Cactus Wireless Flash Transceiver V5 Duo

Cactus Wireless Flash Transceiver V5 Duo

Cactus Wireless Flash Transceiver V5 Duo

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Product Highlights

  • 2x V5 Transceivers
  • Frequency Self-Tune
  • Wireless Range: up to 328'
  • Sync Speeds up to 1/1,000 Sec.
  • Triggers Cameras or Flashes
  • For Canon, Nikon, Pentax, More
  • Multi-Channel Triggering
  • Wide Operating Temperature Range
  • Use as Transmitter or Receiver
  • Hot Shoe
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Cactus V5 overview

  • 1Description

The Wireless Flash Transceiver V5 Duo from Cactus is a 16 channel, 2-transceiver set that will trigger your flash or camera wirelessly at distances up to 328'. Each unit features a hot shoe foot and a female hot shoe for on- camera use with or without a flash mounted on it. A 1/4"-20 female thread on the underside of the transceiver allows mounting to a stand, clamp or other accessory, while the included mini-pin cable and phono plug adapters facilitate connection to remote devices. Sync speeds up to 1/1,000 sec. are possible with capable cameras.

The simplified intuitive design offers simple push button functions and easy dial selection of channels. The V5 Multi-Channel Triggering function allows firing of up to 4 sets of flashes separately or simultaneously. Frequency Self-Tune (FST) technology insures reliable performance in even the harshest operating conditions.

The system is compatible with a wide range of flashes that includes Nikon, Canon, Pentax, Metz, Sigma and more. Select cameras within these brands that accept trigger release cords can also be fired remotely.

Benefits
  • Frequency Self-Tune finds working frequency in extreme weather conditions
  • Multi-channel triggering
  • Sync speeds up to 1/1,000 sec.
  • 16 Channel rotary dial selection
  • Low battery indicator
  • Compatible with flashes with trigger voltages up to 300V
  • Compatibility
    Cactus: AF50, AF45, KF36
    Canon: 600EX-RT, 580EX II, 580EX, 550EX, 540EZ, 520EZ, 430EX II, 430EX, 430EZ, 420EX, 420EZ, 380EX, 200E
    Metz: 58AF, 48AF
    Nikon SB-910, SB-900, SB-800, SB-700, SB-600, SB-80DX, SB-28 SB-26, and SB-25
    Nissin: Di866 MK I, Di866 MK II, models for 4/3 Olympus and Panasonic: Di622 MK II, Di466,
    Olympus: FL-50R, FL-50, FL-36R, FL-36
    Pentax: AF-540 FGZ, AF-360 FGZ, AF-400 FT, AF-240 FT
    Sigma: EF-430, models made for Nikon: EF-530 DG Super, EF-530 DG ST, EF-500 DG Super, EF-500 DG ST
    Sunpak: Auto 2000DZ, 622 Pro, 433AF, 433D, 383, 355AF, 344D, 333D
    Vivitar: 285HV, 285, 283, DF-400MZ, DF-340MZ
    Yongnuo: YN560-II, YN560, YN462, YN460-II
    Godox: TT560, TT520, CF-18
    In the Box
    Cactus Wireless Flash Transceiver V5 Duo
  • 2 x V5 Transceiver
  • 2 x Flash Stand FS-2
  • Cable (1/8"/3.5mm)
  • Plug Adapter (1/4"/6.35mm)
  • 4 x AAA Battery
  • When Light Dances 2 Album
  • User Manual
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description

    Cactus V5 specs

    Wireless
    Channels 16
    Groups 1
    Wireless Range 1 to 328' / 0.3 to 100 m
    Radio Frequency 2.4 GHz
    General
    Control Modes Not Specified by Manufacturer
    Sync Speed 1/1000 Sec
    Connectivity
    Ports 1 x 3.5 mm (Flash)
    Electrical
    Battery Type 2 x AAA
    Environmental
    Operating Temperature -4 to 122°F / -20 to 50°C
    Physical
    Dimensions 3.22 x 2.75 x 1.45" / 82 x 70 x 37 mm (Transmitter)
    Weight 2 oz / 57 g
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    Package Weight 0.85 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 8.4 x 4.5 x 2.5"

