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CactusBy Cactus
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CactusBy Cactus
First created
HK$ 605,822
pledged of HK$ 780,000pledged of HK$ 780,000 goal
94
backers
0seconds to go
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Wed, September 5 2018 4:00 PM UTC +00:00

About

Cactus RQ250 - A 250Ws, Li-ion battery-powered TTL wireless monolight that fits on your palm!

Compact, wireless, with TTL and HSS support for 8 camera brands including Canon, Fujifilm, Nikon, Olympus, Panasonic, Pentax, Sigma and Sony, this powerful light can change instantly from a round head diffusion disc flash to a bare-bulb flash.

The Cactus RQ250 is designed with location shooting in mind. Equipped with a magnetic flash head and bayonet mount, it makes mounting light modifiers as quick as a snap.

The RQ250 has a palm-sized body with a detachable reflector that easily fits into most camera bags. Small but powerful, its 250Ws power output is equivalent to 3.5X regular speedlights.

With its frosted diffuser disc and uni-body reflector, the RQ250 is ready to be used straight away. Designed to reduce the undesirable hot spot effect, the round head diffusion disc creates a pleasing light quality even when used without modifiers.

The reflector when mounted on the RQ250 acts as a protector for the flash tube during transport. There is also a magnetic plastic cover that clips on the reflector to protect the glass diffusion disc.

The included custom-designed swivel allows the flash tube to be perfectly aligned with the centre of an umbrella for optimal light dispersion. The swivel furthermore doubles as a hand grip, giving you or your assistant full control without requiring lightstands.

Rubber pads on the tripod screw mount and locking pin on the swivel guarantee secure attachment.
Rubber pads on the tripod screw mount and locking pin on the swivel guarantee secure attachment.

Turning the RQ250 into a bare-bulb flash is as quick as removing the reflector! The proprietary Cactus TubeOne™ flash tube easily fills large modifiers, including strip softboxes, for evenly distributed light.

Removing and attaching the reflector
Removing and attaching the reflector
Installing the RQ250 on Cactus bayonet bracket
Installing the RQ250 on Cactus bayonet bracket

The RQ250 works seamlessly with Cactus Softbox series via the Cactus bayonet bracket. There will also be an adapter for Bowens S-type mount, available as an optional accessory.

Thanks to the RQ250’s magnetic mounting system, a range of custom-designed light modifiers clip on within seconds and can easily be stacked to create the desired lighting effect. The optional accessory kit includes 1x barn door, 1x colour gel set (with 18-colour ROSCO gels), 1x dome diffuser, 1x honeycomb, and 1x snoot.

Pairing a colour gel filter with a dome diffuser is as easy as 1-2-3
Pairing a colour gel filter with a dome diffuser is as easy as 1-2-3
Stacking a honeycomb on the colour gel filter to create the desired spotlight effect
Stacking a honeycomb on the colour gel filter to create the desired spotlight effect
RQ250 with light modifiers in action
RQ250 with light modifiers in action
Add-on: 60cm Beauty Dish
Add-on: 60cm Beauty Dish
Add-on: Bowens Type Mount
Add-on: Bowens Type Mount

The RQ250 is a wireless TTL/HSS monolight for Canon, Fujifilm, Nikon, Olympus, Panasonic, Pentax, Sigma and Sony when triggered by a Cactus V6 II or V6 IIs (for Sony) wireless transceiver. It supports TTL, High-speed Sync (HSS/FP) as well as manual power control and works simultaneously with any portable flashes compatible with the Cactus V6 II or V6 IIs (for Sony).

The RQ250 extracts the most out of its 4-cell battery pack using our proprietary UltroED™ transformer which recycles in a mere 1.1 seconds and fires a whopping 520 full power flashes on a single charge.

To ensure that photographers can work all day long without interruption, thermal resilience was a top priority during the design process. The combination of an aluminium flash reflector head which passively dissipates heat and an active, temperature-controlled cooling fan means that the RQ250 can take a beating and still will not overheat!

In its colour-priority mode, the RQ250 is able to produce a consistent colour temperature across the entire 10-stop power range and over hundreds of shots, saving you valuable time in post-production.

