Bowens Gemini 500R monolight (£430, $650)
What’s it for? Portraits often have to be shot quickly before a show. I can set up the head with a Travelpak battery kit (£550, $760) and a softbox fast.
Plus points It enables me to create striking portraits with a simple setup. It’s radio-controlled, so there are no cables.
Minus marks None for the flash head, but the hooks for the straps on the Travelpak aren’t really strong enough.