FlexTT5-NikonUse the FlexTT5 Transceiver with the MiniTT1 Transmitter to control single or multiple off-camera electronic or intelligent i-TTL / CLS Speedlights.
You can now place TTL or manual flashes anywhere to illuminate the scene: Around corners, out-of-sight and in bright sunlight. The MiniTT1 and FlexTT5 are compatible with any PocketWizard radio for triggering manual flash or remote cameras.
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.
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, D600, D300, D300s, D200
D90, D80, D40x, D40
D7000, D5100, D5000, D3200, 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-700*,SB-800, SB-900, SB-910, SU-800
*Note: The "GN" ratio mode of the SB-700 is not supported.
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
The Di622, Di622 Mark II, Di866, and Di866 Mark II for Nikon are not currently compatible with ControlTL radios (such as the MiniTT1 and FlexTT5) in their default settings.
Nikon users may be able to use Nissin speedlights with their ControlTL radios configured for Basic Trigger Mode. Please be aware, in Basic Trigger Mode all ControlTL features are disabled. TTL, remote power control, and High Speed Sync/FP will be unavailable. In this configuration you will need to adjust power settings on the back of the speedlights manually.
You can read more about Basic Trigger Mode on this page.
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.
NOTES ON OVERALL SYSTEM PERFORMANCE:
- 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. 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.