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Cactus RF60

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Cactus RF60

Cactus RF60
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Cactus RF60
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Description:
The Cactus RF60 is unique among other flashes available on the market. With a built-in transmitter and receiver, it not only receives wireless signals, but it also functions as a commander to control other RF60s (or Cactus V6).

Highlights
  • High guide number of 56 (@ 105mm zoom setting)
  • Built-in radio receiver (V6, V5, and LV5 compatible)
  • Remote control of power and zoom settings with 100m reach and no line of sight required
  • Master mode, controlling up to four groups
  • High-Speed Sync (may require user input)
  • Optional triggering delay (can be used to emulate second-curtain sync)
  • Four trigger options (hot-shoe, 3.5mm port, optical, radio)
  • Optional pre-flash suppression
  • Stroboscopic mode
  • Option to use an external power pack
  • Built-in overheating protection
  • Battery-level indicator
  • Integrated tripod mount
Specifications
  • Guide Number (m): GN56 (@ 105mm)
  • Power levels: 22 (1/1 1/128 in 1/3 stop steps)
  • Zoom settings (mm): 24, 28, 35, 50, 70, 80, 105
  • Tilt / Swivel angles: 90 / 270 (-90180)
  • Radio: 2.4GHz, 16 channels, 4 groups, reach of 100m+
  • Power: 4 x AA, optional power pack (Cactus EP-1)
  • Battery life: 100-700 flashes, depending on power levels used
  • Recycle times: 0.1-3.3s (with NiMH rechargeables)
  • Colour temperature: 5600K +/- 200K
  • Trigger Voltage: 3V
  • Operating Temperature: -20C to +50C
  • Dimensions: 205mm x 83mm x 61mm (LxWxH)
  • Weight: 306g
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Pentaxian

Registered: November, 2014
Location: Newfoundland
Posts: 492

1 user found this helpful
Review Date: October 10, 2016 I can recommend this item: Yes | Price: $151.00 | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Flash Output, Control in 1/10 stops with V6 Trigger, Price, Build Quality, Able to update Firmware, Seamless with Cactus V6 Trigger
Cons: Not WR

I have an original series AF360FGZ and wanted to add off camera radio functionality to my kit. The Cactus V6 review on Pentax Forums peaked my interest. I purchased two V6 Transceivers and once I got used to manual flash settings was completely hooked. Wanting to add two more powerful flashes to my kit I purchased two RF60's as they work seamlessly with the V6 as the flashes have Transceivers built in.

For the money the RF60 can't be beat. I have been impressed with the build quality, ease of use and the output (Guide #56). While TTL is good, it can let you down at times. Once you get used to shooting manually with a Cactus RF60 that worry evaporates. The RF60 is now my go-to on-camera flash as well as off-camera flash. The AF360FGZ is now a back up or used with a grided snoot and gels for hair light in portraits.

I absolutely recommend the RF60. The new V6II supports HSS and you can upgrade the flashes firmware for HSS. It's a winner.
   
Veteran Member

Registered: June, 2015
Location: Melbourne, Australia
Posts: 334

1 user found this helpful
Review Date: March 3, 2016 I can recommend this item: Yes | Price: $150.00 | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: reliable
Cons: battery cover a bit flimsy

I went with this flash over the Yongnuo brands because the latter have a very high failure rate compared to other pieces of camera equipment.

It's an excellent flash with an intuitive interface. It's all manual and you can adjust the power from 1-1/128 in 1/3 stop increments. The flash duration is 1/300-1/20000 of a second, according to the manual. It takes four AA batteries and I've tested it with Energizer ones.

Coupled with the Cactus V5 gives a 100% reliable (so far) off-camera system.

I have the Pentax K-50 and it works perfectly with it. It can't do HSS but that's ok. A good ND filter can replace HSS most of the time.

The battery cover is a bit flimsy feeling but so far hasn't given me any problems with hundreds of flash fires.

The flash swivels 180 degrees to the left but only 90 to the right. Sometimes I wish I did 180 to the right as well for bouncing, but taking the flash off camera fixes this in most situations.

It comes with a Cactus V6 built in so you can control multiple flashes. I've not used this feature because I only have one flash so far. If I wanted a second flash however I might consider going with a cheaper manual flash since I already have a spare Cactus V5.
   
Pentaxian

Registered: August, 2008
Location: Wellington, New Zealand
Posts: 10,051
Review Date: May 14, 2014 I can recommend this item: Yes | Price: $139.95 | Rating: N/A 

 
Pros: Built-in radio receiver for power and zoom control, master mode, HSS sympathy mode, great buttons, very good UI
Cons: locking wheel (not locking-lever), flash head does not tilt down in forward position

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