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The studio misfires are unacceptable. The level of interference is tiny. no good reason for a misfire. And how often is a portrait guy going to be a block away from his flashes? Misfires are the biggest deal here, not distance. Well, distances within several feet.

On location, too many factors present. Using a single location is not a valid trial, especially in NYC. Way too many people using all sorts of electronics. How do you know if during the pocketwizard trial, someone did not turn on something that caused the interference? You have to try this experiment in multiple locations. I would also recommend firing them together or one after the other from each distance. Too much time involved between the great distances to know if it is the trigger of something else that has changed.

I, too, am invested in PW. I have a couple of other triggers (Cactus and Cowboy studio) for using at various workshops. I've not found any better than the PW. For wildlife, I use them at great distances, and even hidden. Still work great for me.