Learn more at the dedicated Cactus X-TTL webpage here.
Learn more at the dedicated Cactus X-TTL webpage here.
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.”
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.
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“
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.
A Bit of Everything
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
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 :)
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.
Piet Van den Eynde: No Flash, No Problem. 5 stop recovery with Lightroom. Results at morethanwords here
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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
Full of detail at 100% zoom
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
Shared Earlier Today
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 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 email@example.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.
Full List of Today’s Gold Box Deals
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 /
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 /
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-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 /
The Cactus V6 II Wireless Flash Transceiver is now available for pre-order at BHphoto.
Able to support numerous brands and types of speedlights and flashes, the Cactus Wireless Flash Transceiver V6 II is a versatile and capable flash trigger that offers added functionality to make remote flash work easier. This model is able to support Canon, Nikon, Fujifilm, Olympus, Panasonic, and Pentax flash systems with ease and uses 2.4 GHz radio communication to trigger other units from up to 328′ away. The main advantage of the V6 II is high-speed sync, of which two modes are offered. A normal setting uses a protocol depending on the camera system involved whereas the Power Sync can boost the flash for moments when Normal HSS is not powerful enough.
Godox V850 + Cactus V6 II HSS: Fujifilm X-T1