Bowens have updated their entry-level Gemini series of monolights by building a radio receiver into each flash head. The new Gemini 200Rx and 400Rx inherit all the features of the original GM200, GM400 and add the ability to be triggered by a Bowens Pulsar radio transmitter straight out of the box.
The Pulsar system can have up to 24 radio “zones” and four channels while storing six different studio settings in its memory. Other notable features of the Gemini lights include portability, a five stop power range and location power via the optional Travelpak battery pack. Full specifications can be found at the Bowens web site.
According to CT Distribution, the new flash heads are “ground-breaking”. While built-in radio is nothing new for the market as a whole, it is certainly breaking ground for the brand. The Gemini Rx range are the first studio flashes from Bowens to have a built-in wireless capabilities. The higher-spec Gemini Classic, R and Pro monolights require extra plug-in Pulsar Receiver Cards. The top-of-the-line Quad generator and previous Gemini heads only have sync ports.
By comparison, rival manufacturer Elinchrom’s competing entry-level flashes, the D-Lite it, already have built-in radio. Every other product in Elinchrom’s range have more advanced wireless capabilities including full remote power control using the Skyport system. The only remote adjustment available for Bowens lights is with a handheld infrared controller. However, none of Elinchrom’s lights can run on both AC and DC like Bowens can.
Bowens Gemini Rx kits start at a recommended retail price of £799 including VAT. Individually, the 200Rx heads are £319 each, the 400Rx £349. You can order directly or through an authorised Bowens dealer.