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Cactus V5 Strobist Starter Kit

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Are you just getting into flash photography? Want to learn all about manual settings like the professionals? Want to create different dramatic lighting effects? This is the kit to start you off. It has all the basic equipment you will need.

Included with this starter kit is a 60cm x 60cm foldable soft box, Cactus wireless flash transceiver V5 duo, Cactus KF36 full manual flash, Umbrella and umbrella swivel.

With a smart design - the soft box can be folded and stored into the provided 31cm x 18cm x 8cm carrying bag (See picture). It is ideal for portable flash users who carry their lighting setup from one place to another. There are now two diffuser cloth included which allows user to further soften the light from the Soft Box.

The flash that comes with this combo is a Cactus KF36 flash. Its vari-power of full power, 1/2, 1/4 and 1/16 allows you to easily adjust the light intensity at your wish. Also included is a Cactus V5 trigger set. You can trigger the flash wirelessly off camera at different angles and distances from the object.

This silver black studio umbrella can be used as a reflector for the harsh light from your flash or strobe, creating soft light for your subject. The umbrella is made of a Nylon surface mounted on a metal frame. The inner layer is silver in color and outer layer black. This silver studio umbrella is ideal for studio usage and portrait photography. An umbrella swivel comes with this kit.

The totally re-engineered and re-designed Cactus Wireless Flash Transceiver V5 (Cactus V5). Like its predecessors, Cactus V5 remains powerful and reliable, and is ideal for photography of any kind.

** Notes on compatibility:

  • Cactus V5 does not work with V4, V2s or V2;
  • Cactus V5 does not transmit TTL information;
  • Cactus V5 does not work with Canon 10D, 300D (Digital Rebel / Kiss Digital);
  • Some dedicated flashes (e.g. Nissin Di-622 and Di-466, Sunpak PZ42x and PZ30, Sigma EF-530/500 DG ST for Canon, etc.) are triggered via system-specific pins instead of the central contact of the hot shoe. Cactus V5 does not work with these flash models. To check whether your dedicated flash units are compatible with Cactus V5, try attaching them to a camera of other brand (e.g. attaching a Nikon TTL flash to a Canon DSLR camera). If the flash can be triggered, it will work with Cactus V5.
  • Tested with the following flash models:
    • Cactus AF50, AF45, KF36;
    • Canon SpeedLite 580EX II, 580EX, 550EX, 540EZ, 520EZ, 430EX II, 430EX, 430EZ, 420EX, 420EZ, 380EX, 200E;
    • Metz 58AF, 48AF;
    • Nikon SpeedLite SB-900, SB-800, SB-700, SB-600, SB-80DX, and SB-28;
    • Nissin Di622 MK II, Di466, Di866 MK I, Di866 MK II;
    • Olympus FL-50R, FL-50, FL-36R, FL-36;
    • Pentax AF-540 FGZ, AF-360 FGZ, AF-400 FT, AF-240 FT;
    • Sigma EF-530 DG Super, EF-530 DG ST (for Nikon only), EF-500 DG Super, EF-500 DG ST (for Nikon only), EF-430;
    • Sunpak Auto 2000DZ, 622 Pro, 433AF, 433D, 383, 355AF, 344D, 333D;
    • Vivitar 285HV, 285, 283, DF-400MZ, DF-340MZ;
    • Yongnuo YN560-II, YN560, YN462, YN460-II;
    • Godox TT560, TT520, CF-18;
Note: Please feel free to view the video below for the installation instructions of the foldable soft box:

Combo Specifications:

