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Cactus V6 Flash Compatibility -- Profiling Successes and Failures
Posted By: Class A, 05-13-2014, 08:34 AM

If you have successfully profiled a TTL flash with the V6, please post about it here.

Information whether remote control of power levels is working is welcome for all flash systems supported (Canon, Nikon, and Pentax) and any flash brand.

If you attempted to profile a flash and it did not work, please post about it here as well. Preferably, elaborate what the hurdle was (e.g., did not test as compatible, did not recycle quickly enough, ...).

I'll updated this first post regularly so that it will stay a summary of the experiences. Hence it will be easy to see which flash models are the awkward ones that refuse to play with the V6. I cannot image there will be many models that won't work, but let's see.

Compatible: (in addition to the predefined profiles; see the review for the original list of predefined profiles)
  • Pentax AF200T
    (the respective profile may also be used for the AF280T which on its own does not support profiling due to the lack of a sufficient number of manual levels.)

Don't Work:

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08-24-2014, 09:44 AM - 1 Like   #31
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Hello,

Just a quick post to let you know I have profiled a Metz 48 AF-1. I must admit I didn't even try the 50 AF-1 profile. I have not measured my profile but a quick test looks about right.

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I've had a tough time profiling the Godox v860n, the receiver continues to give errors or saying the the unit can't be profiled, anyway, sick of it, I tryed the sb800 and sb900 profile.
Well the flash doesn't give any indication on the display of the power change like the v860c (units are slightly different), but the output does clearly change so it works, if the light values are reliable I am not able to measure however since I don't have a light meter but it looks like a workaround
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QuoteOriginally posted by chickenandavocado Quote
i can confirm the sigma 610 dg super does NOT work for profiling unfortunately.
What exactly does that mean? The Sigma is my only flash (for now) so was considering how limiting that is?
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QuoteOriginally posted by elanaiba Quote
What exactly does that mean? The Sigma is my only flash (for now) so was considering how limiting that is?
you're limited to manual triggering no power control

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Have someone testet the cactus V6 with the Analog Metz 50MZ-5 oder 70MZ-5?
10-12-2014, 05:02 AM   #36
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I have just ordered a couple of Cactus V6's with an RF 60 flash. I'm a bit disappointed it won't work with the 360 FGZ II, but I have an SB 910, and a pair of studio heads, so at least I'm not completely at a loss. Slightly off topic, I have a Metz CL-4 (non digital) hammerhead flash gun, currently with an sca adapter for a Bronica ETRSi. Is there any way I can adapt it for use with the Pentax K-5 IIs and K-3? What adapters would I need, if this is possible? It would be a shame to have the flash go to waste. Answers will be greatly appreciated.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Cynog Ap Brychan Quote
I'm a bit disappointed it won't work with the 360 FGZ II, but I have an SB 910, and a pair of studio heads, so at least I'm not completely at a loss.
When I was writing the review, Cactus said they are working on supporting the FGZ II series.

Last time I asked, they were still at it, but it did seem like it would take them quite a bit more time.

QuoteOriginally posted by Cynog Ap Brychan Quote
Slightly off topic, I have a Metz CL-4 (non digital) hammerhead flash gun, currently with an sca adapter for a Bronica ETRSi. Is there any way I can adapt it for use with the Pentax K-5 IIs and K-3?
Have a look at what maxfield_photo did with his CL-4. He also posted a follow up.
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QuoteOriginally posted by Class A Quote
Have a look at what maxfield_photo did with his CL-4. He also posted a follow up.
Thank you - I don't know how I missed that post!

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Does the Metz 58AF-2 work flawlessly with the Cactus?
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Does the Metz 58AF-2 work flawlessly with the Cactus?
Yes, I haven't observed any issues.

If want to know anything specifically, I could run a test for you, as I have this flash.

The V6 comes with a profile for the Metz 58AF-2 pre-installed and you can also create your own profile if you feel that may improve accuracy. However, with my Canon 540EZ, the pre-installed profile was even slightly better than the one that I custom-created. In any event, the differences are so small, I don't think they'd ever become relevant in practice.
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A test would be great.

Thanks.
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A test would be great.
What test specifically?

I have used the Metz 58 AF-2 with the V6 with no problems.
Remote power control works as you would expect.
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Okay,

Nothing needed.
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The list of predefined flash profiles for the V6 has just grown.

On top of some other additions, some Olympus and Panasonic flashes are supported as well.

Canon system
  • Cactus AF45C, AF50C
  • Canon 320EX, 420EX, 430EX, 430EXII, 430EZ, 540EZ, 580EX, 580EXII, 600EX-RT
  • Godox V860C
  • Metz 36AF-5, 44AF-1, 50AF-1, 52AF-1, 58AF-1, 58AF-2
  • Nissin Di866 MARK II, MG8000
  • Phottix Mitros, Mitros Plus
  • Sigma EF-500 DG SUPER
  • Yongnuo YN568EX II

Nikon system
  • Cactus AF45N, AF50N
  • Godox V860N
  • Metz 36AF-5, 44AF-1, 50AF-1, 58AF-2
  • Nikon SB-24, SB-28, SB-400 (via SB-700 profile), SB-600, SB-700, SB-800, SB-900, SB-910
  • Nissin Di700, Di866
  • Sigma EF-530 DG SUPER

Pentax system
  • Cactus AF45P, AF50P
  • Metz 36AF-5, 44AF-1, 50AF-1, 58AF-2
  • Pentax AF 360FGZ, AF 540FGZ, Pentax AF 360FGZ II, AF 540FGZ II

Olympus system
  • Metz 44AF-1, 52AF-1, 58AF-2
  • Olympus FL-36R, FL-50R

Panasonic system
  • Panasonic FL360, FL500

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I'm assuming that since the Metz 52AF-1 Pentax did not work, the Metz 64 AF Pentax is probably a no-go, but has anyone tried this combo?
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