In the budget trigger world, there are few brands that have a reputation of being as reliable as they are affordable. The Cactus branded triggers are one of those solid brands that continues to provide a high quality product at an inexpensive price.

Today, Cactus announced their new Cactus V6 flash triggers, and beyond just being a new model, they offer some new features that set them apart as one of the most intriguing budget triggers on the market.


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Cactus V6 Radio Trigger Specs

  • Wireless manual power control of a list of current and previous Canon, Nikon, and Pentax flashes
  • Flash profile learning for analogue-TTL flashes
  • Full manipulation of power levels to 1/10, 1/3, 1/2 and 1EV steps
  • Low Power mode fires the flash for extremely short lengths of time
  • Absolute Power Mode benchmarks the power output of different flash models to the same light intensity
  • TTL pass-through with Canon, Nikon, Olympus, Panasonic, Pentax, and Fujifilm via one single unit
  • Built-in optical trigger enables pre-flash triggering
  • Group control allows you to control up to four groups
  • Relay mode triggers the camera shutter and flash in sync
  • Delay timer is configurable from 1 millisecond to 10 seconds
  • Mini-USB port for optional power supply and firmware updates

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Initial Thoughts

These are some pretty impressive triggers if you ask me, especially once you add the price into the equation ($54 each). The fact that these triggers are not only compatible, but TTL compatible, with Canon/Nikon/Pentax is a HUGE advantage for photographers and studios who use multiple systems.

Currently, these new triggers are only available over at Gadget Infinity, but they will likely show up on Amazon in the near future as well.

I am definitely looking forward to getting my hands on some of these for review. I should also probably think about updating my budget trigger post since that is starting to get a little dated…

What are your thoughts on these new Cactus V6 triggers? Do you find them as impressive as I do, or does the price put you off?