Bowens Gemini 400Rx Review, Portability & Power

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.

gemini-400rx_2The 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.

Craig Joseph Charles (born 11 July 1964) is an English actor, comedian, author, poet, television presenter and radio and club DJ. He is best known for playing Dave Lister in the British science fiction sitcom Red Dwarf and Lloyd Mullaney in the long-running soap opera Coronation Street. Charles first appeared on television as a performance poet, which led on to minor presenting roles. After finding fame in Red Dwarf, he regularly featured on national television, with celebrity appearances on many popular shows, while he continued to host a wide variety of programmes. Charles notably presented the gladiator-style game show Robot Wars and narrated the comedy endurance show Takeshi's Castle. His acting credits include playing inmate Eugene Buffy in the ITV drama The Governor, and leading roles in the British films Fated and Clubbing to Death. He has toured the UK extensively as a stand-up comedian. As well as starring in Coronation Street and Red Dwarf, Charles hosts The Craig Charles Funk and Soul Show on BBC radio, and performs DJ sets at numerous clubs and festivals, nationally and internationally. (Rory Lewis Photographer)

The Bowens Gemini 400Rx kit retails at £599.00 at Calumet Photographic, including strobes, stands, umbrellas, a Pulsar Tx trigger and a case.

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