Fujifilm X-T2 Compatibility with Cactus V6 II to support HSS (Now Supported! v.1.1.005)

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  • can some one help me updating my new V6 II. cactus it self send me a link wer i can download the beta firmware for XT2, sad to say everyrime i tried to open it shows error, and also for cactus updater i tried to update the latest firmware it says lost connection but finished the update.
  • This has to be the poorest product I have purchased.
    Cactus appear to be a waste of space with zero support
  • This has to be the poorest product I have purchased.
    Cactus appear to be a waste of space with zero support
    Hello Howie,

    We are willing to listen to you. Please contact us by email at info@cacuts-image.com . We are pleased to assist you.

    All the best,
  • Hey people,

    Just a quick note if you wish to try out the beta firmware for X-T2 or newly released Fujifilm firmware on X-Pro2 etc., please send an email to info@cactus-image.com directly - don't send me a PM.

    While at this very moment as I type, I'm on holidays in Taiwan :) and will be back on Thursday.

    Thank you in advance and have a good day.
  • Kit XT-2 & SB910
    no luck with beta firmware (1.1.003)  led goes green but flash does not fire
  • Hey people:
    I was testing the beta of the cactus firmware with on V6 II and with Flash RF60 and Fuji X-pro2.
    I saw that I have to repeat the process of learning the forced HSS each time I put the V6 II on the hot shoe (by doing a test shot at 1/100). If I do so, I can sync the flash until 1/8000, but if don´t the maximum speed of sync is 1/1000 and it´s not consistent: sometimes there are dark bands or the intensity of the light change between photos. 
    Why it´s not remembered? 
    Also, Is there any plan to use the normal HSS system with Fuji? 
    Another question: Why it´s not working the AF assistant? I saw that Fuji included also the need protocol for doing the AF assistant with the flash in the hot shoe. Of course, this is the less relevant question of this post ..

  • Firmware 1.0.108 seems to work for flash but zoom does not work

  • XT-2 & SB910
    Version 1.0.108
    Fast OK
    No Zoom
    No Focus assist light

  • No Zoom
    Press the OK button to switch to remote zoom. 


    No Focus assist light
    X-T2 doesn't have focus assist light through it's hot shoe. the V6II light assist simulate the suitable where the speedlite directly mounts on the camera. If the camera doesn't have AF assist light signal, the V6II won't be able to produce AF-assist light. 
  • Kit XT-2 & SB910
    no luck with beta firmware (1.1.003)  led goes green but flash does not fire
    1.1.003 is not a beta firmware version. It's the previous official release. By the way, the latest one is 1.1.004.
  • edited October 2016
    Got the V6ii and RF60 today and immediately installed the the Firmware (.108) to test.

    I have some inconsistency issues.  Either uneven lighting or the RF60 wouldn't fire after the first shutter - I can't figure out why. I had to relearn HSS but then only the first flash would fire and then nothing again after that.  

    When I first got it to work, it consistently fired with even lighting at 1/8000, but then after a power cycle it wouldn't fire consistently, not sure if it's a power cycle or what exactly to recreate or pinpoint if it's a repeatable issue, I need to do more testing, but first I need to send the RF60 back first thing in the morning as there sounds like a piece of something broken or fell off and is rattling around inside!

    pic taken at 1/8000 




  • Not sure if this functionality is there in Mac version of the Firmware updater.

    Please can we have an update to the Mac version of the updater to allow us to point the updater to a file location on the local computer rather than at the Cactus website.
    Thanks

  • I am surprised!

    Did you follow the on-screen pop up windows and remove (uninstall) the previous version before installing the new Updater?

    We tried on multiple Windows PC and worked without any DLL issues.
    Yes I removed the previous first, and downloaded 2.07. I am running Windows 10 from a Mac bootcamp, maybe that is the issue? I've tried installing the beta firmware that I got in the email, but I'm not the most technically savy mac user and had trouble following the directions, because I couldn't find the “.cactus-updater-files”
    from the terminal command “cd .cactus-updater-files” so I tried it on the Windows bootcamp. To clarify, this is when trying to install the beta version that supports HSS
    Same for me. I know I asked for instructions on how to install the beta firmware on a Mac. They even sent me a screenshot of the code in terminal. I'm not a savy coder. I'm glad I'm not the only one who didn't understand the procedure. The windows procedure is extremely simple. If any Mac users (who have been successful at this installation) out there could give us an easy step by procedure that would be great. I feel like the instructions given are missing a step. Please remember many of us aren't that savy ;)
    We just want our V6II's to work.
  • Use Bootcamp


    Download 


    Cactus Firmware Updater V2.07 (Windows 10/8/7/Vista/XP)


    For PC, please click below link to download the V6II firmware beta version:

    http://www.cactus-image.com/download/firmware_beta/CactusV6II.fir

     

    1.       Replace the original file in the program file folder: (CactusV6II.fir)

             ”C:\Program Files\Cactus Firmware Updater”. 

