Distributed by: imaging BC-115 Imaging Freedom Issue 2 Also available: Imaging Power Generators & Accessories BC-112 Imaging Vision Continuous lights & Accessories BC-240 Explorer 1500 Battery Generator Guide BC-230 Studio-In-A-Box Gemini 125 Two head Kit BC-235 Studio Lighting Masterclass DVD BC-085 Product Photography DVD Complete “How to” Guide BC-080 355 Old Road • Clacton on Sea • Essex • CO15 3RH • United Kingdom www.bowens.co.uk 01/06 FREEDOM The Great Escape For years photographers could only dream of taking studio quality images on location assignments or in remote environments. Now, that dream has become reality. Bowens have developed a system with advanced technology which allows photographers the complete freedom to use studio lighting anywhere. The Esprit Gemini range powered by its unique Travel-Pak system offers the complete go-anywhere package for today's photographer on the move. © 2004 Photo by Reeve Banks Photography www.reevebanks.co.uk Esprit Gemini STUDIO QUALITY LIGHTING WHEREVER & WHENEVER YOU NEED IT! www.bowens.co.uk “the perfect go-anywhere lighting solution...” Location, location, location. The heart of the Gemini system. If you are a busy photographer working in the studio or out on location, the Esprit Gemini offers the perfect lighting solution. Designed to operate from either mains or battery, the Gemini offers consistency, reliability and quality to ensure stunning results in any environment. Designed and developed to operate the Gemini system anywhere. The Travel-Pak provides portable power, 200 shots per charge at full power, wherever and whenever the photographer needs it. Advanced technology and precision control. Quality and Durability. The Gemini range includes four models, 125Ws, 250Ws, 500Ws, and the 750Ws version. The advanced circuitry in the Gemini can now offer power calibration in exact stops and 1⁄3rd stops, ideal for the digital photographer. Esprit Gemini units can offer a range of power from full to 1⁄32 - that’s a five stop power range! (See page 13 for exact specifications) Being part of the Esprit range means you can be assured of the reliability and ease of use that the name ‘Esprit’ has become known for. -3- Like all Bowens products, the Gemini system is designed to withstand the rigours of studio and location work. The Esprit Gemini features larger handles and rotary dials for ease of use and the sturdy Travel-Pak is designed to work, even if standing in 75mm (3”) of water! As for weight, this is no problem either as the Gemini weighs just 3.4kg (Gemini 250 weighs 2.9kg) and the Travel-Pak only weighs 4.1kg, a winning combination! Esprit Gemini GM125 Esprit Gemini GM500 Travel-Pak More than powerful enough for small portrait use the Gemini GM125 features fully variable output offering precise exposure control. This model is also useful in larger studios as a top, back or hair light, being triggered from the main flash via the built in photo-cell. BW-3590 The 500Ws Gemini GM500 offers the photographer total versatility for product or portrait work. With a safe sync voltage of 5V and precise power calibration across the five stop range, the digital user can work in the knowledge that they will achieve total consistency and reliability. BW-3610 Compact, Lightweight, Portable Power. Everything offered by the Bowens Travel-Pak. Esprit Gemini GM250 Esprit Gemini GM750+ With the Gemini GM250 we can now offer a 250Ws unit with a 5 stop power range, from full to 1⁄32 power offering the same versatility as the rest of the Esprit range. With this wide power range it can be used as a main light with a softbox or as a fill light, with a grid reflector and a honeycomb. The low sync voltage of only 5V makes this light the perfect tool for digital users. BW-3600 The Gemini GM750+ is the top of the range in terms of power delivering an impressive 750Ws and featuring an amazing flash duration of just 1/2380 sec. This compact powerhouse can recycle to full power in just 1.2 secs. ideal for high fashion shoots. BW-3630 -4- Thanks to this handy battery pack, your Bowens Esprit Gemini lights can leave the studio to go on location anytime, anywhere! Able to power two monoblocs simultaneously with a total power of up to 1500Ws, the TravelPak is capable of bringing a 500Ws unit to full charge as fast as 4.5 seconds, and can offer in excess of 200 flashes on a single charge. With a fast/slow charge option to prolong battery life as well as a stylish carry bag offering protection from the elements and up to 3 inches of water, no location photographer should be without this unique power pack. Dimensions - 180(l) x 120(w) x 175(h)mm Weight - 4.1kg BW-7630 www.bowens.co.uk Esprit Digital DX Series “setting new standards in accuracy and repeatability” Esprit Digital DX - Perfect, precision lighting. The Esprit Digital DX Series was designed and engineered for the photographer who needs an increased level of lighting precision. Whether it’s the fine power-output adjustments for a crucial transparency shot or the refined repeatability that’s so important with today’s digital imaging tools, the Digital DX Series offers top performance and exceptional value for money. Features: • Precision light-output adjustments to an accuracy of 1/10 f-stop. • Power-control range of six f-stops, from full to 1/32. • A huge selection of reflectors and light control accessories. • A choice of three different models: 250, 500 and 1000Ws. • A built-in and switchable slave cell. • Units fire at 100% recharge for complete accuracy. Available in Three Models All three models feature variable power adjustments and completely interchangeable reflector and accessory mounts. This makes them an amazingly versatile lighting system, no matter