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Casting light on the PocketWizard MiniTT1 and FlexTT5 - Continued
The blank wall photos below were shot with an EOS 5D Mark II, at shutter speeds ranging from 1/160 to 1/500. The HyperSync Offset value was selected to give the best result at 1/250, since that's the highest nearly-clean standard sync speed achievable with this camera.

The triggering methods represented are:
  • MicroSync The MicroSync Digital wireless transmitter and receiver
  • Cactus One of the better-regarded products in the class of so-called "eBay triggers," the Cactus Wireless Flash Trigger V2s is also unique among low-cost units in that it both claims, and actually has, U.S. FCC certification
  • Plus II The PocketWizard Plus II deployed as both transmitter and receiver
  • MultiMAX The PocketWizard MultiMAX set to Fast Mode (which reduces wireless signal delay slightly by reducing the number of bits of data sent during the transmission) and deployed as both transmitter and receiver
  • Wire A cable from the PC sync socket of the camera to the power pack
  • HyperSync A MiniTT1 with its HyperSync Offset value set to -200, transmitting to a MultiMAX receiver
The strobe was a Dyna-Lite Arena series pack set to 600ws and driving a 4080SP bi-tube head.

Canon EOS 5D Mark II at 1/160th

eos_5d_mark_ii_msync_160.jpg
eos_5d_mark_ii_cactus_160.jpg
eos_5d_mark_ii_plusii_160.jpg
MicroSync: 1/160 at f/5.6
Cactus: 1/160 at f/5.6 Plus II: 1/160 at f/5.6
eos_5d_mark_ii_mmax_160.jpg
eos_5d_mark_ii_wire_160.jpg
eos_5d_mark_ii_mini_160.jpg
MultiMAX: 1/160 at f/5.6 Wire: 1/160 at f/5.6 HyperSync: 1/160 at f/5.6

Canon EOS 5D Mark II at 1/200th

eos_5d_mark_ii_msync_200.jpg
eos_5d_mark_ii_cactus_200.jpg
eos_5d_mark_ii_plusii_200.jpg
MicroSync: 1/200 at f/5.6
Cactus: 1/200 at f/5.6 Plus II: 1/200 at f/5.6
eos_5d_mark_ii_mmax_200.jpg
eos_5d_mark_ii_wire_200.jpg
eos_5d_mark_ii_mini_200.jpg
MultiMAX: 1/200 at f/5.6 Wire: 1/200 at f/5.6 HyperSync: 1/200 at f/5.6

Canon EOS 5D Mark II at 1/250th

eos_5d_mark_ii_msync_250.jpg
eos_5d_mark_ii_cactus_250.jpg
eos_5d_mark_ii_plusii_250.jpg
MicroSync: 1/250 at f/5.6
Cactus: 1/250 at f/5.6 Plus II: 1/250 at f/5.6
eos_5d_mark_ii_mmax_250.jpg
eos_5d_mark_ii_wire_250.jpg
eos_5d_mark_ii_mini_250.jpg
MultiMAX: 1/250 at f/5.6 Wire: 1/250 at f/5.6 HyperSync: 1/250 at f/5.6

Canon EOS 5D Mark II at 1/320th

eos_5d_mark_ii_msync_320.jpg
eos_5d_mark_ii_cactus_320.jpg
eos_5d_mark_ii_plusii_320.jpg
MicroSync: 1/320 at f/5.6
Cactus: 1/320 at f/5.6 Plus II: 1/320 at f/5.6
eos_5d_mark_ii_mmax_320.jpg
eos_5d_mark_ii_wire_320.jpg
eos_5d_mark_ii_mini_320.jpg
MultiMAX: 1/320 at f/5.6 Wire: 1/320 at f/5.6 HyperSync: 1/320 at f/5.6

Canon EOS 5D Mark II at 1/400th

eos_5d_mark_ii_msync_400.jpg
eos_5d_mark_ii_cactus_400.jpg
eos_5d_mark_ii_plusii_400.jpg
MicroSync: 1/400 at f/5.6
Cactus: 1/400 at f/5.6 Plus II: 1/400 at f/5.6
eos_5d_mark_ii_mmax_400.jpg
eos_5d_mark_ii_wire_400.jpg
eos_5d_mark_ii_mini_400.jpg
MultiMAX: 1/400 at f/5.6 Wire: 1/400 at f/5.6 HyperSync: 1/400 at f/5.6

Canon EOS 5D Mark II at 1/500th

eos_5d_mark_ii_msync_500.jpg
eos_5d_mark_ii_cactus_500.jpg
eos_5d_mark_ii_plusii_500.jpg
MicroSync: 1/500 at f/5.6
Cactus: 1/500 at f/5.6 Plus II: 1/500 at f/5.6
eos_5d_mark_ii_mmax_500.jpg
eos_5d_mark_ii_wire_500.jpg
eos_5d_mark_ii_mini_500.jpg
MultiMAX: 1/500 at f/5.6 Wire: 1/500 at f/5.6 HyperSync: 1/500 at f/5.6

Looking at the HyperSync frames above 1/250, it's clear that you could, with some finessing of the HyperSync Offset number to carefully place the fully-lit area, still shoot certain compositions with flash, ones that were conceived with cropping of the top and bottom in mind. Also, a much longer duration strobe will give a much more gradual shading at the top of the frame, such that even 1/500, combined with a higher HyperSync value and slower strobe, could be usable.

To make full use of the standard sync speed boost of this HyperSync mode with a camera like the EOS 5D Mark II, some experimentation will be required.

ControlTL is discussed on the next page.

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