Cactus V6 Review

What's In The Box?

What’s in the Box?
What’s in the Box?
There will be no "V6 Duo" package as it was offered with the V5.

A V6 comes with:

  • one flash stand,
  • a user manual, and
  • a photo album
    (showing work of strobists, including lighting diagrams).

The flash stand is much sturdier than the one that was shipped with the V5 and is a very welcomed extra because often in order to setup an off-camera light source, one does not need more than a flash on a V6 which itself sits on a flash stand.

Unlike the Cactus V5, the Cactus V6 does not come with any trigger cables so anyone with the need to connect to a flash or studio strobe via a cable needs to buy these extra. This decision is defensible given that a V6 will more often than not be used to remote control the power of a flash and the latter is not possible through a trigger cable, only by connecting the flash to the V6’s hot-shoe.

Accessories (Not Included)

A trigger cable always features a 3.5mm male plug to connect with a V6 and then another male plug to interface with a flash, strobe, camera, etc. Choices include


Cactus label

Example application

3.5mm ↔ 3.5mm


trigger a flash;
use another triggering system as the source or sink for trigger events

3.5mm ↔ 6.35mm



trigger studio strobes

3.5mm ↔ PC



trigger a flash with a PC socket or use a camera’s PC socket as a trigger source

Such cables are commonly available and need not be of the “Cactus” type. Any standard cable, e.g., stereo audio cables, will do.

Further accessories include:

  • 3.5mm 1 2.5mm shutter release cable (Cactus SC-C1)
  • a mini-USB cable (Cactus MU-1)
  • lanyard (Cactus CL-1)

Again, any standard cable, e.g., a standard stereo 3.5mm male to 2.5mm male audio adapter cable will work as a shutter release cable for Pentax cameras. PentaxForums @PentaxForums News | Reviews | Forum

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