface on the back of the SB-800 or SB-900 or with the dials of the AC3 ZoneController. Now you can work with total control with your remote lights, without leaving your shooting position. Nikon SU-800 Wireless Speedlight Commander may also be used.

  • High Speed Sync (Auto FP)
    The MiniTT1 makes Nikon's FP/HSS mode a lot more functional with the freedom of radio. Now you can use your i-TTL speedlights in FP sync all the way to 1/8000 in the middle of the day in bright sun! ControlTL gains faster recycling times and more flashes per set of batteries when shooting in Nikon's FP / HSS Flash mode. Use this feature to shoot wide open in bright sun for amazing results.

  • HyperSync
    Our patent pending HyperSync technology allows photographers to achieve faster X-sync speeds, sometimes up to 1/8000 of a second, with full power flash. Now you can cut the ambient light and use wide-open apertures, outdoors in bright sunlight. HyperSync automatically adjusts 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. While performance varies by the camera and flash equipment being used, HyperSync will get the maximum possible out of any set-up.

  • HyperSync Automation
    With ControlTL Firmware Update 3.0 (Nikon) and 6.0 (Canon), configuring HyperSync has now been automated. HyperSync Automation adjusts HyperSync timing in two separate places - on the transmitter and on the receiving ControlTL radio. The transmitting or on-camera MiniTT1 or FlexTT5 automatically adjusts HyperSync to compensate for changes made to shutter speed. Photographers can further refine HyperSync via the PocketWizard Utility. For more information on Configuring HyperSync Automation, visit the HyperSync section of the PocketWizard Wiki.

  • High Speed Sync (HSS / FP Sync) Disable Mode
    Select either HSS Sync or HyperSync at shutter speeds above x-sync. This allows you to use HyperSync and the benefit of full power flash all the way up to 1/2000 with certain flash systems.

  • Rear Curtain Sync
    Precise rear curtain sync capability is engaged using the camera's sync settings. Capture natural light trails with sharp exposures at the end - no after trails!

  • Pre-Flash Boost
    Nikon flashes use a dual preflash system to calculate i-TTL exposure values. In many 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. PocketWizard's Pre-Flash Boost increases your remote Nikon flashes first preflash by three stops and, if necessary, the second preflash by one stop. The boost level can also be adjusted at the flash if necessary.

  • PowerTracking
    When working with certain manual flashes, you can change any of your settings on your camera and the system adjusts for those changes. Change your camera's exposure compensation to adjust the flash output, or make adjustments in aperture or ISO and the system balances your flash for proper exposure.

  • Built-in Hot Shoe
    Lock your Nikon flash into the MiniTT1's dedicated hot shoe and combine your remote flash with on-camera flash or use the on-camera flash for additional CLS / i-TTL 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.

  • PocketWizard Compatible
    The MiniTT1 sends out two trigger signals: one on the new ControlTL channels, and another on the same channels as all standard trigger PocketWizard radios so they 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.

  • 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.

  • ZoneControl
    Add the AC3 ZoneController on top of your MiniTT1 for Nikon and gain three zones of power control right from the camera's position. Works in both auto/CLS/i-TTL and manual. Shut down an entire zone with the flick of a switch.

    AC3 ZoneController sold separately.

  • SpeedCycler with an AC3 ZoneController
    Previously only seen with PocketWizard's MultiMAX radios, this new mode is designed to rapidly cycle through multiple flash units fired individually in sequence. This allows photographers to fire a camera in sync with flashes faster than a single flash unit can recycle. It can also be used for triggering remote cameras sequentially. SpeedCycler is engaged on a transmitting MiniTT1 or FlexTT5 via the PocketWizard Utility. SpeedCycler mode requires an AC3 ZoneController in the top hot-shoe of the on-camera PocketWizard radio. Zones A, B, and C will be triggered sequentially and individual zones can be disabled by setting the AC3's Zone Switch to the off position. Both TTL and manual flash controls are supported.

  • Flash Power Control without a Camera
    Photographers can now take their AC3 and transmitting radio off-camera and use it to set power levels for any flash with a ControlTL receiver, making it more convenient to use an optically triggered light meter, or control the power levels with just a MiniTT1/FlexTT5 and AC3 in their hand while another photographer takes the pictures. Previously, an AC3 ZoneController on a MiniTT1 or FlexTT5 needed to be on camera to send manual power levels to remote flashes. Now, when connected to a MiniTT1 or FlexTT5, manual power levels are transmitted to remote flashes when the TEST button is pressed even when the transmitter is off the camera. This affects both speedlights connected to receiving FlexTT5s and larger flashes like AlienBees and Elinchrom RX units with ControlTL receivers.

  • Continuous Fast FPS
    Never before have you been able to shoot remote CLS / i-TTL non-stop in continuous high-speed mode. Fill the buffer! Nothing else comes close.

  • Low-Profile Design
    The lay-flat design with integrated hot shoe and internal antenna keeps a very low profile on your camera. Powered by a CR2450 lithium coin cell battery.

