User Manual
Wireless
Flash
RF60
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Table of Contents
1. Getting to Know your RF60
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2. Caution and Warnings
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4. Package Content
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5. Nomenclature
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6. LCD Panel
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7. Getting Started
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8. On-camera Operation:
Local Mode
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9. Wireless Flash:
Master and Slave Modes
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10. Group Aliases
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11. Advanced Operation
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12. Personalizing the RF60
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13. Working with Cactus
Triggers
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14. External Power
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15. Forming the Capacitor
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16. USB Connection
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17. Optional Accessories
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18. Troubleshooting
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19. Notices
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20. Warranty
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1. Getting to Know your
RF60
Thank you for purchasing the Cactus
Wireless Flash RF60. We trust that
available in market. With a built-in
commander and receiver, it not only
receives wireless signals but also
functions as a controller to command
other RF60s. The possibilities are
endless!
Please take a while to explore all
the features in your new RF60:
– Built-in wireless commander and
receiver
– Remote control of power and zoom
levels
– Group control up to four groups
Group Alias
– Optical Slave with delay feature
– High power up to Guide Number of
56 meters
– Compatible with Cactus V6 Wireless
Flash Transceiver
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feature
– HSS Sympathy mode provides HSS
support when working with TTL
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2. Caution and Warnings
3. Major Specifications
Before using the product, read the
following precautions to ensure
correct and safe use and to help
prevent damage of the Cactus RF60.
– Guide Number (ISO 100):
1. Turn OFF all your equipments
(Cactus units, cameras, etc.)
before changing batteries or
making connection.
2. Remove batteries and switch off
in this instruction manual.
4. Do not permanently store the
product in a high temperature
environment (i.e., under strong
direct sunlight, near cooking
stoves or oven).
in liquid or exposed to heavy
rain unless it is properly
protected.
6. Do not operate the device in the
fumes.
into the eyes of someone at close
range.
the driver of a moving car.
Zoom (mm) 24
GN (meter) 33
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35
50
70
80
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45
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56
108
112
124
147
168
177
183
GN (feet)
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– Motor zooms: 24mm – 28mm – 35mm –
50mm – 70mm – 80mm – 105mm
– Power levels (22 in total):
1/1
1/2
1/4
1/8
1/2+0.3
1/4+0.3
1/8+0.3
1/16+0.3 1/32+0.3 1/64+0.3 1/128+0.3
1/16
1/32
1/64
1/128
1/2+0.7
1/4+0.7
1/8+0.7
1/16+0.7 1/32+0.7 1/64+0.7 1/128+0.7
– Flash durations: 1/300s – 1/20,000s
– Modes: Local (L), Master (M) and
Slave (S)
– Working radio frequency: 2.4GHz
– Number of channels: 16
– Number of groups: 4
– Maximum wireless effective
distance: 100 meters / 328 feet
– Built-in optical slave mode:
S1 (straight triggering) /
– Power input:
requires 4 AA batteries (LR6
alkaline or Ni-MH), rechargeable
Ni-MH for best performance
– Flash count per battery cycle:
100 (at 1/1 power) /
2000 (at 1/128 power)
– Minimum Recycle Time:
0.1-5.0 seconds (with alkaline
batteries) / 0.1-3.0 seconds (with
Sanyo Eneloop)
– Color temperature: 5600k +/- 200k
– Operating temperature:
-20°C to +50°C
– Dimensions: 205 x 83 x 61mm
– Net weight: 390g
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4. Package Content
5. Nomenclature
WIDE ANGLE DIFFUSER
AND BOUNCE CARD
Cactus Flash RF60
Cactus Flash
Carrying Case FC-3
FRESNEL LENS
TRIPOD MOUNT
3.5mm CONNECTOR
OPTICAL SENSOR
EXTERNAL POWER
CONNECTOR
USB PORT
CONNECTOR COVER
CONNECTOR COVER
HOT SHOE
LOCKING WHEEL
HOT SHOE CONTACTS
MOUNTING FOOT
Cactus Flash Stand FS-2
User Manual
BOUNCE ANGLE
INDICATOR
BATTERY COMPARTMENT
DOOR
LCD PANEL
GROUP BUTTON
MODE BUTTON
MULTI/HSS BUTTON
TEST BUTTON/
FLASH-READY INDICATOR
ON/OFF SWITCH
MENU BUTTON
- BUTTON
NEXT BUTTON
+ BUTTON
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6. LCD Panel
GROUP PANEL
TEXT AREA
ZOOM
LEVEL
POWER LEVEL
INCREMENT
POWER LEVEL
HSS SYMPATHY
MODE
OPERATING
MODES
SELECTION
INDICATORS
STATUS
BAR
CHANNEL
BEEP INDICATOR
OPTICAL SLAVE
HIGH TEMPERATURE
WARNING
BATTERY LEVEL
DELAY INDICATOR
7. Getting Started
7.1
2. Install the batteries.
Make sure the positive (+) and
negative (-) battery contacts are
properly oriented as shown in the
compartment.