how you combine them. www.bowens.co.uk • Full Infra-Red remote-control capabilities. • Three position modelling lamp settings: off, on at 100% brightness or in proportion to the flash power selected. • User-replaceable flash tubes. -5- Esprit Digital DX250 Esprit Digital DX500 Esprit Digital DX1000 Perfect for small studios, location work or for portraits, the Digital DX250 is capable of delivering plenty of light for the portrait photographer. It also has the advantage of an extended power range for the highest level of creative control. At minimum power the Digital DX250 is capable of delivering just 7Ws of power. As well as being a perfect portrait light, the controllability of the unit makes it a great hair light or background light. Although compact and lightweight, the DX250 is designed with a strong steel casing to resist the rigors of studio life. The advanced circuitry delivers fast recycling times (1.2 sec.) and a very fast flash duration (1/1100 sec.). In short, the DX250 is an exceptional flash unit that can prove invaluable in many studios. The 500Ws monobloc has been our most popular size for decades. The evolution of the DX500 brings a level of control and precision to what has always been our best-selling product. Whether you need power for commercial applications or the finesse of 1/10 f-stop accuracy for complete control, the DX500 is the perfect lighting solution. The DX range benefits of power accuracy, repeatability and full IR remotecontrol capability are all found on the DX500, which also boasts good flash duration and excellent recycling speeds. No larger than the DX250 and weighing only a fraction more, the DX500 is the perfect complement to any studio and the foundation of a first-class lighting system - whatever your photographic specialisation. The DX1000 is the heavyweight in the range - in performance (it’s actually quite lightweight for it’s power level) the unit is capable of delivering considerable amounts of power with precision and control. Two f-stops brighter than the DX250, it is still capable of delivering flash of just 28Ws - a gentle giant indeed! The DX1000 is perfect where high light output and hard work are the order of the day. Fan cooled, the DX1000 can deliver shot after shot, keeping up with the most demanding studio environments. With resilient circuitry and robust design, this will be a classic workhorse flash unit for years to come. The DX1000 is fitted with a three electrode flash tube giving impressive performance and flash duration at full power is just 1/1700 sec. The unit can also recycle to full power in just over two seconds. If you are looking for power and controllability, the DX1000 could be the perfect flash unit for your studio. -6- www.bowens.co.uk Track & Field. To put the Gemini system through its paces we went to a railway museum for some really challenging locations. The shot of Emma in the railway carriage was taken from the opposite platform. Because we couldn’t trail sync leads across a live railway line, Pulsar was used to trigger the lights in the carriage. Two Gemini 250’s powered by TravelPaks lit the model one with a Soft Box 60 and one with a Grid Reflector. More stunning results achieved by using Gemini and Travel-Pak can be seen on other pages. Setup for photo on Page 1. Lighting: Esprit Gemini 250 Travel-Pak Wafer Strip Zip Disc Setup for photo on Page 6. Lighting: 2 x Gemini 250 2 x Travel-Pak Soft Box 60 Grid Reflector Barn Doors Camera: Kodak DCS 760 Photographer: Chris Reeve Model: Emma Jones Stylist: Hannah Marshall Makeup: Jodie Trip Agency: Tamarindo Models The next location, a field in the middle of the Essex countryside. The shot requires Rachel to sit under a tree listening to music, but a fill light is required. With no power outlet for miles around the Esprit Gemini and Travel-Pak provide the ideal solution to achieve the perfect image with no distracting shadows. Setup for photo on Page 29. Lighting: Camera: Photographer: Model: Stylist: Makeup: Agency: Esprit Gemini 250 Travel-Pak Wide Angle reflector Silver/White Umbrella Kodak DCS 760 Chris Reeve Rachel Hirst Hannah Marshall Jodie Trip Tamarindo Models © 2004 Photo by Reeve Banks Photography www.reevebanks.co.uk www.reevebanks.co.uk www.bowens.co.uk -7- Esprit Digital 750PRO “a superior level of lighting for today’s digital world” Esprit Digital 750PRO Esprit Digital 750PRO. The Digital 750 PRO represents a major advance in photographic lighting, offering unprecedented precision and repeatability to compliment today’s sophisticated imaging tools. Perhaps what makes it stand out from the competition is not just that it’s a great flash, but that it offers such tremendous value. The 750PRO has been designed and crafted to deliver a level of output accuracy and colour consistency that is uncompromised. We wanted to achieve an overall performance level that would perfectly suit the demands of today’s working professional and set new standards in the performance of monobloc flash units. This amazing unit excels at both. www.bowens.co.uk Special Digital 750PRO Features: • Advanced colour consistency. • Precision power control in 1/10 f-stop increments. • 71/2 f-stop power range. • Instant power switching from 750 to 500 to 250Ws. • Multi-voltage circuitry for use anywhere in the world. • Very fast recycling - as fast as 0.8 sec. • Action-stopping flash durations - as fast as 1/3250 at 250Ws. • Variable auto-bracketing facility. • Fully stabilised to within ±0.05 f-stop within each range. • Full microprocessor control over flash and modelling circuits. • Auto-bracketing - 1/10 to 9/10 f-stop. • Full Infra-Red remote control. • Two-year warranty. -9- Critical Colour Temperature and Consistent Output. The