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Cactus V5 Wireless Flash Trigger

by Cactus
68 customer reviews
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  • Compatible with all DSLR and SLR cameras with standard ISO hot shoe or PC sync output
  • Compatible with portable flashes and studio strobes
  • Low battery indicator
  • Standard 1/4" screw mount
  • Designed using RoHS compliant parts and components
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Product Description

The Cactus Wireless Flash Transceiver V5 Duo is freed from hot shoe or cable connection to camera, allowing it to be placed virtually anywhere, at any angle, direction or distance, thus opening up endless possibilities for professional and amateur photographers alike.A wireless flash triggering system consists of one transmitting unit and as many receiving units as desired. The transmitter, connected to camera through hot shoe, controls signal transmission, while each receiver is attached to one external flash or strobe via hot shoe or cable. On release of the camera shutter, a wireless signal is sent from the transmitter to all receivers, setting off all light sources within the system.In another giant step forward, Cactus Image is proud to introduce its latest flash triggering system - the totally re-engineered and re-designed Cactus Wireless Flash Transceiver V5 (Cactus V5). Like its predecessors, Cactus V5 remains powerful and reliable and is ideal for photography of any kind. Sporting a new transceiver design and powered by 2 AAA 1.5 V batteries, each Cactus V5 unit can serve as either a wireless flash transmitter or wireless flash receiver. Different transmitter/receiver combinations are now possible, giving photographers unparalleled flexibility and control over their Strobist setups.Frequency Self-Tune (FST), a new and groundbreaking feature, enables Cactus V5 to automatically tune itself to its last working frequency when exposed to extreme we

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 4.5 x 2.5 inches ; 2.7 ounces
  • Shipping Weight: 12 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • ASIN: B005DFI5ZY
  • Item model number: V5D
  • Batteries 4 AAA batteries required. (included)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (68 customer reviews)
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  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Date first available at Amazon.com: November 19, 2011

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22 of 23 people found the following review helpful By Technology Guru on March 6, 2012
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I purchased two of the Cactus V5 sets to use as a remote flash trigger and remote shutter trigger, and after eight months I can say the V5's are absolutely fantastic. I have triggered many thousands of photographs and strobe firings and the Cactus V5's have worked flawlessly each and every time.

One of the greatest features is each unit is both transmitter or a receiver, selected by the power slide switch on the side, slide it one way it transmits, slide it the other way it receives. If you only buy a pair you won't see this as an advantage; but for those of us that use more than two its a huge feature providing tremendous flexibility. For example, I have four V5's and have used them in the following configurations:

1 V5 set to transmit on camera hot shoe triggering between 1-3 V5 equipped strobes set to receive. I can set each flash to a different channel and by changing channel on the transmitter select any individual strobe OR by changing to a group channel I can fire them all.

Yesterday I was firing a complicated setup:
#1 V5 in my hand to transmit, #2 V5 set to receive and plugged in to the camera remote shutter port; #3 V5 on my camera hotshoe mount is set to transmit and has a bounce flash "daisy chained" on top and finally #4 V5 is set to receive at my umbrella reflector. When I press the button on #1 half way, #2 focuses the camera. When I push #1 button in all the way #2 trips the camera shutter, the camera hotshoe tells #3 to fire the bounce flash and the flash connected to #4.

I hope that made sense. With any other brand, to do what I did in my second scenario I would have needed to buy a second transmitter, but with my Cactus V5's I just flipped a switch.

I'm going to buy two more to increase the number of flash units I can fire wirelessly, and I'm considering buying more after that just to keep on hand as spares, I expect to be using my V5's for many, many years.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful By ike8194 on April 30, 2012
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There are plenty cheaper products available but taking AAA batteries, having both send and receive, are tremendous advantages to have. Having metal threading on the device itself, allows me to work on a light stand without the need of a cold shew. I give this product 4 instead of 5 because there are times were it will just stop working. The problem is solved once I take out and put back in the batteries. I use this both on a 580ex II and speeditron studio set.

They are cheap and will brake on you, purchase backup units or consider them a temporary unit.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By M. Thomas on December 10, 2012
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I like the product so far, the distance is pretty good. I have a few cons. I suspect if they addressed each of these, the trade off would be an increased cost such that I wouldn't have bought them anyway. The great pro is that they are quite affordable.

Overall - a good buy

Pros
1- Low cost...
2- Good distance
3- easy to use
4- great packaging (but really that's over kill for what's needed

Cons
1 - Battery life....if you don't remember to turn of the switches on each of them, they will eat your batteries. That can be costly if it's the first few shots you take.
2 - Battery location....I have several times, inadvertantly touched the battery tray as i slide the unit on the camera. This can open the battery section without it being obvious. While I am cursing the device for not working, it's because the battery tray is not closed all the way, not making contact.
3 - The dial switch for the channel, very small, hard to read on location. Several times, one of the units will get switched, and then it appears it's not working, when really it's on the wrong channel.
4 - The dial for the tension to put on the camera or flash is difficult to turn to create that tension....paitence is a must.
5 - The plastic bases are very thin. I suspect I'll end up breaking one of those soon.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Kyle on March 16, 2014
I was so excited when I got these. They were a pretty new product at the time. I enjoy using well made, reliable, simple triggers and I was hopeful that the hotshot was TTL passthrough (which it is NOT). There are some nice features here but in the end these are not built in a reliable bullit proof design. I have killed 2 and have another which is injured. The settings switch lost the little plastic "hat" and now I can't turn it off without a pin or something very small to move the switch.

There are cheaper alternatives that while having there own deficiencies, are smaller and more reliable. Reliability is the key with triggers.

Pros:
Indicator light shows trigger and low battery indicator.
Many channels with groups on an easy to use dial.
Easy battery replacement
Test button
Locking metal hotshoe and threaded stud mount too
Range is good

Cons:
Unrealiable performance that requires some fussing to get them to connect or work at all. i.e.-power/channel
Flash MUST BE OFF or you will fry the trigger. (too easy to forget when you are a busy wedding photographer)
Convenient battery tray is an annoyance because batteries constantly pop out when pushing the trigger on a hotshoe or in the bag.
Hotshoe lock is a bit difficult to work at times.
Easy to drain the batteries
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By James P. Berton on May 4, 2012
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I hesitantly purchased these but am so glad that i did. These v5 triggers have worked 100%, no misfires. they are really heavy duty and love it that they take AA batteries. these work in manual flash mode only, no ttl. if you need to use ttl, go for the photix odin triggers. Shipping from amazon was awesome and came a day earlier than expected. i plan to buy another pair.
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