    2.       Open the Firmware Updater, click the UPDATE button to update the V6II that is connected via mini-USB cable. 

     

    Reminder: Do NOT click Check for latest Firmware nor the DOWNLOAD button which will overwrite the beta test firmware file.


    If you want give me a call on +44 7812390468 and I will talk you through


  • edited October 2016
    I received this manual from Cactus and it was working for me:

    /----------------------------------------------------
    For MacOS, please follow below instruction to replace the original firmware
    file.

    In the home directory, there is a hidden folder called
    ".cactus-updater-files" , all firmware is downloaded to this folder.

    1. Use Terminal to enter to folder. To do that, type TERMINAL in the search bar and hit enter;
    2. Go to the folder by typing this commend in the terminal, "cd .cactus-updater-files";
    3. in the ".cactus-updater-files" folder, type command ,


    4. Connect the V6II via USB, press the V6II MENU button while switching to either TX or RX to enter the firmware update mode;
    5. Open the firmware and press UPDATE to update the V6II that is connected via mini-USB cable.
    /----------------------------------------------------


    2a) In addition to step 2 you can show the hidden folders in your finder, if you are not sure where to find ".cactus-updater-files" and are more familiar with the finder. Copy below mentioned two lines at once into your terminal session and hit enter. All hidden folders will appear in your finder. 

    defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles Yes
    killall Finder

    (to hide them again )

    defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles No
    killall Finder

    To give an example, the home directory on my mac would be /Users/AB and with the folder /Users/AB/.cactus-updater-files

    Additional tips for the terminal:
    1. In terminal type cd
    (this will bring you to your home directory) 
    2.  ls -a
    (this will show also hidden files and folders)
    3. pwd
    (shows your working directory)

    Hope that helps. (tested on Mac OS 10.12)


    Today I could test the new FW with my X-PRO 2 and X-PRO 1:
    -----------------------------------------------------------
    X-Pro 2 with Cactus V6 II and RF60, HSS with 1/1000, 1/2000, 1/4000, 1/8000 worked fine
    X-PRO 1 with Cactus V6 II and RF60, HSS with 1/1000, 1/2000, 1/4000 worked, but only on second curtain and kind of buggy. Sometimes it worked, sometimes not.
  • Got the V6ii and RF60 today and immediately installed the the Firmware (.108) to test.

    I have some inconsistency issues.  Either uneven lighting or the RF60 wouldn't fire after the first shutter - I can't figure out why. I had to relearn HSS but then only the first flash would fire and then nothing again after that.  



    Thanks @milkstead for your quick test reports.

    Do check your RF60 first and see if something is wrong with it.
    In the meantime you can check to see if you are able to fire a flash by:
    1. Pressing the Test Button on RF60 direclty.
    2. Pressing the Test Button on the V6 II
    3. Mount the RF60 directly on your Fujifilm camera (what model is it BTW?), set the flash mode to LOCAL (L) mode, set power to 1/128 so it won't eat up battery, take a few shots.
    See if flashes can be triggered in above methods. If not, then there's likely a hardware issue with the RF60.

    Thank you and keep us posted.
  • Not sure if this functionality is there in Mac version of the Firmware updater.


    There is, but it's not that simple as you need to type in commands in Terminal, as @Bock replied below.

    Thanks for hanging on before we release the new firmware that would also work with X-T2 and new Fuji camera firmware versions.




  • Today I could test the new FW with my X-PRO 2 and X-PRO 1:
    -----------------------------------------------------------
    X-Pro 2 with Cactus V6 II and RF60, HSS with 1/1000, 1/2000, 1/4000, 1/8000 worked fine
    X-PRO 1 with Cactus V6 II and RF60, HSS with 1/1000, 1/2000, 1/4000 worked, but only on second curtain and kind of buggy. Sometimes it worked, sometimes not.
    Thanks for the bug report.
    I have forwarded them to R&D.
    Please don't hesitate to post more findings. Your help is much appreciated!

    Also, thanks for posting the tips on getting the beta firmare for the Mac Updater. :)
  • Hello Ray,
    I tot the beta firmware update today and install it. Both the XT-2 and X-PRO 2 (newFW) worked fine. Thank you.
    Marcel
  • edited October 2016


    I am surprised!

    Did you follow the on-screen pop up windows and remove (uninstall) the previous version before installing the new Updater?

