• http://ranger9.net Ranger 9

    Is the Pulsar system just a trigger, or does it have any other functions such as grouping or power adjustment?

    Also, any sense of flash duration? I could be wrong, but I recall reading that the older Geminis were fairly long-pulse units and consequently not the best choice for freezing fast action (although of course that’s not an issue for many types of studio shooting)…

    • http://www.selby.hk David A. Selby

      The Bowens Pulsar is just a trigger.

  • Peter Berressem

    “One thing however that is missing from the 400RX is an optical slave cell, now that there is a radio trigger built in.”
    Why force to use a Pulsar or buy a slave cell ? This saves Bowens just peanuts (pun intended) but is not a good step IMO.

  • http://www.bowensdirect.com Luke Yates

    Hello All,

    I’m from the marketing department at Bowens, The 400Rx and 200Rx both have built in slave cells (the red patch on the top of the flash head) and with the button on the top you can either choose to use the receiver or slave cell.

    Just thought i would clear this up.



  • http://www.limelite.uk.com Tim Haskell

    Hello All.

    I also work for Bowens and would like to address another couple of points raised here:

    1. Flash duration. The Gemini 400Rx has a flash duration of 1/1000 second and the 200Rx 1/1450 second.
    2. As David Selby says, the Pulsar and the newer, smaller Pulsar Tx are just triggers and do not control other flash functions. They allow a range of different trigger channels to be selected to either isolate light sources or combine and fire all of them together without having to leave the camera.

    I hope this is of some help.

  • Trevor Davies

    How do you set the lights up to the triggers? I have Canon Eos 1DMK3, and Callumet transmitter and recievers.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000095156729 Litebook Bowens

    Hey Trevor,

    Sorry but you can only use Pulsar!
    The head has built-in Pulsar receiver.



  • Andrew Garner

    I have a set of these and they are very disappointing, I replaced a set of elinchromes that were superior but stolen, they overheat really easily, I have been using Bowens for 30 years and while these are overheating my older ( and occasionally very old Bowens lights) go on working.

  • Rick

    Will a standard Gemini 400 work with a Pocket Wizard?

    • http://www.lightingrumours.com/ David A. Selby

      Yes, so long as you plug in the appropriate receiver.

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