David Olkarny - Photographer/Filmmaker

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Cactus V6 Triggers Review

01/11/2014 cactus-v6-trigger-flash

Here it is, beautiful and brand new: the new Cactus V6 trigger radio.

Today I will test this new toy for you and compare it with its predecessor.

First impressions : 

A digital display with orange LED which is essential in low light, its menu buttons, the 4 different possible groups, its mini-USB port (ideal for firmware updates) and a test flash button, make it an optimal trigger. It is of course backwards compatible with previous models.

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The size of the rigger gained volume, which makes it more stable and solid on a tripod flash. The battery now requires AA batteries: for guaranteed durability. The digital battery indicator is accurate. The screw thread for the tripod is easily accessible and the attachment on the case has been optimized: a small black bar allows you to set the shutter on your SLR with amazing simplicity.

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On location :

First big improvement: it is now possible to adjust the power of remote flashes: you choose the group (very easy using the backlit ABCD buttons) and we can therefore use the knob to vary the flashes parameters, the fit is incredibly fast, a real treat.

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This new release allows to swing the power of a 2,3 or 4 flash simultaneously, it is also very accurate because it can control flash power in manual mode up to 0.1EV,

Additionally, the V6 breaks down barriers between brands: more than 30 models of flashes are compatible with this release ( among Canon / Nikon / Pentax), which is a nice change compared to its predecessor. I own different models of Canon flashes, no worries, I set the V6 right below and I am armed to shoot.

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I appreciate the delicacy and precision of the trigger, with a frequency of 2.4 GHz, which is equivalent to a nice distance of 100 meters; I am assured of fidelity in lightning shots, regardless of my position. This was not always the case with low-cost triggers purchased on the internet.

Finally, the combined use of multiple cobra flashes has never been easier. In practice: each flash group with its separate button, so it is easy to minimize or maximize the power using the dial on the trigger. I can no longer do without this option. This allows you to work without stress and more efficiently, without running to flash to change their settings. I also often use the absolute mode: power tool analyzing the different flashes for the same light intensity, useful method on some shoots for a nice continuity in reporting.

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Flash model profiles pre-installed in V6:  : 

 

Canon :
– Cactus AF45C, AF50C;
– Canon 320EX, 430EX, 430EXII, 540EZ, 580EX, 580EXII, 600EX-RT;
– Godox V860C;
– Metz 36AF-5, 44AF-1, 50AF-1, 52AF-1, 58AF-1, 58AF-2;
– Nissin Di866 MARK II, MG8000;
– Phottix Mitros;
– Sigma EF-500 DG SUPER;
– Yongnuo YN568EX II;

Nikon :
– Cactus AF45N, AF50N;
– Metz 36AF-5, 44AF-1, 58AF-2;
– Nikon SB-24, SB-28, SB-600, SB-700, SB-800, SB-900, SB-910;
– Nissin Di700, Di866;
– Sigma EF-530 DG SUPER;

Pentax :
– Cactus AF45P, AF50P;
– Metz 36AF-5, 44AF-1, 50AF-1, 58AF-2;
– Pentax AF 360FGZ, AF 540FGZ;

 

 

 

Conclusion :  

 

I’ve covered a good fifteen shootings with this new trigger and I am very satisfied. Manoeuvrability: the power to change its flash in a few seconds is a time saver. To be able to use almost any cobra flash with this trigger is innovative, it is even possible to install other profiles using the mini USB port. Finally, I have not encountered any bugs yet, no false contact problem, changes from the previous model is unquestionable. I found a nice compromise between flash kits with generator and with the use of flash cobra and it shows through shootings productivity, much recommended!

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