    We tried on multiple Windows PC and worked without any DLL issues.
    Yes I removed the previous first, and downloaded 2.07. I am running Windows 10 from a Mac bootcamp, maybe that is the issue? I've tried installing the beta firmware that I got in the email, but I'm not the most technically savy mac user and had trouble following the directions, because I couldn't find the “.cactus-updater-files”
    from the terminal command “cd .cactus-updater-files” so I tried it on the Windows bootcamp. To clarify, this is when trying to install the beta version that supports HSS
    Same for me. I know I asked for instructions on how to install the beta firmware on a Mac. They even sent me a screenshot of the code in terminal. I'm not a savy coder. I'm glad I'm not the only one who didn't understand the procedure. The windows procedure is extremely simple. If any Mac users (who have been successful at this installation) out there could give us an easy step by procedure that would be great. I feel like the instructions given are missing a step. Please remember many of us aren't that savy ;)
    We just want our V6II's to work.
    I also didn't understand the instructions.  I can open terminal just fine but that's as far as I got.

    So, what I did was right-click the app, show contents, and then went into /resources/ and copied the "CactusV6II_1.1.003.fir" out into a folder and renamed it to .backup and kept it just in-case, then I renamed the beta firmware file to "CactusV6II_1.1.003.fir"  (not sure if this was needed) and replaced/overwrote the original file in /resources/.

    Finally, I opened the app, connected the camera, and it showed .108 from Sept29 was ready to update.  Crossed my fingers, flashed it and the unit booted just fine showing the .108 firmware on the screen. 

    Everything tested fine initially, except with the eventual consistency issues from some power cycling and timeout/sleeps I mentioned above.

    Please be aware, I may or may not have fucked something up.  

    Don't do what I did until Antonio or Ray can confirm what I did was safe.  I was going to ask, but I was too excited that it seemed to work and forgot to check in with them about this.

    Got the V6ii and RF60 today and immediately installed the the Firmware (.108) to test.

    I have some inconsistency issues.  Either uneven lighting or the RF60 wouldn't fire after the first shutter - I can't figure out why. I had to relearn HSS but then only the first flash would fire and then nothing again after that.  



    Thanks @milkstead for your quick test reports.

    Do check your RF60 first and see if something is wrong with it.
    In the meantime you can check to see if you are able to fire a flash by:
    1. Pressing the Test Button on RF60 direclty.
    2. Pressing the Test Button on the V6 II
    3. Mount the RF60 directly on your Fujifilm camera (what model is it BTW?), set the flash mode to LOCAL (L) mode, set power to 1/128 so it won't eat up battery, take a few shots.
    See if flashes can be triggered in above methods. If not, then there's likely a hardware issue with the RF60.

    Thank you and keep us posted.
    Thanks for the suggestions Antonio.  I'm using the XT-2 stock 1.0 firmware

    I'm expecting the replacement RF60 tomorrow. I'll have to give that another shot.  Would it be possible that it's my firmware update method that messed stuff up?


  • Tested the new 1.0.109 version of the beta firmware. The setup is:
    • Fuji X-pro2 firmware 2.0
    • Cactus V6 II
    • Flash RF-60
    The install process failed the first time, but the second time works perfectly. The Cactus V6 II recognized the Fuji camera without problems.
    I did the "Learn" process over the camera, and forced HSS. Then:
    1. With Normal HSS set to off and Forced HSS, the flash it´s not fired.
    2. With Normal HSS set to on and Forced HSS the flash fire. I tested from 1/500th to 1/8000th and it seems that it´s working. No dark bands, and  the fñash fired 9/10 times.
    3. With PowerSync and Forced HSS, the flash fired, but worng. The photo is black. That behavieur is the same at any speed of exposition.
    The Fuji still recognize the Cactus V6 II as a TTL flash, but in the menu is not the option for AF assist that in theory appears with Fuji flash. 
    I´ll test it tomorrow in exterior. 
  • Please can I have a link to the new beta firmware V1.0.109
    thanks

  • edited October 2016
    Please can I have a link to the new beta firmware V1.0.109
    thanks

    Use the same link they sent in the email.  The link and file name is the same, but the firmware image is actually new.

    I'm curious if we can get some insight or dev/update notes on what has been changed?




  • edited October 2016


    I was still getting inconsistent firing with my replacement RF60.  One time, I had 9/10 fires using low speed continuous fire (CF-L), other times I got the first fire after a power on and then nothing.  Single shutter also fired, but randomly I would get no fires. 

    Antonio, I do think it's a communication issue between the V6II and the RF60.  
    • XT-2 shutter actuation triggers the V6II, Green led activates. Flash fails to fire.  Sometimes 2 seconds later.
    • V6II Test button randomly doesn't fire RF60.  Changing Zoom or flash power via V6II also doesn't have an effect (random).  Sometimes it's okay sometime's no response.
    • Tried changing channels, didn't help.
    • RF60 is set to S-Mode, updated to 0929 firmware
    • V6ii updated to .109 with XT-2 1.0
    • Restarting both the V6II and RF60 fixes it for the first shot, but then will fail to fire after the first one.
    • Hitting the test button a few times on the V6II seems to reconnect them (Eventually RF60 fires) -sometimes it takes much longer.  

