Cactus V6 Firmware Release Notes Firmware V2.1.001 (Released

Cactus V6 Firmware Release Notes Firmware V2.1.001 (Released
Cactus V6 Firmware Release Notes
Firmware V2.1.001 (Released on 20 Oct 2016)
New features:
- Added support for V6II / IIS (all firmware versions) and RF60 Master (with
firmware version 2.00 or later):
 Remote power and group control;
 Triggering within the x-sync shutter speed;
 Delay commanded by TX;
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 Group sequence;
 Remote shutter release.
Added POWER SYNC in A-TTL mode when working with V6 II / V6 IIs TX. Please
note that not all the flash models are compatible to the POWER SYNC supports.
P icon would be shown for
In the <CHOOSE PROFILE> menu of the V6, a ○
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supported flash models.
Delay in seconds is now supported: In the <DELAY> menu, choose <SET SEC> to
configure the delay timer from 1 to 99 seconds.
User interface improvement:
- Firmware version check: In the sub-menu, turn the selection dial to <FIRMWARE
VERSION> to check the firmware version being installed on the V6.
Compatibility:
- Fixed the compatibility issue on Metz 48 AF-2 for Pentax after updating the flash
firmware to 6.0.
Firmware 1.1.019 (Released on 03 Dec 2015)
New feature:
- Sports shutter: When a camera that is set to high-speed continuous shutter (3
frames per seconds or faster) triggers another camera via V6, instead of sending
trigger signals for EACH shot, the TX will command the RX to shoot continuously
until the shutter button of the camera is released. The camera connected to the
V6 RX would then be able to shoot at its own continuous shoot setting. The
sports shutter can be ENABLED or DISABLED in the Menu of the V6 in RX mode.
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Flash profile learning improvement:
- Increased the time intervals between the testing flashes of 1/2, 1/4 and 1/8
power in the flash profile learning program to work with flash units that take
longer time to recycle.
User interface improvement:
- Added a delay mode indicator “DEL” to the V6 TX main screen to show the delay
status when a delay has been set. Together with the relay mode indicator “REL”
and TTL pass-through mode indicator “TTL”, one of these three icons may replace
the channel indicator on V6 TX in the following order of priority: “REL” -> “DEL” ->
“TTL”. A mode indicator in higher priority will replace the others in lower
priorities.
Bug fix:
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Fixed the inaccurate working range parameters executed after a power cycle if
the WORKING RANGE had been set to SHORT before.
Firmware 1.1.016 (Released on 03 Aug 2015)
New features:
- Released the profile for Nikon SB-500.
- Implemented a solution for a camera triggering another camera with autofocus
enabled. Switch the V6 units to Relay mode. When the V6 TX is triggered by the
camera shutter via the male hot shoe, the V6 RX would instantly release the AF
(half press) signal, and after 0.3 sec. the shutter (full press) signal.
Bug fixes:
- Improved the reliability of RF transmission in Relay mode.
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Fixed the failure of adjusting the zoom levels of RF60 when V6 TX is in Relay
mode.
Fixed the occasionally not responding error when the V6 TX is working with a
Canon camera and an on-camera flash with TTL pass-through enabled.
Firmware 1.1.010 (Released on 21 May 2015)
Flash profile tuning:
- Recalibrated the power output of Olympus and Panasonic flashes;
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Firmware 1.1.009 (Released on 16 Apr 2015)
User interface improvement:
- The TEMPORARY UNLOCK feature of the selection dial can now be enabled or
disabled in the SUB-MENU.
Improvement to Nikon flash profiles:
- Increased the full power output of the flash profiles of Nikon SB-910, SB-900 and
SB-700 to the level of their maximum output in the Manual mode. Comparatively,
the full power output in the previous firmware could only reach their maximum
output in the TTL mode, which is 1/3 EV lower than that in the Manual mode.
Firmware 1.1.008 (Released on 19 Jan 2015)
New feature:
- Released the profiles of Pentax AF540FGZ II (shown as “AF540F2” on screen) and
AF360FGZ II (shown as “AF360F2”).
Firmware 1.1.007 (Released on 18 Dec 2014)
Bug fixes:
- Fixed the triggering failure via x-sync port with the “Manual” flash profile in V6
RX when working with a V6 TX on a Olympus / Panasonic camera.
- Fixed the wrong display being shown in V6 TX when the selection dial has been
turned during the bulb mode.
- Fixed the inability in memorizing the “Manual” flash profile after a power cycle.
User interface improvement:
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Fine-tuned the battery level indications to prevent fluctuated readings caused by
heavy use in a short period of time.
Firmware 1.1.006 (Released on 08 Dec 2014)
Bug fixes:
- Fixed the inconsistent power output of SB-600, SB-900 and SB-910 profiles after
switching off and on the V6 again.
