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About Cactus DICFLAWFTV5D

The Cactus Wireless Flash Transceiver V5 Duo is freed from hot shoe or cable connection to camera, allowing it to be placed virtually anywhere, at any angle, direction or distance, thus opening up endless possibilities for professional and amateur photographers alike.

A wireless flash triggering system consists of one transmitting unit and as many receiving units as desired. The transmitter, connected to camera through hot shoe, controls signal transmission, while each receiver is attached to one external flash or strobe via hot shoe or cable. On release of the camera shutter, a wireless signal is sent from the transmitter to all receivers, setting off all light sources within the system.

In another giant step forward, Cactus Image is proud to introduce its latest flash triggering system - the totally re-engineered and re-designed Cactus Wireless Flash Transceiver V5 (Cactus V5). Like its predecessors, Cactus V5 remains powerful and reliable and is ideal for photography of any kind. Sporting a new transceiver design and powered by 2 AAA 1.5 V batteries, each Cactus V5 unit can serve as either a wireless flash transmitter or wireless flash receiver. Different transmitter/receiver combinations are now possible, giving photographers unparalleled flexibility and control over their Strobist setups.

Frequency Self-Tune (FST), a new and groundbreaking feature, enables Cactus V5 to automatically tune itself to its last working frequency when exposed to extreme weather conditions such as a sudden and large temperature change. Not seen in any other solution on the market, FST effectively minimizes "no fires." Moreover, Multi-Channel Triggering allows simultaneous triggering of up to 4 sets of light sources, all controlled through one transmitting unit and camera. This is very useful in situations where multiple sets of flashes normally set to different channels need to be set off together for one or a series of shots.

Other improvements in Cactus V5 include support for any maximum sync speed supported by camera up to 1/1000s, working frequency of 2.4 GHz, effective range up to 100 m, implementation of a low battery indicator and 16-channel rotary dial for channel selection and dual hot shoe design to allow concurrent firing of an on-camera flash. Together with the provided PC Sync and 3.5 mm cables and 6.25 mm plug adapter, photographers may use Cactus V5 with any portable flash and studio strobe with trigger voltage up to 300 V.

The Cactus DICFLAWFTV5D is commonly used for Family photos, Weddings and more.The Cactus DICFLAWFTV5D is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a Photo enthusiast, Pro photographer, Semi-pro photographer among others.The Cactus DICFLAWFTV5D is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Cactus DICFLAWFTV5D: Easy to use, Lightweight, Packs small / compresses and Reliable

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Pros:
Easy to use (16),Reliable (15),Lightweight (12),Packs small / compresses (12)
Cons:
Poor quality (4)
Best Uses:
Family photos (10),Weddings (9)
Reviewer Profile:
Pro photographer (6),Photo enthusiast (5),Semi-pro photographer (5)

Cactus DICFLAWFTV5D Features

  • Compatible with all DSLR and SLR cameras with standard ISO hot shoe or PC sync output
  • Compatible with portable flashes and studio strobes
  • Low battery indicator
  • Standard 1/4" screw mount
  • Designed using RoHS compliant parts and components

Cactus DICFLAWFTV5D Specifications

Working radio frequency
2.4GHz
Selectable channels
16
Support sync speed
Up to 1/1000 second (subject to camera's sync speed limitation)
Maximum effective area
100 meters (328 feet)
Operating temperature
-20deg.C to +50deg.C (-4deg.F to 122deg.F)
Flash voltage handling
Up to 300V
Camera voltage handling
Up to 6V
Power input
2 x AAA 1.5V batteries
Connection port
3.5mm (1/8") mono mini-phone
Dimensions (L x W x H)
82 x 70 x 37 mm / 3.23" x 2.76" x 1.46"
Weight
58 g / 2.05 oz

Cactus DICFLAWFTV5D Reviews

Review Snapshot®

 
4.2

(based on 19 reviews)

100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Ratings Distribution

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    (10)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

excellent transceiver

I have not used my new set of Cactus yet, but bought my second set due to liking the original I bought over a year ago, it did misfire a couple of times when I was fast shooting, not sure if it was the flash or the unit. Its a good option to the much more expensive units

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Great learner units! But not for pros...