Inserting Batteries
1. Using your thumb, press on the
battery compartment door and
slide it open in the direction
shown by the arrow.
3. Slide the battery compartment
door in the direction shown by
the arrow to close it.
Caution:
1. Use a new set of AA batteries of
the same brand and type. When
replacing batteries, replace all
four at the same time.
2. AA-sized alkaline, Ni-HM, or
lithium batteries can be used.
Use only one type of batteries at
a time. Do not mix battery types.
3. If you change batteries after
be aware that the batteries may
be hot.
4. For alkaline or lithium battery,
the battery level indicator on
the LCD will show
when around
50% of the battery power has been
consumed, and the indicator will
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Replace
batteries immediately when you
see the blinking
signal. The
indicator is not applicable to
Ni-MH battery.
locking wheel on the mounting
foot to the right until it is
loosened.
remove the batteries to prevent
possible damages from battery
corrosion.
7.2
Attaching to and detaching from the
Camera
7.3
Turning the Flash on
1. Switch the On/Off Switch to ON,
locking wheel on the mounting
foot to the left until it locks.
Section 12.3).
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ready indicator stays red and the
output.
- Press the Test
Caution:
1.
not used, after a certain period
behind the subject for a more
natural-looking shot. This is called
Tip:
hitting the subject with direct
subject.
off automatically. However, the
batteries discharge over a long
period of time may damage the
Therefore,
2.
in short intervals, the inner
overheating prevention function
may be activated to prolong the
recycling time to about 8–20
seconds. The temperature warning
signal
will appear in the
status bar of the LCD screen. If
this occurs, allow a rest time of
will then return to normal.
7.4
Adjusting Flash Head
the surface before illuminating the
subject. This will soften the shadows
Horizontally, it can be rotated up to
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7.5
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Using the Wide Angle Diffuser
Bounce Card and Wide Angle Diffuser
There is a bounce card and wide angle
diffuser set built in the RF60. The
bounce card and wide angle diffuser
can be used separately or at the same
time.
Tip: The bounce card is useful in
1. Pull out the wide angle diffuser
some of the light towards the
subject in order to create catch
lights and/or soften strong shadows
from the bounced light.
shown. The bounce card will come
out at the same time.
2. Push the bounce card back in.
coverage.
Using the Bounce Card
7.6
2. Pull out the wide angle diffuser,
the bounce card will come out at
the same time.
Choosing the Operating Mode
There are 3 operating modes in the
RF60, namely Local, Master and Slave.
Upon switching on the RF60, press the
Mode button to choose the
appropriate mode. The mode indicator
turns in the following sequence:
Local
Master
Slave
Modes
Where to place
the RF60?
With wireless
control?
on camera
X
on camera
off camera
3. Push the wide angle diffuser back
in; the bounce card will be ready
for use.
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7.7
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Setting Channel
When RF60 is in Master or Slave mode,
they need to communicate in the same
RF wireless channel with each other.
To set the channel, press Menu. Use
the + or - button to select the RF
channel. Press Menu to go back to
the main screen. The selected
channel will be shown on the LCD
panel.
7.8
Natvigating the Menu
menu options on the RF60.
To change a menu option:
1. Press the Menu button to access
2. Press the Next button to change
the menu subject in the sequence.
3. Press the + or – button to go
through the options of a menu
menu item will change
immediately.
4. Press the Menu button to leave
and go back to the main screen, or
press the Next button to change
the menu to the next item in the
sequence.
Menu item and
corresponding options
Text shown
on LCD
RF Channel
- 1-16
CH
- 1-16
Delay Timer
- 0-999 ms
DELAY
- 0-999 ms
Optical Slave
- Off
- S1: Straight
Triggering
OPT SL
- OFF
- S1(FIRST)
Quick Flash
- Off
- On
QCK FL
- OFF
- ON
Beep Feedback
- Off
- Fn1: Quick Flash
- Fn2: Full Charge
BEEP
- OFF
- Fn1(QCK FL)
- Fn2(READY)
- Fn3(WARN)
Power Warning
- S2(MAIN)
Sleep Timer
- Off
- 3 min
- 5 min
- 15 min
- 30 min
- 60 min
SLEEP
- OFF
- 3 min
- 5 min
- 15 min
- 30 min
- 60 min
LCD Backlight
- Off
- 5 sec
- 15 sec
- Continuous
BK LGT
- OFF
- 5 sec
- 15 sec
- ON
Applicable
modes
L M S
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8. On-camera Operation:
Local Mode
The power levels available for
adjustment are:
1/1
Set up the RF60 in Local mode
In the main screen, the power level
is shown on the left while the zoom
level is shown on the right. The
selection indicator
will be shown
at either the power level or zoom
level. Press the Next button to
switch the selection indicator in
order to adjust a setting of an item.
