Cactus Wireless Flash Transceiver V6

Cactus Wireless Flash Transceiver V6

Cactus Wireless Flash Transceiver V6

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Product Highlights

  • Remote Power Control
  • For Canon, Nikon, Pentax, Flashes
  • Also for Panasonic and Olympus Flashes
  • TTL Pass-Through for Multiple Flashes
  • Learning Mode for Analog TTL
  • Range: 328--886'
  • USB Port
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Cactus V6 overview

  • 1Description

The Wireless Flash Transceiver V6 from Cactus will wirelessly trigger your Nikon, Canon, Pentax, Panasonic, Olympus and 15 other models from 328 to 886' away, depending on conditions. In fact, many of the flashes that are not on the compatibility list (see features) can be used via the V6's Learning Mode. The V6's TTL Pass-Through technology allows you to mount both the V6 and your flash with its TTL connection intact while you remotely regulate power and trigger your slave flashes. In keeping with the V6's status as a transceiver, it has both a mounting foot and a hot shoe allowing it to be used on camera or as a slave with an untethered flash. The V6 runs on 2 AA batteries, or optional USB or DC power sources.

Remote Power Control of Canon, Nikon, Panasonic, Olympus and Pentax Flashes
Each flash model has its individual power level characteristics. Cactus has profiled more than 30 popular flash models across a wide range of brands so that the V6 can precisely control their output levels. With this unique feature, photographers can remotely control the flash power of various flash models, even of different brands.

Currently, more than 30 popular flash models from Canon, Nikon, Pentax, Metz, Nissin, etc. have been profiled and pre-installed on the V6. A firmware update also allows control of Panasonic and Olympus flashes. By selecting the pre-installed flash model on the Cactus V6 the photographer can remotely control the flash power output of the selected flash model wirelessly through the Cactus V6.If a flash model is not listed, the V6 may even learn its flash profile and then be able to control the power output of the flash. (See note on compatibility)

Remote Power and Zoom Control of Optional Cactus RF60 Wireless Flash
The V6 can directly control a Cactus RF60 set to Slave mode using RF60's built-in radio transceiver. Besides controlling power remotely in single and multiple groups, the V6 can also adjust the zoom level of the RF60 easily by pressing the adjustment wheel and swap control between power and zoom.
Absolute Power Control
V6 can benchmark the power output of flash models with different GN. In Absolute Power mode, EV numbers can be used to specify an absolute light intensity, independent of the maximum power output of a flash model
TTL Pass-through
The V6 transceiver comes with a multi-system shoe that uses TTL Pass-Through technology to cause maintain TTL connection with your camera with both the transceiver and your flash mounted on the camera.
Benefits
  • Full manipulation of power levels to 1/10, 1/3, 1/2 and 1EV steps
  • Low Power mode fires the flash for extremely short lengths of time
  • Built-in optical trigger enables pre-flash triggering
  • Group control allows you to control up to four groups
  • Relay mode triggers the camera shutter and flash in sync
  • Delay timer is configurable from 1 millisecond to 10 seconds
  • Mini-USB port for optional power supply and firmware updates
  • Canon Compatibility
    The Cactus V6 can control the following models using its pre-programmed Canon software:
  • Canon: 320EX, 430EX, 430EXII, 540EZ, 580EX, 580EXII, 600EX-RT
  • Metz 36AF-5, 44AF-1, 50AF-1, 52AF-1, 58AF-1, 58AF-2
  • Godox V860C, Cactus AF45C, AF50C, Phottix Strato
  • Nissin Di866 Mark II, MG8000, Sigma EF-500 DG Super,Yongnuo YN568EX
  • Nikon Compatibility
    The Cactus V6 can control the following models using its pre-programmed Nikon software:
  • Nikon SB-24, SB-28, SB-600, SB-700, SB-800, SB-900, SB-910
  • Cactus AF45N, AF50N. Metz 36AF-5, 44AF-1, 58AF-2
  • Nissin Di700, Di866, Sigma EF-530 DG Super
  • Pentax Compatibility
    The Cactus V6 can control the following models using its pre-programmed Pentax software:
  • Pentax AF 360FGZ, AF 540FGZ
  • Cactus AF45P, AF50P
  • METZ 36AF-5, 44AF-1, 50AF-1, 58AF-2
  • In the Box
    Cactus Wireless Flash Transceiver V6
  • Flash Stand FS-2
  • Album
  • English User Manual
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description

    Cactus V6 specs

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    Channels 16
    Groups 4
    Wireless Range 328 to 886' / 100 to 270 m
    Radio Frequency 2.4 GHz
    General
    Control Modes Not Specified by Manufacturer
    Sync Speed 1/1000 sec
    Connectivity
    Ports 1 x Mini-USB (Power)
    Electrical
    Battery Type 2 x AA
    Environmental
    Operating Temperature 4 to 122°F / -16 to 50°C
    Physical
    Dimensions 2.8 x 2.8 x 1.6" / 72 x 72 x 42 mm (Transmitter)
    Weight 2.39 oz / 68 g
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 0.45 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 4.8 x 4.1 x 3.0"