I have six units and have used them for the last two years. My opinion: great units for understanding and learning Strobism and off-camera lighting. The electronics work reliably. BUT!!! The cheesy plastic cases will drive you nuts! The teeny-tiny channel selector wheel is hard to see. The selector switch (Trans vs. Receiver) is hard to see and will switch "on" with a slight brush of a finger and run your batteries down. And the cheap plastic battery tray will not always lock closed. Also, th...

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I have six units and have used them for the last two years. My opinion: great units for understanding and learning Strobism and off-camera lighting. The electronics work reliably. BUT!!! The cheesy plastic cases will drive you nuts! The teeny-tiny channel selector wheel is hard to see. The selector switch (Trans vs. Receiver) is hard to see and will switch "on" with a slight brush of a finger and run your batteries down. And the cheap plastic battery tray will not always lock closed. Also, the locking wheel on the hot shoe is really poorly made, making you think it's solidly locked to your camera until it falls off. I have had several fall from 6-ft lightstands... with 50/50 results. One died on the scene, one popped apart but kept on working when reassembled. If you need three, buy six... and keep lots of batteries handy. Once you develop your craft, invest in cast-iron units... like the ones I am looking for now.

Reviewed by 19 customers

 
4.0

Exactly What I Needed

By

from Michigan  -  Photo Enthusiast

I bought 2 pairs of these to use for night photography, and I am very pleased with their performance. They have worked flawlessly and are very simple to set up. The 2 reasons I have only given it 4 stars are: 1) They do go through batteries pretty quick, but they were the factory provided batteries, so I believe better batteries will last longer, and, 2) since they do not have TTL pass through, they will not wake up a flash that has sleep mode set up in the custom functions, but, if you disable the custom function on the flash itself, this solves the problem, so it is very minor and is likely an issue that a somewhat newbie like me to off camera flash photography will experience. If you are looking for a budget friendly option for radio triggers, buy these, they WILL give you the best bang for the buck!

 
1.0

Don't waste money in this product

By

from Oranjestad Aruba  -  Pro Photographer

I have 3 unit and my mayor complain that drive me crazy! it is the battery consume!! The AAA batteries gone like a snap prepare to buy a 40ft container of batteries! + Bad engineer design,

 
5.0

So Far so Good

By

from Myrtle Beach, SC  -  Pro Photographer

I needed a trigger for some beach portraits and this has been doing the job! have not tested it out fully for weddings but it does what I need so I am happy with purchase

 
5.0

Love this product

By

from Evans Ga  -  Casual Photographer

I would recommend this to anybody I love the way it triggers my alien bee B800 and new go right on my camera hotshoe the only not so great is not having more then 2

 
4.0

Very simple & easy to use - works great

By

from Indianapolis, IN  -  Semi-pro Photographer

I use these for multiple flashes at once, and they work great. It's very simple - just attach one to your camera, and the other one to the flash, make sure they're on the same radio channel, and it works! There's 16 channels to choose from, and there's even a test button so you can verify that the radios are communicating. The coolest thing about the test button is that it actually wakes up the flash if it goes to sleep, just like hitting the test button on the back of the flash.

 
4.0

Excellent value for the money

By

from Escondido, CA  -  Pro Photographer

I was able to use these for the first time yesterday for an outdoor family photo session. I was really pleased with how well they worked. Very reliable and easy to use. I like being able to attach a speedlight to the transmitter mounted on-camera (something I can't do with the Pocket Wizard Plus X which I was originally planning on buying). Of course these don't support TTL, so it's necessary to go fully manual on exposure, but that was a snap with a couple of test shots. I would recommend these to a friend.

