Cactus PT-04 RF Triggers
About a month ago, I got some Cactus PT-04 v2s triggers from Gadget Infinity along with fellow blogger and photographer Markku Seguerra. Having played around with them for a while, I’ll say this much – they’re no Pocket Wizards, but for the price, they sure do some magic.
Questions have been raised about their quality, usability, and reliability. I can tell you now that they really don’t look very expensive – but that’s because they really aren’t. They sell for under $50 – what do you expect?
You want to talk about performance? Trigger range right out of the box is pegged at 20 to 30 feet – not exactly very far. On top of this, I tested them and got a 75% trigger rate – a flash would fail to fire once every four or so frames. Suddenly, these little babies seem to have lost some of their magic.
With some minor modification though, the triggers act like they’ve got a fresh sprinkling of fairy dust. With a new antenna, range has gone up tenfold to over 300 feet, and that’s not the only improvement. With the mod, trigger rates are now well above 90% – not bad at all.
No, the Cactus PT-04 triggers might not look like much, but who cares? I want triggers that work, and these babies work pretty damn well.
• Luis • 2 November 2007 •