Setting up HSS for Fujifilm using the Cactus System
As a Fujifilm X-Photographer, I do get the odd e-mail or Facebook question about which flash system I use. It’s a pretty simple answer but can get a little complex in the fine details.
In short, studio system at Amersham use Broncolour and all other times I use the portable speedlights that Cactus make with the V6II triggers. The next question, as a rule, is about HSS, or High speed Sync, which is the term used when you want to use the flash beyond the sync speed of the camera, which is 250th on my X-Pro2, it’s the same on the X-T2. using HSS will let you shoot up to 8000th of a second and let you capture images like this one below:
There are loads of advantages to shooting with such high sync speeds & I plan to do a full blog about what HSS is, how it works and what it is good for as well as what the negatives could be, untill that blog post is up I wanted to share some videos I made with Swians & Cactus about how to set up the system for your Fujifilm camera.
It is super simple and takes less than 20 seconds but vital if you want to make sure your Cactus system is going to work seamlessly with your Fujifilm camera.
If you enjoyed these videos or this post, why not share it, someone else might find them helpful too. Also, make sure you check out the latest updates from Fujifilm for the X-Pro2, X-T2, X-T1 and the X-20. (25th of May 2017 updates arrived). These updates are quite fun with the stand out function being a wireless connection via a router for file transfer, which does support RAW transfer. Takes about 14 secs for raw file and much longer for RAW, about 45 seconds, but it is there.
Will be doing a few more posts about the Cactus System and the Fujifilm system in the coming weeks with a video of shooting the bottle image too.
This image (below) was shot at 2000th using two lights. I know neither of these images is perfect, but, I wanted to show how to capture HSS can capture and freeze things like liquid moving.