  • Cactus V5 Strobist Starter Kit;
  • Kit Includes 60cm x 60cm Foldable Soft Box for Portable Flash (x 1), Cactus Wireless Flash Transceiver V5 duo (x 1), Cactus KF36 flash (x 1), Studio Umbrella in Silver Black (x 1), and Umbrella Swivel (x 1);
  • 60cm x 60cm Foldable Soft Box:
    • Soft box size: 60cm x 60cm;
    • Comes with carrying bag (31cm x 21cm x 8cm), flash holder and ball head;
    • Diffuser cloth x 2, an inner diffuser cloth and outer translucent white front panel;
    • Ball head comes with 5/8" hole to fit with any standard light stand;
    • Compatible with Cactus wireless flash transceiver V5;
    • Compatible with all standard ISO hot shoe portable flash;
    • Weight (include carry bag): 1173g;
  • Cactus KF36 full manual adjustable flash:
    • Guide Number 120-ISO 100ft/ 36-DIN 21m;
    • Automatic Exposure Range: 3-70 feet;
    • Vari-power: Full power, 1/2, 1/4 and 1/16;
    • Recycling Time: 8 sec with alkaline batteries;
    • Number of Flashes: 100 with alkaline batteries;
    • With Thyristor battery safe circuit;
    • Color Temperature 6,000º K;
    • Flash Duration:
      • Auto - 1/1000 to 1/3000 sec;
      • Manual - 1/1000 sec;
      • Zoom flash head: 35mm, 50mm, 105mm, 28mm wide angle diffuser (included);
    • Bounce angle: 0º, 45º, 60º and 90º;
    • Ready indicator: 3-level LED;
    • With single-pin standard hot shoe;
    • Power source: 4 x AA alkaline batteries (NOT INCLUDED);
    • Dimensions: 186mm x 97mm x 66mm;
    • Net weight: 423g;
  • Cactus V5 wireless flash transceiver:
    • Working radio frequency: 2.4GHz;
    • 16 channels selectable;
    • Support sync speed: up to 1/1000 second (subject to camera’s sync speed limitation);
    • Compatible with all DSLR and SLR cameras with standard ISO hot shoe or PC sync output;
    • Compatible with portable flashes and studio strobes;
    • Low battery indicator;
    • Maximum effective area: 100 meters (328 feet);
    • Operating temperature: -20°C to +50°C (-4°F to 122°F);
    • Flash voltage handling: up to 300V;
    • Camera voltage handling: up to 6V;
    • Power input: 2 x AAA 1.5V batteries;
    • Connection port: 3.5mm (1/8") mono mini-phone;
    • Standard 1/4" screw mount;
    • Dimensions: 82mm (L) x 70mm (W) x 37mm (H);
    • Weight: 58g;
    • Package contents:
      • Cactus V5 Transceiver x 2;
      • Flash Stand (FS-5) x 2;
      • 3.5mm Plug Cable (CA-350) x 1;
      • 6.35mm Plug Adapter (PA-635) x 1;
      • PC Sync Cable (CA-100) x 1;
      • AAA Battery x 4;
        Owing to the change of policy of IATA (International Air Transport Association), all electronic items with battery inside are not allowed to ship out from Hong Kong. From 4th October, 2013, all batteries which should have been included in our items will be taken away before shipment. We are sorry for the inconvenience caused.
      • "When Light Dances 2" Photo Album x 1;
      • English User Manual x 1.
  • Studio Umbrella in Silver Black:
    • Silver Studio Umbrella;
    • Color of inner surface: Silver;
    • Color of outer surface: Black;
    • Diameter: 33 inches;
    • Surface made of Nylon;
    • Umbrella frame made of metal;
    • Net weight: 160g;
  • Umbrella swivel for Studio Photography with adjustable hot shoe mount:
    • Umbrella Swivel;
    • With hot shoe mount;
    • Black in color;
    • Net weight: 170g;
  • All items are brand new, never been used.

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We’re Closing!

Gadget Infinity started almost a decade ago, sourcing the best price-performance photographic and two-way radio gear for fellow photography enthusiasts. It has been a wonderful journey sharing the many location portrait techniques with you on our YouTube channel. Over the years our passion in flash photography grew so much that we ventured into creating our own wireless flash triggering system – Cactus.

Starting next month, we will be putting all of our time and effort into product development at Cactus so we will be closing our operation at Gadget Infinity on August 30, 2016. Rest assured, the 30-day return policy still applies on your orders made on or before the date of our store closure. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact us at service@gadgetinfinity.com.

It will be a good bye but not a sad one as we will still stick around. Come visit us at

Thank you again for your support over the years and best wishes!

From everyone at Gadget Infinity.

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