Whew. 7 MONTHS on the road with Cactus IIs and RF60

Hello hello!

I have been on the road for 7 months with the Cactus V6 IIs and RF 60 and this is my experience:

I LOVE THEM. They have been a reliable set for me and I have taken thousands of great outdoor and indoor portraits with the set. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND them. I work as a photojournalist for a large military wing and have relied on my two RF60 and mix of three V6 II transmitter/receivers as my primary gear for a long 7 month tour.

My cons:

- I have to reset the a7rii and IIs after about 200 shots because it bugs out. not a hard thing to do but sometimes messes up the flow of a shoot
- the battery doors are fragile on the IIs and II. With heavy regular use, all of them are loose or broken and have gaffer's tape holding in the batteries
- the lens on one flash is cracked, probably because it didn't entirely fit right in the flash (too tight) the other one I have is just fine but the battery door is loose
- sometimes a flash or two will randomly fire and startle someone, usually me

My pros (i did pros last because i want everyone to know that I HIGHLY RECOMMEND this kit)

- price/performance is phenomenal
- able to adapt most flashes that were lying around with my extra II units. I use a mix of II and IIs
- works on inexpensive plentiful AAs and reliably shoots "enough" on one set of batteries
- display is easy to understand and navigate, drop dead simple config of transmitters
- RF60 became really reliable with different configs after the last firmware update
- HSS works as expected
- great customer service from Antonio and crew

The only other issue I had was replacing one of the units early on that had a bad selector wheel. The process to return was not smooth. Cross-ship is a MUST when you have people working on a schedule. Ship first then wait is UNACCEPTABLE. I have no issues paying first then getting reimbursed but those warranty related RMA need to be FAST.

Ok, that's all. THANKS MUCH for a great product. Now I have to contact warranty support about these broken transmitter doors! :o Any help with this, Antonio? I am bracing for impact with contacting support. :\

BTW: long time no talk it's been a long time out in the field.

BTWA: I would wear a Cactus Tee anywhere if you sent me one. haha

-Oz

Comments

  • edited November 2017
    - sometimes a flash or two will randomly fire and startle someone, usually me

    I noticed that as well. It is a bit of a shame because with earlier firmware versions that never ever happened.


    - great customer service from Antonio and crew
    Yes, the Cactus crew are fantastic!

    I agree with all your other positives as well.
  • Thanks so much for your words of encouragement, both the positive and negative points. We appreciate them all. 

    Cactus is on a continuous pursuit for creating better products so we thank you very much for taking the time to write up this mini review / feedback.

    Should you need any assistance please do not hesitate to ask.

    Cheers!
    Antonio Lao
    Brand Manager
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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", "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 December 2017
    !!!!

    I got back after another tour and found my nice fan package! I'm an extra small shirt, but I wear it proudly! I'm a big big fan! WOOT! Will attach a photo once I get my haircut! :D ! Twitterlicious!
  • Hi @ozsuguitan, glad to hear you received the package. 

    I look forward to your new haircut on Twitter. :)

    Until then, wishing you a happy new year!
    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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