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Question about Bowens Esprit 500 lights
« on: November 11, 2021, 01:56:24 pm »

I just bought some 2nd hand Bowens Esprit 500 strobes.

Since they are about 10 years old i thought to buy spare flashtubes now they are still available...

I am not familiar using studiolights so i have some questions...;

Do old flashtubes function like new or do they change when used ( colortemperature/ intensity)?

and i see i can buy clear tubes and UV-filtered tubes: what is the difference?  What to buy? I see i have clear ones.

I am using them for portraits and repro-art work...
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Re: Question about Bowens Esprit 500 lights
« Reply #1 on: April 06, 2022, 02:09:28 pm »

They're nice lights and well built.
I believe the clear glass is much cooler in K.
Main problem is over time and use all flash tubes colour-shift by losing their vacuum so ensure you meter each head's colour temperature, and then simply compensate with the right gels. If you don't have a colour meter you might work around this by shooting a pure white tile (in darkness to isolate the source) with each light, then white balance it onscreen to gauge the approximate the shift of each head, and then compensate accordingly with gels. It's less accurate but will be much better balanced.
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