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Cactus Wireless Flash Transceiver V6 Single
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- Cactus V6 Transceiver - Flash Stand FS-2 - Album - Cactus 1 Year Warranty
- Wireless Manual Power Control to a list of current and previous Canon, Pentax, and Nikon compatible flashes.
- Flash profiles are included for some of the most popular flashes on the market. More can be added later via updates.
- Full manipulation of power levels to 1/10, 1/3, 1/2 EV stops.
- LoPower Mode fires flash for extremely short duration of time.
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|Item Dimensions||3.1 x 4.09 x 4.7 inches|
|Item Weight||0.18 pounds|
|Shipping Weight||0.4 pounds|
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|Item Dimensions||4.09 x 4.7 x 3.1 in||4.5 x 8.5 x 2.5 in||—||5.51 x 7.48 x 1.57 in||—||2 x 6 x 6 in|
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Cactus Wireless Flash Transceiver V6 Single
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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.
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.