For more technical info. on the MiniTT1 & FlexTT5 ControlTL System and HyperSync, go to the PocketWizard Wiki.
PocketWizard’s HyperSync feature throws x-sync limitations out the window, allowing never before possible shutter speeds with flash – any flash. With some camera and flash combinations, even 1/8000th second is possible.
|ISO 200, 1/1600th, f/4 © Garth Milan|
Shoot in bright sun using wide open apertures with flash and use your shutter speed to control the ambient light; great news for portrait and wedding shooters. Action shooters can use the extra speed to freeze just about anything that moves. Regardless of how you use it, HyperSync changes the game completely and opens up entirely new creative possibilities.
With our ControlTL system’s unique “through-the-shoe” communication, HyperSync allows the user to advance the timing of the flash burst so you get as much light from the flash as possible on the sensor while your shutter opening is passing over it. This exclusive feature is found in the MiniTT1, FlexTT5, PowerST4 and PowerMC2, using the ControlTL firmware.
|ISO 200, 1/4000th, f/1.8 © Eric Uys|
Whether you are new to HyperSync or an avid user, be sure to update your radios to the latest ControlTL Firmware for the best HyperSync performance. Through countless hours of programming and testing, our engineers have tweaked the firmware to significantly reduce "clipping" (where possible) when shooting at high shutter speeds in bright sunlight. Visit the PocketWizard wiki for further explanation of the improvements made to HyperSync. Exercise your creative potential, download the firmware and start experimenting.
HyperSync can be used with any type of flash, including speedlights, mono-lights and power-pack systems. Best results will be achieved using long-duration flashes.
HyperSync is primarily a “transmit” function so with a FlexTT5 or MiniTT1 on-camera you can use any other PocketWizard radio, including a Plus III, PlusX, Plus II or MultiMAX, on the receive end. However, using a FlexTT5, PowerMC2 (for Einstein E640 flashes), PowerST4 (for select Elinchrom RX flashes) or FlexTT5 with AC9 Adapter (for AlienBees) on the flash provides additional improvements which will result in cleaner images and potentially higher shutter speeds.
|1/5000th, f/4.5 © Donald Miralle|
With the MiniTT1 or FlexTT5 being used as the on-camera transmitter, the radio’s ControlTL system automatically detects the camera type and shutter speed and then automatically adjusts the timing of the flash to maximize flash coverage during the exposure. With select flashes that can use our ControlTL receivers (PowerST4 for Elinchrom, PowerMC2 for Einstein and AC9 with FlexTT5 for AlienBees), the system is fully automated to achieve the best results.
Advanced users have additional adjustability using the PocketWizard Utility to get the exact look they need. You can select between “reduce clipping” or “highest energy”. Even greater refinements can be achieved with full manual adjustment. A further explanation of these features can be found here.
There are other systems out there that claim to have similar capabilities – they don’t. No other system communicates with the camera in the way we do and no other system will come anywhere close to the performance and capabilities of HyperSync.
Important: Sensor size and flash duration are the two biggest factors in how well a system will perform. DSLR's with smaller sensors, combined with flashes with longer durations will provide the best HyperSync performance, although other variables also play a part. System performance will vary depending on the exact combination of gear and settings.
|ISO 100, 1600th, f2.8, © David Schmidt|
X-Sync, High Speed Sync and HyperSync
Since the beginning of flash photography there have been limitations placed on photographers with the maximum usable shutter speed (aka x-sync). X-sync is the shutter speed at which the shutter of a DSLR (and older SLRs) is completely opened up. After that speed, the second curtain of the shutter must begin to close before the first curtain has completely opened. Over time the maximum x-sync speed has gotten a bit faster, with many of today’s top cameras using 1/250th. But that still leaves a bit to be desired when maximum shutter speeds have advanced to 1/8000th of a second.
Camera and speedlight flash companies circumvented this limitation with High Speed Sync flash (also known as Auto FP (Nikon) or HSS (Canon)). This is simply a high speed strobe light emitting a pulsating burst of light over a long period of time. This works well with speedlights but it operates at an overall lower level light output and uses lots of battery power. It does nothing for photographers using larger flash or those needing lots of power.
HyperSync is very different than High Speed Sync. HSS works only with certain speedlights and reduces the power output to pulse the light over a longer period. HyperSync works with any flash allowing you to use it with speedlights or the far more powerful studio lights.
Find more on HSS and HyperSync here.
Check out this video on x-sync and HSS here.
Find more on configuring HyperSync here.
General notes about HyperSync:
• Every camera and flash combination performance will be different.
• Flash with longer flash duration matched with cameras with fast
shutter systems will provide the best results.
• With most flashes, full power usually yields the longest flash
• HyperSync images may see gradations or variations in exposure
across the frame. See examples in the wiki.
• The crossover shutter speed from HyperSync to Auto FP (Nikon) or
HSS (Canon) Mode may be adjusted or disengaged entirely with the
• You can use either full manual exposure settings (recommended) or