    This is with my new RF60 though, no broken piece rattling inside, and unit seems to be brand new (compared to the first one, the seller prob sold me a used one).  I wonder if my unofficial method of flashing the V6II unit is the cause of this issue?  I wouldn't be surprised if so.

    A nice thing I noticed, not sure if it's with .109 is that after the initial learning - I don't need to relearn camera's HSS from putting it together and powering on out of the bag.

    I just need to fix this inconsistent signal between the v6II and RF60 and I think I this would be a reliable and reasonable HSS solution for XT-2  
  • Question can the RF60 use iTTL on Fuji XT-2

    Tested Beta 1.0.109 with XT-2 & SB900 seems 95% okay if using below 1/80 you need to turn forced HSS off
  • edited October 2016
    > Antonio >  …EF-X500 ... when are they shipping anyway? Some say it will be delayed and others say it will be out this month.

    I heard of thermal issues with the flash, which delays shipment.
    Don't like the 500 anyways, as it doesn't have radio control - only light impulses.
  • edited October 2016
    What its the distance between both devices? If they are too close they interfiere each other. I have to separate them more than 1.5m or change the wireless mode from LONG to SHORT in the menu of the Cactus v6.
    As you can see in the manual:
    The working distance of the V6 II can be
    customized to suit your shooting purpose.
    In , choose when you
    need to place the V6 II TX units very close
    to the RX units (e.g., when shooting macro),
    or choose for normal shots. While the
    option will reduce the maximum
    effective distance of the V6 II by
    approximately 70 percent, it will eliminate
    the interference caused by placing the V6 II
    TX and RX units in close proximity
     


    I was still getting inconsistent firing with my replacement RF60.  One time, I had 9/10 fires using low speed continuous fire (CF-L), other times I got the first fire after a power on and then nothing.  Single shutter also fired, but randomly I would get no fires. 

    Antonio, I do think it's a communication issue between the V6II and the RF60.  
    • XT-2 shutter actuation triggers the V6II, Green led activates. Flash fails to fire.  Sometimes 2 seconds later.
    • V6II Test button randomly doesn't fire RF60.  Changing Zoom or flash power via V6II also doesn't have an effect (random).  Sometimes it's okay sometime's no response.
    • Tried changing channels, didn't help.
    • RF60 is set to S-Mode, updated to 0929 firmware
    • V6ii updated to .109 with XT-2 1.0
    • Restarting both the V6II and RF60 fixes it for the first shot, but then will fail to fire after the first one.
    • Hitting the test button a few times on the V6II seems to reconnect them (Eventually RF60 fires) -sometimes it takes much longer.  

    This is with my new RF60 though, no broken piece rattling inside, and unit seems to be brand new (compared to the first one, the seller prob sold me a used one).  I wonder if my unofficial method of flashing the V6II unit is the cause of this issue?  I wouldn't be surprised if so.

    A nice thing I noticed, not sure if it's with .109 is that after the initial learning - I don't need to relearn camera's HSS from putting it together and powering on out of the bag.

    I just need to fix this inconsistent signal between the v6II and RF60 and I think I this would be a reliable and reasonable HSS solution for XT-2  


  • When using XT-2 with forced HSS the higher the shutter speed the lower the effective flash power

  • Hey Antonio or anyone who can chime in on this topic,

    I have mentioned this in a message to Antonio on this thread and to info@cactus-image.com and didn't get a response; Perhaps you were busy as I'm sure this beta firmware is a nightmare.

    So my question was in respect to the beta firmware as we continue to use FORCED HSS, why?  

    Shouldn't this be auto detected now that XT2 and XP2 are HSS compatible?

    In the production FW does Cactus have the intent to get rid of FORCED HSS in favour of an auto detect feature?

    If I missed something and another member can provide detail in respect to this let me know.

    Thanks and I hope you all had a great photo filled weekend!
    Migel
  • edited October 2016
    I asked the same, and it´s true, nobody said anything about that.Now Fuji implemented HSS, so I don´t understand why have we to use the forced HSS.
    Rafael Vida
    Hey Antonio or anyone who can chime in on this topic,

    I have mentioned this in a message to Antonio on this thread and to info@cactus-image.com and didn't get a response; Perhaps you were busy as I'm sure this beta firmware is a nightmare.

    So my question was in respect to the beta firmware as we continue to use FORCED HSS, why?  

    Shouldn't this be auto detected now that XT2 and XP2 are HSS compatible?

    In the production FW does Cactus have the intent to get rid of FORCED HSS in favour of an auto detect feature?

    If I missed something and another member can provide detail in respect to this let me know.

    Thanks and I hope you all had a great photo filled weekend!
    Migel

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