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BowensGemini 400Rx 2 Head Kit (90-120VAC)
 
4.7

(based on 28 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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100%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Durable (14)
  • Good power output (14)
  • Attaches securely (10)
  • Lightweight (7)
  • Good color value (6)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Indoors (17)
  • Portraits (15)
  • General purpose (13)
  • Low light (9)
  • Outdoor events / games (7)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Pro photographer (8), Semi-pro photographer (7), Photo enthusiast (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (18)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Lighting POWERHOUSE

I love these lights!!!! The BMW caliber build quality is some of the best I have ever seen on anything I have ever purchased. The stands they come with are solid build,...Read complete review

I love these lights!!!! The BMW caliber build quality is some of the best I have ever seen on anything I have ever purchased. The stands they come with are solid build, and the kit includes everything you need. I am the guy who likes to have the back up plan to the back up plan. These lights can be used with the included transmitter which I used and it worked great. But just as a back up system so you don't look stupid onsite if for some reason the transmitter isnt working, the sync cable is included. You can hook it up to one of them, and then still fire the other one via pre flash. Or you can set them both to preflash firing, and trigger them from a speedlight. Very versatile, and bullet proof. Highly recommend.

VS

Most Liked Negative Review

 

Have not been able to use product

Unfortunately, one of the lights in the kit was defective. I'm still waiting for a replacement. I was planning to use it in an event, but could not because of the bad...Read complete review

Unfortunately, one of the lights in the kit was defective. I'm still waiting for a replacement. I was planning to use it in an event, but could not because of the bad light.

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5.0

YES AGAIN AND AGAIN

By SANTA AND DAVID WILSON STUDIOS

from NORTH GEORGIA, NORTH OF ATLANTA

Verified Buyer

Comments about Bowens Gemini 400Rx 2 Head Kit (90-120VAC):

GREAT SET OF STROBES. EASY TO USE, ALL SELF CONTAINED RADIO SLAVE OR FLASH ACTIVATED. WHEN I GAVE THEM TO MY PHOTOGRAPHER ,AS AN INVESTMENT IN THE BUSINESS, I BELIEVE I SAW A TEAR. SO SANTA, B&H PHOTO AND BOWEN GEMINI 400Rx STROBE SYSTEM MADE HIM ALMOST CRY WITH JOY. HE IS A GOOD GUY AND NOT BAD TO WORK FOR EITHER.
SO, DAVID WILSON STUDIOS OF NORTH GEORGIA HAS NEW LIGHTS AND ROOM FOR MORE PHOTOGRAPHERS AS THE BUSINESS GROWS.

 
5.0

I WOULD BUY THIS AGAIN, MAYBE FOR ME OR ANOTHER PHOTOGRAPHER

By Johnw

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Bowens Gemini 400Rx 2 Head Kit (90-120VAC):

I GOT THIS AS AN INVESTMENT IN MY PHOTOGRAPHER/FRIENDS BUSINESS. WE SHOOT SANTA PHOTOS AT DAY CARE SCHOOLS. DAVID HAD SOME OF THE OLDER LIGHTS AND HE WAS STARTING TO HAVE PROBLEMS WITH THE OLDER LIGHTS. THIS NEW SET IS SO MUCH BETTER THAN THE OLD PHOTO CELL SYSTEM HE HAD. IN FACT WHEN HE RECEIVED THE LIGHTS AT ONE OF OUR SHOOTS, HIS EYES GOT RED. HE WAS SO HAPPY TO GET THE LIGHTS I THINK SANTA BROUGHT A TEAR TO HIS EYES. SANTA, B & H PHOTO, AND BOWEN GEMINI 400RX STROBE KIT THAT IS. I AM HAPPY ABOUT THEM AND I KNOW DAVID IS HAPPY WITH THEM TOO.
TO ME IT IS A GREAT LIGHT SYSTEM AND IT WORKS OFF A SELF CONTAINED RADIO SLAVE UNIT OR ANOTHER FLASH ALL CONTAINED IN A SLEEK UNIT. SO EASY....

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Have not been able to use product

By Allen

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

Comments about Bowens Gemini 400Rx 2 Head Kit (90-120VAC):

Unfortunately, one of the lights in the kit was defective. I'm still waiting for a replacement. I was planning to use it in an event, but could not because of the bad light.

 
4.0

Great quality

By Jason

from Undisclosed

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Site Member

Comments about Bowens Gemini 400Rx 2 Head Kit (90-120VAC):

Love that the lights are smaller than the more powerful Gemini's.  Love that the receiver is built-in.  I'm surprised how nice the umbrellas are.  I don't really use umbrellas much but these are the nicest I've seen at this size.  They have a black/silver cover that is removable.  The lights are solid and sturdy.  I expect a long life out of them.  The case is built well too.

Only issues I have are: the reflectors won't accept grids (you could probably gaff tape one on) and probably won't accept barndoors (could be wrong about the barndoors), and one of the lightstands' knobs doesn't close as easily as it ought to.  Minor inconvenience.  

