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berchman Registered since 28th Oct 2007Thu 21-Feb-13 06:55 PM
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"Does the Sekonic L-478DR make the pocket wizard AC-3 redundant?"
Thu 21-Feb-13 08:29 PM by berchman

Boiling Springs, US
          

As I understand it, the new Sekonic L-478DR light meter would permit me to control the power of my remote speedlights from the meter. Does this mean that I would not have a need for the Pocket Wizard AC-3?

Another question I have is whether I'm required to mount an SB800, 900 or 910 on the camera in order to use the Sekonic to control the remote flashes in TTL mode.

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MEMcD Moderator In depth knowledge in various areas Nikonian since 24th Dec 2007Thu 21-Feb-13 10:20 PM
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#1. "RE: Does the Sekonic L-478DR make the pocket wizard AC-3 redundant?"
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Hi Marvin,

No.
You will need either an SU-800/ SB-800-910 or an AC3 zone controller attached to an off camera Mini TT1 or Flex TT5 to adjust the power of each group.

The system only works in Manual flash mode.
Good Luck and Enjoy your Nikons!

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Marty

  

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berchman Registered since 28th Oct 2007Fri 22-Feb-13 01:59 AM
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#2. "RE: Does the Sekonic L-478DR make the pocket wizard AC-3 redundant?"
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Boiling Springs, US
          

Thanks for the clarification.

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bassman1946 Silver Member Nikonian since 02nd Mar 2007Sun 24-Feb-13 03:35 AM
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#3. "RE: Does the Sekonic L-478DR make the pocket wizard AC-3 redundant?"
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So this brings up something I was wondering about. If I use a 478 to adjust the levels of my lights and I also have an ac3 and also make an adjustment from there, are the adjustments cumulative? Or does one over ride the adjustment of the other?

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berchman Registered since 28th Oct 2007Sun 24-Feb-13 07:24 PM
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#4. "RE: Does the Sekonic L-478DR make the pocket wizard AC-3 redundant?"
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Boiling Springs, US
          

>So this brings up something I was wondering about. If I use a
>478 to adjust the levels of my lights and I also have an ac3
>and also make an adjustment from there, are the adjustments
>cumulative? Or does one over ride the adjustment of the
>other?

According to the instructional videos I've been watching, you use the Sekonic to set your flash levels and you must dial in the same levels on the AC-3, but it's the Sekonic which does the controlling. There has to be one "boss" so it is not cumulative.

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ScottChapin Moderator Awarded for his high level skills in various areas, including Aviation and Birds Photography Charter MemberSat 02-Mar-13 08:34 PM
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#5. "RE: Does the Sekonic L-478DR make the pocket wizard AC-3 redundant?"
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Powder Springs, US
          

Here's the scoop. In the flash setting screen of the Pocket Wizard software you set your MiniTTL or FlexTTL to "trigger only". When you meter you adjust the flash groups to your desired levels with the meter. When you trip the shutter, the levels are not altered. You do not need an AC3.

You do need CTL for the flash meter to communicate with the FlexTTL receiver to set the levels. Therefore you need a CTL transmitter to trigger, but trigger only.

I have custom setting one set to CTL with iTTL triggering and custom setting two set to trigger only for meter use.

Scott Chapin
Powder Springs, GA, USA
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