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Bowens Ringlite Converter - A Ringflash Photography Revolution

Bowens Ringlite Converter - A Ringflash Photography Revolution - Bowens have launched a unique, affordable ringflash photography solution that is set to take the market by storm. ‘This pioneering Ringlite Converter is set to be a world-beater’ suggests fashion photographer, Jon Gray

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Bowens RingLite ConverterPress release:
Bowens have launched a unique, affordable ringflash photography solution that is set to take the market by storm.

The pioneering, lightweight Ringlite Converter, developed over the past nine months, is a ‘world-first’ product for the Essex-based lighting group.

Robert Cook, Bowens marketing manager said: “We’ve been looking at developing a wider range of reflectors and this cost-efficient ringflash alternative is the first new product in this strategic review. The Bowens technical team has fulfilled the brief with a world-class solution.

"At just £250 (ex VAT) this innovative converter offers photographers a robust, portable and cost-effective addition to their capture equipment portfolio.

"This product makes ringflash-style photography affordable and opens up the option for the first time ever to a whole new raft of photographers who operate on tight budgets.”

Bowens kept the Ringlite Converter a closely-guarded secret as they developed and patented the product this summer.

Mark Aherne, Bowens technical director explained: “Traditional ringflash generally comprises flash tubes, cable and a powerpack, so the full kit required is quite unwieldy and expensive.”

“We built the converter and followed up with associated bracketry to ensure the unit would be suitable for most cameras on the market. We have created an attachment which allows photographers to convert their standard Bowens flashhead to produce ringflash-style light. Using this new converter photographers can simply put the camera lens through the centre of the light source. This creates a softer, wholesome surrounding light around the lens which reduces shadows. It can also create shadowing around the outline of the subject so users can work with a specific photographic effect.”

He added: “The additional benefit of the converter is its ‘backwards capability’. hotographers can take a standard Bowens product going back many years and use it - as long as it has an S-Type adaptor. This will bring additional cost benefits to our customers.”

Bowens say applications for the Ringlite Converter include portraits, product shots and technical photography.

Top fashion photographer Jon Gray trialled the new converter earlier this month.
He said: “This is an excellent product - particularly for a small portrait studio business. tested it on a portrait shoot and it’s a seriously impressive piece of kit. ingflash has been around for years but this new converter has all the attributes required for a different style of photography. Photographers won’t have to worry about buying other units; they can simply use their existing equipment.”


He added: “One of the problems with ringflash is it produces quite a hard punchy light…and it’s expensive. This new Bowens converter is the reverse of that. It is easy to use, affordable and provides a soft light even light. I’d say it is set to be a world-beater.”

RingLite Converter dimensions:
Height: 35cm
Width: 22cm
Depth: 11.5cm (Inc S-Type adaptor, not including stand bracket)
Weight: 1.45Kg (including stand bracket)

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Firebaby 11 1.2k Faroe Islands
27 Nov 2007 6:41PM
Nice idea, rip-off pricing!

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kokobrown 10 1.9k Scotland
27 Nov 2007 8:39PM
Fantastic!!
I have been dying to get my hands on the actual ring flash but much too expensive!

Laura xx
scottishphototours 10 2.5k 2 Scotland
27 Nov 2007 9:29PM
Pity they told Epz before updating their website with some images for us to drool over....
Brom 9 804 United Kingdom
27 Nov 2007 10:21PM
for that price you might as well just buy a normal ringflash
Guzzibear 8 7 United Kingdom
27 Nov 2007 10:27PM
I seem to remember reading an article about 6 mths ago on EPZ about how to build your own ringflash. Do you think they read it too! Theirs looks better but the one I read about was free!
28 Nov 2007 9:28AM
This looks awesome. Once again Bowens comes out on top. Compared to proper ringflash this is a fraction of the price.

I want one.
prentis12 8 14 United Kingdom
28 Nov 2007 12:00PM
It is a pity that this product is not available in the UK! . Seems a much better solution!
28 Nov 2007 12:04PM
why would this not be avAilable in the UK????? Bowens are a UK based company....duh

Also are you serious??? Do you really think that those ALienbees toys are better than professional Bowens equipment???? are you sure???
28 Nov 2007 1:50PM
wow, great idea.
Jamiegf 7 1.2k Scotland
28 Nov 2007 4:38PM

Quote: It is a pity that this product is not available in the UK!. Seems a much better solution!

They will supply if you contact them direct.I think 10 % surcharge on top.
Henchard 9 2.7k 1 United Kingdom
28 Nov 2007 6:25PM
Isn't the 'Flaghead' converter for standard flash a more cost effective solution?

see

www.flaghead.co.uk/pages/ringflash-intro.html
28 Nov 2007 7:50PM

Quote: Isn't the 'Flaghead' converter for standard flash a more cost effective solution?

see

www.flaghead.co.uk/pages/ringflash-intro.html

There is no way you would get the power from a little standard flash unit that you would from say a Bowens Gemini.If you have any sort of studio set up this looks like a great piece of kit.
rrf105 8 42 United Kingdom
28 Nov 2007 7:53PM
I bought a flaghead converter a few months ago but sent it back as it really wasn't up to the job. The light was a lot stronger on the side of the ring that was nearest to the flash leaving the light really uneven and shadows on one side of the subject. It'll be interesting to see if this is any better.
rrf105 8 42 United Kingdom
28 Nov 2007 7:55PM
I should point out that the shadows occured on one SIDE if you were using it in portrait format. Otherwise they were underneath (which was argueably even worse!).
MarkWiatd 6 1 United Kingdom
29 Nov 2007 1:15AM
I have used the new Bowens Ringlite and its fantastic, aswell as being lightweight and portable the results are amazing.

I dont know why people are saying that its expensive, as a photographer you want cracking results and this will not dissapoint, well worth the money...
uggyy 8 2.1k 9 Scotland
29 Nov 2007 1:12PM
Does not look the easiest bit of kit to get to look through your camera viewer?

Or to move about with any freedom.

Tommy
Snapper_T e2
10 848 United Kingdom
13 Dec 2007 6:27PM
A good idea for static shooting and still a bit pricey for what is basically a reflector. I'd prefer a cost effective device that attatches to the camera for p;otability like the flaghead.

Trev
Snapper_T e2
10 848 United Kingdom
13 Dec 2007 9:06PM
A good idea for static shooting and still a bit pricey for what is basically a reflector. I'd prefer a cost effective device that attatches to the camera for p;otability like the flaghead.

Trev
tdfbpr 12 1 United Kingdom
25 Dec 2007 5:31PM

Quote: For that price you might as well just buy a normal ringflash

Where can I get a 500w ringflash for under £300.00?

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