most revolutionary engineering aspect of the Digital 750 PRO is it’s multi-capacitor circuitry. This advanced technology produces consistent colour temperature over an extended power range - an extremely important factor while working with digital imaging. Since Bowens manufactures to the strictest tolerances, colour consistency extends from unit to unit, making it possible and practical to illuminate a subject or scene with several units, each producing the same colour temperature. This is a significant benefit to digital photographers, saving immeasurable amounts of post-production time. Control Flexibility. Another benefit to the Digital 750 PRO’s unique multi-capacitor circuitry is its ability to be switched from 750 to 500 to 250Ws. Switching out banks of capacitors increases the overall power range of the unit to more than seven f-stops or from 750 to just 7Ws. Our triple-electrode flash tube design produces faster flash durations at such action-stopping speeds as 1/3250 sec. at 250Ws. Coupled with recycle times as low as 0.6 seconds, this makes the Digital 750 PRO perfect for fashion assignments as well as other high-speed applications. Precision digital power control Exceptional Performance Around the World. Photography is an international profession and the Digital 750 PRO was created to work anywhere in the world. Its advanced voltage-seeking system ensures constant performance from 90-240V. The recycling speed at all power levels is astonishing, taking only 0.8 sec. to recycle to 750Ws on 240V. On lower voltages the performance is equally impressive, making it significantly faster than many single-voltage units. Convenient Remote Control. The RC-1 Infra-Red Remote-Control Handset, dedicated to Bowens Digital 750 PRO and DX Monoblocs., provides the option of remotely operating all principal functions from distances up to 10m (35’). This handy device offers eightchannel operation as well as power output up/down, photo cell on/off, capacitor switching, bracketing, modelling lamp functions, test/open flash, sounder on/off and function selector. BW7500 - Esprit Digital 750PRO BW7520 - RC-1 Remote Handset. - 10 - www.bowens.co.uk Remote Triggering “the fashion photographers compact powerhouse” Esprit 1000 Esprit 1500 The original Esprit Pulsar Radio Trigger System The Esprit monobloc represents a successful evolution of four decades of monobloc excellence and development and, in that tradition, still provides the best value available in high-quality lighting for the professional photographer. As with the entire Bowens system, Esprit monoblocs are compatible with one of the world’s most diverse selections of reflector systems and light control accessories. This fact alone makes the Esprit system one of the safest investments you can make in your photographic future. It’s a system you will never outgrow. Whether you are triggering flash heads for complicated lighting setups or cameras for remote control nature shots or special effects, this system is for you. Esprit 1000 Esprit 1500 The Esprit 1000 offers a high level of power without compromising portability of convenience. The specially designed flash tube has three electrodes to ensure short flash duration - at full power the Esprit 1000 fires at 1/1700 sec. The units 1000Ws is suitable for commercial/industrial photography as well as larger portrait studios photographing family groups and team pictures. As with other Esprit units, the output can be controlled from full to 1⁄32 and the power-to-weight ratio is excellent for the location photographer. The unit features an audible recharge signal, a switchable slave cell and a highly efficient cooling fan for dependable operation. The Esprit 1500 is really three exceptional units in one. A selector switch allows it to be set to 500, 1000 or 1500Ws of total power. Since the total flash power is adjustable from full to 1⁄32 power, the Esprit 1500 offers photographers and amazing 71⁄2 f/stop power range. A three-electrode clear flash tube mounted behind a UV-balanced Pyrex dome guarantees fast flash durations and the best colour consistency over the life of the tube. Combine this with a fan-cooled 650W modelling lamp and auto power dumping and you have a most impressive specification. www.bowens.co.uk - 11 - Each Pulsar unit can be either a transmitter or receiver and is capable of sending or receiving signals beyond 100m (333’). Unlike IR triggering systems, the radio-transmitted Pulsar operates around corners and through walls. The Pulsar has four separate channels, enabling the photographer to isolate up to four light sources or to combine them and fire all of them at once without leaving the camera. Additionally, the Pulsar has a studio selector switch, which provides isolation from other Pulsar units using the same channel, and allowing up to six different systems to operate independently in the same space or studio. Other Pulsar features include: • Long battery life up to 200 hours of continuous use from two AAA batteries. • Low voltage operation of just 3V making it ideal for use with sensitive digital cameras. • Compact and lightweight design allows the units to be mounted directly onto your camera’s hot shoe or to your generator, or monolights. Length Width Height Weight - 90mm 49mm 44mm 122g Pulsar Twin Pack Pulsar Single Unit - 12 - BW5160 BW5150 www.bowens.co.uk Specifications Esprit Gemini 125 Esprit Gemini 250 Esprit Gemini 500 Esprit Gemini 750+ Esprit 1000 Esprit 1500 Esprit DX250 Esprit DX500 Esprit DX1000 Esprit Digital 750 Pro BW3590 BW3600 BW3610 BW3630 BW2066 BW2068 BW2120 BW2125 BW2130 BW7500 117V Product Code n/a BW3605 BW3615 n/a BW2086 BW2088 BW2150 BW2155 BW2160 BW7500 Stored Energy 125Ws 250Ws 500Ws 750Ws 