Canon Compatibility

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This section contains compatibility information for the Canon MiniTT1 and FlexTT5 ControlTL radios.

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Future Compatiblity

The following is the prioritized list of planned BETA firmware releases and production releases for compatibility with newly released photography gear from Canon. Prioritization is based on when gear was received, complexity of reverse engineering and majority of users:

New Canon Gear
Limited compatibility now available for the Canon 1D X, 6D and T4i with Canon Firmware 6.400. Exploring TTL compatibility is our top firmware priority.
  • Canon 1D X
  • Canon 6D
  • Canon T4i

This page will be updated when beta firmware is released and we will also post on the PocketWizard Facebook page.


Detailed Nikon Compatibility is available here.

Camera Compatibility

The MiniTT1 and FlexTT5 for Canon are compatible with these modern Canon digital cameras capable of using Canon's latest E-TTL II protocol:

Canon 1Ds Mark III Canon 1D X* Canon 7D Canon 70D** Canon Rebel T5i (700D)**
Canon 1Ds Mark II Canon 1D Mark IV Canon 6D* Canon 60D Canon Rebel T5 (1200D)**
Canon 1D Mark III Canon 5D Mark III Canon 50D Canon Rebel T4i (650D)*
Canon 1D Mark II N Canon 5D Mark II Canon 40D Canon Rebel T3i (600D)
Canon 1D Mark II Canon 5D Canon 30D Canon Rebel T3 (110D)
Canon 20D Canon Rebel T2i (550D)
Canon Rebel T1i (500D)
Canon Rebel XSi (450D)
Canon Rebel XTi (400D)
Canon Rebel XT (350D)
Canon Rebel XS (1000D)
Canon Rebel SL1 (100D)**

* NOTE: The 1D X, 6D, and T4i do not support TTL operation at this time. See the operational notes on the 1D X, 6D, and T4i for more information.

** NOTE: The 70D, Rebel T5i, and Rebel SL1 are not currently supported for use with ControlTL radios with advanced features like HSS/FP-Sync, HyperSync, or TTL. These cameras can be used with Basic Trigger Mode.

For optimal performance, it is highly recommended to specify your camera model in the Misc Tab of the PocketWizard Utility for your transmitting radio.


BASIC TRIGGER MODE: Almost all cameras and flashes are compatible with the MiniTT1 and FlexTT5 when the radios are configured for Basic Trigger Mode. Basic Trigger Mode disables all flash power control and TTL functions of the radios.

Canon's PowerShot cameras, such as the G9, G10, G11, G12 and earlier models, are not supported with our radios. Although these cameras can use many of the same flashes as modern Canon DSLRs, they use a very different implementation of Canon's ETTL II protocol.

Speedlite Compatibility

Special Note: Canon Speedlite models 580EX and 580EX II, and especially the older 430EX (not the newer 430EX II), emit RF interference that can substantially reduce the effective operating range of many radio slaves, including the FlexTT5 when used as a receiver. For these model flashes, please utilize the mounting suggestions on PocketWizard.com


The MiniTT1/FlexTT5 are E-TTL II compatible with these Canon flashes:

Current Generation

600EX-RT
Supported Modes:
    • Master E-TTL
    • Master Manual
    • Remote E-TTL
    • Remote Manual
Unsupported Modes:
    • Multi (stroboscopic) is not supported.
    • Group mode is not supported.
    • "ALL" selection is not supported, but Ratios are available in supported Master modes.
580EX II
Full feature compatibility.
Range limited due to RF interference from flash only when connected to a remote FlexTT5. See Long Range Performance.
Not range limited when used on a transmitting radio.
430EX II
Full feature compatibility.
Excellent range performance with this flash.
270EX
Can be used on the MiniTT1 or FlexTT5 (Transmit or Receive) in ETTL mode.
Range slightly limited due to some RF interference from Speedlite only when connected to a remote FlexTT5.
To use this flash on a ControlTL radio mounted on a camera at HSS shutter speeds, you first need to enable HSS mode in the flash. Mount the 270EX directly on a camera (no radio in-between) and enable HSS mode via the camera’s menus. Once that mode is enabled, the flash will work properly at HSS shutter speeds when mounted on a MiniTT1 or FlexTT5 when used as a transmitter. HSS operation is automatic (no need to set it) when used on a FlexTT5 as a receiver.
This flash may have occasional exposure issues when used on a MiniTT1 or FlexTT5 mounted directly on certain cameras like the 5D Mark II, 40D, 20D, and possibly others.
270EX II
Can be used on the MiniTT1 or FlexTT5 (Transmit or Receive) in ETTL mode.
Significantly range limited due to RF interference from flash only when connected to a remote FlexTT5. See Long Range Performance.
To use this flash on a ControlTL radio mounted on a camera at HSS shutter speeds, you first need to enable HSS mode in the flash. Mount the 270EX directly on a camera (no radio in-between) and enable HSS mode via the camera’s menus. Once that mode is enabled, the flash will work properly at HSS shutter speeds when mounted on a MiniTT1 or FlexTT5 when used as a transmitter. HSS operation is automatic (no need to set it) when used on a FlexTT5 as a receiver.
This flash may have occasional exposure issues when used on a MiniTT1 or FlexTT5 mounted directly on certain cameras like the 5D Mark II, 40D, 20D, and possibly others.
This flash will not do AF assist, as it uses the flash itself to do AF assist on camera, rather than using IR like other flashes. As such, this different mode is not supported.
320EX
Full Feature Compatiblity
Excellent range performance with this flash.
Some RF interference present when LED lamp is on.