    Cactus V6 reviews

    Wireless Flash Transceiver V6 is rated 4.4 out of 5 by 83.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great triggers works great! I purchased two of these triggers and used them on Nikon and Fuji Cameras they work great on both systems, I really like the fact that I can mix and match flash and camera brands, I used them with an SB700 and a Youngnuo flash on a Nikon D750, Fuji XT1 and X100t no problem. You can change the output of the flash remotely which is great you just have to remember that you will need a TTL flash for that feature to work. AA batteries is a plus too. The only thing I do not like about them is the transmitter/receiver switch I can never remember which way is which I will get used to it at some point. Other than that I think they are a great buy.
    Date published: 2015-01-28
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Product I use the Cactus Transceiver V6 on a Nikon D7000 camera to control two speedlights, (one Nikon and the other a manual Sunpak) and a Flashpoint DG600 monolight. Although the equipment brands are different they work well together using the Transceiver. The initial setup seemed difficult but was actually fairly simple once I understood and located the menu commands. I especially like that the Transceiver can also be set as Receiver. Also, the firmware can be updated. I do wish that the casing of transceiver had less of a plastic feel, I'm not sure that it could survive a drop onto a solid surface. Overall it's a good product that I plan to use for many years to come.
    Date published: 2015-04-12
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Tool for Interior Photography These transceivers are tried and true. They do what they advertise. Tips on use: get a hotshoe meal-to-female in order to see the screen when the camera is over head high otherwise you wont be able to see the screen to make adjustments. I use these with a 5d MKIII, Canon 580EXII and Nikon SB-80. I love that I can control light output at the camera, it makes me more efficient with my time and usually makes a photo assistant not necessary. They pay for themselves! I have been a big fan on Pocket Wizards for more than 10 years but the price to get the same functionality at the Cactus makes me look elsewhere,
    Date published: 2015-04-12
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Intermittent Flash Triggers I would recommend these if I could get them to work consistently. Before I purchased them I checked with B&H customer service and Cactus to make sure they were compatible with my Nissin Di866 Professionals. Ten months later I find out from Nissin that they are not. While Cactus is doing everything possible to help I have to sit back and wait. I purchased four of these and they are not doing me any good. When they work, they work great but they will fire once and then I have to play around with them to get them to fire again. Before you purchase them be sure to check the compatibility thoroughly. I would like to send them in for an exchange for a product that will work for me.
    Date published: 2015-07-10
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Long overdue A brand-agnostic transceiver with remote power control is long overdue. Clever of them to utilize the TTL squelch to control the power. I shoot mirrorless, do not use TTL, and utilize multiple brands and models of cameras, lenses and flashes. I purchased two of the V6 transceivers to test over the weekend on a shoot. They performed flawlessly. I had my key light up on a boom extended about 7 or 8 feet horizontally over the subject and got these so that I could avoid having to waste time lowering the boom and resetting it just to dial in the light. My setup was as follows: Key: 580ex ii in boom (triggered by Cactus V6) Background: 580ex ii under me behind a concrete barrier (triggered by Pocket Wizard PlusX) Rim: 580ex ii (triggered by Wein PN) Environment: Old gas station (now mechanic shop) built in the 1920's. Metal and concrete everywhere, albeit tight quarters, so not a good test of range. With the exception of the Wein, the setup worked flawlessly. Power control worked as expected and I did not have any misfires or failures to fire on the V6 over the course of about 100 shots. You're probably wondering how I mixed the Pocket Wizards and V6s. The V6 has a mono jack on the side that can either be used to trigger the flash attached to the hot shoe, or can pass the trigger to whatever is connected to the mono jack. My key light had a Pocket Wizard attached to the mono jack on the V6 and was triggered the PW simultaneously with firing the hot shoe flash. This same method can be used to relay a wired signal, so you can control a certain amount of flashes using the V6s and extend the number of strobes fired by using mono sync cords. No PC Sync socket, though. So far, I'm very satisfied. Pros: User friendly interface Flexible use of available ports Reliable so far Upgradeable firmware provides avenue for improvement (in theory) Love the fact that it uses AAs. Means only having to worry about one battery type for all my flashes and triggers. Cons: Build is too cheap. I don't mind paying more for better quality plastics and construction. (one of my units has a battery door that bulges slightly open against the pressure of the batteries. The other unit closes securely. And both units have hot shoes that are slightly rotated off center.) No lanyard supplied. This goes with the above, I don't mind paying more, and a lanyard is necessary for tethering in case stuff comes loose. I'd even forego the included inspirational photo album for a lanyard if it came down to it. Other thoughts: I like the fact that you can have it learn unsupported flashes and that it's easy to copy the profiles to your other units wirelessly. That's a fantastic feature. I do wish more flashes were supported out of the box, though. My 580s are in there, but the omission of the 550ex left me scratching my head. Hopeful that firmware updates will occasionally include additional factory profiles. Regarding price: I happily paid for the PlusX's and am glad I did. The V6s are cheaper, but they don't need to be. Considering the feature set, I'd happily pay 150% of the cost of the pocket wizard if it meant more robust build and maybe the inclusion of a lanyard or some other useful accessory beyond the foot stand. I just want to feel more confident investing in these things. The PlusX's are very basic, but I feel way more confident paying for them because they're better built and PW has a great reputation for durability. Maybe introduce a V6 Pro version? I dunno. SIze: they're big, but it really does''t bother me. Once they're on the hot shoe I don't look at them anyway, and they're still negating the annoyance of having to watch cables every time you move. Plus it's not like Pocket Wizards are small, just oriented differently. 4 stars for now, as they're not perfect, and my experience with them is admittedly limited.
