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The Bowens quadX Flash system anounced

The Bowens quadX Flash system anounced - New power pack flash system that they say will act as a benchmark.

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Studio Lighting and Flash

The Bowens QuadX Flash System offers precision studio flash and represents great value for today's digital photographer. Using the latest technology, Bowens have developed a new power pack flash system that they say will act as a benchmark for other flash manufacturers for years to come.

The QuadX Power Pack provides power adjustments in accurate 1/10-stop steps, which is compatible with most of today's flash meters. With maximum power of 3000w/s and minimum power of 31w/s, it has a range of nearly 7 stops. The overall power of the pack can be divided into two independent channels, one having a maximum power of 2000w/s, the other 1000w/s. Each channel controls two head outlets in 1/10-stop steps. Power levels are clearly visible in large LED displays. In addition to individual channel-level controls, there is an overall power control which will raise and lower the total output of the generator, also in 1/10-stop increments.

The QuadX uses precise capacitor switching that constantly monitors power levels and switch out unused capacitors. This design delivers much greater colour consistency over the entire power range of the pack. It also helps the QuadX achieve a faster flash duration.

The backlit LCD screen on the pack's control panel is the heart of the information centre that gives the photographer complete control and understanding of the QuadX's performance, displaying as much or as little information as the photographer chooses.

The display shows the output for each head in joules or watt seconds and its predicted flash duration. It also indicates which of the many modelling lamp modes has been selected. Other menus include a resettable flash counter, a trigger delay for special effects, adjustable audible signals, display brightness and more.

At 100%, modelling lamps will be at full power regardless of flash power selected. In proportional mode, the lamps will directly correspond to the flash power selected. An Auto-100% mode sets the modelling lamp of the head with the highest flash power to 100% brightness, while subsequent heads are set in ratio to that head. In the fourth mode, the system automatically detects and displays the individual lamp brightness as a percentage of full lamp power. The photographer can then increase or decrease the lamp brightness until a comfortable working brightness is achieved, while lamps remain proportional to the power selected. To indicate recycling, the modelling lamps can be set to extinguish after the flash has fired. To prolong the life of the lamps, the QuadX features soft-start switching, which brings lamps up gradually rather than abruptly.

With a full-bracketing function, the photographer can set the bracketing interval from 1/10- to 9/10-stop. Once selections have been made, a display will indicate the bracketing sequence, showing what the actual bracketing power levels will be and the order of the sequence.

The initial QuadX flash head is a fan-cooled unit featuring a single, clear flash tube mounted beneath a UV-balanced Pyrex dome. The tube will handle up to 3000w/s of power and has a three-electrode design that delivers the fastest possible flash duration. It will also handle modelling lamps up to 300w.

Product availablity
End April 2003

Designed and manufactured by Bowens International
355 Old Road, Clacton-on-Sea, Essex, CO15 3RH
+44(0) 1255 422807, fax: +44(0) 1255 436342
Web site: www.bowensinternational.com

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