Bowens has announced an optional radio triggering module on its groundbreaking Gemini ‘R’ and ‘PRO’ monolight range.
And its unique cross-platform compatibility means users who opt for the module can choose between the Bowens proprietary Pulsar cordless synchronisation system and PocketWizard wireless module products.
Explained Robert Cook, Bowens marketing director: “It’s about customer choice at the time of purchase. If photographers don’t need wireless triggering at that point, they have the option of simply buying the base product. But if radio triggering capability is a ‘must-have’ we’ve built-in a detachable panel at the rear of the new Gemini monolight which houses our new plug-in module. And we have teamed with PocketWizard to give customers the choice of Pulsar, Litelink or PocketWizard wireless triggering.
He added: “The new plug-in is just slightly larger than a Compact Flash Card. It doesn’t require batteries and the module aerial easily slots into a dust cover receptacle on the side of the unit. Another key feature with this card is the connection. It’s common knowledge that with external devices the connection can only ever be as good as the sync cord or plug – which can often loosen. Now, with our new system, the card becomes an integral part of the monolight – rendering the connection completely secure.
Dave Schmidt, PocketWizard’s director of marketing said the move had been made, “because photographers are looking for simple solutions to make their jobs a bit easier - and integrating PocketWizards into Bowens’ lighting products does just that.
He added: “Bowens is one of the world’s best lighting companies and we are excited to be working with them to provide photographers with a world-class system with integrated PocketWizard. We know that our products are used by more professional photographers than any other triggering system and by installing them in the new Bowens Gemini monolight they have the option of a simple, completely reliable integrated solution.
Said Cook: “This is an excellent commercial alliance for us. We’ve enjoyed tremendous success over the past couple of years with our Pulsar product and this new radio trigger option on the Gemini will build on that success and offer customers even greater choice. Photographers can simply upgrade whenever they feel the time is right - and rental companies can now ask customers if they prefer Gemini monolights with in-built Pulsar or PocketWizard compatibility.
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