Rosalinde on the Streets of Den Haag
with X-T1 and Cactus V6 trigger

by Damien Lovegrove

Rosalinde lit with a barefaced Cactus RF60 Speedlight triggered by the remarkable Cactus V6 trigger on my Fuji X-T1. The Cactus trigger can also work with all recent Nikon, Canon and Pentax Speedlights giving full manual control from the camera and a digital readout of the power set. These eclipse all the triggers I’ve tried previously and are a perfect tool for those photographers migrating to the Fuji X system.

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Cactus Radio-Flash RF60 e V6 Transceiver:
La soluzione Universale per veri Strobisti!

By Roberto Insalata

Esiste un movimento fotografico particolarmente diffuso, meglio conosciuto come Strobist, fenomeno di risonanza globale. Si tratta di fotografi amatori - ma anche sempre più professionisti - che fanno uso di luce artificiale generalmente prodotto con l'impiego di piccoli flash portatili, commercializzati da top brand produttori di fotocamere (Canon, Nikon, Pentax, Metz) ma anche di tipo universali. I prodotti che presentiamo in questo articolo, concepiti dall'Azienda Cactus Image di Hong Kong, sono espressione del crescente interesse verso tale pratica e stile di illuminazione spiccatamente digitale.

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Cactus Wireless Flash Transceiver V6
By Peter Koerhuis

For several years, I’ve been using the Cactus V5 wireless flash transceivers (or radio triggers, as they’re often called) for strobist photography. They are relatively low-cost and very reliable full-manual triggers that can trigger virtually any flash gun from just about any camera. Over the years I’ve gathered several different brands and types of flashes: two different Canon EX models (that support E-TTL II), two different Canon EZ models (from the analogue era, so no TTL on digital bodies), a Sigma EF (for Canon) and a Nikon SB-28 – whatever I could pick up for cheap second hand. So the V5’s versatility was very handy. They have some minor downsides (they don’t have a power save function, can be difficult to remove from a camera hot shoe, and it’s hard to see which channel is selected in dim circumstances), but they get the job done very well.

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Cactus V6 Wireless Flash Transceiver Review
By Brian Hursey Photography

I over the years have acquired flashes as I could afford them. This means I have even different brand flashes. Back in 2008 I did not have enough $ to buy the flash I wanted was the Canon 580EXII. I needed a flash that was powerful enough so I bought a SB-24 for 80$ and I used it for my first wedding I shoot even though I had canon. At the time there was not much on the market relatively low price. After I got the flash I wanted to start trying off camera flash. I bought a Cactus v4 set in the winter of 2009 and was hooked. Over time I acquired a mixed bag of flashes. Most of the older flashes I have had been moth balled until I got the Cactus V6. With the Cactus V6 I was able to wake my SB24 from the dead. I have got to use many different types of triggers from full TTL HSS triggers for use with my Canon E-TTL flashes, to standard single pin triggers. This fits some where in between and I like it.

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Cactus V6 Review
By Class A @ PentaxForums

The Cactus V6 is a revolutionary radio trigger that may be able to breathe a new lease of life to your existing flashes.

Far from just being a refined successor to the Cactus V5 and an ideal companion to the Cactus RF60 flash, the Cactus V6 introduces a number of rather spectacular features that are of particular interest to Pentaxians.

Scoot to the next section to learn what the Cactus V6 is, or check out “Why Use External Flashes” first, if you are not sure yet about the need to control off-camera flashes.

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Cactus RF60 Radio Flash Review with V6 Preview
By Brian Hursey Photography

I got the opportunity to again beta test a product from Hong Kong company Cactus Imaging. When I first heard I was going to be testing the flash way back in September I was extremely excited in seeing what cactus came up with this time. They did not disappoint. I had a list of features in my head that was a must have and they hit almost all of them, and included some I did not even think about.

No this is not a TTL flash, however it is a flash that is cross vendor complaint. The flash itself is a single pin however you can control all the power and zoom settings from the master flash to all the slave flashes. This is important for non Nikon and Canon users who are left out of a large majority of new technology.

One thing about cactus has been that they try and stay as compatible as they can across vendors. This is one of the principles that Cactus has held over the years. One exciting thing about the RF60 is that it is the first piece to a new system. I can now share images that include the future Cactus v6. The V6 will tie everything together and allow you to bring your other TTL and non TTL flashes and studio strobes into the new system. Power adjustment with the V6 will be compatible with the RF60 and different brand TTL flashes.

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Cactus V6, el sistema cactus al completo (in Spanish)
By Jon Hernandez

Una de las primeras cosas que me dijeron los de cactus cuando me pidieron formar parte de su equipo de desarrollo fué que querían crear algo para trabajar con flashes fuera de cámara. En otros artículos y comentarios en foros habréis leido mi opinión de que el mundo del strobist ha llegado a un punto de saturación en que ya no se pueden usar herramientas que no fueron diseñadas para ello. Siempre digo que con una cuchara puedes cortar, pero se pueden hacer cuchillos que harán mejor ese trabajo.

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Cactus RF60 Review
By Class A @ PentaxForums

The Cactus RF60 belongs to a new species of radio-controlled flashes that allow photographers to make use of the flexibility and reliability of radio communication for more than just triggering.

An RF60's power level can be remote controlled from an on-camera RF60 in master mode or by the upcoming Cactus V6 radio trigger. An RF60 in master mode can control up to four groups and even the zoom settings of the external RF60. The RF60 furthermore supports semi-automatic versions of high-speed sync and second curtain sync in a brand-agnostic manner.

Today, we are pleased to be bringing you an in-depth review of this flash. The review features a section elaborating on the benefits of off-camera flash photography and provides a comprehensive evaluation of the RF60's features and handling.

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