8.1
Adjusting the Power Level
8.2
1/2
1/4
1/8
1/2+0.3
1/4+0.3
1/8+0.3
1/16+0.3 1/32+0.3 1/64+0.3 1/128+0.3
1/16
1/32
1/64
1/128
1/2+0.7
1/4+0.7
1/8+0.7
1/16+0.7 1/32+0.7 1/64+0.7 1/128+0.7
Adjusting the Zoom Level
To adjust the zoom level, press Next
until the selection indicator
is
pointing to the zoom value (i.e., the
+ to increase or – to decrease the
zoom level.
The zoom levels available for
adjustment are:
To adjust the power level, press Next
until the selection indicator
is
pointing to the power ratio value
row), press + to increase or – to
decrease the power level.
Zoom (mm)
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35
50
70
80
105
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9. Wireless Flash: Master
and Slave Modes
With a built-in RF (Radio Frequency)
module, the RF60 has the ability to
communicate with other RF60 units
RF60 wirelessly, set up one RF60 in
Master mode and the other RF60 units
in Slave mode.
9.1
Setting up the RF60 Slave
1. Make sure that the RF60 units
that you want to control through
S mode
(see Section 7.6).
2. Set the units to the same RF
channel (see Section 7.7).
9.2
Commanding with the RF60 Master
1. Set the on-camera RF60 to
mode
by pressing Mode (see Section
7.6).
2. Set the RF60 Master to the same
channel as the RF60 Slave units
(see Section 7.7).
3. Check the group statuses on
the group panel. Only activated
group(s) will be shown as A, B, C,
or D boxes.
Changing parameters of the Master
flash
4. On the RF60 Master, you can
change the power level and zoom
3. Assign RF60 Slave units to either
group A, B, C, or D. Press Group
to select the group for each RF60.
Each press of the Group button in
Slave mode will change the group
in the sequence of A-B-C-D. The
selected group will be shown on
the group panel.
in groups A, B, C, and D.
5. The default group is the Master
RF60. In the display, the text
area will show <MASTER>. No group
is selected in the group panel,
though it still shows the group
activation status.
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Changing parameters of a particular
Slave group
6. To select a particular group for
remote control, press Group and
the group selection indicator
will go to group A.
7. Press Group again to select the
next group, i.e., group B. Each
press of the Group button will
select the next group in the
following sequence:
Master
A
B
C
D
8. Adjust the power level of the
group using the + or – button.
Press Next to adjust the zoom
level, also with the + or –
button.
Note: The power and zoom level will
only apply to the group being
selected.
Changing parameters of all active
groups
9. You may also change settings for
all active groups at the same
time. To select all groups, press
and hold the Group button.
10. All selection indicators of the
activated groups will be on and
the text area will show <ALL GP>.
sequence of Master-A-B-C-D will
be chosen as reference group.
11. Adjust the power and zoom levels
as you would for a single group.
The relative changes in both
settings in the reference group,
however, will apply to all active
groups, including the Master
the power level of the reference
group from 1/4 to 1/8 (i.e. a
decrease of 1EV), the power levels
of all the active groups will
decrease by 1EV accordingly.
12. To exit from all group control,
press Group button once.
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Turn on and off a Slave group
particular group, turn the group
off by selecting the group (see
steps 2 and 3) and press and hold
the Next button. The screen will
show <OFF> in the centre row.
Note: The RF60 Master can also be
turned off by pressing and holding
the Next button in the Master group.
Once turned off, the RF60 Master will
10. Group Aliases
The RF60 comes with a list of pre-set
group aliases to choose from for the
particular slave groups according to
the purpose of each. The chosen group
alias will be shown in the text area
next to the group panel. The group
alias will display whenever the
group is selected.
The group aliases available for
selection are:
KEY – FILL – SPOT – RIM – HAIR – LEFT
– RIGHT – BACK – FRONT
the RF60 Slaves, changing their
14. To turn on a group again, select
the group (see step 2 and 3) and
press and hold the Next button.
The power level and zoom level
last used for the group will be
shown in the centre row again.
15. Press the shutter release button
on the camera and the RF60 Master
and Slave units in groups A, B, C,
and zoom level you have set in the
RF60 Master.
1. To set a group alias, select the
group you would like to set an
alias for, then press the Group
and Menu buttons simultaneously.
2. The selection indicator and group
letter will be shown in the text
area. Press the + or – button
to scroll through the available
group aliases.
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11. Advanced Operation
11.1
Multi Flash
In Multi mode, a rapid series of
3. Press Next or Menu
alias and exit.
4. Repeat steps 1-3 to set aliases in
all the Cactus RF60s. To prevent
confusion, make sure that you
have set the same alias for the
same group in all RF60 units.
capture multiple images of a moving
subject in a single frame.
