Cactus RF60 Wireless Flash with Built-in Wireless Commander and Receiver

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About Cactus RF60 Wireless Flash

Cactus Wireless Flash RF60
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.

Built-in wireless commander and receiver
The Cactus RF60 is a 2.4GHz radio-based wireless portable flash with a built-in transceiver that runs on 16 channels. It operates in three modes, Local for on-camera operation, Maser and Slave modes for off-camera. To act as a commander, set an RF60 to Master and it can trigger an unlimited number of RF60 set as receivers (in Slave mode) and remotely control Slave flashes from up to 100m (328 feet).

Remote control of power and zoom levels
An RF60 set in Slave mode is essentially an extension of a camera-mount flash unit where you will have the ability to remotely control flash power from 1/128 to 1/1 full power in steps of 0.3EV. Zoom level can also be controlled from a wide 24mm zoom to 105mm. The remote control is extremely convenient especially when Slave flash units are placed in hard-to-reach places

Group control of up to four groups with configurable Group Alias
In a typical lighting setup, the ability to adjust, activate and deactivate groups of lights is vital in creating the desired lighting effect. The RF60 can be configured into four distinct groups. Power can be adjusted for individual group or all the groups at the same time for fast adjustments. To streamline the shooting experience, user can rename each group to: KEY, FILL, SPOT, RIM, HAIR, LEFT, RIGHT, BACK and FRONT instead of remembering the placement of flash groups A, B, C and D,.

Optical Slave with delay feature
The RF60 packs an optical triggering mechanism. It is useful in capturing pre-flash signals that are being emitted earlier than the flash sync. Setting the pre-flash optical trigger with the delay timer sets the exact time for the flash to start firing. This allows the RF60 to do not only first-curtain and second-curtain sync (also referred as front and rear curtain), but set the flash to fire at any given point of the image.

High power up to Guide Number of 56 meters
At times when you need it, the RF60 can pumps out an assuring output of GN56. The Fresnel lens was specifically designed to give out the best possible light.

Compatible with Cactus V6 Wireless Flash Transceiver
Flash power output on RF60 Slave units can be controlled by an RF60 Master as well as Cactus V6 Flash Transceiver. Cactus V5 also supports basic flash triggering on the RF60.

Multi-flash feature
In Multi mode, a rapid series of flashes is fired to capture multiple images of a moving subject in a single frame. This feature is available in all three flash modes so it users can create the desired effects with both on and off camera flash.

HSS Sympathy mode
The HSS Sympathy mode of the RF60 is designed to support flash photography at shutter speeds beyond a camera's maximum sync speed. With the help of a TTL flash mounted on camera, RF60 fire flashes with an extended duration in order to produce even frame illumination at shutter speeds as high as 1/8000 second.

The RF60 is meant for use in a multiple flash setup and was designed with the needs from professional photographers in mind.

Whether it's a wedding or commercial shoot, timing is crucial. RF60 users will not only find adjustments quick and easy, the LCD also displays necessary information photographer needs to know. All in all, it offers an intuitive flash photography experience. So you, as the photographer, do not need to fiddle with the gear but instead enjoy the shooting experience.

Cactus RF60 Wireless Flash Specifications

Guide Number (ISO 100):
33m/108f at 24mm
56m/183f at 105mm
Motor Zooms
24mm - 28mm - 35mm - 50mm - 70mm - 80mm - 105mm
Power levels
22 in total
Flash durations
1/300s - 1/20,000s;
Modes
Local (L), Master (M), and Slave (S);
Working radio frequency
2.4GHz;
Number of channels
16
Number of Groups
4
Maximum wireless effective distance
100 meters (328 feet);
Built-in optical slave mode
S1 (straight triggering); S2 (pre-flash ignored triggering);
Power input
4 AA batteries (LR6 alkaline or Ni-MH), rechargeable Ni-MH for best performance;
Flash count per battery cycle
100 (at 1/1 power); 2000 (at 1/128 power);
Minimum recycle time
0.1-5.0 seconds (with alkaline batteries); 0.1-3.0 seconds (with Sanyo Eneloop);
Color temperature
5600k +/- 200k;
Dimensions
8 x 3.2 x 2.4" / 205 x 83 x 61mm
Weight
13.75 oz / 390g

Cactus RF60 Wireless Flash Reviews

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4.4

(based on 11 reviews)

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Perfect for Pentax users

Although the Cactus RF60 is brand agnostic it is a boon for Pentax users. CaNikon & Son have multiple manufacturers that provide flash triggers for their equipment whereas Pentax does not except manual, i.e., PocketWizard Plus X, Cactus V5 as examples. The Cactus RF60 and presumably the upcoming Cactus V6 trigger will allow those with Pentax gear to operate like the big boys but without the huge expense. The feature of the Cactus RF60 is extensive. Basically it has four groups with four chan...

