So... here I sit going over the threads here and on FM, the choices for a location/studio kit are truly overwhelming. I suppose this is a good thing, as there are a number of options to choose from.
Elinchrom ElB 400 with HS head
and the list goes on and on....
There are no perfect kits ... and that is to be expected . I'm in the market for a nice strobe which can do HSS to help get me away from using ND filters. TTL doesn't interest me as I've always shot manual anyways. I sold my Ranger RX/AS to get away from the weight of the kit. With the new Elinchrom trigger out... I've read mixed reviews doing HSS with the "S" head so... I let it go.
The budget is $3k, that being said, if I can spend less and still walk away with a nice setup... I'm very open to giving another brand a try. I can put the money saved towards a lens.. or something else.
So.. if you had $3k to spend... wanted to mainly shoot location work... use HSS on occasion... what strobe/s would you buy? Is there a "best bang for the buck" option out there?
An Cheetah kit would run me about $900 with some extra stuff in the mix... the 600ws strobe.
Interfit S1 would put me at $1300 with the strobe/trigger and speed ring for the Eli deep octa I have.
The ELB and some extras would run around $2500
The Baja B4 x2 and some extras put me at $2k ish...
Profoto.. ouch... $2k for the head...
So... if you have experience with these products... or think there are better options out there.. I'm all ears.