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Pocket Wizard update for D600..

jesse101

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jesse101 Silver Member Nikonian since 28th Dec 2011
Mon 31-Dec-12 04:45 PM

Well as the title states, last I heard (19 Dec 2012) they are working on a firmware update to add the D600 and D3200..I'm wondering has anybody read or heard of a ETA? Got a shoot around 18 Jan and wondering how long it usually takes these guys to add new gear?

I might have to breaks out my CLS memory bank if this doesn't fall through in time lol

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gkaiseril

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#1. "RE: Pocket Wizard update for D600.." | In response to Reply # 0

gkaiseril Gold Member Nikonian since 28th Oct 2005
Mon 31-Dec-12 05:14 PM

I do not see any on the PW site, but PW says check FaceBook and Twitter for the release notices.

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jesse101

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#2. "RE: Pocket Wizard update for D600.." | In response to Reply # 1

jesse101 Silver Member Nikonian since 28th Dec 2011
Mon 31-Dec-12 05:52 PM

I will join their Facebook page and see. This is what I was referring to about news update:

http://www.pocketwizard.com/news_events/news/firmware_release_plan/

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BoStruye

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#3. "RE: Pocket Wizard update for D600.." | In response to Reply # 2

BoStruye Silver Member Nikonian since 22nd Feb 2011
Thu 03-Jan-13 01:40 PM

Anxiously waiting as well ...

That is the major disadvantage of the PW system vs Radiopopper. Having to reverse engineer the flash signals for each new camera. That is nuts.

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gkaiseril

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#4. "RE: Pocket Wizard update for D600.." | In response to Reply # 2

gkaiseril Gold Member Nikonian since 28th Oct 2005
Thu 03-Jan-13 02:23 PM

That gives the priority for development but not the release dates.

PW is producing a professional tool the integrates both Nikon Speedlights and Canon Speedlites so the system is far more complex then Radio Poppers that just relays the control signals to a specific brand of flashes.

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jesse101

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#5. "RE: Pocket Wizard update for D600.." | In response to Reply # 4

jesse101 Silver Member Nikonian since 28th Dec 2011
Wed 09-Jan-13 12:25 AM

I agree..reverse engineering just sounds like it will take forever lol here is what I got back from the PW staff..needless to say it sounds like we will be waiting for a while as they don't even have an ETA...Needless to say, Nikon CLS it is! It never gave me issues, but would be nice if I could use my PW outdoors. But here is the email:

Hi Jesse,

When dealing with beta firmware, there is no such thing as a fixed schedule. We are trying to include the D600 compatibility in a future firmware - one that will be available to the public first in the future as a beta, but it requires reverse engineering the signals coming up through the hot shoe of the radio. That's just how firmware "dates" work in any software industry.

I can't give you any other date than "as soon as possible." This is the same date our firmware manager gave my boss and everyone involved throughout from CEO on down. It is simply the nature of firmware.

We will be announcing on our Facebook page when we have a beta firmware and added support for any new cameras. I would recommend keeping an eye on the page directly: http://www.facebook.com/pocketwizards

I wish I could give you a more direct answer, and wish even more that the cameras were already compatible. Like you, we had to wait patiently for them to show up (yes, we had to wait for them just like everyone else). Once they arrived, we started the engineering process to make our system compatible with the new gear. This is a complex process that can take a fair amount of time and testing, depending on how different the new cameras operate compared to earlier equipment.


When replying to this email, please keep the case number in the subject line.

Best regards,
Chris Valites

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BoStruye

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#6. "RE: Pocket Wizard update for D600.." | In response to Reply # 5

BoStruye Silver Member Nikonian since 22nd Feb 2011
Wed 09-Jan-13 01:35 AM

Yes, I got the exact same answer about a month ago. I think they are sending the same one to everyone. Which makes sense if people are asking the same question of course....

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