1000Ws Selectable: 1500, 1000, 500Ws 250Ws 500Ws 1000Ws Selectable: 750, 500, 250Ws Guide Number (m/100 ISO) 41 60 80 104 120 160 at 1500Ws 60 82 120 102m at 750Ws Recycle time to full power 0.9 secs. 0.8 secs. 1.5 secs. 1.4 sec 2.3 secs. 1.1 secs. at 500Ws 1.2 secs. 1.4 secs. 2.3 secs. 0.8 sec. (230V 50Hz) 230V Product Code Flash Duration to t=0.5 1/1700 sec. 1/925 sec. 1/700 sec. 1/2380 sec. 1/1500 sec. 1.9 secs. at 1000Ws 1.4 sec. (120V 60Hz) 2.9 secs. at 1500Ws 1.9 sec. (100V 60Hz) 1/2200 sec. at 500Ws 1/1100 sec. 1/700 sec. 1/1500 sec. 1/1500 sec. at 1000Ws 1/2240 sec. (500Ws) 1/1100 sec. at 1500Ws Flash Power Variation Full to ⁄4 1 Full to ⁄32 1 Full to ⁄32 1 Full to ⁄32 1 Full to ⁄32 1 1/1700 sec. (750Ws) Full to ⁄32 at each power Full to ⁄32 Full to ⁄32 Full to ⁄32 1 1/3250 sec. (250Ws) 1 1 1 Full to 1⁄32 Stepless Power Variation Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes In 1/10 f-stops In 1/10 f-stops In 1/10 f-stops In 1/10 f-stops User Replaceable Flash Tube BW1074 (UV) BW1075 (Clear) BW2032 (UV) BW2030 (Clear) BW2032 (UV) BW2030 (Clear) BW1079 (UV) BW2980 (Clear) BW1079 (UV) BW2980 (Clear) BW2981 (UV Cover Dome) BW2980 (Clear) BW2032 (UV) BW2030 (Clear) BW2032 (UV) BW2030 (Clear) BW1079 (UV) BW2980 (Clear) BW2981 (UV Cover Dome) BW2980 (Clear) Recommended Modelling Lamp 275W Photoflood or 250W Halostar 275W Photoflood or 250W Halostar 275W Photoflood or 250W Halostar 275W Photoflood or 250W Halostar 275W Photoflood or 250W Halostar 650W Halogen 275W Photoflood or 250W Halostar 275W Photoflood or 250W Halostar 275W Photoflood or 250W Halostar 650W Halogen Model Lamp Variability Full only Full to 1⁄32 Full to 1⁄32 Full to 1⁄32 Full to 1⁄32 Full to 1⁄32 Full to 1⁄32 Full to 1⁄32 Full to 1⁄32 Full to 1⁄32 Colour Temperature (+/- 300K) 5600K 5600K 5600K 5600K 5600K 5600K 5600K 5600K 5600K 5600K Voltage Stabilisation to 1% to 1% to 1% to 1% to 1% to 1% ±0.5% ±0.5% ±0.5% ±0.05 Flash Inhibit Circuit Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Ready Light Indication at 100% charge at 100% charge at 100% charge at 100% charge at 100% charge at 100% charge at 100% charge at 100% charge at 100% charge at 100% charge Audible Recharge Confirmation Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Operating Voltage 190 - 250V 50Hz 190 - 250V 50Hz 190 - 250V 50Hz 190 - 250V 50Hz 190 - 250V 50Hz 190 - 250V 50Hz 190 - 250V 50 or 60Hz 190 - 250V 50 or 60Hz 190 - 250V 50 or 60Hz 90-130 50Hz or 190-253V 60Hz Sync Voltage 5V DC 5V DC 5V DC 5V DC 15V DC 15V DC 14V 14V 14V 14V Slave Cell Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Travel-Pak Compatible Yes Yes Yes Yes No No No No No No Circuit Protection Yes 5A(F) Fuse Yes 5A(F) Fuse Yes 5A(F) Fuse Yes 5A(F) Fuse Yes 5A(F) Fuse Yes 10A(F) Fuse Yes 5A(F) Fuse Yes 5A(F) Fuse Yes 5A(F) Fuse Yes 15A(F) Fuse EM Noise Suppression Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Width (Including Bracket) 170mm 170mm 170mm 170mm 170mm 170mm 170mm 170mm 170mm 150mm Length 310mm 365mm 365mm 365mm 450mm 490mm 390mm 390mm 450mm 425mm Height 130mm 130mm 130mm 130mm 125mm 125mm 125mm 125mm 125mm 135mm Weight 2.1kg 2.9kg 3.4kg 4.0kg 4.5kg 5.0kg 3kg 3.2kg 4.4kg 4.5kg www.bowens.co.uk - 13 - - 14 - www.bowens.co.uk “extra-value lighting kits for every type of photography” Studio & Location Lighting Kits A. Gemini 250/250 Kit. BW4300 Two Head Kits Contains: 2 Esprit Gemini 250 monolights, 2 Bowens compact lighting support stands, 1 Bowens 90cm Silver/White Umbrella, 1 60cm Bowens Softbox, 1 Wide-Angle Reflector, 1 kit Bag, Power Cords, Sync Cord, Modelling Lamps & Flash Tubes. Our most popular kit configurations are the two-head kits. These appeal to photographers buying studio lighting for the first time as well as photographers looking for exceptional value for money. Typical twohead kits include two Esprit Gemini monolights with two Bowens lighting support stands. To control the light we include a Bowens Softbox and a silver/white umbrella, together with a wide-angle umbrella reflector. B. Gemini 250/250 Travel-Pak Kit. BW4315 As Kit A with the addition of a Bowens Travel-Pak Battery, with universal mains charger and connecting leads. In our experience, this creates a very easy-to-use and effective two-light setup. The Softbox and umbrella are perfect for portraiture and many still-life applications. The kits include a sync lead for camera connection and all the power cables, modelling lamps and flash tubes. Everything is then packed into a single lightweight yet sturdy carrying case, with casters, for easy transportation. www.bowens.co.uk It is said that two heads are better than one. Well, when it comes to lighting, the more heads the better the result. Three heads and stands are the foundation of these popular sets. For lighting control we include a Bowens Softbox with two Bowens Silver/White Umbrellas and a pair of wide-angle reflectors designed to give a great degree of creative flexibility. Our Esprit Digital DX monolights are also available as money-saving two-head kits. These value kits contain two Esprit Digital heads with two compact lighting stands. For lighting control we include a Bowens Softbox, a Silver/White Umbrella and a Wide-Angle Reflector. The kit together with Power Cords, Sync Lead, Lamps and Flash-tubes comes in a robust carry case for portability. G. Gemini 250/250/250 Kit. BW4345 J. Esprit Digital DX 250/250 Kit. BW4270 D. Gemini 500/500 Travel-Pak Kit. BW4320 As Kit B with the monolights replaced by 2 Esprit Gemini 500Ws units. H. Gemini 500/500/500 Kit. BW4350 E. Gemini 750+/750+ Kit. BW4310 As Kit G with the monolights replaced by 3 Esprit Gemini 500Ws units. The Softbox is upgraded to 100cm and the Umbrellas to 115cm. K. Esprit Digital DX 500/500 