Cactus Wireless Flash Trigger Set V4 & Receivers

29 Oct

Finally got my Cactus Wireless Flash Trigger Set V4 and receivers and have been trying them out. So far I love them and have not had any misfires as people have claimed.  As a product, they are very steady and portable compared to the V2 receivers.

I was able to trigger my flash (SB-600) at distances of about 50 feet with walls in-between me and flash, and was able to trigger the flash in open spaces at a whooping distance of 180-190 feet. I did not see much of a difference in distance if the antenna was up or down.

Some of the other tests I performed were:

  • High Frame Rate fire: At about 5 fps (frames per second) with a battery grip(MB-D80) and the flash at full power, the flash was not able to keep up with every frame. I got about 1 in every 5 shot flash trigger (Note: batteries were not fully charged). I believe this is mainly due to the flash recycle time.
  • When the flash was at its lowest power 1/64th of full power, the flash was able to keep up with every frame shot.

The extra receivers I got would eventually be coupled with my current SB-600 and the future SB-24 or SB-25.

Here are a few picture of the trigger and receiver.

 

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3 Responses to “Cactus Wireless Flash Trigger Set V4 & Receivers”

  1. Squire Starsquid December 24, 2009 at 8:06 AM #

    We also have those cactus triggers and they’re great to work with!

  2. Trevor Denman March 29, 2010 at 6:55 AM #

    I have the very same setup, but i cant get my flash to go off? I’ve been playing around with all the flash settings on my camera so i’m thinking i just may have my camera on the wrong settings but im not sure. The transmitter and receiver will blink simultaneously but the flash i cannot produce. Thoughts?

    • shardayyy March 29, 2010 at 7:55 AM #

      I do not believe i have mine on any special settings. Here are a few things to check out:

      1. Fresh batteries
      2. Make sure they are on the same channel. If you press the button on the transmitter does the light on the receiver blink? if so they are on the same channel.
      3. Make sure you are getting a solid contact between your receiver and the flash pins.

      what flash are you using?

      Here are a list of flashes that was tested with the V4. (http://www.gadgetinfinity.com/product.php?productid=17204)

      Tested with the following flash models:
      Cactus AF45, KF36;
      Canon SpeedLite 580EX II, 580EX, 550EX, 540EZ, 520EZ, 430EX II, 430EX, 430EZ, 420EX, 420EZ, 380EX;
      Metz 58AF, 48AF;
      Nikon SpeedLite SB-900, SB-800, SB-600, SB-28, SB-27, SB-26, SB-25, SB-24;
      Olympus FL-50R, FL-50, FL-36R, FL-36;
      Pentax AF-540 FGZ, AF-360 FGZ, AF-400 FT, AF-240 FT;
      Sigma EF-530 DG Super, EF-530 DG ST (for Nikon only), EF-500 DG Super, EF-500 DG ST (for Nikon only), EF-430;
      Sunpak Auto 2000DZ, 622 Pro, 433AF, 433D, 383, 355AF, 344D, 333D;
      Vivitar 285HV, 285, 283, DF-400MZ, DF-340MZ;

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