  • 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 Nikon Speedlight's it is designed for. Yes, you can now fire just about any hot shoe flash including Vivatar, Canon, etc., in manual mode only and not TTL mode.

PocketWizard MiniTT1 Transmitter for Nikon DSLR Specifications:

  • TTL Compatibility: Nikon CLS / i-TTL
  • Frequency:
    340.00 - 354.00 MHz US FCC / IC
    433.42 - 434.42 MHz CE
  • Channels:
    52 Channels over 26 Frequencies (FCC/IC)
    35 Channels over 5 Frequencies (CE)
  • Antenna: Internal
  • Transmit output power:
    Less than 0.001 watt (1/1000 of a watt or 1 milliwatt)
  • Range Performance:
    Up to 800 feet (10 to 240 meters) for CLS / i-TTL triggering depending on flash used, antenna orientation and other variables.
    Up to 1200 feet (10 to 365 meters) for basic triggering depending on flash used, antenna orientation and other variables.
  • Mounting: Hot shoe only
  • Maximum Shooting Rate*:
    TTL Mode: within approximately 1 FPS of camera's maximum FPS
    Basic Trigger Mode: Camera Max FPS
    * dependent on flash power settings
    FPS = Frames Per Second
  • Power / Channel Switch: OFF - C.2 - C.1
  • Status Indicator:
    LED, Green, Amber, Red status indications
  • Voltage Present:
    3.3 VDC (all pins) - safe for all cameras
  • Hot Shoe voltage protection: Up to 50V
  • USB:
    USB Compliant 2.0, Mini-B Connector
  • Operating Temperature:
    above -15°C (5°F) and below 50°C (120°F)
  • Storage Temperature (without battery):
    above -30°C (-22°F) and below 85°C (185°F)
  • Construction:
    High impact plastic, captive battery door
    Hot shoe made of glass reinforced resin
  • Power:
    3 V Lithium battery, CR2450 (included) or CR2354 Lithium coin cell type
  • Battery Life:
    30 - 50 hours of camera awake time depending on shooting habits
  • Dimensions:
    2.8 inches (7.1 cm) long x 1.9 inches (4.9 cm) wide x 1.3 inches (3.3 cm) tall
  • Weight:
    2.3 oz (65 grams), 2.0 oz (57 grams) without battery

  • Compatibility:

    The MiniTT1 and FlexTT5 for Nikon are compatible with these modern Nikon Digital SLR's cameras capable of using Nikon's latest i-TTL / CLS protocol:
    D4, D3x, D3s, D3, D2x
    D800, D800e, D700, D300, D300s, D200
    D90, D80, D40x, D40
    D7000, D5100, D5000, D3100, D3000

    The MiniTT1 & FlexTT5 for Nikon are compatible with the following modern Nikon Speedlights as Remote flashes and Nikon On-Camera Master flashes:
    (Other flashes may work in Basic Trigger Mode without CLS / i-TTL.)

    Nikon Speedlights as Remotes:
    SB-400, SB-600, SB-700, SB-800, SB-900, SB-910

    Nikon On-Camera Master Flashes:
    SB-800, SB-900, SB-910, SU-800

    The MiniTT1 & FlexTT5 for Nikon are currently NOT compatible with these Nikon cameras:
    D1, D1x, D1h, D2h, D2hs, D2xs
    D70, D70s, D60, D50
    Coolpix and Film-based cameras

    The MiniTT1 & FlexTT5 for Nikon are currently NOT compatible with the following Nikon flashes as Remote Units:
    Any older generation Nikon Flashes as Remote Units Such as:
    SB-80DX; SB-80; SB-28DX; SB-28; SB-50

    For full feature compatibility, the latest firmware should be used. Click here to download. Please see our Wiki page for full camera and flash compatibility.

    BASIC TRIGGER MODE: Note that almost all cameras and flashes are compatible with the MiniTT1 and FlexTT5 when the radios are configured for Basic Trigger Mode. Basic Trigger Mode disables ALL power controlling and TTL functions of the radios.


    Flash exposure compensation is controlled as part of the camera's exposure compensation, set via the exposure compensation button near the shutter release. This compensation works in all shooting modes, including Manual. When in Manual mode, the exposure compensation will only affect the flash exposure, as the camera exposure is controlled by the settings you've selected manually. Note that the D2x and D3 series cameras do not have Flash Exposure Compensation on the camera body, as they don't have a built-in flash.

    Vibration Reduction (VR) Mode Auto-Detection: When using VR Lenses, switching the VR Mode on or off results in the transmitting radio taking a calibration shot to adjust for the resulting flash timing shift. This may result in a single missed frame after changing the VR mode on or off. In rare cases, when shooting above your camera's x-sync speed (1/250th or faster on most cameras), this calibration shot may fail, and continued dark frames may occur. If this happens, take a test shot at a shutter speed below 1/200th of a second, and then move back to your desired shutter speed. In the interest of simplicity, we recommend leaving VR-mode either on or off for the duration of your shooting session.