In Multi mode, you can change the:
Flash frequency per second in Hz
Power level
Zoom level
5. The alias of each group will
appear in Slave mode or Master
mode whenever the group is
selected.
caused by a single trigger event.
per second.
series duration you have in mind, you
can determine the appropriate value
frequency.
Shutter
No. No.
of of
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Flash
series
x
=
duration
Flash Frequency(Hz)
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Hz
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12-14
1/4
2
2
2
2
2
2
1/8
4
4
4
4
4
4
Power
second at a frequency of 10 times per
second (i.e., 10 Hz), the number of
15-19 20-50 60-199
1/16
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8
8
8
8
8
1/32
20
20
20
18
16
12
1/64
50
40
40
35
30
20
1/128
70
70
60
50
40
40
Notes:
1.
second.
equal to the shutter speed. However,
it may be necessary to use a longer
against a dark background.
2.
power level higher than 1/4.
series duration in order to expose
for ambient light. Alternatively, it
may be necessary to use a shorter
shutter speed, and a slightly longer
series duration as a safety margin.
frequencies supported by each power
level.
Multi Flash in Local Mode
Once you have determined the number
Multi mode.
Maximum Number of Multi Flashes
Hz
combined with a camera set to
bulb mode.
11.1.1
Refer to the table below for the
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2
3
4
5
6-7
1/4
7
6
5
4
4
3
3
1/8
14
14
12
10
8
6
5
Power
3.
8-9
1/16
30
30
30
20
20
20
10
1/32
60
60
60
50
50
40
30
1/64
90
90
90
80
80
70
60
1/128
99
99
99
99
99
90
80
1. To enter Multi Mode, press
Multi/HSS once and the LCD screen
will show Multi
and Hz .
2. Press Next until the selection
indicator
points to the number
the hyphen.
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3. Press + to increase or – to
11.1.2 Multi Flash in Master and Slave
Modes
An RF60 in Master mode will cause
a Slave RF60 that uses the same RF
channel to synchronize to Multi mode
settings.
4. Press Next until the selection
indicator
points to the
value after the hyphen.
5. Press + to increase or – to
second.
1. To enter Multi mode on the RF60
Master, press Group until you see
<MASTER> displayed as the group
name.
2. Press the Multi/HSS button once.
The LCD of the RF60 Master and
Slave units will show Multi
and
Hz . Both Master and Slave units
are now in Multi Flash mode.
3. On the RF60 Master, follow the
steps in 11.1.1 to adjust the
frequency per second (Hz). The
6. To adjust the power level, press
Next until the selection
indicator
points to the power
level (see Section 8.1).
7. To adjust the zoom level, press
Next until the selection
indicator
points to the zoom
level (see Section 8.2).
8. To exit Multi mode, press
Multi/HSS twice to return to the
main screen.
Master and Slave units in all
active groups.
4. To exit Multi mode, press Group
until you see <MASTER> in the
text area, press the Multi/HSS
button twice to return to normal
Notes:
1.
larger than that supported by
the power level of a particular
slave group, it will be reduced
accordingly for that particular
slave (see table Maximum Number
of Multi Flashes on page 28).
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supported in power levels higher
than 1/4, any Slave RF60 set at
power levels higher than 1/4 will
3. Multi mode and HSS Sympathy mode
(see Section 11.2) are mutually
exclusive options. Pressing the
Multi/HSS button changes the
sequence:
Normal Flash
Multi Flash
HSS Sympathy Flash
4. On the RF60 Master, the Multi
The selection will apply to the
RF60 Master and all RF60 Slaves
in the active group(s).
11.2
HSS Sympathy Mode
The HSS Sympathy mode of the RF60 is
maximum sync speed.
with an extended duration in order
to produce even frame illumination
at shutter speeds as high as 1/8000
second.
Tip:
especially in sunlight. The faster
allows you to use a wider aperture
while maintaining correct
exposure.
Characteristics of HSS Sympathy Flash
Compared with normal single-burst
continuous and constant illumination
for the full duration between the
curtain closing. The contribution of
the image is therefore different to
Sympathy mode is different from
compensate 1 EV exposure loss in
your camera setting, you need to
increase the power level of a HSS
GN table below for comparison:
Power Level
GN (meter) at 105mm, ISO 100
Normal Flash
HSS Sympathy
1/1
56
28
1/2
40
23
20
1/4
28
1/8
20
17
1/16
14
14
1/32
10
12
1/64
7
10
1/128
5
8
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2. The continuous light output in
HSS sympathy mode does not freeze
would do. Instead, an HSS
blur, much like a continuous light
source would. In order to freeze
motion using the HSS sympathy
mode, you need to use high
shutter speeds.
3. Increasing the shutter speed in
HSS sympathy mode implies that
decreases accordingly.
