Cactus V6 IIs HSS Wireless Flash Transceivers for Sony Multi Interface Shoe cameras ($95 at B&H Photo) joins the rapidly growing list of wireless flash triggers supporting High-Speed Synchronization (HSS) on Sony mirrorless cameras.
It uses 2.4 GHz radio communication to trigger other units from up to 328′ away. Cactus V6 IIs Flash Transceiver offer two high-speed sync modes. The 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.
Users will be able to set up flashes in one of sixteen channels or three groups. Also, it has a Multi-Master setting that allows multiple shooters to trigger the same flashes, useful for demonstrations or events with a second shooter. By using flash profiles to register specific speedlights, the V6 IIs gains a few capabilities, such as an Absolute Power Mode, which calculates the equivalent power settings between multiple flashes. Additionally, it has a TTL pass-through hot shoe on the top and offers a 3.5mm sync terminal for plugging into strobes and other lights.
I haven’t had a chance to try this one out, but it looks interesting. Please note that while Cactus’ press release mentions Focus Assist – external focus assist lights are normally NOT compatible with mirrorless cameras, so don’t hold your breath on that one. Please Note: this is a transceiver which means you need one unit for the camera and one additional transceiver for each flash you wish to fire.
• Combination Transmitter and Receiver
• Remote Manual Power and Zoom Control
• Supports Many Flash and Camera Brands
• Frequency: 2.4 GHz
• Range: 328′
• 16 Channels and 4 Groups
• High-Speed Sync and Power Sync Modes
• AF Assist Light; Multi-Master Capability
• Absolute Power Mode; Flash Profiles
• TTL Pass-Through Hot Shoe; Sync Terminal