Cactus Image, manufacturers of the popular Cactus V5 radio triggers, have announced they have a new manual flash unit with built in radio transceiver and remote manual power control. The new flash is expected to be available around the end of the year.
The new transceiver flash will act as either a transmitter or receiver, so one flash can control the manual power levels of other flashes set to receiver mode.
The current Cactus V5 transmitter will trigger the new flashes built in receiver, though the V5 can not adjust manual power levels on the flash.
(Note – this is not the actual flash design shown, as there are no images of the new flash available as yet) –
Following the release of the radio enabled flash will also be a new Cactus V6 transceivers. The V6 when used as a transmitter will also allow remote manual power control of the new radio enabled flash.
Cactus are not giving away any more detail on the coming V6 triggers just yet. But we know Cactus very much like to keep their triggers single firing pin, and therefore universal for all cameras. Which is also very likely why the flash will be remote manual only and not TTL enabled.
So the new Cactus system should be another good option for many mirrorless camera users who do not have a dedicated radio flash system available.
Knowing the V6 will be transceiver units like the V5, transmitter and receiver are likely to be exactly the same units. This means its also highly likely they will have pass through hotshoes again (with single firing pin) like the current V5 –
A pass through hotshoe on the transmitter unit doesn’t leave a lot of options to locate an interface, which a flash mounted on top will not block. So its likely the V6 may have an interface at the rear of the case, possibly something like this –
Otherwise the less likely option could be an interface on top (as that would be fairly inaccessible with a flash mounted on top) –
Cactus will not confirm the V6 will even have an LCD interface at this point though, so (although a long shot) it may even possible the V6 could just have power level dials (a little like the channel dial seen on the side of the unit above).
The Cactus transceiver flash, and and Cactus V6 trigger, will likely be one of the few fully manual options to go head to head with the YongNuo YN-560 III flash with built in receiver. And coming YN-560TX transmitter, which will provide remote manual power control for the YN-560 III flash.
So far the main advantage we know of with the Cactus system is that one flash can control another, where the YN-560 III requires a separate transmitter. The V5’s also have some pretty solid engineering and sync speed, where YongNuo have been a bit slow previously.
Cactus are obviously wanting to start getting the message out to the many loyal V5 trigger owners now, that they will have a compatible radio flash alternative coming as well.
The current Cactus V5 triggers are available from –