Cactus Image have announced the RQ250, a compact “palm sized” cordless flash unit providing radio wireless TTL and HSS with Canon, Nikon, Sony, Fuji, Olympus, Panasonic, and Sigma, camera systems.
The Fan cooled RQ250 provides a built in LED modelling light, and removable reflector which exposes the RQ250’s custom designed flash tube for bare bulb use.
UPDATE – Cactus have supplied some more images. These are just computer renderings, and subject to change via the final version.
Cactus have the first prototype in hand at the moment, and will be showing them at the CP+ 2018 camera, photo and imaging show in Japan.
CACTUS PRESS RELEASE
Hong Kong, February26, 2018 – Photographers always want a high output portable flash with consistent light quality for location shooting. Cactus set out to create one of its own carrying the motto – if we do it, we will have to do it right. It has to be compact in size, outputs high quality of light, and versatile.
Today Cactus announces the RQ250 Wireless Monolight, a lithium-ion battery powered wireless monolight with 250 Ws of power, which will be available THIS SUMMER.
“We could not find any off-the-shelf flash tube that meets our requirements for power output and uniform distribution of light in a built-in light modifier, so we designed one from the ground up for the RQ250,” said Henry Chan, head of Research and Development at Cactus.
What makes the RQ250 unique is its special flash head design. When paired with the optical optimized reflector, the TubeOne flash tube is able to deliver power with maximum efficiency. Hot spots are kept to a minimum, producing a pleasing and very usable, consistent light straight out of the included reflector.
Engineered for location shooting
When engineering the RQ250, Cactus always had location shooting in mind. Versatility is the key.
The detachable built-in reflector in reflector produces the best light possible with minimum hot spots even without an external light modifier. With the frosted glass lens, the RQ250 produces a beautiful and evenly spread of light. Remove the reflector and you will have a bare-bulb flash that excels in even light distribution when paired with soft boxes and studio umbrellas.
Despite its compact size, the RQ250 is fan-cooled which means it can be pushed without being stressed even on a hot, sunny day.
The perfect balance between size and power
Designed from the ground up, Cactus completed various design iterations and many rounds of testing to create the perfect balance between size and power.
Housed in its palm-sized body, the RQ250 is lithium-ion battery-powered, 250 Ws, and can fire 400 full-power flashes on a single charge. The extremely compact design comes with an on-axis LED modelling light, which also functions as an AF assist.
Builds on cross-brand platform
Like Cactus’s triggering system, RQ250 also builds on a cross-brand platform that works with Canon, Fujifilm, Nikon, Olympus, Panasonic, Pentax, Sigma, and Sony cameras. Wireless TTL and HSS are all supported.
1. 250 Ws produces more than 3 times the power of a typical GN60 portable flash
2. Special designed reflector with frosted lens produces a powerful yet consistent and beautiful spread of light
3. Bare-bulb ensures the best possible distribution of light in large modifiers
4. Uni-body design with detachable reflector means compact and easy storage
5. Lithium-ion battery powered
6. 400 full-power flashes on a single battery charge
7. Modelling light and AF-assist powered by on-axis LED modules
8. Fan-cooled protects flash in harsh shooting environments
9. Wireless TTL, HSS and manual power control supported on Canon, Fujifilm, Nikon, Olympus, Panasonic, Pentax, Sigma and Sony camera systems*
10. Built-in wireless receiver works seamlessly with CactusV6 II and V6 IIs for Sony
PRICE AND AVAILABILITY
The Cactus RQ250 is currently scheduled to be available in SUMMER 2018, and price is to be advised.
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