Bolt Flash compatibility

I recently purchased a Bolt VB 22 flash. I don't expect to control the settings from my Sony Cactus units but do I need a non-Sony Cactus to fire it as a slave unit or can I use a Sony Multi adaptor on my V6 IIS instead?

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  • If your VB 22 is a manual only flash, then another V6 IIs works just fine.

    However I believe there are also Canon / Nikon version of the VB 22? If you have one of those, then you will need the multi-system V6 II and you will be able to remote control it.
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    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".

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  • So I just use one of my V6 IIs units with an adaptor for the shoe on the Bolt? Thanks.
  • I just look at the VB22 again and didn't realize it did not come with a hot shoe.

    You need to ask Bolt if you get an adapter does it turn the VB22 into a TTL flash for either Canon or Nikon? Because if ithe flash stays as being a manual flash, getting a hot shoe adapter would only allow you to mount it onto a V6 II, but it would only support x-sync speed and not HSS.

    Keep us posted on your findings.
    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".

    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) but not by X-TTL firmware versions:  PEN.A.001 NIK.A.001 OLY.A.001.  No schedule has been released yet for an "A" version firmware on the V6 (MK1). 

    Cactus RF60X / RF60 Firmware versions A04 and A03 currently ONLY works with PEN.A.001 NIK.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.

    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. 
  • The threaded base plate on the Bolt is removable with four screws and I received another plate in the box that has a hot shoe, which I can substitute for the threaded base plate.

    I don't need HSS, x-sync is fine. I just want to know if I have to buy the Sony adaptor to use as an bridge between the (non Sony) shoe on the Bolt and my V6IIs Cactus unit?

    In the end, I just want to fire the Bolt remotely from my camera, using the Cactus units as transmitter and receiver.on each end. Thanks.



  • Here's an updated thought.

    Can I just buy a regular V6II unit to act as a receiver on the Bolt and fire it from the V6IIs transmitter on my Camera?


  • Why not use a cable? Connect a sync cable to V6II, V6IIs or V6 and connect that cable to your Bolt sync connector? Wouldn't that work? That's the "old school" way of making a "connection".
  • That's not the connection I'm asking about. I'm talking about camera mounted transmitter to flash connected receiver connection. Will a V6II "talk" to a
  • The threaded base plate on the Bolt is removable with four screws and I received another plate in the box that has a hot shoe, which I can substitute for the threaded base plate.



    What kind of hot shoe is it? I suppose it's a centre-pin only hot shoe?
    If that's the case then the V6 II (set to RX) can be triggered by a V6 IIs mounted on your Sony camera.

    However, using a manual (centre pin only) flash or strobe on the V6 II, you are really missing out on the ability of remote power and zoom control.

    On the other hand if the VB 22 had a Sony hot shoe option then you will need another V6 IIs.

    If in doubt post the photo of the optional hot shoe attachment.

    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", "NIK.A.001", "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) but not by X-TTL firmware versions:  PEN.A.001 NIK.A.001 OLY.A.001.  No schedule has been released yet for an "A" version firmware on the V6 (MK1). 

    Cactus RF60X / RF60 Firmware versions A04 and A03 currently ONLY works with PEN.A.001 NIK.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.

    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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