Cactus LV5 Laser Trigger
Cactus LV5 Laser Trigger Review
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I was asked if I would like to provide a review of the new Cactus LV5 Laser Trigger from Cactus-Image and of course I said yes, after all you can't have too many triggers is what I always say. The triggers arrived well packaged in a somewhat larger box than I was anticipating. I have never used the Cactus products prior to this so was not sure what to expect. On opening the package I was pleasantly surprised to find two large, very good looking devices, one a transmitter and a receiver, a hood for the receiver a couple of short cables, instruction booklet and some stickers that are for use as a quick reference guide. There were also four AAA batteries to get you started and the units will happily run for several hours on two batteries each, however the transmitter and receiver both take four batteries to allow for leaving the units turned on for a considerable period of time, for instance in a location where you are trying to capture some wildlife perhaps. The kit looks good which is always a positive first impression. The units feel sturdy and well made, each has a hotshoe adapter on the foot that can obviously fit into a hotshoe or alternatively they can be screwed in to a lightstand via a 1/4" screw thread, I found this to be a good addition.
The units have an on/off button on the top, the transmitter has a frequency selector switch allowing the user to select a beam of 500Hz or 1000Hz, it is recommended that 1000Hz is used in normal operation. In front of the laser is a 'Laser Filter' switch, the instruction manual does not refer to this apart from pointing out where it is, I assume it is to reduce the brightness of the laser in low light situations.
On one side of the receiver there are two switches, one for setting delay/freeze the other for single/multi shot. Below these is the shutter release port for connecting a camera via a 3.5mm jack. On the other side is a multi-function wheel that sets delay times and RF frequency (if you purchase the optional wireless receiver RF receiver. The Cactus LV5 have built in RF transmitters).
Both units have an angle tilt function allowing the units to be directed up or down.
I do not have an RF receiver so had to make do with connecting the unit via a dedicated camera cable (optional extra). This was not a problem as they are readily available from the Cactus store and many other places. I didn't try anything too demanding for the first outing, just basically getting to know the system and work out how best to use it, so I started off with some shots of objects being dropped into a small fish tank. I hope to be able to put the Cactus LV5 through a more thorough test soon, but following on from this brief exercise I'm looking forward to seeing what they can do. The following three shots were taken with a Nikon D800, as mentioned earlier the camera was connected to the transmitter via a cable, two flashes were triggered remotely behind the fish tank, each with a blue gel on.
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