Cactus has remained quite a small player in the flash scene since Godox came along with their powerful and portable lithium-ion powered strobes. But, small as they may be, they are a mighty force. They have the widest cross-platform compatibility of any brand out there and have become a favourite of Pentax and Sigma shooters the world over.
But Cactus has always had one big problem. They only make speedlights. Well, that’s changed now, with the announcement of the RQ250 battery powered portable strobe. It’s 250Ws and on paper, it seems to compete very well with its direct Godox AD200 competitor. We got to check out a prototype at The Photography Show recently, and have a little chat about its future.
Despite being a pre-production prototype, a quick hands-on look at the unit demonstrated some great potential. Of course, this is still a pre-production prototype. So, not everything’s fully implemented yet, hardware’s subject to change slightly and the firmware will definitely need an update to add essential features like high speed sync.
But as of right now, the previously published specs are expected to be met, and some even exceeded.
- 250Ws power
- Bare bulb with frosted lens reflector
- Unibody design with detachable reflector
- Lithium-Ion battery
- 400 Full Power flashes
- LED Modelling light & AF-assist
- Fan-cooled for continued use & warm environments
- Wireless TTL, HSS and manual power control for Nikon, Canon, Fujifilm, Olympus, Panasonic, Pentax, Sigma and Sony.
- Built-in 2.4Ghz wireless receiver for Cactus V6II and V6IIs triggers
Being still in the prototype stage means that there’s no real word on price or a release date yet, although it’s currently still expected to be out at some point during Summer 2018.
As soon as we know, we’ll be sure to post an update.
Here are a couple more things we got to check out during the show…