V6ll Transmitter & RF60X

Is there a secret in getting the V6ll to fire the RF60s remotely? They should fire with the built in transceivers...
I do not have profiles for my new RF60s (I have two) I didn't think I needed a profile and can't find them anywhere...
I have no problem with a Canon 580 EXII and other flashes,  I can shoot HSS up until 1/8000 sec with my XT2 but not in TTL mode, doesn't recognize the Canon TTL. These are wonderful devices but too many variables between the V6II, the speedlites and cameras themselves... I have tried most functions and have spent hours on this, oh yeah, I have all the latest firmware updates. Seems like it's all on the market before being ready... I'd appreciate it if anyone has a solution...

Thanks!
ALG


 

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  • edited January 2017
    Is there a secret in getting the V6ll to fire the RF60s remotely?
    Things to pay attention to:
    • Use the same radio channel on the RF60x and the V6II.
    • Use the same "Radio ID".
    • Leave the RF60x "Auto HSS" on. Don't try to use the Multi/HSS button. A good way to ensure the above settings are correct, is to do a factory reset on both RF60x and V6II.
    • Ensure the RF60x is set to "Slave" (S) mode.
    • Keep a minimum distance between V6II and RF60x or, better, set the radio work range of the V6II to "SHORT".

    You definitely do not need RF60x profiles. It would be good if you could put an RF60x in the same group ("A" is the default) as a V6II receiver and see whether the RF60x also activates when a flash on the V6II receiver fires.

    Try both using the camera and the V6II test button.

    P.S.: It wouldn't hurt to post the actual firmware version numbers. Some people were under the impression simply using "Update" on the Firmware Updater would give them the latest version whereas one really has to "check" for the latest versions with the respective button first.

  • Thank you, thank you!
    It seems like it was the radio ID
    I misread the numbers. 
  • Hi,

    I recently purchased the Cactus V6 II and RF60x for my Olympus OMD-EM1 and i'm having problems with getting HSS to work. Is there anything I should be doing to have this feature work? Any advice would be helpful. Thanks!


  • Hi,

    I recently purchased the Cactus V6 II and RF60x for my Olympus OMD-EM1 and i'm having problems with getting HSS to work. Is there anything I should be doing to have this feature work? Any advice would be helpful. Thanks!


    Hello @itsumo,

    Be sure to first update all the V6 II to the latest firmware version. Right now, it's 1.1.006.

    For E-M1. our experience tells us that it's better to remove the camera's hot shoe metal spring plate in order to have better communication between the V6 II and the camera.

    Switch on the camera first, and then the V6 II to TX mode and at the same time half-press camera's shutter button and the V6 II will auto-detect the camera system.

    Also to check the distance between camera and the RF60X.  If you are placing the flash between 10cm to 3m, be sure to set the work range to SHORT. 

    Menu > Radio Setup > Work Range.

    On the RF60X, set the flash to SLAVE (S) mode, and set both V6  II and RF60X to the same channel and group.

    Hope these tips help!
    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", "NIK.A.001", "v.103", or "A06".

    TTL or HSS not working on Cactus V6 II and V6 IIs? Be sure to check hot shoe connectivity by doing the <CAMERA INFO> check.

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

    Thank you for taking the time to respond to my issue. 

    I've gone ahead and done the suggested recommendations but im still having issues with hss. I'm not sure what else i can do to get it to function correctly. Also, the connection between the v6II and my omd doesnt seem to line up. I have to pull the v6ii off the camera very slightly for it to fire when i take a photo. Any thoughts?
  • That's a first hearing from E-M1 user.

    When we had ours in the studio from a friend it was okay as soon as we removed the metal spring plate. We didn't notice any forward / backward travel of the V6 II on camera hot shoe as all we did was sliding it in all the way.

    In your case maybe you could add some distance by placing a small piece of masking tape at the front end of camera hot shoe. See if this works better for your setup.

    FYI this method was required on the NIkon D750 due to the special hot shoe requirement.

    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", "NIK.A.001", "v.103", or "A06".

    TTL or HSS not working on Cactus V6 II and V6 IIs? Be sure to check hot shoe connectivity by doing the <CAMERA INFO> check.

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

    Just to follow up on this, I realized that my cameras firmware was REALLY out dated. Updated my firmware fixed all my issues. Thanks for all your help!


  • Perfect!  Thanks for the update, @itsumo!
    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", "NIK.A.001", "v.103", or "A06".

    TTL or HSS not working on Cactus V6 II and V6 IIs? Be sure to check hot shoe connectivity by doing the <CAMERA INFO> check.