Whenever changing the shutter
speed, you also need to adjust
turn into HSS sympathy mode
automatically.
3. Position the RF60 Master with its
optical sensor facing the TTL
4. Take a test shot by pressing the
5. If the frame is not evenly
illuminated from top to bottom,
set the delay timer (see Section
11.4) of the RF60 Master to 10ms
and then 15ms, 20ms, etc, until
The optimum delay time that works
with a high shutter speed should
be within the range of 10ms to
100ms.
to maintain the same contribution
Using the RF60 in HSS Sympathy Mode
To use RF60 in HSS sympathy mode, you
capability.
Setting the Delay Time for HSS
Sympathy Mode
Consider the following when setting
the delay time for the HSS sympathy
mode:
if the
2. Switch the RF60 Master to HSS
sympathy mode by pressing the
MULTI/HSS button twice. The
centre row of the LCD display will
show HSS . This will
automatically turn on the optical
slave trigger in S1 (the mode in
11.3). Meanwhile, all RF60 Slave
unit(s) in activated group(s) will
mode, the delay time should be
within the range of 0-10ms. If the
would have to set a delay time at
55-100ms, depending on the camera
brand and shooting aperture
(F-number).
Camera brand: The following delay
time ranges are suggested for
different camera systems:
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Camera brand
Suggested delay time
Canon
52-64 ms
Nikon
55-65 ms
Sony
90-100 ms
Olympus/Panasonic
65-75 ms
Pentax
75-82 ms
1. To turn on the optical trigger,
press Menu then press the Next
button until the text area shows
<OPT SL> (short form for optical
slave). Use the + and – buttons
to select S1 (FIRST) or S2 (MAIN)
in the selection area. Press Next
or Menu
2. The optical slave indicator
will show in the status bar of
the LCD screen whenever any one
of the optical trigger modes has
been turned on.
3. To turn off the optical trigger,
press the Menu button and then
the Next buttons until the text
area shows <OPT SL>. Use the + or
– button to choose <OFF>. Press
Menu or Next
F-number: The higher the f-number,
the longer the delay time within
the range of the particular
camera system.
Dark Band Position: When you see a
dark band at the top of the image,
increase the delay time. When the
dark band appears at the bottom,
decrease the delay time.
11.3
Optical Trigger
Optical trigger can act as an
alternative trigger mechanism from
the radio signal. For instance, it
signals that are being emitted
trigger with the delay timer (see
Section 11.4) can be used to set the
Two optical trigger modes S1 and S2
are available for selection:
S1
S2
11.4
Delay Timer
Every RF60 is equipped with a delay
either Master or Slave mode. The
delay timer delays the trigger
response for the time period set. If
you wish to
a different lighting effect (e.g. to
achieve a second curtain sync), delay
timer is helpful for your creation.
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12. Personalizing
Personalizingthe
theRF60
RF60
12.
12.1
The LCD backlight of the RF60 turns
on whenever any button is pressed.
In order to conserve energy, there
is a timer setting that automatically
turns off the backlight.
1. To set the delay timer, press
Menu then press the Next button
until <DELAY> is displayed and
the selection indicator
points
at the value in ms.
2. Use the + or – button to set the
delay timer in milliseconds (ms)
which is equal to 1/1000 second.
You may set a delay time from 1 ms
to 999 ms, i.e., close to 1 second.
3. Pressing and holding the + or button will automatically speed
up the key effect and make faster
changes. Pressing and holding
Next will reset the delay time
to 0.
4. The delay timer indicator
will
show on the main screen status
bar whenever a delay timer has
been set.
5. To turn off the delay timer,
follow step 1-3 to set the delay
time to 0. The delay timer
indicator will then disappear
from the status bar on the main
screen.
LCD Backlight
1.
duration, press Menu, and press
Next until the text area shows
<BK LGT>. Then use the + or –
buttons to choose from OFF, 5 sec,
15 sec, or ON.
2. The option <ON> will instruct the
LCD to be on constantly.
3. Press Next
Menu
12.2
Sleep Timer
To conserve energy when you forget
to switch off the RF60 after use, the
sleep timer will switch the RF60 into
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1. To enable or disable the quick
press Menu, and
then Next until the text area
shows <QCK FL>. Then use the + or
– buttons to choose OFF and ON.
2. Press Next
1.
press Menu, and press Next a few
times until the text area shows
<SLEEP>. Then use the + or –
buttons to choose from OFF, 3 min,
5min, 15 min, 30min, or 60 min.
2. The option <OFF> will deactivate
the sleep mode.
3. Press Next
Menu
4. To wake up RF60 from sleep mode,
press any button once.
Note: Wireless triggering will not
wake up RF60 Slave units remotely.
12.3
Quick Flash
Menu
main screen.
