Review: Pocket Wizard Plus III

Written by Robert Lowdon

Robert Lowdon is an internationally published commercial photographer based out of Toronto, Canada. He spends his time photographing architecture and industrial projects for the most part.

Published January 31, 2013

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I recently picked up three new PocketWizard Plus III triggers, well about six months ago as I wanted to put them through their paces before writing a review. I think I should mention, as with all my reviews I receive no compensation, and everything is honest in fair. I also do not sell camera gear; just use it every day in my work as a professional photographer.

I like PocketWizard for one simple reason, because they work. By that I mean they work every time, every single time. I tend to judge my gear by the less I have to think about it, meaning I’m well aware of when gear fails or doesn’t operate like I think it should. The Plus III(s) are no exception they work, and they work every single time. When you are using studio lighting for your photography the last thing you need to worry about is uncooperative triggers.

PocketWizard Plus III has made quite a few changes over the plus II. Well to be honest they have pretty much changed everything. Digital Display, completely different controls and an entirely new look. Even the controls are now on the side of the unit. I have to admit originally I found the side controls annoying but now I absolutely love them, the placement makes so much more sense.


The Pocket Wizard Plus III Triggers offer 5 modes of operation. They include TX/RX Transmit Receive, TX Transmit Only, RX Receive Only, and HSR High Speed Receive for faster triggering and RP Repeater (which will repeat the signal enabling greater range).

Four Zone Control

The Pocket Wizard Plus III(s) offer four different selective zones of control. It’s easy turn off lights from any location as the control is right at your finger tips. You can easily switch locations on the fly. I can see a lot of wedding photographers taking great benefit from this feature. Another big advantage of this pocketwizard plus III feature is you can now remotely fire up to four different cameras on separate channels selectively.


There are now 32 selective channels making it almost impossible not to find an open channel. Channels 17 – 32 being reserved for selective quad zone triggering.

The Verdict: PocketWizard Plus III

When I look over the upgrades in the plus III trigger system it seems to me that PocketWizard must have consulted numerous photographers on what they would want in the perfect trigger. They pooled all the results and said now build it, and include everything. This item is a definite buy, and that is something I rarely say. So go grab some from your local camera store if you are in need.

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