Two words to describe the Bowens Gemini 400Rx kit, portability and power. For the photographer on the move they are an ideal solution. I had the chance to test out the Gemini 400Rx kit on a recent photoshoot with Red Dwarf and Coronation Street actor Craig Charles.
The 400Rx kit is smaller than the standard Bowens Gemini kits, with the test button now integrated with the power LED. On the back, there are three switches: One to change the modelling light mode, one to change the modelling light control and one for setting whether the device beeps when it’s ready to be triggered again. The 400Rx also has the standard Bowens battery port, so is able to be used with the Travel Battery-pak .
Built into the 400Rx is a radio receiver compatible with Bowens Pulsar radio triggering system, which allows for 24 channels accessed by using the two buttons on the transmitter. The Pulsar radio trigger is lightweight, compact and solid. With the receiver being built in, you don’t have to have things attached or dangling from the monolight, but there’s still a sync port in case you don’t have the option to use the radio trigger.
The kit is a great choice for those just starting out, and seeking their first set of strobes or those looking for kit that gives them portability, without having to carry bulky heavy lighting systems. With the kit you can create two light setups easily without any fuss. On the photoshoot with Craig (image below) taken with a Canon EOS 5D Mk II you can see the quality and power of the two strobes.
The Bowens Gemini 400Rx kit retails at £599.00 at Calumet Photographic, including strobes, stands, umbrellas, a Pulsar Tx trigger and a case.