Kit. BW4275 I. Gemini 750+/750+/750+ Kit. BW4355 L. Esprit Digital DX 1000/1000 Kit. BW4280 As Kit H with the monolights replaced by 3 Esprit Gemini 750Ws units. As Kit J with the monolights replaced by 2 Esprit Digital DX 1000Ws units. The Softbox is upgraded to 100cm and the Umbrellas to 115cm. As Kit A with the monolights replaced by 2 Esprit Gemini 500Ws units. As Kit A with the monolights replaced by 2 Esprit Gemini 750Ws units, the Softbox is upgraded to 100cm and the umbrella is bigger at 115cm. Two heads kits are also available complete with a Bowens Travel-Pak Battery, able to power two Esprit Gemini units simultaneously out on location. Two Head Digital DX Kits Contains: 3 Esprit Gemini 250 monolights, 3 Bowens compact lighting support stands, 2 Bowens 90cm Silver/White Umbrella, 1 60cm Bowens Softbox, 2 Wide-Angle Reflectors, 1 kit Bag, 1 Stand Bag, Power Cords, Sync Cord, Modelling Lamps & Flash Tubes. C. Gemini 500/500 Kit. BW4305 Two Head Travel-Pak Kits Three Head Kits F. Gemini 750+/750+ Travel-Pak Kit. BW4360 Contains: 2 Esprit Digital DX 250 monolights, 2 Bowens compact lighting support stands, 1 Bowens 90cm Silver/White Umbrella, 1 60cm Bowens Softbox, 1 Wide-Angle Reflector, 1 kit Bag, Power Cords, Sync Cord, Modelling Lamps & Flash Tubes. As Kit J with the monolights replaced by 2 Esprit Digital DX 500 units. As Kit E with the addition of a Bowens Travel-Pak Battery unit. - 15 - - 16 - www.bowens.co.uk 1 2 3 8 9 7 5 6 1 120° Wide Angle Umbrella Reflector Designed as a spill-kill or to be used with and to support umbrellas, this 15cm (6") reflector has a very wide, even coverage, making it perfect to spread light over broad areas. Its very small diameter creates hard shadows and highcontrast lighting. BW1885 2 50° Keylite Reflector This is a very high output 24cm (91/2") reflector that creates a highly specular result. It’s the perfect reflector to be used where maximum light output is required. It’s also a superb reflector for bouncing light off ceilings or simply to give the maximum possible depth of field. BW1886 www.bowens.co.uk 3 75° Softlite Reflector This 15" matt-finished reflector is supplied with a double diffuser cap that covers the flash tube and modelling lamp for added softness. The softest of Bowens’ direct reflectors, it is perfect for portraiture, beauty and small product photography. The diffuser cap can be removed, making it an excellent large-diameter direct reflector. BW1899 4 5 Reflector Kit An innovative lighting control outfit composed of a reflector, snoot and four-leaf barn door, the Bowens Reflector Kit represents exceptional value for studio and location photographers. The efficient reflector is optimised for light spread and has a 60° coverage. The interchangeable snoot and barn door attachments bayonet quickly onto the main reflector, providing instant light control. BW1882 Grid Diffuser This is an accessory to the 75° Softlite Reflector that creates a unique lighting effect by including a Perspex outer diffuser with a honeycomb grid in the centre. The Grid Diffuser gives a pool of direct light in the centre, surrounded by softdiffused light. The ratio between the centre and edge is 3:1 - ideal for portrait applications. BW1866 - 17 - 6 High-Performance Reflector This 32cm reflector achieves the maximum amount of light output possible for lighting large groups and bouncing light off of high ceilings. The efficient parabolic design delivers a narrow, bright beam of light with intense shadows and high contrast. A must where sheer power is required. BW1878 11 10 4 7 Supersoft 600 Diffuser for Sunlite 40 Here is the ultimate soft beauty light. The Supersoft 600 mounts directly into the front of the 40° Sunlite Reflector. Its super-large 600mm (231/2") front diameter reflector and unique threelayered diffusion design creates a large, soft light source that is completely even and delivers perfectly round catch lights for fashion and beauty applications. The internal baffle is printed with a precision designed light distribution pattern to reduce the centre brightness of the reflector. A double-layer front diffuser completes the softening effect. BW1884 Supersoft 600 Kit This complete kit includes the 40° Sunlite Reflector as well as the Supersoft 600 Diffuser, front diffuser screen and inner baffle. BW1868/84 8 40° Sunlite Reflector A 43cm (17") white-painted reflector designed to replicate sunlight for photographing items such as architectural models. The white-painted interior of the Sunlite reflector helps to ensure that an even light is delivered. BW1868 9 Backlite Reflector With its 20 x 30.5cm (8 x 12") elliptical shape, this reflector produces an oval pool of light that can be used to create a natural vignette on a background or other areas. Two fitted spring clips allow colour gels to be fitted. BW2560 • A set of colour gels including seven popular colours, a neutral-density filter and two diffusers for heightened lighting creativity is also available for the Backlite Reflector. BW2552 - 18 - 10 60° Grid Reflector A good general purpose direct reflector with an efficient pebble finish. With its rolled rim and indent, this medium-angle reflector will hold an 18cm (7") honeycomb. BW1863 • The 60º Grid Reflector can also be purchased as a kit containing a set of three honeycombs. BW1865 11 Set of Three Honeycombs This set is designed to be used with the Grid Reflector. The three sizes offer 1/8” (3.175mm), 3 /8” (9.525mm) and 1/4” (6.35mm) hole sizes, each with increasingly wide-angle spots of light. BW1864 www.bowens.co.uk Studio Essentials 16 12 17 13 20 14 15 12 65° Maxilite Reflector This is a good general-purpose direct reflector with an even coverage and a high light output. Since it has a small 20cm (8") diameter, the light it produces is moderately high in contrast. The stippled surface ensures a smooth and even light distribution. BW1887 13 14 Gel Filter Holder for Maxilite Allows light to be gelled or coloured. BW2368 • Maxilite Gel Set for BW2368. BW2364 15 Four-Way Barn Door & Gel Holder Also designed for use with the Maxilite to give greater control of light output. BW2363 Maxilite Honeycombs These fit on to the front of the Maxilite Reflector and deliver a very tightly controlled pool of illumination, creating a highly efficient spot effect BW1891 - A 3/8” (9.525mm) hole creates a wider angle spot effect. 