Once upon a time I had a b&h wish list. if it were to be printed on a scroll it would extend for days. That was in my more exuberant and wanting days, where i wanted every photography accessory and light modifier that was ever made apparently. Now a days my wish list’s are more specific towards particular needs. Currently I need a sure proof method of remotely triggering a camera as long as I’m in the specified range that the transceiver is designed and rated to work. So UHF or RF noise can not be a factor.
Lets look at my most recent situation while photographing horse racing using a remote camera triggered by a pocket wizard plus II. What I left out of that post was the reason for the inconsistent behaviour of the pocket wizards plus II’s. The race track still transmit the races via Ultra high frequencies the pocket wizard does not like this at all. When they’re transmitting if i’m not literally beside the remote camera it does not fire. Its like talking to that really hot girl in the club with all the right lines she’d respond to but the music is too loud, guess who’s not going home solo again. What I need is quiet zone or telepathy so to speak, cut through the noise and get my message delivered and thats where the Pocket Wizard Multimax Comes in.
The Pocket Wizard Multimax, At first I looked at the pocket wizard plus III units as it also had 32 channels so I thought maybe it would helped but I think it would just be more channels for me to have the same UHF issues on. So i skipped on over to the Multimax page on the Pocket wizard website and this feature grabbed my interest.
Noise Sniffer and Signal Strength Indicator
- If a MultiMAX radio has NOT been triggered, it acts as a Noise Meter and indicates steady noise in the area.
- If your radio has been triggered, the Signal Strength Indicator shows the strength of the last trigger received. This is useful to gain a quick view of the local noise level in the area you intend to shoot in so you can pick a channel with less interfering noise. If the above tools indicate excessive RF interference on your Custom ID’s frequency, you now have the option to Move your Custom ID to any PocketWizard frequency for better triggering in crowded shooting environments. What is a Custom ID? It is a private digital code that no one can trigger but you. It is offered as a premium service by PocketWizard.
The Signal Strength indicator is my Telepathy if its strong enough I’m good to go, the Noise Sniffer is how I get to that quiet zone to get my message heard. (god my analogies are nerdy and weird) but you should get my point.
That Noise Sniffer and Signal Strength indicator will be an invaluable feature for remote shooting, saves me time and ensures I’m not bobbing for apples so to speak, I’ll know immediately if its gonna trigger or not. on the flip side I’m gonna pay a high premium for this safety feature but it’ll work out i’ll only pick up two units as in my current capacity I only shoot with one remote camera and besides who am I kidding thats all the budget will allow me at the current price for the multimax. *clicks Add to wishlist, Quantity = 2*