Bowens Remote Control Handset for Gemini

Bowens Remote Control Handset for Gemini

Bowens Remote Control Handset for Gemini

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  • Weighs Less Than 1.5 Oz
  • For Gemini R and Gemini Pro Monolights

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The Bowens Remote Control Handset for Gemini is the latest version of the Gemini monolight controller for adjusting power, modeling light level, test flash, photo cell, and channel settings from up to 23' (7 m) away from the unit--and it weighs about 1/5 of the last version. At slightly over 1 ounce, this remote control handset is designed to hang from your key ring. This unit operates on a single CR2032 battery, which is included.

Extremely lightweight (1.19 oz) remote controller
Compatible with Gemini R and Gemini Pro monolights
In the Box
Bowens Remote Control Handset for Gemini
  • CR2032 Battery
  • 2-Year Limited Warranty
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    Bowens BW-3960 specs

    BATTERY One CR2032 battery (included)
    Dimensions 1.77 x 3.74 x 0.39" (4.5 x 9.5 x 1 cm)
    Weight 1.19 oz (34 g)
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 0.15 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 5.2 x 4.6 x 0.5"

    Bowens BW-3960 reviews

    Remote Control Handset for Gemini is rated 3.6 out of 5 by 10.
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from signal strength was weak i really like the size of this unit, but found that it's signal strength was very weak. as a result, i could not reliably use it to adjust the settings on my bowens lights. i returned it and got the RC3 remote. the RC3 is a lot bigger (which is a bummer) than this one, but it's signal strength was much better and i don't have any problems using it to change the settings on my lights from 8-10 feet away. the IR beam smaller one worked sometimes and didn't work at other times. and i was only using it from 8-10 feet away
    Date published: 2010-08-08
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Just O.K. This remote does everything it says it will as long as you are close to the flash and you can see the little ir receiver window on the side of the flash. Unfortunately this isn't the case most of the time you would want to use this device! For instance, if you are metering, the flash head is usually pointing at you, the receiver is on the side - it doesn't work! If you're at your camera and the receiver happens to be on the wrong side - it won't work. I'm a bit disappointed as my tv remote seems to be able to receive a signal bounced off a wall, off the roof, almost anywhere in the room, from a greater distance! Maybe this one is underpowered or something? The only time I find it useful is if I have a light high on a stand. I can walk right up to it, point the remote at the receiver window and adjust it.
    Date published: 2010-07-29
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Essential Accessory for Bowens Gemini I can't believe I didn't buy one of these remotes sooner. This remote is simply a must if you are working with Gemini monolights on boom arms -- makes changing your power levels a snap. It's so nice not needing to lower my lights to adjust the settings anymore. Additionally, the remote's icons make it easy to both learn and use. Honestly, it's as easy to use as operating any TV remote.
    Date published: 2011-07-05
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Bowens Gemini Remote I use the remote to control 2-4 Gemini strobes. It is great for when you have the lights above 5 feet because you do not have to lower the lights to adjust them/ a time saver. Unfortunately the receiver is only on one side of the strobes and being an inferred remote line of site is a must with this remote. I guess it is just a weak transmitter, because compared to most TV remotes which can be aimed away from the set and still work this one does not. However the price is not to steep as to make it useless.
    Date published: 2013-11-05
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Convenient RC for your Gimini Lights It's a convenient item to have for your Gemini light in the studio. Keeps you from lowering lights on high stands and or using a ladder to change settings. It's an IR remote not a radio signal so line of sight and reasonably close if you want it to work. If Bowens would change the design so it use a couple of AAA batteries, it would probably have a greater working distance. with al that, I still like it. It convenient.
    Date published: 2015-04-14
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from The easiest way for lazy people. This remote is perfect for working in my small home studio. Unfortunately, he did not usable in outside of the studio. The signal is very weak. This is the only negative of this product. I can recommend this unit for my friends only to work in a small studio. Although this is a balanced product in terms of price and quality, it will have a very limited sector of usage.
    Date published: 2012-01-09
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Tool for the Photo Studio I use this remote to quickly make changes to my studio lights. It can easily be changed from one light to another. Sometimes my studio lights are positioned so that making power adjustments or changing other light settings can be difficult. This remote makes this very simple. I believe that it is a must have for any studio employing Bowens monolights.
    Date published: 2016-03-06
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from I recommend to buy this remote control! I have 1 set of Bowens Gemini 500R (built in Radio Transmitter). With this Bowens remote control, I fully control my Gemini 500R turn on/off modeling light, sound, increasing/decreasing the power, test button wirelessly. I highly recommend any photographers who own Bowens Gemini R model should have this handset remote control
    Date published: 2015-01-25
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