V6 II + RF60 does not HSS with Olympus camera OM-D EM-1 (solved)

edited August 2016 in V6 II Problems
my RF60 is set to HSS and my V6II is set to "Normal HSS" but when I photograph with my Olympus OM-D E-M1 about 1/320 I get the same flash sync problems that my other bad flashes give me.  

My Olympus camera firmware = 4.1

Even if I adjust the Delay Time of my RF60 between the suggested 65ms - 75ms, I cannot achieve flash sync.  In fact, anything above 1ms of Delay Time stops the flash from showing up in images.  If the Delay Time is set to 0ms, then the traditional Olympus max flash sync works with the RF60 - 1/320s.  But if I go to 1/400s or 1/640s then dark bands and blackout starts.  

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  • The V6 II HSS supports RF60 after firmware update (V200). With V6 II, the RF60 can be triggered in HSS without setting the delay time.

    To check the firmware of the RF60, press the NEXT button while switching ON from the OFF position.

    In case you need to upgrade the firmware, please download the firmware updater in below page,
    http://www.cactus-image.com/downloads.html

    I hope that helps.
    Ray Chan

    Senior Product Specialist
     
    Cactus®
    Harvest One Limited
  • Hey Ray Chan.  No, unfortunately, that did not help - I purchased my 2x V6 II and 4x RF60s last week.  Their firmwares are be up to date - my order ID is #865.  

    My V6 II is set to "Normal HSS" and my RF60 is set to HSS.  I am testing this on my two copies of Olympus OM-D E-M1 cameras which have a 1/320 flash sync speed.  I can sync flash up to 1/320, but at faster speeds 1/2000 for example - the flash light does not show up at all (flash is facing the lens during the photo tests). 

    Also, I can not set my V6 II trigger to "Olympus (M43)" but instead must leave it on "Auto" and it will detect the Olympus E-M1.  But if I set it to "Olympus (M43) then the flashes receive no info from the V6 II triggers.

    But, everything works perfectly on my Olympus OM-D E-M5 II - HSS with the V6 II and the RF60 works exactly as advertised.  Thank you.  But I use the E-M1 for my work and I need this to be resolved, please help.

    I tried to attach a picture here that shows another problem - the V6 II is not connecting to the Cactus Updater.  You can see the red blinking light on the V6II in the picture but the Cactus Updater says "No device connected." I can send you the photograph but I'm unable to attach it into this doc so here it is in Google Docs
  • This could be the Windows Digital Signature problem on Win 10. You may have to disable it during the installation of the firmware updater. The instruction can be found in this thread, 


    I hope that helps. 

    Ray Chan

    Senior Product Specialist
     
    Cactus®
    Harvest One Limited
  • @ShaunKing

    Normally you should not need to put the RF60 into "HSS" mode. The "HSS" mode on the RF60 is for using HSS manually; the V6II should engage HSS automatically.

    Perhaps check the menu "AU HSS" (Auto HSS) menu option on the RF60. It should be set to "ON".

    I find that on my RF60, "AU HSS" is always "OFF" after I power cycle the RF60. I already reported this to Cactus as a bug because the default should be "ON" and the RF60 should memorise the setting even after a power cycle.
  • @ShaunKing we got the E-M1 in our studio and surprisingly the problems lies with the E-M1.


    The Olympus E-M1 has a different hot shoe fitting than its siblings
    .
    This causes some of the hot shoe contact pins not aligned so the V6 II
    does not receive all the data from the camera. In other words, the V6 II can only support basic triggering on the current V6 II as the contact with centre contact pin is not affected.

    Our R&D team is now looking into this matter and will have a conclusion very soon.

    Your understanding during this time is very much appreciated.

    Thank you.
    Antonio Lao
    Brand Manager
    _____________

    To help us better help you, always state the exact firmware version installed on your Cactus device(s), such as: "1.1.013", "FUJ.1.002", "NIK.A.001", "v.103".

