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What Happens to Bowens Mount now?

 
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Mar 28, 2018 14:00 |  #1

Just curious what do you think about the Bowens mount becoming much less popular with the demise of the Bowens company or will the mount remain popular as an industry standard for some time to come?

I assume Godox/Jinbei/... companies that don't have their own popular mount will continue with Bowen's mounting for their lights. I don't see any other big lighting companies licencing the mount to these other Chinese companies because then they would be allowing a lower priced system to directly compete with them.


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Mar 28, 2018 17:14 |  #2

I think the Bowens mount is going to go on.




  
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Mar 28, 2018 17:21 |  #3

The Bowens brand has existed for over 90 years. I doubt that accessories to fit would disapplear rapidy, especially in view of the fact that it had been adopted by a number of other brands for compatability of accessories.


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Mar 28, 2018 19:32 |  #4

Until they find a better mount system? nope.


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Mar 28, 2018 20:50 |  #5

It's not costing them anything to keep using Bowens so why change? They seem to have failed to get their own mount adopted elsewhere and it looks like they've gotten a proper implementation of the Bowens mount with the AD600Pro.

I've thought about this before but it's all well and good for the majority of basic reflectors/speedrings/​etc but what about the more specialist modifiers that only Bowens made?

Stuff like their Fresnel attachment, the spot attachment etc, they're probably too niche for Godox to bother with but there's still a small amount of demand for them with customers and some companies re-branded them so I wonder what they'll do for future supply.




  
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Mar 28, 2018 21:21 |  #6

simonbarker wrote in post #18596070 (external link)
It's not costing them anything to keep using Bowens so why change? They seem to have failed to get their own mount adopted elsewhere and it looks like they've gotten a proper implementation of the Bowens mount with the AD600Pro.

I've thought about this before but it's all well and good for the majority of basic reflectors/speedrings/​etc but what about the more specialist modifiers that only Bowens made?

Stuff like their Fresnel attachment, the spot attachment etc, they're probably too niche for Godox to bother with but there's still a small amount of demand for them with customers and some companies re-branded them so I wonder what they'll do for future supply.

The Bowens mount is easy to manufacture satisfactorily (if not always perfectly). It doesn't require very much precision at all--the fit might be sloppy, but it's strong and still secure. It's pretty much perfect for third party manufacturers.

Godox tried their own...oh, well. Go with the flow.




  
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Mar 28, 2018 21:41 |  #7

Yup

It’s as close to being a universal mount that you can get. Imo. Will be around a loooong time.


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Apr 10, 2018 10:21 |  #8

simonbarker wrote in post #18596070 (external link)
It's not costing them anything to keep using Bowens so why change? They seem to have failed to get their own mount adopted elsewhere and it looks like they've gotten a proper implementation of the Bowens mount with the AD600Pro.

I've thought about this before but it's all well and good for the majority of basic reflectors/speedrings/​etc but what about the more specialist modifiers that only Bowens made?

Stuff like their Fresnel attachment, the spot attachment etc, they're probably too niche for Godox to bother with but there's still a small amount of demand for them with customers and some companies re-branded them so I wonder what they'll do for future supply.

Well, technically speaking, most of the special fresnel modifiers are made by a third party to Bowens (or Profoto or Elinchrom or ...) specifications. Which is why they often look the same with different mounts in a given time period.

Fresnels are fairly expensive and not super popular, although there are some inexpensive plastic versions available in Bowens (universal) mount at this time. So it is conceivable that someone might come out with a higher quality version. Especially if the cheap versions prove popular and build a market that wants a higher quality version.

If you have ever worked with them, the professional quality Fresnels from Profoto, Elinchrom etc are quite big and heavy. The 30-35 cm glass fresnel lens is heavy and requires a heavy steel housing to hold it and allow for the focusing motion. Which requires a heavy support stand and sand bags for safety. And even more counterweights should you decide to put it on a boom. Not for the faint of heart ;).


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