Take Your Photography Further With the Pro Line Apollo 180 and Apollo 300 Creative Kit

Alpha Digital Services, one of the UK’s leading imaging distributors announces the release of the Pro Line Apollo 180 and Apollo 300 Creative Kit.

Apollo 180 Kit

The Pro Line Apollo 180 Kit is perfect for those who are new to photography. It provides all of the accessories you might need as you learn the secrets of studio flash. Based around the Pro Line X 180 Apollo, this kit enables you to take your photography to the next level.

The X 180 Apollo has a 180 w/s output with a variable power range from 1/8th to full. It is a solid metal construction with soft rubberised coating ensuring comfortable handling and a quality finish. The low 6V trigger voltage makes it safe to use with any camera, and the Roller Equipment bag included offers secure storage and portability for your equipment with separate channels for stands and umbrellas.

Included in the Kit

  • Two X-180 Apollo
  • Two Light Stand
  • One 50cm x 70cm Softbox
  • One 105cm white umbrella
  • One equipment bag – Medium

Product Specifications

  • Output: 319 w/s
  • Guide Number: 48 GN
  • Recharge Time: 3.6 sec
  • Colour Temp: 5500 k
  • Power Control: Full to 1/8 fully variable
  • Modelling Lamp: 50W
  • Flash Duration: 1/1000 sec
  • Triggering Methods: Photo Cell/Sync Cable
  • Sync Voltage: DC 6V

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Why Bowens Has Thrown New Light on an Old Classic (Press Release)

Bowens has relaunched an old favourite for UK photographers.

Fans of the world-acclaimed Gemini lighting system can now buy a brand new Bowens Classic 500C monolight from just £355 (incl VAT).

Explained Robert Cook, marketing director: “We completely redesigned the Gemini range eighteen months ago with a mission to simplify photographers’ workflow both in studio and on location.

We added new features like remote control, built-in radio triggering, digital display and precise ‘tenth of a stop’ accuracy on new twin-dial controls. And sales rocketed. But our recent recession surveys revealed that customers wanted an additional ‘back to basics’ option that would still offer renowned Bowens reliability and accuracy but without the full complement of extras found on the Professional Gemini ‘R’ units.

He added: “The result is our new Bowens Gemini Classic. This revamped monolight boasts a new black-painted, sturdy metal case, the Bowens ‘S’-type reflector mount, user replaceable flash tube, 250W modelling bulb, switchable slave cell and complete compatibility with our award-winning Travelpak battery system.

User-variable modelling controls are retained and we’ve added the unique-to-Bowens radio trigger module, allowing the new Gemini Classic to easily integrate with photographers’ choice of either Bowens Pulsar or PocketWizard radio trigger systems.”

“This new tier in the Gemini monolight family means that from beginner to professional, we’ve got all our customers’ needs covered. The 500C is available now and will sell at £355 – but a follow-up Gemini Classic 250C model will be our most cost-efficient option. The price point of this unit has yet to be released.”

The Gemini Classic, available in 250Ws or 500Ws models, is positioned between entry-level Gemini 200 and 400 units and the feature-rich Gemini ‘R’ and Pro models.

The new range is available as individual units or as part of Bowens’ ‘super value’ two and three head kits, including umbrellas, softbox, stands, reflectors and case.

The Gemini Classic 500C will sell at £355; the Gemini Classic 500C 2-Head kit at £780 and the Gemini Classic 500C 2-Head Travelpak kit at £1090. (All prices include VAT)

Bowens online at www.bowens.co.uk

Lastolite Black and White Ezycare Knitted Curtains

Two new plain colours have been added to the Ezycare crease resistant range of background curtains.

The black or white curtains are available in two sizes 3m x 3.5m (10′ x 12′) and 3m x 7m (10′ x 24′) featuring a looped hem on the 3m edge to insert a pole for support.

Come visit us at Focus On Imaging on Stand B1 to see the new Lastolite range.

For more information please contact JP Distribution:
Tel: 01782 753300
Email: info@johnsons-photopia.co.uk

Ezycare Knitted Curtains Las Code JP Code SRP Inc VAT
White 3m x 3.5m (10’ x 12’) 7501 192305 £79.00
Black 3m x 3.5m (10’ x 12’) 7502 192306 £79.00
White 3m x 7m (10’ x 24’) 7601 192307 £140.00
Black 3m x 7m (10’ x 24’) 7602 192308 £140.00

Calendar Project: Investigating the Local Studios

A little time on Google has turned up several local photographic studios which I think would be worth taking a look at. From what I can tell from their websites, they vary significantly in respect of size, equipment available and (perhaps most important of all!) the hourly rate.

Although I already have all the lighting, background and so on that I need, I can’t help feeling that I should take these pictures in a proper commercial setting. After all, I’m going to be booking one or more models to pose for me wearing little or no clothes and requesting they do this in my living room while my wife is out with the kids; it seems a bit unprofessional. Well, downright dodgy, to be honest!

The contenders so far:

Next step is to contact the studios and see if I can pay them a quick visit. In the meantime, if anyone has any working knowledge of any of the studios, or any suggestions or advice, I’d love to hear it.