skip to Main Content

Cactus RQ250 TTL Wireless Monolight for Fujifilm X on Kickstarter

Cactus RQ250

Cactus just launched the Cactus RQ250, a palm-sized, 250Ws, Li-ion battery-powered TTL wireless monolight on kickstarter here.

“Compact, wireless, with TTL and HSS support for 8 camera brands including Canon, Fujifilm, Nikon, Olympus, Panasonic, Pentax, Sigma and Sony, this powerful light can change instantly from a round head diffusion disc flash to a bare-bulb flash.

The Cactus RQ250 is designed with location shooting in mind. Equipped with a magnetic flash head and bayonet mount, it makes mounting light modifiers as quick as a snap.”

What do you get in a Cactus RQ250 apart from the 250Ws power? Here is the list:

  1. Made-in-Japan capacitors to guarantee safety and reliability under intensive use
  2. 1.1s full power recycling time
  3. Detachable uni-body reflector head with frosted diffusion disc. No add-on reflector dome is needed, save space in your bag and allows you to shoot right away.
  4. Built-in magnetic system for clip-on modifier. No need to add additional magnetic adapter.
  5. 20W built-in modelling light and AF assist. No need to add external bracket.
  6. Circular light with nearly zero undesirable hot spot, which speedlight head or something similar cannot do.
  7. Extra low output of 1/512
  8. Cooling fan and thermal sensors to guarantee continuous shooting without overheat. No other light with similar size has anything similar.
  9. Aluminum reflector head and built-in bayonet mount which design and material used are the same as camera lens – top quality, quick, robust and durable.
  10. Colour mode to save your time in post-production.

New Cactus V6II Firmware adds Support for Metz M400 for Fujifilm, TTL Group Metering, TTL Ratio and More!

A new Cactus X-TTL firmware for Fujifilm (version FUJ.1.002) is available on the Cactus V6II. They have added TTL Group Metering, TTL Ratio, support for Metz M400 and more (full list below).

Learn more at the dedicated Cactus X-TTL webpage here.

Cactus V6II: BHphoto, AmazonUS, Adorama.
Metz Mecablitz M400: BHphoto, Adorama, AmazonUS

Full Update Details

** CLICK HERE to Read the Rest of the Article **

Cactus X-TTL Cross-Brand TTL Firmware Upgrade for FUJIFILM Cameras Now Available

Back on March 24, Cactus announced that they are working on a free firmware upgrade on the Cactus V6 IIs and Cactus V6 II transceivers to support cross-brand wireless TTL on Fujifilm cameras.

They also launched a dedicated website, and told us to stay tuned for updates, so I visited that special Cactus page a few times every day for almost 3 months now and finally something happened :)

Today, Cactus finally updated their X-TTL website. Here is what they say:

The X-TTL firmware gives photographers an unprecedented flexibility. The need for matching flashes with the same camera system for on and off-camera TTL flash photography is over – TTL without boundaries.

The Firmware update to support Fujifilm cameras is available now, along with support for Sony and Sigma. More brands will follow.

The first wave of firmware releases will be for Fujifilm, Sony and Sigma. Other camera systems, i.e. Pentax, Canon, Nikon, Olympus and Panasonic, will follow one by one as we complete system integration on the V6 II.”

Cactus V6 II s: BHphoto, AmazonUS, Adorama
Cactus V6 II: BHphoto, AmazonUS, Adorama

Useful links

We reported about photographers Beta-Testing the X-TTL (on Sigma cameras) in this miXed zone.

For all details, check out the dedicated Cactus X-TTL website.

PRESS RELEASE

** CLICK HERE to Read the Rest of the Article **

In Love with Fujifilm X-T2 :: Supermodel/Photographer Instax SQ10 Ambassador :: Cactus X-TTL Cross-Brand Flash Trigger Review (miXed zone)

Fuji X-T2: I love it at Three Blind Men and An Elephant Productions youtube: “The X-T2 gives me the shortest distance from intent to delivery, of any camera I’ve used since I was a kid

Fujifilm X-T2: BHphoto / AmazonUS / Adorama

Flash Without Limits

We already reported on Fujirumors, that Cactus announced Cross-Brand wireless TTL Support (X-TTL) for Fujifilm & Co via Free Firmware update. Beta testers out there are already testing it. And the first reports are now on the web, although still not for Fujifilm.

  • Flash without Limits: A review of the new Cactus X-TTL cross platform flash trigger firmware with HSS and TTL (on Sigma camera) at spark.adobe.

A Bit of Everything

  • Peak Design Field Pouch for Fujifilm X-T2 at jekuarce
  • Supermodel and photographer Helena Christensen appointed as Global Ambassador for the new Instax SQUARE SQ10. Promotional video “a creative awakening” now available to view online at Fujifilm UK

Cactus Announces Cross-Brand Wireless TTL Support for Fujifilm via Free Firmware Update!

