Gemini ~ the twin Speedlight bracket from Lovegrove Consulting

Feb 25, 2011 | Flash, Location, News, Studio, Wedding | 16 comments

Here it is at last. We have just taken delivery of our first 100 Geminis, our latest precision engineered lighting accessory. The design is simple and effective. The finish is first class and the Gemini was designed and made in England.

Gemini, The twin Speedlight bracket designed for use with Nikon or Canon Pocket Wizard TTL recievers.

Gemini ~ The twin Speedlight bracket designed for use with Nikon or Canon Pocket Wizard TTL receivers.

The Gemini has a universal 16mm socket for use with a wide range of lighting stands.

The Gemini has a universal 16mm socket for use with a wide range of lighting stands.

The build quality is fabulous with radiused corners. The Gemini has a silver anodised finish.

The build quality is fabulous with radiused corners. The Gemini has a hardwearing silver anodised finish.

The Gemini is locked in place by a multi positionable lever arm. The knob on the top is used to secure an optional umbrella.

The Gemini is locked in place by a multi positionable lever arm. The knob on the top is used to secure an optional umbrella.

The asymetric foot plate allows a perfect clearance for the Pocket Wizard Flex units and keeps the Speedlight heads close and parallel to the umbrella shaft.

The asymmetric foot plate allows a perfect clearance for the Pocket Wizard Flex units and keeps the Speedlight heads close and parallel to the umbrella shaft.

Speedlight heads can be orientated in a vertical aspect format for lighting a standing person.

Speedlight heads can be orientated in a vertical aspect format for lighting a standing person.

In this view you can see the usual format for setting the flash units for use with a silver or shoot through umbrella.

In this view you can see the usual format for setting the flash units for use with a silver or shoot through umbrella.

The Gemini works equally well with smaller and larger Speedlights from both Canon and Nikon.

The Gemini works equally well with smaller and larger Speedlights from both Canon and Nikon. The flashes are situated near the end of the umbrella shaft to ensure a full and even light coverage.

The flash units mounted in Gemini offer the least posable blocking of the light output from the umbrella.

The flash units mounted in Gemini offer the least posable blocking of the light output from the umbrella. You can see the evenness of umbrella illumination too. Another industry first.

When used with an umbrella the Gemini is in near perfect balance. The weight of the Speedlights close to the lighting stand counteracts that of the umbrella.

When used with an umbrella the Gemini is in near perfect balance. The weight of the Speedlights close to the lighting stand counteracts that of the umbrella set further out.

Gemini is perfect solution for wedding photographers shooting groups inside. The twin Speedlights ensure either more power or faster recycling times.

Gemini is perfect solution for wedding photographers shooting groups inside. The twin Speedlight option ensures either more power or faster recycling times.

Gemini is perfect for Nikon shooters too. Now that the new Pocket Wizard TTL units for Nikon have been launched the Gemini is the perfect companion for an SB-900 and an SB-800. You can use the Gemini with one or two Speedlights as required.

Gemini is perfect for Nikon shooters too. Now that the new Pocket Wizard TTL units for Nikon have been launched the Gemini is the perfect companion for an SB-900 and an SB-800. You can use the Gemini with one or two Speedlights as required.

Update – Gemini is now available to order here.

Please feel free to comment and ask questions below.

16 Comments

  1. Luka

    where can i buy this? I’m from EU

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    • Damien

      Hi Luca, We are now out of stock. I had 300 custom made and they have all gone :( Kind regards, Damien.

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      • Dean

        Sounds like you don’t have plans to get any more made then Damien? Having a hell of a time finding something to horizontally mount 2 flashes for a Softlighter. Finally found this, which looked perfect right up until I got ton this last post…

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        • Damien

          Hi Dean,

          Each Gemini bracket was hand made by a small engineering firm in Somerset. We had 200 made and the profit margin was negligible. I’m open to all offers of manufacturing help to make the next batch cheaper but with a decent quality that I can put my name to. Maybe some firm will pitch for the job. Who knows?

          Kind regards,

          Damien.

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  2. Piet Van den Eynde

    When used without an umbrella or other diffuser, does it give blurry (double) shadows, or are the flashes close enough to avoid this?

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  3. Peter Warrick

    Hi Damien

    This is a SUPERB piece of kit. Thanks!

    Have just tested it at home and it will have its first outing on Clapham Common on Sat. Fully endorse.

    Am I right in thinking that the ipad 2 will be in your clutches before too long, ha, ha!?

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    • damien

      Hi Peter,

      I am sticking with my iPad 1 for now. I have the iPhone for a camera and I’ll be waiting another year until iPad 3 comes out before I upgrade. I have had a fabulous year with the mk1 and it is as great today as it ever was. The Mk2 is not a game changer.

      Thanks, Damien.

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  4. Nick

    Get mine on Sunday, I will find this very useful, can’t imagine it will be long before I want a second.

    It look so good it should be on the Apple store branded as the iFlashBracket :)

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    • damien

      Thanks Nick :)

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  5. Andy Baines

    great product Damien, and I gather you can just mount 2 speedlights on their own using the Nikon CLS system too??

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    • damien

      Hi Andy,

      The Gemini is designed for radio triggering as there is no provision for alignment of the Speedlights to provide line of sight triggering. You may have some success shooting interiors because ir signals bounce off walls and may just trigger the Speedlights but it will be hit and miss.

      Kindest regards,

      Damien.

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  6. Konfral

    Different umbrellas have different shafts (both shapes and diameters). Will it take the Westcott’s hexagonal (or octagonal – can’t remember atm…) shaft of the 43″ collapsible umbrella?

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    • damien

      Hi Konfral,

      Yes the Gemini has a universal umbrella holder, it will take all types of photographic umbrellas including the Westcott. As a matter of interest, Westcott are now distributed in the UK by JPD. We have a trade account with JPD as an approved retailer so if there are any Westcott products you require you can buy it through Lovegrove Consulting with a UK guarantee and no hidden import charges.

      Kind regards, Damien.

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  7. Martin Hill

    Fully endorse this product from Lovegrove consulting having used it extensively in Spain it’s a stroke of genius

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  8. Murray Laidlaw

    Looks a classy bit of kit. Be interesting to see the price.

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  9. david cooke

    looks amazing, I do mostly Weddings and often find myself inside due to our marvelous weather conditions, I have had my Op now and should be back at work by September, cant wait.

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