You have so many good lighting manufacturers & products to choose from.
Only YOU can decide what is best for you & your applications. It is an individual value-equation.
The Profoto B1 & B1X are: real time-savers, time-savers, time-savers; YES time-savers!!!
[note: as are any similar featured products from other manufacturers such as Godox, etc.
(Jason Lanier wedding beach shoot with an Adorama/Flashpoint RL600B: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4zf_XPZnvXk 29:49 minute video)]
I opted & purchased Profoto products about a decade ago, for their consistent quality of light, durability & availability.
After almost a decade of use I have never had a problem – that piece of mind & durable reliability is worth a lot to me and the all important trust it provides my clients & subjects, particularly for wedding applications.
Also, remember: today everyone is a “photographer” (whatever that means nowadays), so most importantly invest in your most critical asset - YOU!
(which will withstand the test of time), as well as investing in your gear.
Equipment certainly helps, but your skill is the true market-differentiator…
Jerry Ghionis Photography Training [JGPT]: https://www.ghionis.com/
-which in 2018 merges Ghionis’s previous Ice Society, etc. into this.
this maybe a valuable resource for concepts of:
-Posing https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kmi9TPQ57Mo (2:13:51 minute video)
-eliciting client Emotion in images (the secret ingredient!! i.e. emotion trumps technical in an image)
Ghionis, one of the many real masters in the photography industry. A true “photographer”.
Regarding equipment - I prefer to start where I want to end. That is why I prefer quality rather than quantity.
With “less is more” as a guiding principle.
Here is a suggestion for a great versatile, portable location-lightstand that will nicely support Profoto B1/B1X’s…
Matthews REVERSE STAND:
-a good balance of strength & also compactness.
(I tried but don’t like the Profoto 8ft lightstands – too wimpy; while marginally ok, they don’t feel strong enough. Just one opinion).
Obviously as you know, for large group portraits, or receptions etc., with any light you will need say 10ft, or 12ft lightstands, to avoid shadows on adjacent subjects/persons faces, etc.
Your selections of a Canon 5D mkIV, with 24-70 f2.8L mkII (& maybe a future 70-200 f2.8L IS mkII) and Profoto B1X combined with disciplined experience of practice, practice & practice, can position yourself well and create potentially stunning, memorable images.
Believe in yourself (& equipment choices) looking forward, not backwards…
Good luck on your exciting & unfolding photography adventure – HAPPY shooting!
Hope this may help you.
Just one view…
In a studio setting, the Profoto (B1, B1X, D1, or D2) with the frosted-glass dome accessory (on say a beauty dish, or larger octabox, etc.) does help improve the light coverage. However, in a dynamic environment such as wedding applications (both inside & outside; formal’s, reception, or candid’s) - the techie side of you, nor your clients will never notice.
The Profoto’s monolight’s hallmark flat-front surface style enables you to “GET-IN and GET-OUT”, when time is of the essence, without having to fuss or worry about breaking equipment or exposed glass-elements. It is quite practical, for real-life dynamic applications, or adverse situations.
Regarding your concern about potential air-travel...
While everyone has to determine a system which works best for them & their applications, over the years, I have found for occasional air-travel destination-wedding applications (with respect & compliance for seemingly ever-changing airlines carry-on guidelines):
I utilize the following equipment configuration…
CARRY-ON “PERSONAL ITEM”- [holds 2 Profoto B1’s]
Profoto Bag S (aka formerly Double Case):
weight: 2 lbs (907 grams)
with a Think Tank Photo Low-Rider Strap:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3h45W43bDUE (2:05 minute product video)
Instead of something like the
Profoto Bag M (Location Kit/Backpack):
weight: 5.7lbs (2.6 kg)
CARRY-ON “LUGGAGE”- [holds cameras, lenses & speedlights, etc.]
Depending on the photo-gig, either:
Think Tank Photo Airport Security:
Think Tank Photo Airport International:
Lightstands in one "Checked" luggage with clothes.
(Also, for caution, I take a list of the nearest local photography rental-shops contact-information, should my checked luggage go missing).