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:
Made-in-Japan capacitors to guarantee safety and reliability under intensive use
1.1s full power recycling time
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.
Built-in magnetic system for clip-on modifier. No need to add additional magnetic adapter.
20W built-in modelling light and AF assist. No need to add external bracket.
Circular light with nearly zero undesirable hot spot, which speedlight head or something similar cannot do.
Extra low output of 1/512
Cooling fan and thermal sensors to guarantee continuous shooting without overheat. No other light with similar size has anything similar.
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.
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.”
Review: Samyang 35mm f/1.2 ED AS UMC CS For FX Mount at FujiLove
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
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.
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
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 Arthere). 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.
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 –