    Feel free to suggest an improvement or share product ideas. Contact us directly at info@cactus-image.com.  At Cactus, we listen. 
  • Hi ya'll.  I just got the RF60x and the V6ii... Once updated to latest firmware on the v6ii, I attempted test the v6ii.  I was successful in triggering the flash a handful of times in normal trigger mode.  Once I started trying forced hss, the trigger stopped working through the shutter release. I am able to set up and use test button to fire flash but not shutter release button.  Is this a connection issue, firmware of some type I've over looked??  Very frustrating.  I spent 4 hours last night trying to trouble shoot. HELP!  
  • im lost as well and it sucks cactus doesn't have a video on setting this up..with the new firmware i cant force learn hss i have a v6ii and rf60x and my camera caps out at 250 
  • What was the shutter speed on camera when you turned on <FORCED HSS>?

    Another user reported this but we could not repeat here.

    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", "NIK.A.001", "v.103", or "A06".

    TTL or HSS not working on Cactus V6 II and V6 IIs? Be sure to check hot shoe connectivity by doing the <CAMERA INFO> check.

    Feel free to suggest an improvement or share product ideas. Contact us directly at info@cactus-image.com.  At Cactus, we listen. 
  • edited May 2017
    What was the shutter speed on camera when you turned on <FORCED HSS>?

    Another user reported this but we could not repeat here.

    Thanks!
    my v6ii doesn't have forced hss
  • edited May 2017
    also how many v6ii do i need because I only have one v6ii and two rf60x ?


    also heres a video of me trying to set this up 

  • edited May 2017
    @drichard
    As you are using a Nikon camera, you don't need to bother with "forced HSS". That's only necessary for Fujifilm cameras.

    To answer your question: You only need one V6II in Tx mode to fire your RF60x flashes.

    You don't need to mount an RF60x on the V6II. That won't help anything (except if you want to have the flash in that position for mobility).

    What is your "CAMERA SYSTEM" set to on the V6II? While you can manually set it to "NIKON", I suggest that you set it to "AUTO" and check whether -- after turning on the V6II in Tx mode -- you see an "N" in a small camera symbol on the V6II display. If you see that, the V6II has recognised your camera and HSS should work.

    Perhaps try tapping the shutter button of the Nikon camera, while you are turning on the V6II (instead of just half-pressing it).

    If that does not help, perhaps try moving the V6II in the camera's hot-shoe a bit. On the D750, for instance, one needs to pull back the V6II ever so slightly to achieve full connectivity (the fact that the flash fires does not tell you that all the other smaller pins are making contact as well). Once you have moved the trigger, turn it off and then on again (while tapping the camera's shutter release button).

    The only other suggestion I have is to try another firmware version. You can downgrade as well as upgrade, so you don't have anything to lose by trying another firmware version.

    Good luck.

    P.S.: A sharper video showing more of the settings would help. Perhaps try uploading it to YouTube, in case the source is fine and the quality just suffered by uploading to Facebook.
  • also how many v6ii do i need because I only have one v6ii and two rf60x ?


    also heres a video of me trying to set this up 

    Thanks for the video.

    As colleague @raychan already replied you via email:

    "check whether the camera is using . I found the following description in sync mode support in the D500’s user manual.

    http://download.nikonimglib.com/archive2/IbVFu00r4dN802jD2LW58i9sWB06/D500UM_NT(En)04.pdf

    Please refer to page 201 and 202 in the user manual from the above link."

    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", "NIK.A.001", "v.103", or "A06".

    TTL or HSS not working on Cactus V6 II and V6 IIs? Be sure to check hot shoe connectivity by doing the <CAMERA INFO> check.

    Feel free to suggest an improvement or share product ideas. Contact us directly at info@cactus-image.com.  At Cactus, we listen. 
  • hey guys i fixed it there's a settings for shutter speed make sure your nikon is on 1/250* 
  • hey guys i fixed it there's a settings for shutter speed make sure your nikon is on 1/250* 



    Thanks for the update.

    I think on some other Nikon models, you have to set it down to 1/200s otherwise there's banding issue. But for most 1/250s should work just fine.
    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", "NIK.A.001", "v.103", or "A06".

    TTL or HSS not working on Cactus V6 II and V6 IIs? Be sure to check hot shoe connectivity by doing the <CAMERA INFO> check.

