Photographic & Tech Musings by Jon Adams

Pixel King Flash Controller for Sony. Nex-7


Pocket Wizard for Sony Nex-7
I've been wanting a pocket wizard TTL for my Nex-7 for a while now. Well, still waiting for the Wizards. There is an alternative and for me, they work just as good. They are much less expensive too. They're made by a company called Pixel. They are the King wireless transmitters. They make them for Sony, Nikon, and Canon. At first I though the high speed sync didn't work on the Nex-7, but now, thanks to one of my readers, I know that high speed sync does work if everything is setup right. With my Nikon and Wizards it pretty much always worked assuming the camera was in auto FP mode. With the Sony you have to have the flash head forward and you cannot have your camera in rear curtain sync mode. I have always just left my cameras in rear curtain sync mode in case I wanted to slow down the shutter speed. With these you'll have to make the choice, do I want rear sync or fast sync. It does work in slow sync mode which seems maybe a little funny, But I'll have to test this particular camera to see when the flash fires in it's slow mode, front, rear, or in the middle somewhere. If slow fires at the end of the exposure, I'll put my camera in that mode most of the time.


The King transmitters and receivers seem to be built very well, they feel about the same as the wizards. Both transmitter and receiver take AA batteries, a plus in my opinion. The receiver has a 1/4-20 metal thread in it for easy mounting to stands and monopods. They also come with a small tether, very useful if you're firing non hotshoe strobes. They each have a PC port included for this purpose. You can select channels and groups right on the unit itself. I had to do a firmware update for these to work with the Nex-7, it's a windows only program. I ran it through parallels desktop and didn't have any issues at all. I'm hoping to get one more flash unit soon, we'll see how the groups work.

Overall I'm impressed with the capabilities, build quality, and price of these units. Very much a Pocket Wizard alternative and if you're a Sony shooter, there are no wizards. So a great little product for a good price.