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Although the Cactus RF60 is brand agnostic it is a boon for Pentax users. CaNikon & Son have multiple manufacturers that provide flash triggers for their equipment whereas Pentax does not except manual, i.e., PocketWizard Plus X, Cactus V5 as examples. The Cactus RF60 and presumably the upcoming Cactus V6 trigger will allow those with Pentax gear to operate like the big boys but without the huge expense. The feature of the Cactus RF60 is extensive. Basically it has four groups with four channels in each which gives the ability to control power levels of each flash as well as zoom. This alone makes it a viable flash system however other features makes it even more impressive. Multi flash in Master and Local (apparently their word for manual) HSS sympathy mode which allows the camera to operate beyond the cameras sync speed (requires the use of a dedicated TTL flash) plus an optical slave. The flash appears to be built very nicely and has a metal foot. It also has a very high GN, 56@105mm, so it's in the ball park with more expensive flashes except it's also a transceiver flash at an unbelievably low price. Can't get better than this.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Was great while it worked

Loved this strobe when I first got one and then bought another. The 2nd strobe died the 2nd time I used it, but it was 40 days after I bought it so it can not be exchanged. The only other option is to send it to Hong Kong for repair. Shipping from the US is about $50. plus I was told that I would have to pay for parts. Paid $139 for the strobe, so I guess it is just disposable :(. Also bought 4 Cactus V6 remotes. The hotshoes just crumbled on 2 of them already. You get what you pay for.

Reviewed by 11 customers

 
5.0

Outstanding for the money

By

from Grover Beach, Ca.

The wireless function is a 5 star never had any problems with it...............

 
1.0

Was great while it worked

By

from Chicago

Loved this strobe when I first got one and then bought another. The 2nd strobe died the 2nd time I used it, but it was 40 days after I bought it so it can not be exchanged. The only other option is to send it to Hong Kong for repair. Shipping from the US is about $50. plus I was told that I would have to pay for parts. Paid $139 for the strobe, so I guess it is just disposable :(. Also bought 4 Cactus V6 remotes. The hotshoes just crumbled on 2 of them already. You get what you pay for.

 
5.0

Outstanding

By

from Grover Beach, Ca.

Best you can get for the money

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent System

By

from norwich ct

For anyone looking to do OCF one of the most important things you need to do is remotely adjust power and zoom setting right from your camera. The cactus vm system couples with these rf60's are an absolute dream. Forget shelling out big dollars for way over priced triggers from pw. The cactus vm triggers are way less money and perform better. As it is you need to buy a zone control with the pw to adjust power settings.. Cactus has done an exceptional job with this system.

 
5.0

Outstanding

By

from Grover Beach, Ca.

Works like a dream, can't beat it for the money

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent

By

from Grover Beach, Ca.

Excellent Value for the Money

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Pretty good

By

from Colorado

Took these out last night for a shoot so here are my thoughts. 1. They are very long. I can normally store speedlights standing on its end in my backpack. I can't do that with the RF60. They are too long and they'd deform the backpack why poking me in the back. 2. One unit that I received had a loose screw or something inside of it. I didn't have time to return it for a new unit because I'd never get the new one on time. It sounded like a loose screw. Otherwise the unit worked perfectly. I was just waiting for that screw to short circuit something. 3. I paired the two RF60 I had with the V6 transceiver and it worked perfectly. I was shooting in the woods and the range was easily 60 meters through some trees for one of the shots. 4. The V6 transceiver was fairly easy to use. I handed one to a friend that was shooting with me and he was able to figure out the basic stuff very fast. I need to pick up 2 more RF60 to solidify my kit.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

it's a big boy

By

from madison wi

use it with the cactus V6 and built in receiver. side mount works great for mounting in portrait mode or for an axis lining up with an umbrella or softbox. did the firmware update right away. seems like a monster next to my sb600. will buy more when i get the chance. best use is to remotely control manual power levels using the cactus V6 tranceiver

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Nice

By

from Texas

I bought this along with the V6 control unit to save steps in when using off-camera flash setups. So far, in a number of test set-ups and one real client session it has done just what it should. Exposures are consistent, power control is predictable, recycle is reasonably quick. The unit has a nice, quality feel, though of course it is too soon to judge reliability.

 
5.0

Wonderful Flash

By

from Naples, FL

I recently used this flash for food photography with a softbox. It fired every time. The controls on the flash are easy to figure out and manually control the flash. I would recommend this flash.

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Shopper  Why Did You Choose This?
Carol P  This was my first flash for my Canon Rebel, and it works great! I chose this one for its wireless capabilities, to be more useful in the future.
Victor C  Does this have an the red AF assist light/beam for focusing in low light or pitch darkness such as canon EX series?
ROBERT J  This flash does not have the red AF assist light, it's a great flash has a built in receiver and I like how I can control the flash with one of their triggers, if you were to buy 1 trigger and 3 of these flashes you have a portable studio at a fraction of the cost compared to other setups.
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