    Feel free to suggest an improvement or share product ideas. Contact us directly at info@cactus-image.com.  At Cactus, we listen. 
  • Hi everybody, I have a Nikon D750 and I just bought a cactus V6II and a RF60x. It took me 2 hours to get it to work in hss. The problem is with the V6II design. I needed to bring back the device about 1/8 inch (2mm) to align the pins properly on my camera. Also put the device in Auto detect for the camera setup and make sure the device reconize your camera otherwise it will flash but not in hss. After that it will work but it's a pain to align the device properly. It's realy badly design for Nikon D750. Is anybody else had that problem? Have a great day.
  • I think most if not all D750 owners encounter this problem.

    Below is copy and paste from my reply in another post, now pinned to the top in Recent Discussions and V6 II Problems.


    https://www.facebook.com/Cactus.Image/posts/1239374886073347 
    x-post from Facebook:  

    Recently a few Nikon D750 users inquired about #hotshoe connection issues with the #CactusV6ii. It is a problem with this particular Nikon camera as studied by Fstoppers.  

    https://fstoppers.com/originals/stop-fighting-hot-shoe-your-nikon-d750-110295  

    Recently a few #Nikon #D750 users inquired about #hotshoe connection issues with the #CactusV6ii. It is a problem with this particular Nikon camera as studied by Fstoppers.  
    https://fstoppers.com/originals/stop-fighting-hot-shoe-your-nikon-d750-110295    

    On the original V6, this D750's problem only affects you when you mount a Nikon flash with TTL Pass Through on the V6. But on the new V6 II, because it runs on digital TTL protocol (V6 is analogue only), connection with the camera on all hot shoe contact pins is required at all time.   

    To fix the gap on the "slightly different" Nikon hot shoe, you may put one or two layers of masking tape at the front of the hot shoe to offset the distance so all the contact pins are correctly aligned.   

    FYI, in early 2015 we modifiied V6's bottom hot shoe to have a better fit with the D750 but it is still not 100%.   
    http://www.cactus-image.com/community/discussion/comment/588/#Comment_588   

    We have kept the same bottom hot shoe on both V6 and V6 II, but there seems to be a slight deviation across different copies of the camera. So the masking-tape-trick would be your best bet to keep a consistent hot shoe connection between the camera and the flash device. 


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    Here's our setup.  1 layer of masking tape worked.

    But we have heard other D750 owners had to put 3-4 layers to make it work. As mentioned above, there seem to be a wide tolerance issue on different copies of this particular Nikon camera.

    Try the V6 II on another Nikon camera, and you won't be needing any masking tape.  

    Thank you for your efforts despite you took the long route. Hopefully the other post can stay pinned to the top so other D750 owners can take note before trying out on their own. 

    Please do not hesitate to contact us if you require further assistance.

    Cheers!
    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", "NIK.A.001", "v.103", or "A06".

    TTL or HSS not working on Cactus V6 II and V6 IIs? Be sure to check hot shoe connectivity by doing the <CAMERA INFO> check.

    Feel free to suggest an improvement or share product ideas. Contact us directly at info@cactus-image.com.  At Cactus, we listen. 
  • Is it premature to try and make HSS work with the Olympus OMD EM1 ii and the RF60X before the Olympus firmware is released for the V6II?
  • Is it premature to try and make HSS work with the Olympus OMD EM1 ii and the RF60X before the Olympus firmware is released for the V6II?
    HSS for Olympus has long been available! :)

    It's only TTL that we have not released for Olympus. 

    Cactus V6 II supports HSS for Oylmpus, Panasonic, Canon, Nikon, Fujifilm, Pentax and Sony.
    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", "NIK.A.001", "v.103", or "A06".

    TTL or HSS not working on Cactus V6 II and V6 IIs? Be sure to check hot shoe connectivity by doing the <CAMERA INFO> check.

    Feel free to suggest an improvement or share product ideas. Contact us directly at info@cactus-image.com.  At Cactus, we listen. 
  • Hi with only the V6ll and the RF60x and on both the most recend firmware i was unable to establish a conection.
    Both are on the same group and on the same channel.
    On group A i have a Canon 580EX ll on a V6ll and that works fine, so what is going wrong?
  • RF60x on group B

  • i have solved the problem, i used the latest firmware instad i had to use version A01.
  • Hi @Johan,

    Glad you got it to work now.

    Please contact us if you require further assistance.

    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", "NIK.A.001", "v.103", or "A06".

    TTL or HSS not working on Cactus V6 II and V6 IIs? Be sure to check hot shoe connectivity by doing the <CAMERA INFO> check.

    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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