A lightning fast response time and an ultra-short flash duration at low power outputs allow you to freeze the fastest of movements. With power adjustment steps as fine as 0.1EV, and access to a 10-stop power range from 1/512 to 1/1, you have full control over the RQ250’s power output.

It's all about helping you frame that shot, be it previewing the light falloff on your subject, or assisting the camera’s AF system in the dark, the RQ250 has you covered!

A large crowd turned out at CP+ centre stage on March 3, 2018, when Cactus Ambassador Ilko Allexandroff introduced the RQ250 (prototype).
A large crowd turned out at CP+ centre stage on March 3, 2018, when Cactus Ambassador Ilko Allexandroff introduced the RQ250 (prototype).
Live demonstrations of using the RQ250 as an off-camera flash were held two days in a row and were very well received.
Live demonstrations of using the RQ250 as an off-camera flash were held two days in a row and were very well received.

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About Cactus

Headquartered in Hong Kong, Cactus is a brand under the R&D company Harvest One Limited. Our mission has always been to help photographers create stunning photos by making equipment that exceeds expectations.

We are the manufacturer of the award-winning Cactus V6/V6II wireless flash trigger and RF60(X) flashes. We designed and manufacture the world's first and only wireless flash system that supports TTL/HSS across 8 brands of camera and flash systems. We stand firmly behind our products and closely work with photographers to deliver products that provide an optimal experience.

Cactus has won 8 Gold and 1 Silver Digital Grand Priz (DGP) Awards in Japan since 2015 for its innovative Wireless Flash Triggers and Wireless Flashes.
Cactus has won 8 Gold and 1 Silver Digital Grand Priz (DGP) Awards in Japan since 2015 for its innovative Wireless Flash Triggers and Wireless Flashes.

The RQ250 is designed, engineered and assembled in Hong Kong. This is our first crowdfunded project and we truly hope you can help us making this exciting project come to life.

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Risks and challenges

1. Tooling:
While the tools for the plastic and metal parts have already been used for prototype production, it may take several revisions to finalize them for mass production. Although unlikely, issues with ensuring the tooling is adequate for mass production may cause mass production to be delayed.

Due to our prior experience with tooling for plastic and metal parts for our current product range, potential delays caused by tooling issues are expected to be well-controlled.

2. Safety Approval:
We will test against all required safety standards before mass production. Should one of the approval tests reveal an issue, design changes may become necessary. This may cause mass production to be delayed.

We have arranged pre-tests with a testing laboratory to ensure that our design fulfils the requirements of the targeted standards. We estimate the likelihood of design changes becoming necessary to be minimal.

3. Shortage of electronic components:
Recent high demand of semi-conductors has made sourcing some specific components more challenging. Further unforeseen pressure may cause mass production to become delayed.

Over the years we have developed long-term relationships with component suppliers. We have placed purchase orders of critical components 6 months ahead of the production schedule to minimize the risk of such delivery delays.

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    RQ250 Standard Pack - Kickstarter Only

    For minimalist, this is just the RQ250 with no bells and whistles, perfect for existing Cactus trigger users.

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    RQ250 Extra Battery Kit

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    RQ250 with Clip-on Modifier Kit

    Get the RQ250 together with the Magnetic Clip-on Modifier Kit, which includes a useful set of 18-colour ROSCO gels, as well as a barn door, a colour gel holder, a dome diffuser, a honeycomb and a snoot.

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    RQ250 Single Starter Kit

    This kit will get you going with one RQ250 and a TTL/HSS compatible wireless flash transceiver Cactus V6 II or V6 IIs.

    12% off MSRP

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    RQ250 All-in-One Kit

    If you are thinking, “just give me everything” then this is the reward for you!

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    RQ250 Duo Starter Kit - Early Bird

    Sometimes one flash just won’t do the trick with off-camera flash.

    This reward will get you two (2) RQ250 units and a Cactus V6 II or V6 IIs.

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    RQ250 4-light Advanced Kit

    If you are a strobist who often use 3 to 4 lights in a typical shoot, this reward should be a no-brainer!

    This reward will get you four (4) RQ250 units and a Cactus V6 II or V6 IIs.

    25% off MSRP

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