- Fixed the triggering issue with the profile of Nissin Di-866 for Canon.
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User interface improvements:
- Standardized the LED signal length on RX whether it is triggered from the TX in
group sequence mode or not.
- Improved the commands of the group buttons:
1. Press and hold a group button will always select the group, irrespective of
whether that group has been activated, or whether any group has been
selected;
2. There are now two levels of group selection in the main screen. Press and
hold a group button (e.g., group A) to permanently select a group for
parameter adjustments. In the meantime, press another group button (e.g.,
group B) and turn the dial simultaneously to temporarily adjust its parameter
without changing the permanent selection status of the former group (i.e.
group A).
3. The group commands now extend to the menu. Short press any group button
in the menu will activate or deactivate the group as it does in the main
screen. Press and hold any group button in the menu will instruct V6 to return
to the main screen and select the group.
Firmware 1.1.004 (Released on 12 Nov 2014)
Bug fixes:
- Fixed the problem of not responding to the first trigger after the V6 is powered
on in channel 13-16.
- Fixed the issue of retrieving the last delay timer setting when the V6 is powered
on in RX mode, even though the timer has been turned off before the power
cycle.
- Fixed the problem in the Phottix Mitros (or Mitros +) flash profile of not
responding to the V6 after the flash capacitor has been fully discharged.
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Fixed the incorrect number of found flashes shown in absolute power setup in V6
TX.
Fixed the unintended toggling between swap function (Zoom (Cactus) or Quick
Power Adjustment) and the power level screen after setting up the absolute
power or choosing a flash profile in V6 TX.
New features:
- Released the following flash profiles for Four-Third and Micro Four-Third system
from Olympus and Panasonic*: Olympus FL-50R, FL-36R; Panasonic FL-500R, FL360R; Metz 58 AF-2, 52 AF-1, 44 AF-1.
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*Note: The following models will NOT be available in the later firmware updates,
due to the limitation of the hardware design: Olympus FL-600R, FL-300R;
Panasonic FL-580L, FL-360L.
Released the profile for Godox V860N for Nikon.
Firmware 1.0.185 (Released on 18 Sept 2014)
Bug fixes:
- Fixed the problem of V6 not memorizing the selection dial direction after
switching off.
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Fixed the problem of V6 TX not transmitting signal by hot shoe triggering when
being switched on in channel 10-16. When this problem occurs, pressing the test
button once will activate the V6 again.
Firmware 1.0.184 (Released on 05 Sept 2014)
Bug fixes:
- Fixed the incorrect and inconsistent flash power output of Nikon SB-900 and SB700, especially the 1/2 power and 1/1 full power.
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Fixed the occasional erratic changes in setting when working with Nikon SB-800.
Fixed the relay mode in RX not working properly in Channel 1 after upgrading to
1.0.175.
Fine-tuned the response of the push-in button.
Fine-tuned the response of the test button to prevent duplicated triggering.
Firmware 1.0.175 (Released on 31 Jul 2014)
Bug fix:
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Fixed the missing highlight of the chosen group on the TX main screen after
selecting a single group and switching to or from the Zoom (Cactus) mode.
Firmware 1.0.173 (Released on 29 Jul 2014)
Bug fix:
- Flash power output in the profiles of Nikon SB-910, SB-900 and SB-700
recalibrated.
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New features:
- Selection dial lock: To prevent unintended turning of the selection dial and its
consequence in affecting the power levels being set unintentionally, the dial can
now be locked:
1. On the TX main screen, pressing and holding the selection dial or the OK
button for 2 seconds will lock the selection dial from adjusting all group or
single group power level. (Note: The short-cut to adjust a single group power
level by pressing a group button and turning the dial simultaneously will be
unaffected.)
2. To temporarily unlock the selection dial, press the selection dial or OK button
once. Alternatively, press and hold any group button to select a group for
power level adjustment. The dial will be locked again when no button or dial
is pressed or turned for 2 seconds.
3. To permanently unlock the selection dial, press and hold the selection dial or
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the OK button for 2 seconds.
Group sequence: In the new menu item <GROUP SEQUENCE> on the TX units,
choose one of the following options to trigger the RX units in a group sequence:
1. A-B-C-D: The first trigger in a series will fire group A, then group B and so on.
The fifth trigger will fire group A and start the cycle again. Another series will
restart at group A when there is no triggering event in 2 seconds.
2. AB-CD: The first trigger in a series will fire group A and B together, then group
C and D. The third trigger will fire group A and B, and start the cycle again.
Another series will restart at group AB when there is no triggering event in 2
seconds.
