OK, quick straw poll.
Those of you here using studio lighting, what are you using brand wise? And what sorts of modifiers are you using with them?
I'm getting mixed feedback through the dealership network in NZ as to the best way to go, and various other stories from studio users I know here in Welly. Two people have sworn me off Bowens simply because although their gear is good, service of it in NZ is woeful. One guy actually buys any bits that pops up on Trademe so he can keep his lights running through spares that way instead of waiting for service times. Elinchrom obviously really good stuff too, and a good NZ importer, but they themselves told me the other day the Dlite kits are good unless you're using them heavily (like long shoots or regular firing) because their temperature cutoffs kick in. I'm also not sure whether you can adapt them to run off battery packs outside? Obviously there's then Profoto, brought in by Photo Whorehouse which is like the best of the best, but frankly, it's a bit full on with the costs for me. The Interfit and lower price systems WPS hire out here in Welly are also infamous amongst those that have hired them for changing colour temperature when you alter the powers, so a more complex three light setup might have differing white balances across the shot.
Unfortunately, I think in NZ who backs the products up is as important as the quality of the gear, which is why I won't buy the Alien Bees stuff all the US members use. All being well using their Cybersyncs for flash triggering, they're that cheap if they break you buy more, but lights is different.