Previous Generation

580EX
Full feature compatibility.
Range limited due to RF interference from flash only when connected to a remote FlexTT5. See Long Range Performance.
Not range limited when used on a transmitting radio.
430EX
Full feature compatibility.
Significantly range limited due to RF interference from flash only when connected to a remote FlexTT5. See Long Range Performance.
Not range limited when used on a transmitting radio.
550EX
Full feature compatibility.
Excellent range performance with this flash.
420EX
Full feature compatibility.
220EX
Can be used on FlexTT5 as a receiver in E-TTL mode only.
Cannot be used on MiniTT1 or FlexTT5 as a transmitter.
This flash performs better if an OC-E3 cable is used.


BASIC TRIGGER MODE: Almost all cameras and flashes are compatible with the MiniTT1 and FlexTT5 when the radios are configured for Basic Trigger Mode. Basic Trigger Mode disables all flash power control and TTL functions of the radios.

3rd Party Speedlite Compatible Flashes

Metz

58 AF-1 (Metz firmware v5.0)
48 AF-1 (Metz firmware v4.0)


These flashes can only be used if Pre-Flash Boost is disabled on the Flash Tab in the PocketWizard Utility is disabled. Note: Pre-Flash Boost is disabled by default.

These flashes may only be used on a remote FlexTT5 used as a receiver. They are not compatible as on-camera MASTER flashes.


Nissin

The Nissin Di622, Di622 Mark II, Di866, and Di866 Mark II for Canon are currently compatible with ControlTL radios (such as the MiniTT1 and FlexTT5) with certain limitations. Please see our Nissin Compatibility page for full details.

Operational Notes

Manual Only Cameras: 1DX, 6D, and T4i

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  • For remote manual power control to work, remote Speedlites on FlexTT5 radios must be set to TTL, as is normal operation for the ControlTL system.
  • A Master Speedlite on the camera’s radio set to E-TTL mode will not trigger. Any remote zones set to TTL will not trigger.
  • A Master Speedlite on the camera’s radio set to manual mode, with or without remote manual zones, will function normally.
  • The Canon 600EX-RT Group and ALL modes are not supported in the ControlTL system for any Canon cameras, including the 1D X, 6D, and T4i. Master Manual Mode works properly with these cameras.
  • An AC3 ZoneController will not trigger any zones set to A for either TTL remotes (Speedlites) or PowerTracking studio remotes.
  • If the 1D X, 6D, or T4i are woken up with a very quick full-press of the camera’s shutter release, flashes may misfire or clipping may occur. Try to always wake the camera with a slow, deliberate half-press of the shutter release before taking the exposure. On the 1D X, consider setting C.Fn6 (“Timer Duration”) to 1 min or longer to keep the camera awake longer after a full-press.
  • When using a bare shoe FlexTT5 or MiniTT1 on the 1D X, 6D, or T4i (no Master Speedlite and no AC3 ZoneController), the camera’s FEC adjustment can adjust the manual power of remote Speedlites or studio flashes per the table on the right ->
  • This adjustment is not real time. To apply an FEC adjustment, either wait for the camera to sleep, and then wake it with a half-press of the shutter release button, *or* press the FEC button, make your adjustment, and then press the FEC button again to “set” the adjustment.
  • On cameras other than the 1D X, 6D, or T4i, using a bare shoe MiniTT1 or FlexTT5 (no AC3 ZoneController or Master Speedlite) would cause the remote flashes to be used as TTL flashes, with FEC controlling compensation to output power in real time.
  • Only the “Full Manual” PowerTracking mode is available for the 1D X, 6D, and T4i. If other PowerTracking modes, like “Center on ISO & Aperture” are selected, they will perform as “Full Manual.” “No Change (Trigger Only)” will work as expected.

ControlTL Remote Camera

Using the default settings, remote cameras with a receiving FlexTT5 will be limited to Single Shot mode and there will be a delay between subsequent triggers. To learn more about remote camera triggering with ControlTL radios, visit our Remote Camera Triggering page.

Camera-Specific Operational Considerations

For more information about operational considerations that may affect your camera specifically, choose the model below:

Canon 1Ds Mark III Canon 1D X* Canon 7D Canon 70D** Canon Rebel T5i (700D)**
Canon 1Ds Mark II Canon 1D Mark IV Canon 6D* Canon 60D Canon Rebel T5 (1200D)**
Canon 1D Mark III Canon 5D Mark III Canon 50D Canon Rebel T4i (650D)*
Canon 1D Mark II N Canon 5D Mark II Canon 40D Canon Rebel T3i (600D)
Canon 1D Mark II Canon 5D Canon 30D Canon Rebel T3 (110D)
Canon 20D Canon Rebel T2i (550D)
Canon Rebel T1i (500D)
Canon Rebel XSi (450D)
Canon Rebel XTi (400D)
Canon Rebel XT (350D)
Canon Rebel XS (1000D)
Canon Rebel SL1 (100D)**

* NOTE: The 1D X, 6D, and T4i do not support TTL operation at this time. See the operational notes on the 1D X, 6D, and T4i for more information.

** NOTE: The 70D, Rebel T5i, and Rebel SL1 are not currently supported for use with ControlTL radios with advanced features like HSS/FP-Sync, HyperSync, or TTL. These cameras can be used with Basic Trigger Mode.


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