I'd definitely recommend this kit.  I am probably going to buy the 500 or 750 kit later, having been satisfied with this purchase.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Totally Impressed

By "Hawk"

from Peoria, Az.

Verified Buyer

Comments about Bowens Gemini 400Rx 2 Head Kit (90-120VAC):

A week after receiving the lighting kit, I finally got to try them out. They were so easy to set up and use I did not need the instruction manual until it was time to sync the transmitter to the lights. The quality of the kit is top notch and doesn't feel cheap, including the carrying case. This is my first venture into studio lighting and I can honestly say that Bowens made it so easy with this kit. I will be purchasing the 750 pro kit to go with these lights in the near future as well as light boxes, snoots, and barn doors. I am completely satisfied with my purchase as well as B&H service I have received in the last 10 years. If you are just starting out or a pro that needs a compact but powerful system, you can't go wrong with the Gemini 400Rx kit.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Fantastic!

By Kemp Photography

from Orange County

Comments about Bowens Gemini 400Rx 2 Head Kit (90-120VAC):

Bought these as an upgrade to the alien bees we were using in the studio and they're great. I used to work with a studio that was using them so I knew what to expect. The Geminis are consistent in color and haven't misfired yet. The case, stands and umbrellas are really good quality too! Highly recommended!

 
5.0

Great Product!

By AV

from Chicago, IL

About Me Pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Attaches Securely
  • Durable
  • Good Color Value
  • Powerful

Cons

    Best Uses

    • General Use
    • Indoors
    • Low Light
    • Portraits
    • Special Events

    Comments about Bowens Gemini 400Rx 2 Head Kit (90-120VAC):

    I love these lights! They're durable, easy to assemble and use and the light output is consistent. It means a lot to me that they're durable as I'm usually not super graceful on set. I really appreciate the fact that they're so affordable also, great product I highly recommend it.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    I am happy :)

    By Val

    from Tennessee

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Attaches Securely
    • Durable
    • Good Color Value
    • Long-Lasting
    • Powerful

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Indoors
      • Low Light
      • Night Time
      • Portraits

      Comments about Bowens Gemini 400Rx 2 Head Kit (90-120VAC):

      They are great and easy to use. I used them all day and they never failed me. I was so nervous since I just started with strobe lights and they do a great job. Can't wait to try different light modifiers but for now I can not afford it. Also I would like to add that its so easy to work with B and H, any question I have I just go to the live chat and the guys who work there are so helpful and patient even with the stupidest question you have. As I mentioned earlier I am new to all this but you guys made it so easy for me.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Solid and Dependable - A Great Buy!

      By Old 400

      from Kerrville, Texas

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Reviewer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Powerful

      Cons

      • None Except Dead Battery

      Best Uses

      • General Use
      • Indoors
      • Portraits

      Comments about Bowens Gemini 400Rx 2 Head Kit (90-120VAC):

      I am a 77 year old nature photography enthusiast who offered to take a group shot of my Class of '55. Later realized that I would need more lighting than my Canon flash could provide, so I asked B&H for a suggestion. One that would be of good quality but also at entry level pricing.

      This Kit is more than I could have imagined. It is sturdily built, easy to assemble, and gave great lighting for my group shot of around 30 classmates.

      I plan to use it for portraits of friends and family.

      The kit provides EVERYTHING needed. I had a problem getting the transmitter to fire the lights, but discovered the battery was not working. A new battery fixed that problem....so new users keep that in mind.

      It is easy to pack everything into the carrying case which is quite solid, making the kit portable. A little heavy to hand carry long distances.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Only one con!

      By KC

      from Orange County, CA

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Pros

      • Attaches Securely
      • Durable
      • Good Color Value
      • Powerful

      Cons

      • Case
      • Heavy Case - No Wheels
      • Heavy Case Wo Wheels

      Best Uses

      • General Use
      • Indoors
      • Portraits

      Comments about Bowens Gemini 400Rx 2 Head Kit (90-120VAC):

      Great kit but I only wish the kit case had wheels!

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      "I would buy this product again and again"

      By charpx

      from San josé Costa Rica

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Attaches Securely
      • Durable
      • Good Color Value
      • Lightweight
      • Long-Lasting
      • Powerful

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • General Use
        • Indoors
        • Outdoors

        Comments about Bowens Gemini 400Rx 2 Head Kit (90-120VAC):

        professional, excellent quality.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Lighting POWERHOUSE

        By The Dude

        from Indianapolis, IN

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Powerful

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Indoors
          • Low Light
          • Night Time
          • Portraits
          • Special Events

          Comments about Bowens Gemini 400Rx 2 Head Kit (90-120VAC):

          I love these lights!!!! The BMW caliber build quality is some of the best I have ever seen on anything I have ever purchased. The stands they come with are solid build, and the kit includes everything you need. I am the guy who likes to have the back up plan to the back up plan. These lights can be used with the included transmitter which I used and it worked great. But just as a back up system so you don't look stupid onsite if for some reason the transmitter isnt working, the sync cable is included. You can hook it up to one of them, and then still fire the other one via pre flash. Or you can set them both to preflash firing, and trigger them from a speedlight. Very versatile, and bullet proof. Highly recommend.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

