Cactus V5 wireless triggers are here! Reliable and cheap flash triggers are back with an even greater range!
Cactus V5 are radio wireless triggers used to control flash units off camera. Nikon and Pentax have always been able to trigger wirelessly without buying a dongle, but they were light based and limited by sight and distance. Radio triggers have longer range and do not require line of sight, making them much more versatile. If you own a Canon older than a 7D (end 2009), then you have to buy a dongle anyway, so you may as well go radio from the get go.
I won’t bore you with an in-depth review, you can find those elsewhere. But my initial impressions:
- the stand doesn’t have a screw mount (a tiny cost cut relegating the stand to the bottom of your drawer)
- units are larger than they looked in photos and are very light – they don’t feel quite solid
- top female hotshoe is quite tight compared to camera hotshoes – slight fear of damage to plastic flash hotshoes
- top female hotshoe is not raised – flash pins will scratch body with use
- no locking pin hole on top female hotshoe – Nikon flashes will not lock securely and will fall off if not used horizontally (ie 99% of the time)
- controls are well placed and solid
- successful sync at 1/250s (Nikon only – Pentax & Canon sync to 1/160s & 1/125s)
- 800 shots with 3 misses
- no carry bag – will get scratched