Support for SMDV – BRiHT-360

Does Cactus V6 II support SMDV – BRiHT-360 in HSS mode?

Got this flash already but found that it is not yet supported by Cactus V6 II in HSS mode.

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  • Technically it should work. Is your setup similar to below setups

    Method 1
    1. Mount V6 II (TX) on camera's hot shoe
    2. Connect V6 II (RX) to SMDV BRiHT360 via 3.5mm sync port
    3. Hold SMDV Flash Wave 5TX in your hand and turn on high-speed sync
    Method 2
    1. Mount V6 II (TX) on camera's hot shoe
    2. Mount SMDV Flash Wave 5TX on V6 II (TX)'s hot shoe
    3. Turn on TTL Pass Through on the V6 II (TX)
    4. Turn on high-speed sync mode on the SMDV
    In both methods, you will be able to control other off-camera flash units from the V6 II (TX), such as compatible TTL flashes on other V6 II (RX) or Cactus RF60. In Method 2, the SMDV BRiHT 360 is triggered by the Flash Wave 5TX and not by the V6 II (RX).

    The above methods worked on a Profoto B1 with Air Remote. We have not tested on the SMDV system however the same principles should apply.

    Please let us know if it works too.

    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", "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. 
  • Hi Antonio,

    I haven't got a SMDV Flash Wave 5TX yet since I'm using a Fujifilm X-Pro2. I could get HSS to work on Cactus RF60, and Nissin i40 as well. I also have a Pentax K-1 as well as Pentax 645Z. I couldn't get them to work yet.

    I had tried Method 1 without step 3 (Flash Wave 5TX) but it didn't work. The steps are as follows:
    1. Mount V6 II (TX) on camera's hot shoe. (in my case: Fujifilm X-Pro2 / Pentax K-1 / Pentax 645Z) 
    2. Connect V6 II (RX) to SMDV BRiHT360 via 3.5mm sync port.

    My SMDV is Canon version. That means I also need to buy SMDV Flash Wave 5TX and try Method 2, as follows:
    1. Mount V6 II (TX) on Fujifilm X-Pro2 hot shoe
    2. Mount SMDV Flash Wave 5TX (Canon version for me) on V6 II (TX)'s hot shoe
    3. Turn on TTL Pass Through on the V6 II (TX)
    4. Turn on high-speed sync mode on the SMDV

    These steps make sense to me. However, I read in another post that:

    If your studio strobe has a flash duration of 10ms, or 1/100s, at t0.1, it will work.


    For SMDV, its flash duration is 1/200 - 1/10000.

    I'm not sure whether this works for me or not.

    For Profoto B1, I read from web site that its flash duration is 1/11000 - 1/1000. Its flash duration at t0.5.

    Anyway, thanks for your direction. I'll try SMDV Flash Wave 5TX in Zhao Xiang Guan (Hong Kong) with my setup. I'll post my findings here.

  • As a follow-up to my previous post, I've tried Fujifilm X-Pro2, Pentax K-1 and Pentax 645Z with Cactus V6 II and my SMDV-BRiGT-360 flash.

    Since HSS of SMDV-BRiGT-360 flash (Canon model) can only be triggered by SMDV Flash Wave 5TX (Canon model), this particular flash trigger must be bought and used together with Cactus V6 II, even though I'm not a Canon owner myself.


    Method 1 - need only 1 Cactus V6 II (TX), no receiver (RX) unit is required:
    1. Mount V6 II (TX) on camera's hot shoe.
    2. Mount SMDV Flash Wave 5TX on V6 II (TX)'s hot shoe.

    Method 2 - need 2 Cactus V6 II, one as transmitter (TX), another one as receiver (RX):
    1. Mount V6 II (TX) on camera's hot shoe.
    2. Instead of mounting SMDV Flash Wave 5TX on V6 II (TX)'s hot shoe. Mount the flash trigger on a separate RX unit.

    It looks for Method 2 is a silly method, but it turns out that:
    1. Pentax K-1 works with both methods 1 & 2
    2. Fujifilm X-Pro2 only works with method 2
    3. Pentax 645Z works with neither

    Whenever the shutter speed of 645Z s raised above 1/125 (X sync speed), 645Z will refuse to fire a flash.

    There are 2 high speed sync modes. One is Normal HSS, the other one is Power Sync mode.
    1. Pentax K-1 works well with both Normal HSS and Power Sync modes. The photos produced by both look alike.
    2. Fujifilm X-Pro2 works well only with Power Sync mode.  Apparently Normal HSS also works, but there are some noticeable dark bands on on photo.  The recommended mode for Fujifilm X-Pro2 is Power Sync. Remember to click the dial wheel to enable Forced HSS. 

  • @mikegor

    Cactus say the 645Z is supported by the V6II.