    Cactus V5 reviews

    Wireless Flash Transceiver V5 Duo is rated 4.4 out of 5 by 39.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Reliable and Affordable Transceiver Kit I've come from a place of work that lives and dies by the Pocketwizard. Although the Pocketwizard is a great product, it is extremely expensive. The Cactus is reliable, simple, extremely cost-effective, and I must say they are packaged really nicely. If you're looking for a simple, reliable, multi-channel transceiver to fire your strobes then look no further. I've spent 8+hr shoots, back-to-back days using these transceivers without a single issue. I've left them on overnight, as we all tend to do, and I still haven't had to replace the batteries. I'm happy I didn't waste my money on Pocketwizards, not that they aren't a great product, I just wouldn't fully utilize them. As I've said, if you need a simple, reliable, multi-channel transceiver kit then the Cactus is the it.
    Date published: 2016-12-06
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Cactus V5 Duo Flash Transceiver This product does exactly as advertised. It is not a high end device with all of the controls of some of the new more expensive units that are available. If you are looking for a transceiver that works immediately without a complicated setup and is extremely effective this is your unit. I would purchase it again and do recommend it to ours.
    Date published: 2015-03-10
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Great Product but Uses Too Much Battery I use this primarily as a flash trigger, and it functions well in this regard. It has never failed, except when the camera is really close to the flash (but the operating distance I think is minimum 30cm, so I wouldn't count this as a failure). The only problem is it uses a ton of battery. It uses two AA batteries, and I have to replace them four or five times as often as I replace the four AAs in my flash. I have recently tried storing them with the battery cover open, in case the battery drains while stored, which might make sense because there is no on/off switch on these. Also, the indicator light blinks red when the battery is nearly depleted, which I couldn't find in the manual.
    Date published: 2016-02-17
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from A trigger that just plain works I've used these to fire speedlights and strobes, they perform pretty much flawlessly for both (my misfire rate has been about 1 in 1000, perfectly acceptable). The hotshoe contacts are solid, just tighten things up and you're good, no need to wiggle and jiggle looking for the sweet spot. I haven't had a chance to fully test the claimed range but I have used them at a distance of about 150 feet with no issues. Multi channel triggering is a nice feature but really only useful if you're using two groups, since your options are essentially fire one group or fire all groups. My one gripe is there's no good place to put a velcro strip on these, I ended up using a rubber band to attach them to my strobes.
    Date published: 2015-03-13
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Does the job For an inexpensive, manual flash trigger, this one does the job. I needed a replacement for my old infrared system and thought I'd give these a shot. I have used these triggers with my studio strobes and on my latest wedding with no issues. Easy to use right out of the box - and the 1/4 thread connection is a plus. The battery compartment is very convenient, although it does go through the AAAs pretty quickly, so invest in some good rechargeables. Just make sure you don't accidentally bump the channel dial to change it (I did that a couple of times) and it will fire every time.
    Date published: 2015-09-21
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love these little transceivers! While they are inexpensive, they are very dependable. they are extremely lightweight, and far simpler to use than other transceivers. No learning, or syncing. just turn one to Transmit, the other(s) to receive, set the channel on them, and your good to go. The only time they fail, is when it's my fault...i.e. I drop them, and with their cost, an easy replacement cost compared to the others. They do the same job at a fraction of the cost.
    Date published: 2015-05-04
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Instruction manual incomplete. Seems to be a nice product. I had some problems getting it to work on my Nikon D-90 and my SB-26 and SB-900 flash. I put it in the hotshoe AND plugged it into the 16mm hole. It doesn't work. I was getting ready to call to send it back and decided to download the full manual from the Cactus website. Once I unplugged the receiver unit, everything seems to work. Looking forward to trying it out in a portrait session.
    Date published: 2015-02-08
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good enough for the price I use it with Quantum Q- flashes. For quick set up and portraits on location and outside. First notice - it's bigger then I thought. Second - really easy to set up. I like the way how batteries plugged in, you can change it without removing from camera or strobe. Reliable design. Quick and neat work. Not very convenient to clamp the hot shoe and what channel settings easily knock off accidentally. But it's not a problem, just needed to be careful. What can I say, it worth its money. I bought 3 and have plans to buy one or two more.
    Date published: 2015-02-04
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