Cactus just announced a free firmware upgrade on the Cactus V6 IIs and Cactus V6 II to support cross-brand wireless TTL on Fujifilm cameras.

You will be able to shoot on your Fujifilm camera and have wireless TTL on a Fujifilm, Canon, Nikon, Olympus or Panasonic flash, separately or all at the same time.

You can follow the X-TTL’s microsite for the latest updates.

There is no final date for the release, but it should happen before summer.

Full Press Release

** CLICK HERE to Read the Rest of the Article **

Fujifilm GFX: 1/4000 HSS with Cactus V6 II, Lensrentals GFX Listing ($353/7 days), 5 Stop DR-Test… and a Wonderful Image!

Hüseyin T. – 63mm – shared here at the GFX Group. The group is private, so to see it larger on your screen, you have to join the group. Or download the image from FujiRumors (182kb) and then watch it full screen. Looks great even if it’s compressed :)

Fujifilm GFX Roundup

These are all images shared in our GFX facebook group. I will not add any comment, besides the one of the photographer, who took the image.

  • Patrick La Roque tries to resits the GFX GAS. More at laroquephoto
  • Lee Varis took his GFX at the Carnival in Venice. See the images and read his impressions at varis
  • Lensrentals has now listed the Fujifilm GFX at their website. It’s expected to be available May 18 only. The price is of $353 for 7 days. You can pre-order it here.
  • Fujifilm GFX Vs. Hasselblad X1D at akimagery
  • The Fujifilm GFX takes awesome shots in Madeira. In German at 0816fotograf (translation) – Shared by the photographer Oliver at our facebook group
  • GFX initial impressions report; plus a few test photos (from RAW files) at eyesuncloudedphoto

Fujifilm GFX USA BHphoto, Adorama, AmazonUS EU: AmazonDE, AmazonUK, WexUKParkCamerasUKPCHstore AUS: CameraPro

Piet Van den Eynde: No Flash, No Problem. 5 stop recovery with Lightroom. Results at morethanwords here

_ _ _

Haryanto: Gfx on Linhof Mastertechnika 2000 – shared here. Fujifilm GFX with View Camera Adapter G

_ _ _

Mike L.: Successful HSS setup with GFX at 1/4000 shutter speed (note the figures at the top left).
SMDV BRiHT-360 flash
SMDV FlashWave-5 TX trigger
Cactus V6 II transceivers x 2

shared here

Full of detail at 100% zoom

Cactus Announces Firmware Release for Cactus V6ii Flash Transceiver ** Adds HSS Support for Fujifilm X-T2 / X-Pro2

cactus

Cactus just release a new Firmware for the CactusV6ii Flash Transceiver, that adds HSS support for Fujifilm X-T2 and X-Pro2 cameras. Go through the updater on your computer when the V6II is connected to install the new Firmware.

NEW FEATURE: AF-assist Continuous Light (AF CON) – see cactus page

Cactus V6ii: BHphoto / Adorama / AmazonUS

Shared Earlier Today

  • Fujifilm Announces Release of Fujifilm X-T2 Firmware ver.1.10 on November 8 – click here
  • Fujifilm Announces Launch of Tether Shooting Plug-in PRO for Adobe® Photoshop® Lightroom® (for $79) – click here

cactus-v6ii-fujifilm

Nissin: New Firmware for HSS on X-T2/Pro2 Coming “at a Later Date” + Air 1 Commander in November ** HSS with Cactus Beta Firmware (VIDEO)

nissin-i60

If you follow FujiRumors regulary, you’ll know that the Nissin i60 is in stock since mid September. You can find the Nissin i60 at Adorama, AmazonUS and BHphoto.

One of the issues, though, is that with the X-T2 (and the X-Pro2 FW 2.0) Fujifilm introduced new flash protocols (read also Fujifilm & Flash, The State of The Art here). This means that flashes like the Nissin i60 need firmware udpates in order to work properly.

Well, apparently Nissin is working on it. If I got the google translated version right, Nissin just said in an official press release to the Nissin i60 launch in Japan here (via dc.watch), that they are working on a firmware udpate, in order to unlock the HSS feature.

“[google translated] Regarding the for Fujifilm, with FP flash (high-speed synchro) non-compliant at the moment, is scheduled to correspond by firmware updates at a later date.

In addition, NAS commander “Air 1” Fuji Photo Film for Four for the Thirds, is expected to release November.

Regarding the Nissin i40, FR-reader Fujica explains that “you will need to send your flash to the distributor for the update as the i40 does not have a USB port.”

As shared here on FujiRumors back in September here, Cactus is also working on a new firmware and you just have to drop them an email to get access to the Beta Firmware. ZedProMedia did it, and shared his feedback on his youtube channel here.

Cactus Fujifilm X-T2 Beta-Support… and You Can Be Their Beta-Tester!

cactu-fujifilm

Cactus Fujifilm Support

Cactus announced that a Beta Firmware for Fujifilm X-T2 support is almost ready. They are looking for Beta Testers. Here is what they said in their forum.