12.4
Beep Feedback
indicator, the built-in buzzer of the
RF60 can also notify you when the
custom settings. Choose from the
shooting requirements:
capacitor is not fully charged.
OFF
RF60 does not beep in any
circumstance.
Fn1 (QCK FL): Quick Flash*
speed is more important than the
accuracy of power output. Disable
to emit light, albeit not yet at the
Fn2 (READY): Full Charge
your primary concern.
Fn3
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13. Working with Cactus
Triggers
lower than the selected level.
*Both Fn1 and Fn3 are only available
for selection when the Quick Flash
has been enabled (see Section 12.3).
The RF60 is compatible with Cactus
Wireless Flash Transceivers V6, V5,
and Laser Trigger LV5.
V6
V6
V5
CAMERA
SENSOR
RF60
EMITTER
V5
13.1
Cactus V6
With the group function, the Cactus
1.
press Menu, and press Next until
the text area shows <BEEP>.Then
use the + or – buttons to choose
from OFF, Fn1 (QCK FL),
Fn2 (READY) or Fn3 (WARN).
2. When choosing the options with
the + or – buttons, the
abbreviation for each option will
be shown in the text area.
3. Press Next
Menu
4. The beep indicator will appear in
the status bar whenever Fn1, Fn2,
or Fn3 is selected.
trigger and command each other, in
either Master or Slave mode.
13.1.1 RF60 as Slave
With a built-in Cactus V6 RF module,
the Cactus RF60 can be remotely
commanded and triggered by the V6
TX.
Note: Cactus V6 can specify up to
1/10 EV stop and communicate it
with the RF60, however the RF60
would only display the nearest
1/3 EV stop.
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You may combine the RF60 with other
TX (Master) RX (Slave)
RF60
V6
example, assign a RF60 to group A,
Canon 580EX (with a V6 RX) to group
B, Nikon SB-900 (with another V6 RX)
to group C. The V6 TX will be able to
trigger them all and set their power
levels in either relative or absolute
power mode.
Note
in 4 groups.
of Slaves (RX) in 4
groups.
from 1/128 to 1/1 full
power, with 0.3 and 0.7
increments between major
power levels (in 1/3 EV
power ratio).
X Changing the zoom level
X Changing in power ratios
of 1/10EV, 1/2EV and 1EV.
13.1.2 RF60 as Master
Users may assign the RF60 as master
trigger and command other RF60 Slave
and V6 RX units. While the RF60
Master can control the power level
and zoom level of the RF60 Slave,
zoom control is not supported when
working with V6 RX units.
Check the table below for the
features supported in each pairing
option:
TX (Master) RX (Slave)
V6
RF60
Note
4 groups.
of Slaves (RX) in 4
groups.
from 1/128 to 1/1 full
power, in the power ratio
of 1/10 EV, 1/3 EV, 1/2
EV, or 1 EV (although the
RF60 will only display
the nearest 1/3 stop).
X Changing the zoom level
of RF60.
13.2
Cactus V5, LV5
The Cactus RF60 can work in pairs
with the Cactus V5 or LV5. They all
share the same 2.4GHz, 16-channel
platform.
Since the V5 and LV5 do not support
groups and remote power control, the
RF60 Master will trigger all V5s,
independent of which group it
considers active. Similarly, both
the V5 and LV5 will trigger any RF60
slave, independent of what group it
has been assigned to.
14. External Power
The external power source provides
counts per battery cycle. Use the
Cactus External Battery Pack EP-1
(optional) to extend the capability
of the RF60:
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With 4x AA
alkaline battery
With Cactus
External
Battery Pack
EP-1
Charging time
after a full
power flash
Number of full
power flashes
supported
5s
100
2s
200
For instructions on how to power the
RF60 with the External Battery Pack
EP-1, see the user manual of EP-1.
15. Forming the Capacitor
not been used for a certain period of
time, the capacitor may have lost its
full potential to store electricity.
capacitor as follows:
1. Switch on the RF60 in Local mode
with fresh batteries.
3. Allow the ready light to glow 15
Test
button.
5. Repeat steps 3-4. After a
capacitor will be formed and work
as normal.
16. USB Connection
The USB port of the RF60 is designed
switch off the RF60
and remove the batteries inside.
Connect it to a computer via Cactus
mini-USB cable MU-1 (optional) or a
compatible USB-to-mini-USB cable. The
recognize the connected RF60 and
start the upgrade. Please visit www.
cactus-image.com/rf60.html for more
information.
Caution:
Do not connect the RF60 to any AC
power supply through the USB port.
