The death of Bowens earlier in the year was met with surprise from many photographers. But it paints a fairly clear picture. That even though more people are using flash now than ever before, some flash companies are struggling. Perhaps it’s a lack of innovation or lacklustre customer support. Maybe they simply can’t keep up with the demand. Or it could simply be good old-fashioned competition.
Whatever the reason, the flash landscape is changing. The gear’s evolving, new faces are appearing and old ones are leaving. Another very familiar face that’s leaving now is German flask maker Multiblitz. After 69 years in the industry, they’re calling it quits.