    Date published: 2015-10-26
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nice, easy to operate. I would buy these again. Very nice units, easy to control power output to the remote flashes. The only glitch I have seen is they go to sleep and fail to fire the flash on the first shutter release after they are turned on or have sat idle for a few minutes (dropped one star for that). After which, they never fail to fire. I would definitely buy these again. I shoot a K1 and triggers for Pentax with these features are not too common.
    Date published: 2017-05-02
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Easy to setup and use. I was looking for something cheaper but still reliable to use rather than paying couple hundred dollars. I use the flex system at work which does work really well. Not having the budget my work does I was looking for something cheaper but still works good. And these do just that. I bought 3, one for the camera and two for my Canon 580ex II and my old Canon 550ex. My only dissapointment is that I can't seem to get it working with my 550ex. It is not under the list of approved flashes but it does have a learning mode. If I get it to work I will come back and give it 5 stars. Works great with my 580exII. What I really like and wanted was to turn the power up or down from the camera so I didn't have to waste time walking over the flash every time and this device works great for that.
    Date published: 2014-09-15
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Mixed Results - You May Do Better The Cactus V6 may be the coolest radio ever. If your requirements are spot on with the published compatibility list, I would say Go for it! Radio triggers are complicated. Cactus generally gets high marks, and excels in the low cost end of the radio trigger spectrum. And let me apologize in advance because my application is unconventional, and I generally dislike reviewers who are clueless and misuse products. That said, Cactus makes claims for the the V6 that were easy for me to misinterpret: 1) Pass-through TTL, and 2) ability to learn and profile flash units other than those specified. So my expectations were set. Positives: the Cactus V6 manual is written in excellent English, a far cry from competitors like Yongnou. Design and build quality are also excellent, much improved from the Cactus V5 triggers. Problem is, I could not get the Cactus V6 to work, even after spending several hours fooling around with it over the weekend. My application is extreme: I have 3 high-end Profoto B1 heads controlled by a Profoto Air Remote TTL-C. I wanted to mount the Profoto Air Remote TTL-C on top of the Cactus V6 and expected the TTL pass through to simply work. I was never able to get this to work. I expected the Cactus V6 pass-through TTL to be simple, but it is not. The TTL pass through has to be configured by brand and model of speedlite. Profoto configuration is nowhere to be found, and even after reading the manual and setting the Cactus V6 to TTL mode, it never worked -- or almost never. I did trigger the Profoto B1 about 2 times out of 50 tests, but I never knew why they ever fired, and got frustrated before ever approaching reliability. At the other extreme, cheap speedlites, I want to use the Cactus V6 to trigger 9 Yongnuo YN560-III battery powered flashes. These all work in the 2.5GHz radio frequency, so I hoped to discover a way to trigger the flashes. I shoot architecture. Obviously, the Profoto B1 are my primary lights. But the Yongnuo speedlites are essential for accents when lighting large spaces, and are especially useful coupled with Honl light modifiers. The English translations from Chinese in the Yongnuo manuals are opaque. I don't know if the fault lies with configuration of radios, or if I am simply trying to do something impossible. But I was never successful getting the Cactus V6 to trigger the Yongnuo YN560-III speedlites. Ultimately, I replaced the Cactus V6 trigger with a Yongnuo RF-603C II. Triggering all 9 Yongnuo speedlites instantly became reliable. So I lost interest in the Cactus V6. The RF-603C II also failed to trigger the Profoto Air Remote TTL-C, although the RF-603C II is a simple hotshot passthrough, no TTL. TTL is not a factor in my work, but range is. I frequently setup my camera far removed from a building being photographed, sometimes across a body of water. I work away from the camera, sometimes lighting the building from within through windows at dusk with the strobes in a light painting technique involving many exposures. I have a pair of PocketWizard Plus III transceivers that I am using to release the shutter. I want to add many more inexpensive speedlites for epic exterior shots, but I must solve the radio trigger range issue without spending a fortune on radios. Or, perhaps I will be forced to move entirely to PocketWizards. My next step will be an experiment with the Yongnuo YN-622C E-TTL Wireless Flash Transceiver, simply because it has a TTL passthrough, in hopes it will trigger an attached Profoto Air Remote TTL-C. If that does not work, I am going to purchase the basic Profoto Air Remote without TTL. That should work with anything, including the basic non-TTL Yongnuo RF-603C II triggers. If I were smart, I would probably book a flight to NYC and spend an hour or two at B&H and get some expert advice. Sometimes it seems like my strategy in equipment purchases is to buy all the gear that won't work before biting the bullet and what it takes to do things right.
    Date published: 2015-03-31
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