16 Universal Honeycombs These are designed to fit a wide range of Bowens reflectors. The adjustable fittings clip over the rim of the reflector. BW1861A - A /8” (9.525mm) hole creates a wider angle spot effect. 3 BW1892 - A 1/4” (6.35mm) hole creates a narrower angle spot effect. BW1861B - A 1/4” (6.35mm) hole creates a narrower angle spot effect. www.bowens.co.uk 18 19 - 19 - 17 Universal Clip-On Barn Doors These are a must for anyone using direct reflectors to enable the spread of light to be precisely controlled. BW1869 18 15° Snoot For creating a simple spot effect, this 10cm (4”) cone can also be used as a hair light, creating a pool of illumination on the hair without spilling on to the face or background. BW1888 19 Honeycomb for snoot When even tighter light is required this clips simply to the front of the snoot. BW1862 20 Multiclip Invaluable to all photographers, the multiclip has thousands of uses around the studio. BW1826 Bowens Jetstream Wind Machine Fresnel 200 Spot Attachment Universal Spot Attachment The variable-speed Jetstream Wind Machine makes special effects a breeze and adds a sense of motion to your shots. It’s great for glamour shots or for controlling the smoke or fog on a set. For maximum gusts, turn the control to full power and you’ll create 2500 RPM (940 C.F.M) of controllable wind! Its remote operating cable enables you to control speed levels from up to 6m (20’) away, so you can go from a light draft to a gentle breeze to an intense bluster without leaving your camera. The Jetstream features a 5/8” mount to fit most light stands. This 200mm Fresnel lens produces that classic Hollywood-style of lighting unique to Fresnel spots. A built-in iris gives very tight control of the light pool, making it ideal for product photography. This versatile light is also good for classic portraits and for precise control in commercial work. This unique light-head attachment features a high-quality optical system that allows the projection of gobos, patterns and cut-outs on the background or onto the subject. It can also be used as a focusing spot to light very specific parts of the subject. The gobo holder (included) accepts standard M-size gobos. BW2914 BW1880 A Set of 12 M-size gobos is available. Length: 30.5cm (12”) Width: BW1879. 25cm (10”) Weight: 6.3kg (13.5lbs) Jetstream (240V) - BW2550 Jetstream (117V) - BW2550B - 20 - www.bowens.co.uk Bowens Lighting Support Light Shaping Bowens Lighting Support Stands Quick and Easy Control Handy Stand Designed for lightweight ultra-portability, yet durable enough to withstand the daily rigours of studio and location work. The Handy Stand has a maximum height of 195cm and closes to 85cm. BW6605 www.bowens.co.uk Bowens Silver/White Umbrella This innovative, collapsible disc system offers two reflector options from one tool. These dual-purpose umbrellas feature a white interior surface backed by a removable silver fabric with a black exterior. This provides a soft but highly efficient bounced light source. For close-up lighting, the silver/black backing can be removed, allowing you to get closer to your subject by lighting through the umbrella like a softbox. Bowens Reflector Discs are available in three sizes with a double-sided warm gold or silver fabric. The disc panels can be flipped or reversed instantly so you always have the right tool on hand. The worlds best lights deserve the worlds best support. Bowens lighting support stands represent exceptional value. Constructed from black anodised aluminium for a sturdy, attractive and non-reflective appearance. Bowens stands feature high quality aluminium locking clasps for ultimate stability and maximum safety. Compact Stand This portable and lightweight entry level light support stand reaches 303cm and closes to 87cm. BW6610 Bowens Reflector Discs Aluminium Locking Clasps Anodized Aluminium Tubes Portable Stand A superb all-purpose light support stand, essential when extra height is needed, it reaches 355cm and closes to 100cm. BW6615 Heavy-Duty Stand This ultra-durable light support stand easily withstands the demands of a busy studio, with a maximum height of 390cm, the stand closes down to 115cm for portability. BW6617 - 21 - Reflector Discs are extremely lightweight, easy to use and do not require any assembly. Their carbon-steel frames are welded to withstand rigorous use and provide years of dependable performance. When not in use, they fold effortlessly into small circles one-third of their open size. A telescopic holder is available for convenient positioning. Telescopic Disc Holder. BW3225 81cm (32”) This telescopic arm is universal to take all sizes of Reflector Disc and attaches to any Bowens light support stand or most other makes of stand. BW3275 Gold/Silver Oval Reflector Panel. BW3265 122 x 92cm (48x36”) BW4046 - 115cm Silver/White Umbrella BW4060 - 140cm Silver/White Umbrella Gold/Silver Reflector Disc. BW3245 107cm (42”) BW4036 - 90cm Silver/White Umbrella - 22 - www.bowens.co.uk WAFER --- The Wafer Light Bank System Wafer Accessories The Wafer is probably the most innovative light bank