Bowens Gem­ini 400Rx Kit

NPhoto - - Test Team -

£550, $850 www.bowens­di­

Re­vised and re­vi­talised, the new ‘Rx’ ver­sions of the pop­u­lar Bowens heads now come com­plete with built-in RF (ra­dio fre­quency) re­ceivers. As with the Elinchrom kits and the In­ter­fit EXD400 TI kit, a hot shoe-mount­ing RF trans­mit­ter is also in­cluded, but set­ting the sync chan­nel for it is a bit more long-winded on the Bowens kit.

Build qual­ity is im­pres­sive through­out, al­though the up­dated flash heads still have a slightly util­i­tar­ian, in­dus­trial feel. The power out­put is wide-rang­ing, equat­ing to aper­tures from f/3.2 to f/18 (five stops) in our tests, but the ba­sic ro­tary con­trol knob lacks the fi­nesse of up/down push-but­ton switches plus a dig­i­tal dis­play. The kit in­cludes two re­flec­tors and two um­brel­las, which have re­mov­able cover­ings so can be used as sil­ver, white or translu­cent.

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