Hello! This is my first post in POTN, but this is not my only forum. I'm a Pentax guy, but I joined POTN specifically for this particular lighting forum. The knowledge and expertise that I've seen displayed here is spectacular and second to none.
I'm in a bit of a conundrum. I'm in the process of upgrading my (small) lighting kit, and I'm being pulled in two directions. I mainly shoot weddings and on-location portraits (95% of my paid work). I'm a follower of the Strobist method, and thus far have gotten along nicely with a single Youngno YN-560ii and shoot-thru umbrella, but I feel I've reached the limits of this kit and need more power and access to larger light modifiers.
I was thinking of getting an Einstein 640 with the CC, Soft Silver PLM, 22" White BD, 8.5" Standard reflector, Vagabond Mini and two more YN-560iii's to use as hair/rim/fill.
Thanks to this forum, however, I've learned about the Cheetahlight 180/360 and the V850's. I think a kit with a 360 and two V850's would be pretty awesome, albeit with a loss of maximum power and super short t.1 times vs the PCB kit. Also, mounting options and possible light modifiers seem to be compromised to an extent, but I could use the Cheetahlight triggers to control everything remotely.
Which of these two options would be the most portable and versatile (and reliable)? Also, cost effectiveness is a factor. I'd like to keep this expenditure below $1500 as I'll also be investing in more Pentax Limited, DA* and FA* glass.
The included photo is an in-camera 4 shot multi exposure taken with my Pentax K5iis and Sigma EX DG 70mm f2.8 Macro. Lighting was the YN-560ii hand-held with my DIY beauty dish.