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Michael Bass now shipping pre-releases cables for newer PocketWizard MultiMAX  
Thursday, March 6, 2008 | by Rob Galbraith
Michael Bass, maker of all manner of shoe mount flash and remote camera accessories, has completed development of pre-release cables designed to work with mid-2007 and later LPA Design PocketWizard MultiMAX wireless remote triggering devices. The cables plug into the accessory port at the base of the receiving MultiMAX, rather than a miniphone jack on top, and allow a transmitting MultiMAX to enable and disable a camera's pre-release state from afar (for those who often set up remote cameras, this is a fantastic MultiMAX feature).

Up Front: A Nikon D3 is kept awake and ready to shoot with the help of a 2008 PocketWizard MultiMAX and new-design pre-release cable. Click to enlarge (Photo by Rob Galbraith/Little Guy Media)

The cables are available for both Canon N3 and Nikon 10-pin sockets, as well as the remote ports on certain entry-level models from each camera manufacturer. The price is US$65 for a 16 inch cable; extra-cost customizations include longer cable lengths and the use of an original-equipment connector at the camera end of the cable. Bass sells direct from his website.
More information on this relatively new addition to the MultiMAX feature set, and which units support it, is in an earlier article.
LPA Design has also developed pre-release cables designed to take advantage of this newer MultiMAX capability. Version for both Canon N3 and Nikon 10-pin remote ports are expected to hit store shelves in roughly two to three weeks in the U.S. and Canada, with availability in Europe following about a week after that. An LPA Design cable is shown in the picture at right, poking out of the base of the PocketWizard - click the photo for a closer look.
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