    Nikon D750 users please read this thread: 

    Fujifilm EF-X500 users please read this thread:

    Feel free to suggest an improvement or share product ideas. Contact us directly at info@cactus-image.com.  At Cactus, we listen. 
  • So, am I understand, the V6 II does not work on the EM1 ?

    Dwight


  • edited July 2016
    @Antonio - thank you for checking this.  I knew there was a problem because I could easily simulate differences between the two Olympus cameras of the E-M1 and the E-M5 II when using the V6 II and the RF60s.  

    The E-M1 is the flagship Olympus camera.  I need my Cactus system to work perfectly with it.  Thank you and the R&D team for working on a solution.  
  • So, am I understand, the V6 II does not work on the EM1 ?

    Dwight


    That is correct!  We will post an upate on product listing.
    Hopefully we will find a solution soon!
    @Antonio - thank you for checking this.  I knew there was a problem because I could easily simulate differences between the two Olympus cameras of the E-M1 and the E-M5 II when using the V6 II and the RF60s.  

    The E-M1 is the flagship Olympus camera.  I need my Cactus system to work perfectly with it.  Thank you and the R&D team for working on a solution.  
    We will try our best!
    Antonio Lao
    Brand Manager
    _____________

    To help us better help you, always state the exact firmware version installed on your Cactus device(s), such as: "1.1.013", "FUJ.1.002", "NIK.A.001", "v.103".

    Nikon D750 users please read this thread: 

    Fujifilm EF-X500 users please read this thread:

    Feel free to suggest an improvement or share product ideas. Contact us directly at info@cactus-image.com.  At Cactus, we listen. 
  • is it possible to get shutter speeds above 1/320 with the olympus omd-em5mkii and the cactus flash rf60. looking to purchase this setup but want to confirm. looking to shoot HSS outdoors @ noon to killing the ambient light.
  • is it possible to get shutter speeds above 1/320 with the olympus omd-em5mkii and the cactus flash rf60...
    As quick as your camera supports. I think it's 1/8000s?
    Antonio Lao
    Brand Manager
    _____________

    To help us better help you, always state the exact firmware version installed on your Cactus device(s), such as: "1.1.013", "FUJ.1.002", "NIK.A.001", "v.103".

    Nikon D750 users please read this thread: 

    Fujifilm EF-X500 users please read this thread:

    Feel free to suggest an improvement or share product ideas. Contact us directly at info@cactus-image.com.  At Cactus, we listen. 
  • @Antonio - thank you for checking this.  I knew there was a problem because I could easily simulate differences between the two Olympus cameras of the E-M1 and the E-M5 II when using the V6 II and the RF60s.  

    The E-M1 is the flagship Olympus camera.  I need my Cactus system to work perfectly with it.  Thank you and the R&D team for working on a solution.  
    The Olympus E-M1 is working with V6 II now.

    Our R&D inspected the E-M1 carefully, we came up with solution. After removing the E-M1's hot shoe spring, it will resolve the connection issue with V6 II. Please check out below topic for more details and video instruction,

    http://www.cactus-image.com/community/discussion/926/olympus-e-m1-compatibility-with-the-cactus-v6-ii

    All the best,
    Ray Chan

    Senior Product Specialist
     
    Cactus®
    Harvest One Limited
  • yes, I have followed the instructions, removed the hot shoe spring, and I can confirm that the V6II now works as advertised with the E-M1.  I am so thankful for this working solution.  This is the first time I have ever had HSS on the E-M1 and I'm very happy.  Thank you.
  • Fantastic news, @ShaunKing!

    Have fun shooting HSS on your Olympus!
    Antonio Lao
    Brand Manager
    _____________

    To help us better help you, always state the exact firmware version installed on your Cactus device(s), such as: "1.1.013", "FUJ.1.002", "NIK.A.001", "v.103".

    Nikon D750 users please read this thread: 

    Fujifilm EF-X500 users please read this thread:

    Feel free to suggest an improvement or share product ideas. Contact us directly at info@cactus-image.com.  At Cactus, we listen. 
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