    Pre-Flash boost controls: Modern TTL (Through The Lens) metering systems are based on a pre-flash fired an instant before the camera's shutter opens, allowing the camera to calculate the amount of light output required for a proper exposure. Pre-Flash Boost is a feature which increases this metering pre-flash's light output, which helps to make more accurate TTL exposure calculations at the longer distances our ControlTL radios can achieve. It also helps compensate for light lost when using a light modifier like an umbrella or soft box. By default, this feature adds approximately 2 stops of light output to these metering flashes. This light output can be controlled by the EV controls on the back of the remote flash. (Note that the amount of pre-flash boost compensation set on the remote flashes will not affect the final exposure.) This allows you to increase the pre-flash boost beyond the default value for subjects farther away, and decrease the pre-flash boost for subjects very close to the flash.

    High Speed / FP-Sync Speed Selection: In order to use High Speed/FP-Sync on cameras that support it, your camera must be set to use Auto FP mode via the Custom Settings Menu. On most cameras, this is Custom Setting e1 – Flash Sync Speed. All cameras that support HSS/FP-Sync operation have the option for 1/250th (Auto FP), which is the recommended menu setting. Some cameras such as the D300, D300s and D700 have a 1/320th (Auto FP) menu option, which is not recommended for use, as it can cause sync timing issues specifically at the 1/320th shutter speed.

    Speedlight Light Pattern – The SB-910, SB-900, and SB-700 have a special Light Pattern Menu, which allows you to set a slightly different light output pattern. Of the three options in this menu, STD for Standard output must be selected. Selecting either CW for Center-Weighted or EVEN for Even output is not supported and may result in exposure errors.

    ControlTL Transmit Priority at X-sync: ControlTL radios transmit on both ControlTL and Standard PocketWizard channels, and have a very small delay between sending these two signals. Standard Channels are used by remote Plus II, MultiMAX or remoteFlexTT5 radios configured to use them. By default, the ControlTL channel is transmitted first, then the Standard Channel. At the camera's x-sync speed (1/250th on most cameras), there is a very limited time window to send both signals, and in some cases the second signal may be too late to allow sync with the camera's shutter. This checkbox in the PocketWizard Utility, accessed only by enabling the utility's Advanced Mode, controls which signal is sent first at the camera's x-sync speed, to prioritize which signal is more important for your shooting scenario. Note that this caveat only applies at the camera's x-sync speed shutter speed – all other shutter speeds above and below X-sync are unaffected.

    Rear Curtain Sync: Rear Curtain Sync works for all shutter speeds under x-sync down to 8. Below 8 (including bulb mode), synchronization errors will occur. Front-curtain (normal) sync is unaffected at these longer speeds, including bulb-mode. Note that Rear-Curtain sync can be left enabled when above your camera's x-sync speed – it just will not have any effect.

    Mirror Up mode is not fully supported at this time – test with your specific configuration before using.

    Exposure Delay mode (set via in-camera menu) is not currently supported.

    Repeater/RPT mode is not currently supported.

    Using in-camera Flash Control for Built In Flash menu to control remote zones is not currently supported.

    ControlTL radios disable ALL infra-red/optical communication pulses used in Nikon's native i-TTL system, and as such will not trigger remote flashes configured to receive these pulses. A PocketWizard radio is required for each remote flash you want to trigger.

    Differences from Canon MiniTT1/FlexTT5 Firmware Version 5.200:

    For customers in a mixed Canon / Nikon ControlTL environment, these are the main differences between using Nikon ControlTL radios in comparison to the Canon units.

    Rear Curtain Sync is enabled and disabled on the camera body in the Nikon system, and is controlled by the camera. Canon ControlTL's Rear Curtain Sync in comparison is set via the PocketWizard Utility.

    ControlTL for Nikon does not have Force TTL Master Mode. Instead, when using an on-camera SB-800 or SB-900, the Master setting of the on-camera flash determines if remote flashes will fire. When either of these flashes are in non-master mode, only the on camera flash will fire. When the on-camera flash is set to Master mode, the remote flashes will fire according to the zone configurations set on the back of the Master on-camera flash.

    HyperSync offsets have been specifically optimized for each compatible camera, and should provide a better out-of-the-box HyperSync experience. The HyperSync offset in the PocketWizard Utility now has a default setting of 0, with the full range of timing adjustments being -2000us, and +200us. This allows for adjustment in both directions if current optimizations do not perfectly match the characteristics of your specific camera's shutter.

    Pre-flash boost is controlled locally at the flash via its Flash Exposure Compensation controls, instead of via the PocketWizard Utility settings in the Canon system.

    The wake/sleep operation of Nikon cameras is significantly different from the Canon system, and as such affects the Nikon MiniTT1's battery life. A CR2450 coin cell in the Nikon MiniTT1 should yield about 30-50 hours of camera-awake time.

- PocketWizard MiniTT1 Transmitter for Nikon DSLR
- USB cable
- CR2450 battery
- Quick Guide

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