(3 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Great learner units! But not for pros...

By

from Cleveland  -  Semi-pro Photographer

I have six units and have used them for the last two years. My opinion: great units for understanding and learning Strobism and off-camera lighting. The electronics work reliably. BUT!!! The cheesy plastic cases will drive you nuts! The teeny-tiny channel selector wheel is hard to see. The selector switch (Trans vs. Receiver) is hard to see and will switch "on" with a slight brush of a finger and run your batteries down. And the cheap plastic battery tray will not always lock closed. Also, the locking wheel on the hot shoe is really poorly made, making you think it's solidly locked to your camera until it falls off. I have had several fall from 6-ft lightstands... with 50/50 results. One died on the scene, one popped apart but kept on working when reassembled. If you need three, buy six... and keep lots of batteries handy. Once you develop your craft, invest in cast-iron units... like the ones I am looking for now.

 
5.0

Great for the Price

By

from Sacramento, CA  -  Pro Photographer

I just used these on a shoot a few days ago. Very impressed with them! It was nice not to worry about anything being in my direct line of sight to trigger them.

 
5.0

Pocket Wizards??? Man hand me my Cactus

By

from New york, NY  -  Semi-pro Photographer

These are awesome. If your pockets cant handle the cost of pocket wizards, These are in fat the way to go. They work great in and out of studio. The range is amazing. In fact I've had range issues withthe pocket wizards while shooting outdoors. Flash would fire 3 out of 5 times. With these I've been getting fire 5 of 5. I love the channels feature. It gives me a bit more control when shooting events. Setting my off camera lights to channels 2-5, I can mix things up with lighting on the fly. And when I need them all to pop, I just set my transceiver to 1 and BAM! Great for in studio or event work. They feel cheap, but so far they've held up to punishment. They were a little bigger than expected, but they do look awesome. Other photographers thing I have some new hightech gear they've never heard of. You cant beat the price.

 
5.0

Great Value!

By

from Pittsburgh, Pa 15236  -  Semi-pro Photographer

Battery drawer should lock in better. I taped it after installing batteries. Also, the channel wheel always moves, so I glued it with silicone to keep it on 1 channel. Little slider switch button popped off. I glued it back on. EVERYTHING IS GOOD TO GO NOW. ROCK SOLID.

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Eder M  I have a pentax kr and a metz flash. Can i fire it with this radios?
DAVID P  Cactus uses center camera pin to fire strobes. Here is a list of sanctioned equipment for the cactus v5. Tested with the following flash models: Cactus AF50, AF45, KF36; Canon SpeedLite 600EX-RT, 580EX II, 580EX, 550EX, 540EZ, 520EZ, 430EX II, 430EX, 430EZ, 420EX, 420EZ, 380EX, 200E; Metz 58AF, 52 AF-1, 50 AF-1, 48AF, 44 AF-1, 36 AF-5; Nikon SpeedLite SB-910, SB-900, SB-800, SB-700, SB-600, SB-80DX, SB-28 SB-26, and SB-25; Nissin MG8000, Di700, Di622 MK II, Di466 for Four Thirds (Olympus and Panasonic), Di866 MK I, Di866 MK II; 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 (some has a 600V trigger voltage, check with a voltmeter), DF-400MZ, DF-340MZ; Yongnuo YN-560 III, YN560-II, YN560, YN462, YN460-II; Godox TT660, TT560, TT520, CF-18;
Thomas L  Is this unit compatible with the Pentax K5 or K3 and the Metz 58 AF-2?
THE DENMARK GRO I  There is no ETTL with Cactus V5, so it should work with just about any digital camera with a hot shoe and flash. All it does is tell the flash to fire, you have to set the flash manually for the output you want.
Shopper  Is the 4 receiver compatible with the transreceiver i.e can I fire a 4 using a V?
JORGE H  Cactus V5 does not Work with V4, V2. Use different frequencies.
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