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Cactus Releases The V6 trigger and RF60 Flash - These May Be Ideal for Real Estate Photography

Published: 02/06/2014
By: larry

CactusV6Reader Jim Black pointed out some time in May Cactus released a couple of very significant products. They are:

  1. The Cactus V6 wireless transceiverwhich will control power levels of many brands of flashes including Nikon, Canon and Pentax, and it will control some Yongnuo flashes. (note: the V6 does NOT control power setting on YN560III or YN560III) Currently the V6 appears to only be available from Gadget Infinity for $54.95 USD at this writing.
  2. The Cactus RF60 radio flash: The new Cactus RF60 remote manual speedlite with 2.4GHz radio transceivers built-in are now available for around $139.95. The new RF60 transceiver flash will act as either a transmitter or receiver, so one flash can control the manual power levels (and zoom) of other flashes set to receiver mode. And the coming V6 transmitter unit will also allow remote manual power control of the RF60, as well as providing a few other quite unique functions.

Matt Granger's video gives a pretty good description of both of these new products.

The significant feature of the V6 is to be able to control power settings of a bunch of different flashes from one place. Never thought you'd be able to do this did you? It remains to be seen if these are really solid. Cactus does have a good reputation for solid gear so the chances are good.

Anyone used these yet?

14 comments on “Cactus Releases The V6 trigger and RF60 Flash - These May Be Ideal for Real Estate Photography”

  1. I have just placed my order, there is a tester on POTN forum that I have been following that has really been impressed with them. They will replace my V5's slowly.

  2. I just sold most of my YN 560 IIs to upgrade to 560 IIIs and sold my Cybersyncs in favor of the Yongnuo 603. If Cactus made a transmitter that could control the power level of the 560IIIs I'd be all over that!

  3. While the ability to control power levels remotely has some appeal what has really made me happy of late is the Li-On battery powered Ving 850 ( also sold as the Neewer 850). The ability to shoot nearly 1000 exposures on a charge gives me real peace of mind in the field. Manual exposure works for me and the power adjustment has yet to annoy me.

  4. Thanks for the heads up on the Cactus V6. Today I use the Cowboys to remotely trigger my flashes (and they work reliably) but it has always been a pain to have to walk back and forth to the flashes to change the power level. Throw in a few multi-room or or two floor shots and I really get my exercise! I've considered Pocketwizards but couldn't swallow the cost. If these work, they will provide a cost effective solution to remotely control flash power and save me a lot of time during my shoots. I placed my order yesterday from Gadget Infinity and the product shipped this morning. Can't wait to test them! Will let you know if they work.

  5. The flash and V6 transmitter/receiver both use AA which is convenient and the V6 has an optical sensor as well.

  6. I just purchased 6 of the Catus V6's after reading this article. I have several Nikon SB-80DXs which are not one of the strobe models that the V6 has pre-programmed. Ordering was easy and delivery was quick. The build on these units are great and the locking hot shoe is very solid. Following the instructions (which are well written), I was able to quickly create an SB-80 profile using one of the V6's, and send that profile to the other 5 units. Set up was super easy. Using these things are intuitive and quick. I set up 5 strobes and was able to remotely control up to 4 units (they only have 4 channels). Two strobes can easily share a channel but have to run at the same power level. I put these things through a lot of different situations and distances trying to get them to fail. I could not. And I could not be more pleased with their initial performance. I am now able to control all flashes interdependently from camera and no more dangling pocket wizards from light stands.

    I'm confident enough to take them out for a full day of shooting tomorrow but I'm packing my pocket wizards just in case. I'll report back in a few days but my initial impression is WOW. No more walking back and forth to adjust power and at a cost far cheaper than my pocket wizards. This is a huge thing for me.

    -Jeff

  7. I ordered the Catus V6's from Gadget Infinity and they arrived a few days later. I set them up at home and played with them for about an hour. I use Nikon SB-800's, SB-28's and SB-28DX's. There was a profile for the 800 and 28 but not for the DX. But I set the DX to the 28 and it worked just fine. No programming necessary.

    Note, I took me a minute to figure out that I had to change the flashes to TTL mode to get them to work properly. I previously ran them on manual mode. Once changed to TTL I was able to remotely control flash power.

    I took them on my first shoot and they worked flawlessly. I LOVE the ability to control flash power from the camera. They are so easy to use. I did not have any issues with range or misfires. They just worked.

    I was close to pulling the trigger on Pocket Wizards until I came across this article. I am SO glad I didn't. I saved 100's of dollars by going this route and ended up with a solution that can control four groups instead of only three like I would have had with the Pocket Wizards. I think this product is the Pocket Wizard killer!

    Thank you for posting the original message about this product. You have increased both my flexibility and my productivity.

  8. Got mine a few days ago and started playing with them (shipping was fast by the way). Thankfully they fixed one of my main problems with the v5's, the locking system needed to have a longer neck to be able to tighten it down easily. I found a few times if I had a flash mounted on it on the camera, it would slide down a little and lose contact so the remote flashes would not fire. Well the V6's have a Lock Lever with a longer neck that creates a tighter fit and much easier to move if you have bigger fingers...
    For those wondering, I have both the Yongnuo YN560II & THE YN560III and while the V6's will fire those flashes manually, because they don't have a TTL mode, the V6's CANNOT control the power remotely. I also use 580EX's and while that profile was not in there, it was a simple matter of the triggers learning the flash, and the sweet part is, you can then copy the profile to other triggers wirelessly.
    So to reiterate..if the flash has TTL (or ETTL) capability, then the V6's should have no problem learning the flash. If not, then it will still fire the flash manually like the V5's do. It can hold up to 15 custom flash profiles so..

  9. @Tim - Thanks for the feedback and clarifying that the V6 will NOT control the power levels on YN560II's and IIIs.

  10. I have 2 long days of back-to-back shoots using the V6's and they have performed flawlessly. I'm saving so much time and I find myself more relaxed during shoots because I'm not rushing back and forth adjusting power.

    Larry thank you for bringing these to our attention. They have made the greatest impact on my work. I don't know how I lived without these things. -j

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