Cactus V6 II and Sigma DP2 Merrill

Hello,
I want to create a lighting setup for a Fuji X-Pro 1 and my spare camera wich is a Sigma DP2 Merrill, to work wirellessly with cactus V6 II, using TTL and HSS. I'm looking to flashs like the Nissin i40, i60 or Yuongnuo ones.
Will the Cactus work with the Sigma, and what sort of flash did you recommend me for making all this work nice?
I'm new to flash photography so, I'm a little bit confused about all that :) .
Thank You for the great products you're making, as I already understand that V6 II seems the unique affordable solution to enable HSS on the Fuji X-Pro 1!


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  • edited September 2016 PM
    I must add that TTL is not as important for me as HSS, because I'm planning to use the system in outdoor off-camera situations most of the time...But if one combination enables TTL+HSS , then it will be great too! Another point, I'm intersted too in the RF60 as It seems to be simplier to use than attaching a V6 receiver to third party off camera flashes (as I said I' m starting a lightning gear). But a Nissin i40 will also be great for me, because of the small size of the Fuji and Sigma, it will fit better and well balanced.
    So, what I'm projecting, at this time, is to buy a i40 + V6 II transmitter, + one RF60. To use Nissin on camera (with or without V6), when I just need to go lightweighted. Or use V6 II on camera and the two flashes off-camera for outside portraiting. Or a combination of the two ways. Will this setup work nicelly?


  • I'm not sure how well the V6II will work with the DP2. For sure, you won't get HSS. Triggering for shutter speeds up to the sync-speed should work, though. Perhaps someone from Cactus can confirm.

    You'll never get TTL via radio; just HSS with supported flashes. The only TTL functionality that the V6II supports is "pass-through TTL" for on-camera flashes that sit on top of a V6II transmitter.

    Regarding suitable flashes, I'd say the RF60 is a great choice because of the built-in radio receiver. This saves you mounting the flash to a receiver and taking care of an extra set of (receiver) batteries. The RF60 also has some neat features (such as manual delays or a tripod mount) that you won't find on most other flashes.

    If you go for the RF60 + i40 combination, don't forget that you'll need two V6II (one has a transmitter and one as a receiver for the i40).




  • Davsan said:

    ...and my spare camera wich is a Sigma DP2 Merrill, to work wirellessly with cactus V6 II, using TTL and HSS.

    Hello @Davsan, SIGMA cameras are not compatible with the Cactus V6 II to support high-speed sync. The supported camera systems are:
    1. Canon
    2. Fujifilm
    3. Nikon
    4. Olympus
    5. Panasonic
    6. Pentax
    7. Sony (V6 IIs)


    When you mount a V6 II on a SIGMA camera, it will be recognized as "OTHERS" camera system. This means the V6 II will be used as a manual trigger without HSS, similar to the original V6.

    And like Class A mentioned above, there's no wireless TTL in the V6 II / V6 IIs system. So the system is not automatic and requires manual control of flash power output.

    Hope this helps.

    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", "v.103".

    For the time being, Cactus V6 (MK1) running on firmware version 2.1.001 can be triggered by a V6 II (MK2) running on Multi-brand HSS firmware (e.g. 1.1.013) and not by X-TTL firmware versions: PEN.A.001 and OLY.A.001.  No schedule has been released yet. 

    Cactus RF60X / RF60 Firmware versions A01 and A02 currently ONLY works with PEN.A.001 and OLY.A.001.  Other "A" version of X-TTL firmware will be released soon. For both Multi-brand HSS and X-TTL firmware versions (FUJ, SIG, SON), install firmware version 103 / 205 on your RF60X / RF60.

    Cactus RF60 is now an off-camera TTL flash with firmware version 205 or later!

    Metz M400 (for Fujifilm) is now supported on the Cactus V6 II (HSS and TTL).

    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. 
  • Hello Antonio and Class A,
    I realise that for using with Sigma DP Merrill, the fact that V6 II works just as a trigger, without HSS, is not quite a big problem, because DP2M comes with a leaf shutter, thats enable flash syncs up to 1/800 s.That speed is enough for outside portraiting and overpowering sunlight (with decent powered flash), as shown by photographer Bibelas on the following video:  http://bibelas-dp.tumblr.com/video


  • edited September 2016 PM
    Antonio said:


    When you mount a V6 II on a SIGMA camera, it will be recognized as "OTHERS" camera system. This means the V6 II will be used as a manual trigger without HSS, similar to the original V6.


    Antonio, I understand that there will be no HSS on DP2M. No pb , leaf shutter gives sufficient sync speed But did you mean that I will be able to control flash power wirelessly with the V6 on Sigma DP2M? Using RF60 or using another flash model ? Or that camera isn't just tested yet; for compatibility ?

    I'm sorry but english is not my first langage so , sometime I misunderstand a little bit  ;)



  • No problem! 
    In that case, technically it should work. We do not have one to test so we can't be 100% sure.

    The V6 II should recognize the camera as "OTHER" system and you would be limited to camera's x-sync - in your case, since it's a leaf shutter, you can sync up to 1/1000s, which is Cactus V6 series maximm speed.