17. Optional Accessories
1. Cactus Wireless Flash
Transceiver V6
2. Cactus Wireless Flash
Transceiver V5
3. Cactus Wireless Laser Trigger LV5
4. Cactus 60cm Foldable Soft Box
CB-60
5. Cactus Diffuser Cap DC-60
6. Cactus Mini USB cable MU-1
7. Cactus External Battery Pack EP-1
8. Cactus PC Sync Cable CA-200
9. Cactus 3.5mm Plug Cable with
6.35mm Plug Adapter CA-360
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18. Troubleshooting
Before reading this section, ensure
that the Cactus RF60 has been set up
correctly (follow the instructions in
Sections 7-9 of this manual).
Symptom
Electrical
contacts of
If the problem persists after
completing the troubleshooting
steps, contact your seller directly
for further assistance.
Symptom
Possible Cause Solution
No Flash
Batteries are
Ready Signal installed in
wrong
direction
Install batteries
in the correct
direction
Batteries are
nearly
depleted or
have already
been used up
Replace them with
a new set of AA
batteries
hot shoe securely
to the camera
Clean the contacts
camera are
dirty
Symptom
1. Flash capacitor not charging
Possible Cause Solution
Flash Ready Flash is not
LED blinks
attached
or stays on, securely to
camera
Possible Cause Solution
Flash Ready Channel
LED blinks
mismatch
or stays on,
the same channel
Group mismatch Make sure the
group assigned to
been activated on
Background
radio
interference
- Set all units to
another channel
- Change setup
location as
interference may
come from other
equipment in
the surrounding
area
2. Flash power turns off by itself
Master and
Place the Master
Symptom
Possible Cause Solution
LCD turns
off
Sleep timer is - Press any button
activated
on the RF60 once
to wake it up
from sleep mode
- Check the sleep
timer
are placed too at least 20cm
close to each apart and retry
other
Temperature
warning
signal
appears in
LCD screen
Too many
short interval
rest for at least
15 minutes
in the Menu and
revise it (see
Section 12.2)
Beyond 200m
effective
range
- Make sure Master
are placed
within 100m
(328 ft) of each
other
Note: The
effective range of
200m (656 ft) may
not be achieved
in the presence of
radio
interference
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Symptom
Possible Cause Solution
Black frame
appears in
pictures
or frame
is only
partially
illuminated
Shutter speed - Adjust the
is faster than
speed to the
x-sync
maximum
limitation
supported x-sync
speed
- Set up the RF60
in HSS Sympathy
mode (see
Section 11.3)
Delay timer
has been set
incorrectly
Turn off the delay
timer or adjust
the delay timer to
correct sync time
Symptom
Possible Cause Solution
Local or
Poor hot shoe
connection
- Adjust tightness
of hot shoe
contact
hot shoe contact
with a clean
cloth
Background
radio
interference
- Set all units to
another channel
- Change setup
location as
interference may
come from other
equipment in
the surrounding
area
Optical
trigger has
been switched
on and
triggered by
unexpected
ambient light
Switch off the optical trigger, as
it may not work in
the environment
Symptom
Possible Cause Solution
Power
Warning
beeps (if
enabled)
when it is not
fully charged
Ready Signal
takes longer
than usual
to turn on
Batteries are
nearly
depleted or
have already
been used up
- Turn off Quick
Flash
to recharge
fully
Replace them with
a new set of AA
batteries
19. Notices
NOTICES FOR CUSTOMERS IN THE U.S.A.
Federal Communications Commission (FCC)
Radio Frequency Interference Statements:
This equipment has been tested and found
to comply with the limits for a Class B
digital device, pursuant to Part 15 of
the FCC Rules. These limits are designed
to provide reasonable protection against
harmful interference in a residential
installation. This equipment generates,
uses, and can radiate radio frequency
energy and, if not installed and used in
accordance with the instructions, may
cause harmful interference to radio
communications. However, there is no
guarantee that interference will not occur
in a particular installation.
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If this equipment does cause harmful
interference to radio or television
reception, which can be determined by
turning the equipment off and on, the user
is encouraged to try to correct the
interference by one or more of the
following measures:
antenna.
equipment and receiver.
a circuit different from that to which
the receiver is connected.
radio/TV technician for help.
HARVEST ONE LIMITED AND THE MANUFACTURER
OF THIS WIRELESS FLASH IS NOT RESPONSIBLE
FOR ANY RADIO OR TV INTERFERENCE CAUSED BY
UNAUTHORIZED MODIFICATIONS TO THIS
EQUIPMENT. SUCH MODIFICATIONS COULD VOID
THE USER AUTHORITY TO OPERATE THE
EQUIPMENT.
R&TTE Declaration of Conformity (DOC)
We, Harvest One Limited, 9D On Shing Industrial Building, 2-16 Wo Liu Hang Road,
Fo Tan, Hong Kong, declare under our own
responsibility that the product:
Cactus Wireless Flash RF60
is in conformity with the essential
requirements and other relevant
requirements of the R&TTE Directive
(1999/5/EC).
This product Cactus Wireless
Flash RF60 is in conformity with
the provisions of EU Council
Directive: 1999/5/EC.