Firmware 1.0.160 (Released on 07 Jul 2014)
Bug fix:
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Fixed the wrong delay time execution when S1 mode is activated in TX mode.
Firmware 1.0.159 (Released on 03 Jul 2014)
Bug fix:
- Fixed the problem related to the flash profile of Nissin Di-700 for Nikon which
instantly enters into sleep mode after being triggered.
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Firmware 1.0.158 (Released on 20 Jun 2014)
Bug fix:
- Fixed the occasional problem in flash triggering when the V6 TX is in TTL passthrough mode by streamlining the TTL pass-through signals as per the FLASH
PROFILE chosen in the TX menu. To prevent unintended firing (or misfiring) or no
triggering in TTL pass-through mode, choose any Canon flash profile for a Canon
flash, Nikon flash profile for a Nikon flash. For other camera systems, please
choose MANUAL FLASH to work with the TTL pass-through mode. Choosing a
Nikon profile to work with a Canon flash in TTL pass-through mode could cause
unintended triggering.
New feature:
- The TTL pass-through status will be memorized when the V6 is switched off.
Firmware 1.0.156 (Released on 16 Jun 2014)
Bug fix:
- Fixed the problem of not firing properly when choosing the MANUAL FLASH
profile for some of the Nikon i-TTL flash models.
New features and user interface improvements:
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Flash UNLOCK function added to the RX mode. Press and hold [MENU] button will
unlock the flash in RX mode. The LCD screen will show <FLASH UNLOCKED>
instantly. Users would be able to adjust the setting on the flash. The flash will be
locked again upon subsequent triggering. (Note: Press and hold [MENU] button in
TX mode, which activates the TTL pass-through mode, will unlock the flash on V6
TX as well.)
Delay timer setting:
a) The timeout of the delay timer setting menu is prolonged to 60 seconds.
After 60 seconds of inactivity, the delay timer setting will end and the LCD
will return to the main screen.
b) The decimal digit before the one being set will be adjusted, so that 0009
will become 0010 (or 0900 will become 1000) when users increase the
selected digit from 9 to 0 or 0010 will become 0009 (or 0500 will become
0490) when users decrease the selected digit from 0 to 9.
Profile learning:
a)
The maximum GN (in meters) supported has been increased from 70 to 80.
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b)
Two steps have been reorganized for smoother experience. The step
<LEARN SYSTEM: CANON / NIKON / PENTAX> will go first and then the LCD
will show <SET FLASH TO TTL MODE: GO>. Upon confirming with <GO>, the
flash will test fire twice.
Firmware 1.0.152 (Released on 15 May 2014)
Bug fixes:
- Fixed the problem of the V6 TX locking the V5 RX in the same channel.
- Unified the behaviors when the V5 RX is triggered by the V6 TX by full-pressing
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test button and hot shoe sync, with no group being activated; V5 RX will not be
triggered if no group is activated on the V6 TX.
Further optimized the timeout value of the pre-flash in S2: MAIN FLASH to avoid
misidentification of the main flash in a rear-curtain long exposure set up as
another pre-flash. It now supports rear-curtain long exposure up to 2 second.
Resolved the problem of misfiring the RX units when wrong flash profiles are
selected in V6 TX in TTL pass-through mode.
New feature:
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A new configurable option called WORK RANGE in the SUB-MENU. The option
SHORT is offered for users who need to place the V6 TX very close to the V6 RX
units (e.g. when shooting macro), while the option LONG is for normal shooting.
Firmware 1.0.146 (Released on 07 May 2014)
Bug fixes:
- Fixed the problem of the V6 not retaining the EV offset value (accessible in the
menu CHOOSE PROFILE -> LEARNED -> PROFILE NAME -> MODIFY) of the learned
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flash profiles.
Redefined the timeout value of the pre-flash in S2: MAIN FLASH to avoid
misidentification of the main flash in a rear-curtain long exposure set up as
another pre-flash.
Flash Profiles:
- Renamed the pre-installed flash profile 580EX2 and 430EX to 580EX* and 430EX*
respectively, so as to reflect the compatibility of the renamed profiles to all
versions of the model (e.g. 580EX* works with both 580EX II and 580EX).
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Firmware 1.0.144 (Released on 29 Apr 2014)
Bug fix:
- Fixed the problem of the V6 TX ignoring extremely short trigger signal inputs via
x-sync port.
Firmware 1.0.139 (Released on 21 Apr 2014)
Bug fixes:
- Fixed the wrong label of Metz flashes in the Pentax system flash profile list;
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Fixed the problem of the V6 TX erasing the finer precision of the group power
levels after adjusting them to and from Lo power in quick power adjustment
mode.
Fixed the problem of the V6 TX not retrieving the original EV step after switching
off in quick power adjustment mode.
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