on the market, producing a beautiful quality of light and offering a degree of control unmatched by similar products. Its range of shapes and sizes is almost as big as its range of accessories, making the Wafer suitable for a variety of work in all disciplines. Oval Diffuser A translucent fabric diffuser with black oval mask that converts rectangular light banks into ovals. Perfect for those shots where a rounded highlight or catch light is desirable. Wafer light banks produce a crisp, smooth quality of light while their narrow profile and silver/white interiors with two interchangeable graduated inner baffles deliver unparalleled flexibility and control. The Wafer is supplied in a stowage pouch for convenient portability and includes the flash adaptor speed ring. Brand specific flash adaptor rings are available for every leading studio lighting system. Wafers are available as rectangles, which are by far the most popular and versatile. Hexagonal Wafers are especially good for portraiture whilst the strips, which produce much sharper cut-off, are popular with fashion photographers. www.bowens.co.uk BW1196 For Wafer 100 BW1977 For Wafer 140 BW1197 Wafer Honeycombs For Wafer Hex 100 BW1194 A lightweight, aluminium honeycomb on a frame is fitted into the recess at the front of the Wafer soft box. Ideal for product photography, giving a soft, controllable pool of illumination. For Wafer Hex 140 BW1185 For Wafer 75 BW1160 For Wafer Hex 180 BW1186 For Wafer 100 BW1161 Hex Oval Diffuser These shaped diffusers for the Hex Oval soft boxes create a rounded catch light. The Wafer design is supplied with two internal Mylar baffles or screens, each printed with a special pattern to ensure the light distribution on the front cloth is absolutely even over its entire surface. These baffles also assist in controlling the colour temperature: one is white and the other is blue for more neutral tones. The front cloth of the Wafer is recessed to help control light spill. The resulting internal edge has a hook-and-loop lining, allowing an accessory honeycomb to be fitted to the front for additional directional control. For Wafer 75 Strip Wafers Hexagonal Wafers Rectangular Wafers Wafer Strip 100 100 x 38 x 25cm (75 x 15 x 11”) Wafer Hex 100 100 x 70 x 30cm (39 x 27 x 12”) Wafer 56 56 x 25 x 28cm (22 x 10 x 11”) Wafer 140 140 x 100 x 50cm (53 x 40 x 193/4”) Ideal where more contrast and a sharper edge to the shadows is required. BW1180 Ideal for single head-and-shoulder portraits or for greater contrast on 3/4-length shots and fashion. BW1195 Here is a compact soft box for small still life, either as a main or rim light. It also provides an exceptionally good hair light. BW1894 For full-length portraits and fashion, also good for larger sets. This unit is extremely soft because of its size. BW1897 Wafer Hex 140 140 x 95 x 37cm (55 x 371/2 x 141/2”) Wafer 75 75 x 50 x 28cm (30 x 193/4 x 11”) Wafer 200 200 x 140 x 65cm (76 x 53 x 251/2”) BW1953 - Bowens L Type For single portraits or small groups where a natural vignette is required. BW1182 This medium-sized soft box is great for still life, single portraits or for more contrast lighting in larger sets. BW1895 An enormous soft light that is still lightweight enough to hang on Hi-Glide tracking or boom arms, the Wafer 200 is beautiful for full-length work, group portraits and large products. BW1898 BW1956 - Multiblitz Large Wafer Strip 140 140 x 35 x 50cm (55 x 133/4 x 193/4”) For longer coverage than the 100 Strip. BW1181 Wafer Strip 200 200 x 70 x 62cm (195 x 271/2 x 241/2”) Full-length fashion with hard-edged lateral contrast. Good overhead light source to separate subjects from background. BW1184. All Strip Wafers are supplied with one full-width and one half-width front diffuser. The half-width diffuser provides an even sharper cut-off and harder edge to the shadows. - 23 - Wafer Hex 180 180 x 135 x 52cm (71 x 53 x 201/2”) A broad beautiful light for almost any subject. great for larger groups. BW1183 Wafer 100 100 x 75 x 35cm (40 x 30 x 14”) Flash and Light Head Adaptor Rings Wafer soft boxes can be used with most major studio lighting systems. Simply attach the appropriate adaptor to the mounting rings supplied. BW1954 - Bowens/Calumet/Redwing BW1955 - Balcar BW1961 - Multiblitz Small BW1957 - Elinchrom BW1958 - Broncolor Impact BW1959 - Broncolor Pulso Our most popular size, this soft box is suitable for full-length portraits, small groups and product illustration. Still compact enough for location. BW1896 BW1960 - Broncolor TA BW1962 - Courtnay BW1997 - Hensel - 24 - www.bowens.co.uk Bowens Professional SoftBox Series Bowens SoftBoxes The Bowens range of softboxes has been developed to offer photographers the very highest-quality light source at a very modest cost. Their silver interior and shallow construction offers a high degree of efficiency while a translucent diffuser ensures even light distribution. If absolute evenness is critical for the larger sizes, internal diffusers are available as an accessory, as are carry bags for storage and location work. Each softbox comes supplied with a casting and Bowens ‘S-type’ Adaptor. Each will accept all Wafer adapters and can be used with most popular flash systems. www.bowens.co.uk Softbox 60x60 Softbox 140x100 60 x 60cm (231/2 x 231/2”) Ideal for the small portrait or still life photographer. BW1660 140 x 100cm (55 x 391⁄2”) Ideal for large group shots and commercial photography as well as room sets and general photography where a very soft light is required. BW1685 Softbox 60x80 60 x 80cm (231/2 x 31”) Rectangular shape perfect BW1665 for portraiture. Softbox 100x80 100 x 80cm (391/2 x 31”) For larger portraits or when a softer light is required. BW1667 