This is a preview of the Future Cactus V6 trigger system from Beta and Alpha testing. Full review to come later.
History of cactus:
So some people don’t understand why theses are not a certain brand. Cactus over the years has centered its self around brand agnostic philosophy. This is good because I have and work with people who have multiple brand equipment. I always thought ok so they will always stick with one pin firing, and not get into anything to complicated. I was wrong. They were able to innovate and create a multi vendor comparable hot shoe to allow ttl passthrough for multiple vendors "canon, fuji-film, Nikon, Olympus, Panasonic, and Pentax". In addition the multi shoe or what they call the MSS "Multi System Shoe" supports manual power control to most major Nikon, Canon, and Pentax flashes. They do however need to have analog or digital ttl pins for power control. This system is more of a platform so more features may come later via firmware. Who knows. To me the sky’s the limit. However they want to stay backwards compatable.
It is a very cool much more to come. However Cactus surprised me by saying you can share the majority of the features. Note there are going to be more however I believe what we have so far gives a good over view of the product at its current state.
Cactus V6 Preliminary features: *This may change*
*Wireless Manual Power Control to a list of current and previous Canon, Pentax, and Nikon compatible flashes. Flash profiles are included for some of the most popular flashes on the market. More can be added later via updates.
*Full manipulation of power levels to 1/10, 1/3, 1/2 EV stops.
*LoPower Mode fires flash for extremely short duration of time.
*Absolute Power Mode benchmarks power output of different flash models to same light intensity.
*TTL pass-through with Canon, Nikon, Olympus, Panasonic, Pentax and Fujifilm via one single unit.
*Built-in Optical Trigger enabling pre-flash triggering.
*Group Control up to 4 groups
*Relay Mode triggers camera shutter and flash in sync
*Delay Timer configurable from 1ms to 10 seconds
*Mini-USB port for optional power supply and firmware update
More to come on this in the V6 review in the next few months.
Note: the images of the v6 are from a Alpha build, and physical features will change like finish and possible other physical features.
Flash Profiles:** Yes you can mix brands and types in one setup*
The flash profiles currently on the v6 are and note this is an alpha build of trigger so the list will expand. This was just preliminary what was provided for the testers. Even after the release currently the profiles will be added to this list from my understanding for years and years to come.
Cactus AF 45P, AF 50P
Metz 36AF-5, 44AF-1, 50AF-1, 58AF-2
Pentax AF360FGZ, AF540FGZ
Canon: 320EX, 430EX, 540EZ, 580EX2, 600EX
Cactus: AF 45C, AF 50C
Metz: 36AF-5, 44AF-1, 50AF-1, 52AF-1, 58AF-1, 58AF-2
Nisson Di866, MG8000
Youngnuo 568EX2 (568EX works also with this I tested with mine.)
Nikon i-TTL Profiles:
Nikon :SB-600, SB-700, SB-800, SB900, SB910
Cactus: AF-45N AF-50N
Metz: 36AF-5, 44AF-1, 50AF-1, 58AF-2
Nisson: Di700, Di866
Nikon A-TTL Profiles:
Nikon: SB-24, SB28
As you see in this picture I am controlling a Canon 580EXII 2x YN568EX and a Nikon SB24 which has now been taken out of retirement.
You can see here how each profile will be displayed on the slave transceiver.
In action video Note: Plan on doing a better video later
You can watch a video here showing how to power adjust the flashes.
Setup from the video:
Cactus RF60 on Group A
YN568EX on a Cactus V6 on group B
Cactus V6 to change power.
You will see that I am able to hold down the group A button and change the power on RF60 on the right. Then hold down the button on Group B for the YN568EX on the Cactus V6 and change group b on the left. I then release both buttons and it changed both groups and kept the ratios set on each group. You will notice it is very quick to change settings.