Need some help breaking the logjam in my head about which system to purchase. I have done so much analysis that I probably have paralysis. I know that either one probably will be a good decision but that thought still does not help with the deciding vote.
E640 Strengths vis-a-vis 600RX:
--Price (both in the monolight and modifiers)
--Specs (Flash duration, 9 stops, recycle time, color consistency)
--2 year warranty
--250W modeling lamp (although some say it is not that bright or only as bright as 150W)
--PLM Modifiers (but I may not get the PLM for a while)
--nice compatibility with the Vagabond Mini (I understand that the Elinchrom supports the mini)
--PocketWizard compatibility slightly better
--faster Customer Support
E640 Weaknesses vis-a-vis 600RX:
--the Balcar mount (add a Chimera speedring and the cost goes up)
--Modifiers not as nice or broad as the Elinchrom line nor as loved by the Eli fanbase
--system growth (do I just get more Einsteins?)
600RX Strengths vis-a-vis E640
--the Mount (although some critize it anyway)
--the beloved modifiers
--great system growth (Quadra, Ranger, 300W, 1200W)
--great fanbase and community (probably could be said the same of PCB E640s)
600RX Weaknesses vis-a-vis E640
--150W modeling lamp (why does their professional not have a 250 or 300W)
I am definitely interested in hearing anybody that has used the V2.1 Einsteins and the 600RX. I know that the Einsteins were on back order a long time and it took to v2.1 version to iron out some of the problems and issues.
But if you had a choice to buy your first monolight (coming from speedlights) and do mostly portraits (studio and location), which system would you go with now knowing that v2.1 is out and that there is no backorder and that you live in the USA. Price is not a huge consideration with respect to these two systems. I plan to buy octas and strip softboxes and beauty dishes in short time. The PLM umbrella is not on that horizon wish list.