Softbox 100x100 100 x 100cm (391/2 x 391/2”) Our most popular size, suitable for a wide range of photography. BW1680 - 25 - SoftStrip 100 100 x 40cm (391/2 x 153/4”) The narrow profile of the strip gives a much sharper cut off, making it ideal for fashion and beauty. BW1670 SoftStrip 140 140 x 40cm (55 x 153/4”) Perfect for full length fashion and beauty photography. BW1690 Soft Box Accessories Octo 150 Internal Diffuser Octo 150 is a unique large softbox which offers several nontraditional softbox features that will be of particular interest to portrait photographers. Clips into the centre of the softbox to give absolutely even illumination across the front diffuser. BW1662 - For Softbox 60x60 BW1667 - For Softbox 60x80 BW1672 - For Softstrip 100 BW1677 - For Softbox 100x80 BW1682 - For Softbox 100x100 BW1687 - For Softbox 140x100 BW1692 - For Softbox 140x140 Unlike other large octagonal softboxes on the market, the Octo 150 features a perfectly round front diffuser for perfectly round catch lights which are cleaner and more pleasing. Another difference is that the light is mounted in the unit facing the rear cloth, away from the subject. This offers two distinct advantages over traditional softboxes. The first advantage is that the Octo 150 does not have extra layers of diffusion fabric between the light source and the front diffusion fabric making it an extremely efficient softbox that can be used even with small flash units such as an Esprit 500. Carry Bags The other significant advantage of this design is the interior silvered and white surfaces which have been designed to ensure optimum evenness of illumination on the cloth and because of this can be used close to the subject to produce maximum softness as well as maximum light output. BW1650 Keep your Softbox protected when on location work. BW1765 - For Softbox 60 & SoftStrip BW1770 - For Softbox 100 & 140 - 26 - www.bowens.co.uk Pioneer Portable Flash System “location-friendly convenience with studio-control savvy” Whether you shoot commercial, industrial, architectural or social events, the Pioneer offers amazing power options, versatility and creative light control possibilities for the photographer on the go. This portable rechargeable flash system offers many advantages over conventional portable, on-camera flashes. Pioneer SI Kit Rugged, Powerful & Portable At the heart of any portable flash system is a dependable battery and the Pioneer offers a choice of two. Both are sealed lead-acid batteries, noted for robust and trouble-free performance and none of the memory limitations that plague alternative types. For added convenience, and no surprises, the voltage stabilised batteries feature a charge level indicator that shows the state of charge. SI 2.5Ah Battery SII 5.0Ah Battery The smaller of the two batteries, the SI is by far the most popular. It weighs in at 2kg (4.4 lbs.) and delivers 210 shots per charge at full power with an impressive recycle time of 2.9 seconds. BW1220 For those big, high-volume jobs, the SII delivers up to 430 flashes at full power and recycles in just 1.9 seconds. It's the ideal battery when the maximum number of shots per charge is needed. BW1224 Pioneer S-70 Flash Head Pioneer SI Kit Pioneer SII Kit • Pioneer flash head with 3m power cable. • SI 2.5Ah battery pack with shoulder strap. • SLA500m battery charger (UK or Euro). • Short sync lead. • 65º stippled reflector. • Camera bracket. • Hard, moulded kit case. • User Guide. • Pioneer flash head with 3m power cord. • SII 5.0Ah battery pack with shoulder strap. • SLA 1.5m global battery charger (110/230V). • Short sync lead. • 65º stippled reflector. • Camera bracket. • Umbrella/Light Stand Attachment Bracket. • Protective cover for flash tube. • User Guide. BW1205 A portable flash doesn't need to be strictly utilitarian. It can have some panache and style, and this system has a smartly designed head to lead the way. Pioneer's portable head is first and foremost practical for all flash purposes. With its ability to rotate 270° and tilt 45°, it can be used directly or bounced just as easily. Its ability to go bare-bulb or accept a range of interchangeable reflectors gives this head its multi-lighting personality. For safety and comfort, it features a secure hand strap and a sure-grip soft housing. The threaded base facilitates fixing the unit to a camera bracket, light stand or tripod for creative offcamera shots. BW1200 www.bowens.co.uk Pioneer SII Kit - 27 - Pioneer S-70 Head Specifications Stored Energy Guide Number (m/100 ISO) Flash Duration Power Range Ready Light Indication Audible Ready Confirmation BW1210 300Ws 70 1/800 sec Full to 1⁄4 Yes Yes BW1250 BW1252 BW1253 BW1254 BW1926 BW1268 BW1275 BW1270 BW1265 BW1267 BW1245 BW1261 BW1230/A BW1230/B BW1230/C 50° Reflector. 65° Reflector. Narrow-Angle Reflector. Snoot & Honeycomb. Barn Door Set. Accessory Holder. Prismatic Diffuser. Honeycomb Grids. Soft Box 30. Umbrella/Light Stand Adaptor. Car Charger. Belt Attachment for S1 Battery. SLA 1.5m 110/230V Global Charger. SLA800m 230V Charger. SLA500m 230V Charger. Stored Energy Recycle Time to Full Power Minimum Recycle Time Full-power shots per charge Car Charger Charge Time Pioneer SI 2.5 Ampere-hours 2.9 sec. 1.9 sec. 210 1.5 hrs. 2kg (4.4lbs) Pioneer SII 5.0 Ampere-hours 1.9 sec. 0.8 sec. 430 3.0 hrs. 3.5kg (7.7lbs) - 28 - Weight www.bowens.co.uk www.bowens.co.uk © 2004 Photo by Reeve Banks Photography www.reevebanks.co.uk www.reevebanks.co.uk ‘Bowens’® and ‘the power behind the picture’® are registered trademarks of Bowens International Limited. All models and technical specifications featured in this brochure may be subject to change without notice. E&OE. © 2005 Bowens International Limited.