The crossed-out wheeled bin means
that within the European Union
the product must be disposed
separately at the end of product
cycle. Do not dispose this product
with other municipal waste.
20. Warranty
FCC ID: VAAFLARF60
MADE IN CHINA
This device complies with part 15 of
the FCC Rules. Operation is subject to
the following two conditions: (1) this
device may not cause harmful
interference, and (2) this device must
accept any interference received,
including interference that may cause
undesired operation.
The limited warranty set forth below is
given by Harvest One Limited with respect
to the Cactus brand Wireless Flash
purchased with this limited warranty.
Your Cactus Wireless Flash RF60 or other
contents, when delivered to you in new
condition in its original container, is
warranted against defects in materials
or workmanship as follows: for a period
of one (1) year from the date of original
purchase, defective parts or a defective
Wireless Flash returned to our authorized
dealers, as applicable, and proven to be
defective upon inspection, will be
repaired with new or comparable rebuilt
parts or exchanged for a new Wireless
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Flash as determined by Harvest One Limited or
authorized dealers.
This limited warranty shall only apply if the
Wireless Flash is used in conjunction with
which items, Harvest One Limited, shall have
no responsibility.
This limited warranty covers all defects
encountered in normal use of the Wireless
Flash, and does not apply in any of the
following cases:
(a) Loss of or damage to the Wireless Flash
due to abuse, mishandling, improper
packaging by you, alteration, accidents,
(b) Failure to follow operating, maintenance,
or environmental instructions prescribed
(c) It is serviced by someone other than
Harvest One Limited or authorized dealers.
(d) Without limiting the foregoing, water
damage, sand/corrosion damage, battery
abrasions or damage to the body, or damage
to the hot shoe or PC cables, will be
presumed to have resulted from misuse,
abuse, or failure to operate the Wireless
Flash as described in the operating
instructions.
NO IMPLIED WARRANTY, INCLUDING ANY IMPLIED
WARRANTY OF MERCHANTABILITY OR FITNESS FOR A
PARTICULAR PURPOSE, APPLIES TO THE WIRELESS
FLASH AFTER THE APPLICABLE PERIOD OF THE
EXPRESS LIMITED WARRANTY STATED ABOVE, AND NO
OTHER EXPRESS WARRANTY OR GUARANTY, EXCEPT AS
MENTIONED ABOVE, GIVEN BY ANY PERSON OR ENTITY
WITH RESPECT TO THE WIRELESS FLASH SHALL BIND
HARVEST ONE LIMITED. HARVEST ONE LIMITED SHALL
NOT BE LIABLE FOR LOSS OF REVENUES OR
PROFITS, INCONVENIENCE, EXPENSE FOR SUBSTITUTE
EQUIPMENT OR SERVICE, STORAGE CHARGES, LOSS OR
CORRUPTION OF DATA OR ANY OTHER SPECIAL,
INCIDENTAL, OR CONSEQUENTIAL DAMAGES
CAUSED BY THE USE OR MISUSE OF, OR
INABILITY TO USE, THE WIRELESS FLASH,
REGARDLESS OF THE LEGAL THEORY ON WHICH
THE CLAIM IS BASED, AND EVEN IF HARVEST
ONE LIMITED HAS BEEN ADVISED OF THE
POSSIBILITY OF SUCH DAMAGES. IN NO EVENT
SHALL THERE BE RECOVERY OF ANY KIND
AGAINST HARVEST ONE LIMITED GREATER IN
AMOUNT THAN THE PURCHASE PRICE OF THE
CACTUS WIRELESS FLASH SOLD BY HARVEST
ONE LIMITED OR ITS AUTHORIZED DEALERS
AND CAUSING THE ALLEGED DAMAGE. WITHOUT
LIMITING THE FOREGOING, YOU ASSUME ALL
RISK AND LIABILITY FOR LOSS, DAMAGE, OR
INJURY TO YOU AND YOUR PROPERTY AND TO
OTHERS AND THEIR PROPERTY ARISING OUT OF
USE OR MISUSE OF, OR INABILITY TO USE, THE
CACTUS WIRELESS FLASH NOT CAUSED DIRECTLY
BY THE NEGLIGENCE OF HARVEST ONE LIMITED.
THIS LIMITED WARRANTY SHALL NOT EXTEND TO
ANYONE OTHER THAN THE ORIGINAL PURCHASER
OF HARVEST ONE LIMITED, OR THE PERSON FOR
WHOM IT WAS PURCHASED AS A GIFT, AND
STATES YOUR EXCLUSIVE REMEDY.
Corporate Office:
HARVEST ONE LIMITED
9D ON SHING IND. BLDG.,
2-16 WO LIU HANG ROAD,
FO TAN, HONG KONG
PLEASE CONTACT YOUR LOCAL DEALER FOR
CUSTOMER SERVICE.
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