I'm not going to argue with you guys on what you need to get a job done. If you've got a system that works and has been a great ROI, more power to you.
My experiences and needs are different. I hardly use modeling lights and the current battery powered strobes go 2-3 gigs on a charge (Xplor, 360IIs, and recently the AD200s). So what are being touted as "massive" advantages don't even register for me.
If I was buying into a system for regular ecomm work, where the shot count hits 100+ per day, or large scale event work with multiple shooters hitting the same strobes, AC monolights or a pack & head system would be my first choice... but for everything else, monolights with the addition of an external battery & inverter are more costly, heavier, take more time to setup, etc.
I've been lugging a lot of stuff around, and over time, less and less. Glad to have the days of the pack and head systems behind me for most of my work.
williaty wrote in post #18525083
The massive disadvantage to all the battery powered lights are the pathetic modeling lamps. They either are too dim in an attempt to be nice to the battery or they're barely bright enough and in turn slaughter your run time if you leave them on. Until the battery powered strobes give you 6+ hours with a modeling lamp that puts out the equivalent of 250W of halogen plus delivering the equivalent of at least 500 full power pops, there's definitely a use argument in favor of having plug-in lights in the studio and battery powered lights for places without easy access to grid power.
Angmo wrote in post #18525097
Yep. Whenever I head out with Battery inverters, I make sure I don't use modeling lights. Some newer strobes are coming out with LED type modeling lights. But outdoors during the day, there's not much benefit of using modeling lights.