Go high-speed sync! Cactus launches the V6 II,
It seems like the update to the V6 is here & it sounds like they are bringing HSS to the Fujifilm System – how exciting !!
There was a press release that just landed into my inbox. It outlines the two new models that are announced. There is a dedicated Sony version which is the V6IIs & the HSS version – the V6II.
Hong Kong, June Hong Kong, June24, 2016 – After two years in the making, Cactus V6 II & IIs – the second generation of the World’s First cross-brand wireless flash transceiver, NOW supports high-speed synchronisation (HSS)! Besides the revolutionary remote power control of Canon, Fujifilm, Nikon, Olympus, Panasonic and Pentax flashes all at the same time, the new models now support HSS / FP mode in the same cross-brand environment.1 This unique function gives photographers flexibility undreamed of. Matching flashes with same camera system for off-camera flash photography is over.
Two High-Speed Sync Modes
1. Normal HSS: Supports shutter speed up to 1/8000s.
2. Power Sync: Boosts flash contribution above camera’s x-sync speed, perfect for extreme conditions where Normal HSS is not powerful enough.
Cactus also extends HSS capabilities to Fujifilm cameras despite them not yet supporting high-speed sync at the time of writing.
Both the V6 II and IIs now has an automatic LED AF-assist light that makes autofocusing
in dark environments possible – even in pitched-black!3 Besides the cameramounted
V6 II/IIs, off-camera units will also activate the AF-assist light, which
helps focusing even when camera is far from the subject.
V6 IIs for Sony
The dedicated Sony version – V6 IIs, embodies all the desirable functions of its
sibling V6 II but with a Sony compatible hot shoe on the transceiver body, ensuring
a seamless and secured connection with Sony cameras and flashes. Mounting the V6
IIs on a Sony Alpha camera allows the photographer to shoot above camera’s maximum
x-sync speed and control power and zoom of Sony, including those with a
Minolta/Sony hot shoe via an adapter, and other V6 II compatible flashes. 4 It is the
perfect wireless flash trigger for existing and new users of Sony Alpha cameras,
especially those who may still have non-Sony system flashes in their camera bags.
V6 II and IIs can now auto-detect the on-camera portable flashes at device start-up
by selecting the system the flash belongs to and assigning an Auto flash profile.
Similarly, the V6 II will auto-detect the camera and selects the system
accordingly. 5 This simple plug-and-play makes the setting up extremely quick and
easy that both amateurs and professionals appreciate.
Expands Flash Compatibility
Remote zoom control now applies to all compatible TTL flashes, gives the
photographer much quicker controls. Better still, previously unsupported digital
TTL flash models on the V6 are now being supported.
Images by Stephanie Lock
Download the full PDF Press Release here: LINK
Features at a Glance
1. Cross-brand wireless manual power and zoom control with HSS support of Canon,
Fujifilm, Nikon, Olympus, Panasonic, Pentax and Sony flashes;
2. Two cross-brand high-speed sync modes:
• Normal HSS supports shutter speeds up to 1/8000s;
• Power Sync boosts flash contribution above camera’s x-sync speed;
3. Multi-master supports up to 20 photographers firing the same set of flashes
at their own power settings;
4. AF-assist light assists focusing in low light environment;
5. Flash profile customization ensures accurate power output;
6. Work seamlessly with the RF60 series to support HSS and Power Sync;
Other useful features inherited from the V6 including:
• Lo Power
• Absolute Power
• TTL Pass-through
• Group Sequence
• Sport Shutter
• Remote Shutter
• Relay Mode
• Delay Mode
• Firmware Update support
Price and Availability
Cactus V6 II and IIs are currently scheduled to be available in 2016 July and
August respectively and both are priced at US$95.00 (ex VAT).