          (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great quality

          By Fai

          from Boston

          Comments about Bowens Gemini 400Rx 2 Head Kit (90-120VAC):

          Nothing really to complain about, built solidly

          (2 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          BUENA CALIDAD

          By AMERICO2812

          from SALTILLO MX

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Powerful

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • General Use
            • Indoors
            • Low Light
            • Night Time
            • Portraits
            • Special Events

            Comments about Bowens Gemini 400Rx 2 Head Kit (90-120VAC):

            BUENA CALIDAD, LO USO GENERALMENTE PARA RETRATO, TIENEN MUY BUENA CALIDAD DE LUZ, SE REGENERAN RAPIDO, TIENEN ESCALVO OPTICO Y FUNCIONA MUY BIEN, LA MALETA ES DE MUY BUENA CALIDAD LOS USO CON UN SET DE SOMBRILLAS WESTCOTT DE 7 PIES PERO TUVE QUE HACER UN SOPORTE ESPECIAL, TAMBIEN LOS USO CON EL IMPACT DUO DEEP LUXBANX DE 39 PULGADAS Y ME HAN BRINDADO UNA LUZ ES-PEC-TA-CU-LAR, POR LO DEMAS Y EN CONTRA..........1.- SON MUY PESADOS( MAS SI INCLUYES LA BOWENS TRAVEL PACK GRANDE, JUNTOS SON PESADISIMOS), 2.- EL BRAZO DE SUJECIÓN ES DE PLÁSTICO, 3.- EL REFLECTOR NO SOPORTA SOMBRILLAS GRANDES Y ES D EMATERIAL MUY DELGADO, 4.- LOS TRIPES SON FRAGILES

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Wow! These are amazing!

            By CarrieRae

            from Houston, TX

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Attaches Securely
            • Powerful

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Low Light

              Comments about Bowens Gemini 400Rx 2 Head Kit (90-120VAC):

              Super easy & fast to set up. Professional quality results for a good price. Nothing I don't like about them.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Photography made easy..

              By Wannabe Photographer

              from Brooklyn NY

              About Me Photography Student

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Attaches Securely

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Bowens Gemini 400Rx 2 Head Kit (90-120VAC):

                  Greatest thanks to @ from your sales e-mail department for guiding to get the best lighting I ever imagined! It was a sheer thrill to open the package and finding it so easy and friendly to use. I'm glad I made this investment!

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  Great Lighting Kit

                  By Miranda

                  from Santa Barbara, CA

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Attaches Securely
                  • Easy to operate
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • General Use
                    • Indoors
                    • Portraits

                    Comments about Bowens Gemini 400Rx 2 Head Kit (90-120VAC):

                    I use this kit mainly to do indoor, studio portraits. I am very happy with my purchase, everything from how all pieces fit securely in the case to how easy the setup and tear down is to the quality of light and the variation of looks you can achieve. I have only had the kit for a short period of time at this point, but so far I have no complaints. I was overwhelmed at the cost of many kits out there and hesitated a long time before deciding on this. I have no regrets and would definitely recommend it to others.

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No
                     
                    4.0

                    Love this kit

                    By Manoj

                    from Alameda, CA

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Durable
                    • Lightweight
                    • Lot Of Power
                    • Powerful

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Indoors
                      • Night Time
                      • Portraits

                      Comments about Bowens Gemini 400Rx 2 Head Kit (90-120VAC):

                      I have tried taking some portraits and love the shots. It is easy to get pretty good aperture like f/8, f/16 etc with multiple softening screens/reflector. 6 levels of power adjustment is great! People say the supplied umbrellas are not good but I found it quite adequate for a couple of people shot. Have not tried in a group shot though.

                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No

                      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      4.0

                      good for the budget

                      By Renato

                      from Rio de Janeiro, Brasil

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                        Cons

                        • Included Umbrella

                        Best Uses

                        • General Use
                        • Indoors
                        • Low Light
                        • Night Time
                        • Outdoors
                        • Portraits
                        • Special Events

                        Comments about Bowens Gemini 400Rx 2 Head Kit (90-120VAC):

                        Well built kit. As good as it supposed to be at this price.
                        I just didn't like the included umbrellas. Not diffuse enough.
                        Overall I'm happy with the light

                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No
                         
                        5.0

                        Great Lights!

                        By Sjoyphoto

                        from Cleveland, OH

                        Comments about Bowens Gemini 400Rx 2 Head Kit (90-120VAC):

                        Not complicated worked great right out of the box. Worth the price! Love you can turn the beep off. Beware of lights you can't turn the beep off! Looks good too with compact black design. Only need one transmitter (included) to put on your camera. Other transmitter is built in the light! So easy to work with. Would love the battery power box but it's $[$]. Plugging it into the wall will do for now!

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