    It can control and trigger V6 II compatible flash models. Please refer to the flash profile for a general idea. You should also consider the RF60, unless you want the flexibility to be able to mount on your Fujifilm X-Pro1.  But do you need TTL? If you only HSS, you don't need to spend the money on a TTL flash, the RF60 has transceiver built-in already and supports HSS when you use your Fujifilm.
    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", "v.103".

    For the time being, Cactus V6 (MK1) running on firmware version 2.1.001 can be triggered by a V6 II (MK2) running on Multi-brand HSS firmware (e.g. 1.1.013) and not by X-TTL firmware versions: PEN.A.001 and OLY.A.001.  No schedule has been released yet. 

    Cactus RF60X / RF60 Firmware versions A01 and A02 currently ONLY works with PEN.A.001 and OLY.A.001.  Other "A" version of X-TTL firmware will be released soon. For both Multi-brand HSS and X-TTL firmware versions (FUJ, SIG, SON), install firmware version 103 / 205 on your RF60X / RF60.

    Cactus RF60 is now an off-camera TTL flash with firmware version 205 or later!

    Metz M400 (for Fujifilm) is now supported on the Cactus V6 II (HSS and TTL).

    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. 
  • Hello,
    I've decided to go for the RF 60 +Cactus V6 II because it will fit my croos platform gear (Fuji X + Sigma).
    I'm now aware , thanks to you, that I will not get TTL ...but anyway, I will work full manual , making tests shoots. Not big deal about that.
    I was interseted in the compactness of the new Nissin i60, but I wasn't able to get response from Nissin team, about the compatibility with Sigma. And in all the cases , the Nissin wirelless system seems to be dedicated to only one brand of cameras...So I decided to go for the RF60 despite the fact that it's a little taller than the Nissin, bt as I'm going to work most of the time off-camera, it wouldn't be a big problem. In the other hand the RF60 + Cactus V6 II are going to let me work wirelessly with my two cameras, wich is the most important.
    So I will let you know how the combo RF60 + Cactus V6 II + Sigma DP2M works.
    Have a good day and thank you for the answerings !

  • Hi @Davsan,

    Thanks for the update and I am happy you have made a decision.  Do keep us posted on how the V6 II works on your SIGMA.
    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", "v.103".

    For the time being, Cactus V6 (MK1) running on firmware version 2.1.001 can be triggered by a V6 II (MK2) running on Multi-brand HSS firmware (e.g. 1.1.013) and not by X-TTL firmware versions: PEN.A.001 and OLY.A.001.  No schedule has been released yet. 

    Cactus RF60X / RF60 Firmware versions A01 and A02 currently ONLY works with PEN.A.001 and OLY.A.001.  Other "A" version of X-TTL firmware will be released soon. For both Multi-brand HSS and X-TTL firmware versions (FUJ, SIG, SON), install firmware version 103 / 205 on your RF60X / RF60.

    Cactus RF60 is now an off-camera TTL flash with firmware version 205 or later!

    Metz M400 (for Fujifilm) is now supported on the Cactus V6 II (HSS and TTL).

    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. 
  • edited October 2016 PM
    Hello,
    I've received the RF 60 and the V6 II and made a couple of tests. HSS with X-Pro 1 works like a charm.
    I can confirm that the V6 II mounted on top of the Sigma DP2 Merrill fires the flash without problem. I 've tested it at 1/800 s , 1/500s etc, no problem. I've just set the camera setting to 'others'. As easy as plug'n'shoot.
    If I can find the time, I will post a vid on youtube.
    I've got a question: what is 'power sync', what difference with normal HSS ? Can I use it on the Fuji ?
    Thank-you for the great products and your support !

  • Hey @Davsan,

    Power Sync can be used on all the V6II-compatible camera systems, including your Fujifilm.

    It is another high-speed sync mode which commands the flash to fire a normal flash pulse - unlike the long pulsing one to cover the frame from top to down on a normal curtain shutter. Power Sync differs by using precise timing to sync the flash with the shutter. It boosts up your flash normal full power output too, so we don't recommend using this mode all the time, but it's there when you need it.
    Davsan said:

    ,,, I've just set the camera setting to 'others'. As easy as plug'n'shoot.


    Great to hear!
    Davsan said:


    If I can find the time, I will post a vid on youtube.


    Cool! I am sure other Sigma users would appreciate such a video :)

    Thanks!
    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", "v.103".

    For the time being, Cactus V6 (MK1) running on firmware version 2.1.001 can be triggered by a V6 II (MK2) running on Multi-brand HSS firmware (e.g. 1.1.013) and not by X-TTL firmware versions: PEN.A.001 and OLY.A.001.  No schedule has been released yet. 

    Cactus RF60X / RF60 Firmware versions A01 and A02 currently ONLY works with PEN.A.001 and OLY.A.001.  Other "A" version of X-TTL firmware will be released soon. For both Multi-brand HSS and X-TTL firmware versions (FUJ, SIG, SON), install firmware version 103 / 205 on your RF60X / RF60.

    Cactus RF60 is now an off-camera TTL flash with firmware version 205 or later!

    Metz M400 (for Fujifilm) is now supported on the Cactus V6 II (HSS and TTL).

    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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