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- Cross-brand remote power control
- Equipped with absolute power, delay Timer, Group Sequence, TTL pass-through and on-going firmware Update
- Wirelessly control both power and zoom level of a Cactus Rf60 flash unit
- Up to 300ft operating range
- Full manipulation of power levels to 1/10, 1/3, 1/2 and 1EV steps
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The Cactus V6 is the world's first wireless flash trigger that works on any camera to wirelessly control power output of Canon, Nikon, Pentax, Olympus and Panasonic flashes. Equipped with absolute power, delay timer, group sequence, TTL pass-through and on-going firmware update, Cactus V6 packs everything in a compact body with simplistic controls. Cactus V6 can wirelessly control both power and zoom level of a Cactus RF60. Get both for a seamless wireless lighting system now!
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What? How can I dare suggest that the Cactus V6 transceivers are better than PocketWizards? Because I've used almost every variety of PocketWizard made in the last 15 years ... and I've personally found these are easier to use and more reliable*. I put an asterisk by that last comment because the only shooting environment where I haven't tested the Cactus V6 is a professional sports event where there are dozens of other photojournalists using radio triggers at the same time.
The main advantage of the Cactus V6 is that it works with a variety of TTL flash protocols so you can control the power output of wireless speedlights even if they come from different manufacturers or use different TTL standards. That's right, you can mix and match flashes from Nikon, Canon, Pentax, Metz, and others ... and the Cactus V6 controls them all as if they are part of the same flash system.
The setup is a little complex at first because the V6 has to be told what flash has been connected (or you have to set it up so the V6 can "learn" what flash is connected on its own). However, once you've done the setup a couple of times you'll be able to setup the V6's MUCH faster.
I particularly love the V6 system because I use a variety of cameras and flashes from different brands and the V6s communicate with every camera and every flash while giving me the same level of control that is only available with the PocketWizard MiniTT1, FlexTT5 and AC3 zone controller. Keep in mind that the PocketWizard products I mentioned above only give you TTL/ratio control with one type of TTL protocol (Nikon or Canon) and you cannot mix and match like with the Cactus V6.
I use multiple V6 transceivers with Pentax, Sony, Olympus and Canon cameras and a mix of Canon, Pentax, and Metz flashes. These triggers give me amazing control over my off-camera lighting all through the V6 that is connected to my camera. I don't have to walk over to flashes or have my assistant change the flash settings ... I can setup everything in advance and then control my lighting from behind the camera.
As I mentioned, I personally found the V6 to be more reliable than the PocketWizards over extremely long distances. My PocketWizards sometimes failed to fire reliably beyond a distance of about 30-35 feet. The Cactus V6 has ALWAYS worked at distances of up to about 60 feet as long as I setup the V6s correctly. I've never used the V6 system beyond about 60 feet so it may work fine beyond that range but I've never tried it.
Bottom line, this is a BEST radio trigger system currently on the market in terms of both flexibility and value for your money.
But it makes remote control a breeze, and for non moving objects I feel more reliable than wireless TTL.
So far it is working OK with my Nikon SB-700's (although it locks it, but it can be unlocked with menu long press, and beeps don't work while on a cactus as receiver to know when the flash is ready to fire again :(...). Also works ok with Yongnuo 568EX-II on both Fujifilm X-T1 and on a Nikon D600 which I tested them.
As expected, it didn't work on a Yongnuo 568EX nor on an old Yongnuo 467-II speedlight, only can be used as a trigger without remote control (so instead these flashes I use them as optical slaves if need the extra flashes, since there isn't much sense to "waste" a cactus to work as a simple trigger with no remote power control).
The built quality is not the best and solid I would wished, but it's good enough.
Nice it has a incorporated on the body a tripod/light stand mount.
There are a lot of button shortcuts so I advice to have a quick read of the manual (no long).
In summary an amazing product for the prize... but check your flashes if they are supported not to be disappointed.
As I read previously, the units seem like a great deal... if they work and last. I'm a bit worried about craftsmanship given my experience.
#1 I do agree with other reviewers that the door is flimsy and cheap. Needs a simple design fix to keep it shut - it doesn't sit flush with unit when new, so I expect this will only get worse.
#2 Why such a strange flash latch - there are simpler designs that are just as inexpensive that click into place. This unit you can tighten and overtighten, which is a concern.
#3 Buttons are super friendly and I like the multiple connection options - hotshoe and threaded light stand.
I will try a replacement and update folks. At this point I cannot review connection/function since I only have one unit.
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I can only report on my own experience of course which is...these things have performed flawlessly for me.
I have 3 - one on the camera which is a Panasonic Lumix G7 and the other two on Yongnuo YN568EX II speedlights. So a very cheap 2-flash setup. Because I have opted for the micro 4/3 system, and the panasonic in particular, I dont have the luxury of choice for the remote units that will work with my camera. The world is still geared towards the Canons and Nikons (but the world is changing - slowly). This unit was advertised as working with my camera, and it just does.
I would advise the reader on the fence to try it out. You will need at least two of course. The amazon return policy is your safety net.
The manual isn't great. I found far more useful guides on You Tube. Likewise the manual states that the firmware update option is only available to Windows users, where there is in fact a Mac version of the tool - you will need it.
That sounds very critical when in fact the triggers are excellent. I'd be assured by an Amazon Answer, albeit a dealer, that my Chinese guns would work with this trigger so I was determined to see how. I can now say that they don't - certainly not properly. I picked up a cheap Canon 430EZ from eBay and that worked perfectly straightway. Lesson learned.
I wanted a radio trigger system that would allow use of groups and variable power to each of those groups, without paying the huge prices of the other very well known trigger makes.
As a multi-light manual flash solution, using the prescribed list of guns. the Cactus is ideal.
I've read comments about battery drainage, but the manual does say remove the batteries when not in use - a common warning that we all ignore, but the trigger does seem to consume battery power even when switched off. I was just using ordinary AA alkaline batteries when testing and they're still fine.
The 1 star drop is for the quality of information Cactus supply - it may have been updated by now, but it was misleading at the time.
I'll be buying more of them
i sometimes have to turn them on and off a couple of times before they will fire the flash, almost like they go to sleep. i have gone back to using my yongnuo triggers which are cheaper but work every time.