The soon to be released Cactus RF60 remote manual radio flash, and compatible V6 radio triggers which will eventually follow, are both now in Beta testing.
Cactus RF60 flash confirmed specs so far –
- Master and Slave modes – 2.4 GHz Radio Transmitter and Receiver Built-In
- Multiple Groups
- Remote Manual Power Control
- Remote Zoom Control.
- Compatible with the Cactus V5, LV5, and the coming V6 triggers.
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 will also allow remote manual power control of the new radio enabled flash, as well as allowing a number of other yet to announced functions with the RF60 flash.
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.
The Cactus V6 radio triggers, follow up to the current popular V5 transceivers, are also in beta testing now. Though the V6 are expected to be released at some point after the RF60 flash unit.
Other than remote power control of the RF60 flash unit, not much has been released in the way of specs for the V6 triggers. It has been mentioned a number of times though that they will have a lot of features in conjunction with the RF60 flash.
One intriguing teaser image of the V6 (released late last year) shows them being tested in the snow. So unlike the V5 they should be ok with cold weather. This may even be hinting towards weather sealing, as a second image showed the V6 mostly buried in the snow.
And there also looks to be something very much like an AF assist light window at the front –
An AF assist light would be very interesting, as all previous Cactus triggers have been single firing pin only, keeping them universal and keeping costs down. An AF light would require Canon and Nikon etc specific models. So cross compatibility for the AF light (or other features) may possibly even be another feature of the V6.
So Cactus look to have an interesting radio flash system coming, though its unlikely the RF60 flash will have Lithium-Ion power like the recent popular Godox V850. The Cactus RF60 and V6 may have some other attractive features in different areas though.
UPDATE – Cactus have posted a teaser video, showing the RF60 flash has a HSS (High Speed Sync) mode.
The flash body is also noticeably a refined version of the current Godox TT680 ETTL flash.
Price and Availability –
Prices are not available as yet, though the RF60 flash is likely to be under $200.
A release date has not been set, though provided all goes will with final beta testing the RF60 flash would likely be released within the next month or so. And the V6 triggers fill follow at some point after.
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