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The Bowens Gemini 500 Pro Head offers all the features and benefits of the Gemini R units, including the Travelpak Battery option and Pulsar Trigger Card compatibility, with the additional benefits of faster flash durations up to 1/2900 sec, multi voltage operation, faster recycle times and fan cooling. For fashion and commercial photographers, particularly those wishing to shoot on location, the Bowens Gemini 500 Pro is the perfect choice. More
Main Features of the Bowens Gemini 500 Pro Head
Gemini Pro Advantages:
Fast Flash Duration
If you need to capture action, then the Pro range is for you. The three-electrode flash tube is the reason for the action freezing flash times on the Gemini Pro monolights - the fastest Bowens monolights ever! The flash tube is easily user replaceable too - so, no expensive service center fees if it needs replacing.
Travel Pack Compatibility and Multi-Voltage
The Travelpak battery unit means that Gemini Pro lights can ‘go anywhere’ out on location. But what about when you are in the studio in another country? With the Pro range, the Gemini becomes a true go anywhere system. Advanced circuitry within the unit is able to seek the correct voltage to run on meaning that you can take a Gemini Pro monolight anywhere in the world, safe in the knowledge that it will work wherever you go - inside or out.
Fast Recycle Times
In photography everyone knows that time is money. That is why the Gemini Pro range of monolights boasts recycling times to full power faster than ever before. Now you can spend less time waiting for your lights to power up and more time creating amazing images with your world-class lighting.
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(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)
Realy versatile and solid piece of kit
About Me Semi-pro Photographer
Comments about Bowens Gemini 500 Pro Head:
This is the second review I've done of this product since buying it, and I still love it to bits. Having lived with it for a few months I can definitely say that it's worth the money. It's a solid and reliable piece of hardware that's versatile and does the job without complaining or needing to be coaxed. Everything from the fittings to the proportional lighting feels and behaves in a solid and reliable manner. Even the fan cooling gives me a sense that this thing is built to last, and frankly makes me feel better about it not blowing suddenly up on me. As for the noise it makes it's minimal and after a while you really don't notice it. The one thing that had me foxed for more than a few moment was switching the unit to remote rather than local control by turning the main dial right down. It's actually labeled, but somewhat cryptically as the remote position, and it's something that you'd expect to be operated by a dedicated switch. When you do enter that state none of the switches for proportional, ready beep, etc works anymore, and I got a horrible fright that everything has suddenly gone wrong. Being one of those people who tends to dive in and work things out, reading the manual was a pain, but well worth it as it's only a few pages long anyway [got to start doing that more often]. The light quality from the unit is noticeably more stable than the standard GMs [as you'd expect], and it's easily powerful enough to drive large modifiers like a 200CM octabox. As I previously stated it's my key light, and I use it with two GM400s as rim or hair lights, all of which works fine. Gripes, well as has been previously pointed out the controls can end up on the wrong side of the unit, which makes adjusting them a little fiddly, but it's a small price. To reiterate my earlier comments I'd have to come across something exceptional to knock these off their current perch [the profoto B1 Air TTL might do it it was half the price]
Bottom Line Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
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Really usable head
As a portrait and fashion photographer it might have been a better idea to get the 750 or even the 1000 pro, but actually I love this thing. I certainly can't fault it for my choice which is why it gets 5 stars. If your looking for a five hundred watt studio head this is the one to go for IMHO. It's my key light in every sense of the word. Yes, at some point it will inevitably get relegated to a back end position, but it will most likely be for a 750 or 1000 pro. These things are so obviously built to last it's shocking. They are sturdy, and yes quite heavy which is something that actually makes me feel good about it. I can deal with that if it mean that it won't fall apart in the next year. In the mythical world of forever happy yest I'd have a B1 tomorrow, who can argue with TTL in a studio strobe apart from maybe a Luddite, but I just can't justify the expense. This is however something I feel will become a happy companion for quite a while to come. Let the strobing commence :-)
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About Me Pro Photographer
I use this as my key light and find it rock-solid in reliability. The controls are a pleasure to use although if you want the light to be on the left of your subject they face away from you or you have to have them upside down. Bowens have tried to solve this problem with their Gemini Remote but sadly this is only works when you point it directly at the receiver diode which is situated on... the control panel - nice one! The fast strobe speed is useful - people who blink under strobes just aren't quick enough. Also, it's got cooling, which means your modifiers don't go into meltdown. Remember old strobes used to have that useful hole for the umbrella? Forget it's a thing of the past. Now you need a separate widget for your umbrella... bummer. But hey, these are small gripes.
Included Accessories: Modelling Lamp, Mains Lead
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