    If the auto detect does not work, try selecting "Pentax" as the camera system manually.
  • Antonio, I just picked up the BRiHT at Photokina and I tried the method 2 you suggested above.
    However, when I put the Flashwave 5 trigger (in my case, it's a Nikon one) on top of the V6 Mk II transmitter and I try to enable TTL passthrough, I get a message saying TTL Systems do not match (and a red flashing light on the TX).
    This is with the Setup set to Camera = Fujifilm and Flash = Nikon. Also tried with Flash = Manual but same result.
    Any suggestions?
  • To update my previous question: I can only enable TTL passthrough if I set my camera system to Nikon (instead of Fujifilm) and then the flash fires but does not do HSS. This probably has to do with the fact that when in Camera = Nikon mode, I cannot set Forced HSS to on because that is only available when Camera = Fujifilm. Catch 22 :-)
    All of this is on an X-Pro 2 by the way.
  • edited September 2016 PM
    @mtwpiet

    Have you tried not using TTL pass-through?

    Just set the camera system to "Fuji" and the flash system to "Nikon". This should work. Don't forget to use "Forced HSS", though.

    The TTL pass-through option is only meant for enabling full communication between the camera and a system-dedicated flash that matches the camera. You'll get automatic exposure support for an on-camera flash that way, for instance. However, TTL pass-through is not needed for what you want to do.
  • TTL Pass Through can only be used - when the camera and the flash runs on the same system.

    Otherwise, a Nikon flash (or flash trigger) won't understand the information being "passed through" from a Fujifilm camera.

    It would only work with your X-pro2 if SMDV's trigger also runs on Fujifilm system, or you are using a Nikon camera.


    As for making it work for you, you don't even need to mount the SMDV trigger to any camera / V6 II / strobe. You should be able to use HSS by switching on the HSS mode on the SMDV BRiHT strobe unit. - just connect another V6 II (RX) to the BRiHT via sync cord. 

    Some strobe requires the trigger to turn on HSS, but others don't. You may still control the strobe's power with SMDV's trigger - but held in your hand.

    Have a try and see if such a connection would work?

    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. 
  • Ok, here's what I tried:
    X-T2 with V6 Mk II Beta firmware, camera set to Fujifilm, flash system set to Nikon Auto
    Did the Learn HSS thing
    2 nd V6 Mk II connected via cable to BRiHT
    BRiHT is set to Manual Mode, HSS icon is showing in the BRiHT control panel 
    BRiHT is at full power
    I'm using Power Sync, Forced HSS on
    I can get the BRiHT to fire, but there's a black bar that progresses with the shutter speed, so it looks like it's actually not running in Power Sync.
    If I try to set the BRiHT to TTL (HSS icon also showing on the BRiHT control panel), it does not even fire at all.



  • mtwpiet said:

    Ok, here's what I tried:

    X-T2 with V6 Mk II Beta firmware, camera set to Fujifilm, flash system set to Nikon Auto



    Since you are connecting the V6 II RX to the SMDV unit via a sync cable, the flash system should be set to Manual - or just let the V6 II auto-detect it as Manual.

    Or are you talking about the V6 II TX unit that's mounted on your X-T2?   If you don't have any Nikon speedlight mounted as on-camera flash, you don't need to set anything flash system / profile.


    mtwpiet said:


    I'm using Power Sync, Forced HSS on


    You don't have to set the SYNC MODE to Power Sync on the V6 II TX, using Normal HSS is fine. Because with HSS turned on in the SMDV unit it will fire a long pulse flash when it receives a signal to fire.

    Power Sync is really for portable flashes with a hot shoe foot mounted directly on V6 II, not via sync cable.  There's no way a strobe unit connected via sync cable can discern between Normal HSS or Power Sync instructions from the TX unit - it simply fires.
    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. 
  • I'm sorry to say but I simply don't get it to work with those settings
    As soon as I enable Forced HSS (either in Regular HSS mode or Power Sync mode), the flash does not fire anymore.
    When I disable Forced HSS, the BRiHT fires, but at 1/1000th the frame is completely black. Only at regular sync speeds do I see flash contribution in the image.
  • Is this how you set it up?




    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. 
  • Yes but that did not work.
    However, I tried the strange-sounding setup that @mikegor used and that worked!
    (I have a Flashwave 5 TX for Nikon)

    V6 Mk II on camera (do the learn thing at 1/1000th)
    • Normal HSS
    • Camera System = Fujifilm
    • Flash System = Manual Flash

     

    2nd V6 Mk II NOT ATTACHED to anything, set to
    Receiver mode, Manual Flash

    • Flashwave 5 on top of this 2nd V6 Mk II
    • Flashwave set to Manual – High Speed Sync on the Flashwave trigger = on - Full Power
    • Works both in HSS and in Power Sync (after tweaking the Power Sync delay), with apparently a
      slight advantage of HSS being brighter

     

  • mtwpiet said:

    Yes but that did not work.

     

    Oh, thanks for confirming that.
    .
    .
    .

    mtwpiet said:


     

    2nd V6 Mk II NOT ATTACHED to anything, set to
    Receiver mode, Manual Flash

    • Flashwave 5 on top of this 2nd V6 Mk II
    • Flashwave set to Manual – High Speed Sync on the Flashwave trigger = on - Full Power
    • Works both in HSS and in Power Sync (after tweaking the Power Sync delay), with apparently a
      slight advantage of HSS being brighter

     

    Sounds like the setup is just like this?

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    Cactus V6 II + Pentax + Profoto B1 HSS.JPG
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    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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