Hey everyone, a quick update…

In the next couple of days, we will soon have a beta firmware for you to test on the X-T2.

If you are interested in testing it with us, please send an email to info@cactus-image.com with subject line “X-T2” and we will send you the Updater with embedded X-T2 beta firmware.

I would greatly appreciate if you can share your findngs here on the fourm (under this post) so we can see if others experience the same kind of bugs and issues.

For those who needs to use the V6 II for commercial work, please wait a little bit more as the beta version is likely not ready.

Thank you in advance to those who are participating.

Fuji X-T2 Goes Wildlife :: Why I Sold All My Fujifilm Kit :: Cactus V6II Remote Trigger HSS with Fuji X + More (miXed zone)

Full List of Today’s Gold Box Deals

AmazonUS, BHphoto, AmazonDE, AmazonUK

Fujifilm X-T2
USA: BHphoto / AmazonUS / Adorama / CANADA: AmazonCA / EUROPE: AmazonDE / Calumentphoto DE / AmazonUK / AmazonITA / AmazonFR / AmazonESP / PCHstore / WexUK / AUSTRALIA: CameraPro

Capturing Puffins in Flight with the Fujifilm X-T2 at macleancomms + Testing the X-T2 Autofocus System on Bass Rock at macleancomms / Fujifilm X-T2 in South Africa at hmeye / Fuji X-T2 : Hands On First Look at photoinduced / X-T2 tested in Le Mans at the French site photogeek (translation) + X-T2 presentation at photogeek (translation) / Fuji X-T2 Video Features Review with Du Wayne Denton at OrmsTV youtube /

Fujifilm X-Pro2

USA: BHphoto / AmazonUS / Adorama / CANADA: AmazonCA / EUROPE: AmazonDE / AmazonUK / WexUK / PCHstore / AmazonITA / AmazonFR / AmazonESP / AUSTRALIA: CameraPro

Commercial work with the X-Pro2 at Nathan Elson Youtube

Full Test in Italian at tomshw (translation) / Fujifilm X-Pro2 Design Story: Decisive Usability at senzo / The story how I got married with Fujifilm X-Pro2 at timosoasepp / Photographing in colorful Times Square with the Fuji X-Pro2 at aboutphotography-tomgrill / Problem solving: How to deal with the Fujifilm X-Pro2 “grid” artefacts at mirrorlessons /

Other X-series cameras

Swimwear & fashion photoshoot with the Fujifilm X-T1 & X100T at ksgphotography /

X100/S/T + X70

Still loving the Fujifilm X100T at medium + Fujifilm X70 vs. X100T at medium / Vlogging With The Fujifilm X70 at KeenanRIVALS youtube / Using the Fujifilm x100s in the Dominican Republic at ibarionex /

Lenses

X-mount lenses

The Fuji Trinity: My 3 Favorite Fuji Lenses by Ted Vieira Youtube

IBERIT 50mmF2.4 + IBERIT 75mmF2.4 Released. More at dc.watch (translation) / XF100-400 Review at imaging-resource / Fuji X Lens at bw.ipcloud Guide Part 1 + Part 2 / Fuji XF 35mm f1.4 vs 35mm f2 – The Bokeh Test at tavphotography / XF27mm: Convenience over Quality at improvephotography /

other lenses / Adapter / Extension Tubes

Zuiko 50mm f/1.8 on Fuji X-T1 mirror-less at simonhawketts /

X-TRANS

X-Pro2 (X-Trans) Vs. Pentax K3 II, Sony A6300, Sony A7 II, Canon EOS 80D, Nikon D7200, Nikon D750 at the Dutch site gregtheulings (translation) / Adobe´s got the best RAW converter for Fuji X-Trans now, or what ? Part1 at hendriximages / SOOC Acros: A New Way? at adambonn /

Travel X / Switch (or not) to the X
– Why I sold all my Fujifilm kit –

Why I sold all my Fujifilm kit… at oncamphoto / 3 years after the switch to mirrorless and Fuji at the Spanish site fuji-xperience (tranlsation) / Another Road To Travel-The Freedom of less at elliotpaulstern / Fuji X-Series Landscape Kit at ricklouiephotography /

Acessories / Flash / Bags

Cactus V6II Remote Trigger High Speed Sync with Fujifilm X-Pro 2 at joengphotography / Fujifilm Instax Share Smartphone Printer SP-2 Finally Here at xavierlum / Fujifilm X Series Battery Life at matthewhartphotography / RoboShoot MX-20 – RX-20 TTL Flash Triggers for Fuji X at admiringlight /

a bit of everything

Kevin Mullins Street Photography Day at saywellhq / The Fujifilm Triad—Or Is It The Quadrad? at thewanderinglensman / Photo of the Month Competition at fiftythreemm / Better Shoot Primes at littlebigtravelingcamera / FREE DOWNLOAD: The Enthusiast’s Guide Series Snapshot: 15 Photographic Principles You Need to Know at enthusiastsguides /