With a recent change of ownership, iconic lighting manufacturer Bowens International have made a strong relaunched into the market, releasing the ultra sleek new Generation X series of studio and portable strobes.
These include the remote manual XMS500, 750, and 1000Ws AC powered studio strobes.
As well as the XMT500, Lithium-ion powered, TTL and HSS enabled cordless strobe, compatible with Canon, Nikon and Sony camera systems.
With easy swap over Lithium-ion batteries, the 500Ws XMT500 provides up to 500 full power flashes per charge, and fast 0.01 to 2 second recycle times at full power. Batteries fully recharge in 4 hours.
The XMT500 provide a 9 stop power range, Full to 1/256, in 1/3rd stop adjustments. And a short flash duration of 1/10309s at minimum power.
TTL and High Speed Sync up to 1/8000s are compatible with Canon, Nikon and Sony cameras. Second Curtain Sync, and a Sync Delay setting (from 0.01 – 30s) are also provided.
A 2.4GHz radio receiver is also neatly built-in.
A 10 watt LED modelling light is provided.
And the innovative sleek new strobe design features a foldaway stand mount for easy storage, and integrated reflector allowing fast shooting straight out of the box.
BOWENS XMT500 FEATURES
- Fan Cooled
- 10W LED Modelling Light
- Bowens S-type Accessory Mount
- Built in (removable) Lithium-ion Battery
- Up to 500 Full Power Pops Per Battery Charge
- 0.01 – 2.0 Seconds Recycle Time
- Flash Modes – TTL / M / Multi
- HSS to 1/8000th
- Second Curtain Sync
- FEC – +/- 3 stops
- Manual Flash – 1/256 – 1/1 Output (1/3rd Increments, 9 Stop Range)
- Flash Duration – Down to 1/10309s
- Bowens XMTR 2.4GHz Radio Receiver Built-in
- Canon ETTL, Nikon ITTL, Sony PTTL Radio Slave Modes
- Radio Range – Approx 80m
- 5 Groups – A / B / C / D / E
- 32 Channels
- Supports Bowens XMTRC, XMTRN, XMTRS Transmitter Units
- Dot Matrix LCD Display
- Custom Functions
- Auto Memory Function
- Sound Prompt
- USB Port for Firmware Upgrades?
- Sync Port?
- Weight 3.4Kg
The XMT500 strobes are compatible with the Bowens 2.4GHz XMTR transmitter units, available in Canon Nikon and Sony variations.
The XMTR run on 2 AA batteries, and provide a range of around 80 meters.
The strobes, flash mode, power output, and modelling light, can all be controlled remotely from the XMTR transmitter.
The XMTR provide 5 groups A / B / C / D / E, with TTL, Manual, and Multi modes.
Individual groups can be controlled separately, as well as global / proportional control over all groups together.
(Its not clear if TTL and Manual groups can be mixed though).
Second Curtain Sync, and a Sync Delay setting (from 0.01 – 30s) are also provided.
BOWENS XMT500 SPECS
|MAX POWER (WS)||500|
|POWER RANGE||9 stops|
|POWER CONTROL||Rotary Dial, XMT Remote|
|POWER RANGE (WS/J)||2-500|
|POWER RANGE (FRACTION)||1/256|
|POWER ACCURACY||1/3rd stop|
|FLASH DURATION (SHORTEST)||1/10309s|
|FLASH MODES||TTL, Flash, Strobe|
|STROBE||Max 100 flashes (per burst)|
|BATTERY CHARGE TIME||4 hrs (to full from empty)|
|HIGH SPEED SYNC||up to 1/8000s|
|SYNC DELAY||0.01 – 30s|
|WIRELESS CONTROL||2.4GHz / Optical (IR)|
|RECYCLE TIME (100%)||0.01 – 2.0s|
|MODELLING CONTROL||Rotary Dial, XMT Remote|
|MODELLING MODES||Off , 100%, 30%, 60%|
|READY INDICATION||Beep, Test Button LED|
|COLOUR TEMPERATURE||5600K (±300K)|
|SYNC VOLTAGE||5V DC|
|2.4GHZ RADIO CONTROL||Yes|
The new Bowens XMS AC powered studio lights follow a similar design to the XMT500, and also integrate 2.4GHz remote control.
Though strangely the XMS flash units appear to have their own XMSR transmitter unit. Unfortunately not providing any compatibility between XMS and XMT strobes and radio systems.
PRICE AND AVAILABILITY
The Bowens XMT500 cordless TTL strobes, and transmitter units, are expected to be available late October 2016.
The XMT500 cordless strobes priced from £1199.00 (approx $1599).
And XMTR transmitters from £229.00 (approx $299).
Bowens – UK Website
Bowens – USA Website