STYLE AND SUB­STANCE come to­gether in Bowens’s new fam­ily of Creo flash power packs, which are de­signed for hard work.

The in­ven­tor of the flash monobloc – back in 1963 for all you trivia buffs – is also a dab hand at mak­ing flash power packs. The Creo se­ries is the lat­est-gen­er­a­tion of flash packs from Bowens and they’re de­signed to deliver very rapid re­cy­cling and ul­tra-short flash du­ra­tions with a high level of colour tem­per­a­ture sta­bil­ity. This is achieved via a more so­phis­ti­cated cool­ing sys­tem which pre­vents ex­ces­sive tem­per­a­ture build-ups when shoot­ing long se­quences, en­sur­ing the Creo packs al­ways op­er­ate at op­ti­mum per­for­mance.

The Bowens Creo flash packs also in­tro­duce con­tem­po­rary styling, with the con­ve­nience of a mem­brane-type con­trol panel and LED dig­i­tal dis­plays. There are two mod­els in the cur­rent line-up; the Creo 1200 and the Creo 2400, which deliver a max­i­mum flash power of 1200 and 2400 joules re­spec­tively. Both mod­els have two flash head out­lets with asym­met­ric power dis­tri­bu­tion. The Creo 1200 has a nine-stop power out­put range for each out­let while the Creo 2400’s range is a handy ten stops. These are ad­justable in ei­ther one-tenth or full-stop in­cre­ments. The flash du­ra­tion at the min­i­mum power set­ting is a light­ning­fast 1/5000 sec­ond on both mod­els, and the re­cy­cle times to full power are 0.5 sec­onds for the Creo 1200 and 0.9 sec­onds for the Creo 2400. Both mod­els can fire off se­quences at up to eight flashes per sec­ond and have the ca­pac­ity to deliver up to 1000 flashes per hour thanks to the new cool­ing sys­tem which em­ploys mul­ti­ple fans. These au­to­mat­i­cally switch on pro­gres­sively as re­quired to in­crease the air­flow through the pack. Ad­di­tion­ally, a charge lim­iter mon­i­tors the sys­tem con­di­tions and will au­to­mat­i­cally ad­just the charge rate if nec­es­sary to pro­tect the pack.

Colour tem­per­a­ture sta­bil­ity is quoted at no more than +/- 80 de­grees Kelvin across the power ranges, and the flash-to-flash sta­bil­ity is quoted at +/- 40 de­grees Kelvin.

The Bowens Creo packs have au­to­matic volt­age sens­ing so they can be used any­where in the world. They are equipped with a ‘Ra­dio Trig­ger Card’ slot en­abling the ‘Pul­sar Ra­dio Rx Card’ to be used for wire­less trig­ger­ing and con­trol with Bowen’s Pul­sar ra­dio trig­ger. Al­ter­na­tively, the op­tional Creo In­fra-Red re­mote con­trol is avail­able. Bowens has also in­tro­duced a new Creo-se­ries flash head which is more com­pact and lighter than the Quad heads, al­though these are still com­pat­i­ble with the new packs. The Creo head has built-in cool­ing and a pro­tec­tion sys­tem to main­tain colour tem­per­a­ture sta­bil­ity. The Creo head is com­pat­i­ble with Bowens Quad packs and the new Creo packs are fully com­pat­i­ble with the Bowens ‘S-type’ ac­ces­sories.

Bowens flash equip­ment is dis­trib­uted in Aus­tralia by C.R. Kennedy & Com­pany and for more in­for­ma­tion visit www.bowens­di­

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