Bowens Gemini 500R, 500 watt Second Monolight with Modeling Lamp & Flash Tube, 117 volt, S-type Reflector Mount
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- 500Ws of power
- 5 stops of power variation
- Runs on AC Mains or DC Battery power
- Travelpak Compatible
- Pulsar/PocketWizard Card slot
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The Gemini 500r monolight retains the unique ability to be powered from AC mains in the studio or the award-winning Travelpak battery unit out on location as well as boasting a range of new features designed to offer photographers not only ultimate freedom but unmatched power, durability and control too. Take Control. Why should precise control be complicated? Simplicity is the key with Gemini. Digitally accurate control is easy without a confusing digital menu! Turn one dial for stops and the other for tenths to instantly set five stops of power with precision control, the LED display confirms the power output. Modelling control is also made simple with one switch, choose from full, proportional or off or even set the modelling lamp to any level you desire. Freedom is your choice These days unreliable sync cords are a distant memory for most photographers. Now you can also forget bulky radio receivers attached to your lights too! Thanks to the unique radio-card facility on the Gemini r. By simply plugging a radio trigger card into the slot on the back, Gemini lights instantly become compatible with either the Pulsar radio trigger system or the PocketWizard(R) system or Litelink - the choice is yours! Because the radio trigger card becomes an integral part of the unit it is much more reliable than an external receiver which can only be as good as its cord connection. Gemini monolights can also be controlled remotely with the Bowens RC3 IR remote handset which can adjust all basic features and advanced settings from up to 10m (32) away.
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The nice thing about the Bowens Gemini is that because of the S mount, you can not only use all of the Bowens light modifiers, you can also adapt any S type modifiers from other brands.
In general, 500w/s power on this is more than you'll need for your small studio if you're wanting to shoot on wide aperture. You can get to about F5.6 from 5-6 feet away on the lowest power setting 15w/s using a big softbox, but if you use it indirectly (pointing into an umbrella), you can get down to 2.8 comfortably (and even lower) on the 15w/s. However, if you're shooting on a larger focusing plane using > F11, then the Bowens offers the versatility to dial up and down as you need.