• Russ Tierney

Bowens Esprit, the workhorse photography strobe light!

Episode 4 of 1 minute 101's v2

An introduction to the Bowens Esprit, a workhorse that just keeps galloping!

Luckily for you, this blog can be quite a short and sweet one given I've covered a bit of Bowens history already in the first few, so If you've missed out there, you can check them out by starting here. And also as Bowens were such players in the industry, and hopefully will be for time to come, their manuals are easy to find online, so under the video I've linked up the ones that we use here at Splash Point Photo photography studio - this should save you from being subjected to me rambling too much, or a crude diagram in a gallery. As I've stated throughout however, the basics across all strobes are pretty standard, they just may be labelled different, or have a funkier looking dial.

Having said all that, the only Bowens strobe light I've had fail me so far is the Gemini GM250R, which ironically is newer, whereas ours are the older Esprit strobes, which just seem to keep going. I've read similar online elsewhere too! As outlined in the video, some Bowens (including a couple of what we have here) can run off an external power pack too, but equally they can be plugged in to a socket, so you'll need to toggle the switch the correct way in order to power them up. And now, this seems like a good time for a jargon buster! If a strobe light doesn't rely solely on an external battery pack, it may also be referred to as a monohead or monoblock, which, as the name suggests, means it can run independently of others.

What I particularly love about the Bowens Esprit, is in their fuse hatch (if that's what you want to call it), there's room to stash a spare fuse too, as seen in this here manual of the Esprit GM250. And here's the manual for the Esprit 500

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