I own and use Flashpoint stuff professionally. Given what you’ve said about banging up your gear I wouldn’t suggest you get Flashpoint necessarily, but then I don’t know a lighting system that survives that kind of use, no matter the brand or cost. Maybe Speedotron or Dynalite but I’d much prefer lighter, faster, easier gear over Soviet era tanks any day.
That said, buying based on either rental integration or a Doomsday Scenario has always struck me as strange, as if people let their fears shape decisions when their fears seem mismatched with reality. In either case I can’t see the logic behind buying into a specific brand:
In the case of rental integration: if I’m going somewhere where they stock a brand of light at the studio, I’m going to rent all of my gear from them per the client’s budget, leaving mine at home. I’m not going to bother dragging any of my gear to the shoot so that I can rent one key modifier or something. And if I *am* dragging my gear somewhere and renting part of the grip, it’s the stands & grip that are getting rented, and I’m bringing lights with redundancy as part of the cost I bill the client.
Doomsday Scenario: where all lights spontaneously combust, are lost to catastrophic dropping, or are stolen in some Ocean’s 11 situation - this has never happened. It seems like the overimaginings of fear. But let’s say it does - my shoot’s getting cancelled and the date moved, where by then I’ll have gotten replacements. I’m not going to pause the shoot hoping the 90 minute delay of getting to a rental facility, providing insurance and payment info, getting the gear and driving back, won’t somehow ruin the day.
FWIW I generally work with two lights, but pack four: two 600Pros, two 200s and the bracket that allows me to use them as a single 400ws light. In my doomsday scenario, a single 600ws light goes down and I move the 400ws in to replace; two 600ws lights go down and I split the 400 to two 200s and work at a slower pace; all my lights go down and I just curl up in a ball and start sobbing.
paintedlotus wrote in post #18804355
Well yes of course. I'm not really prone to using more than a couple lights at a time anyway and therefore always have spares. But the point is that even if everything went to hell in a handbasket and all my lights were busted, I could still go to the rental house that's about 10 minutes from my studio and pick up replacements that would work seamlessly. And it seems highly unlikely that rental houses will be carrying Godox equipment any time soon due to the very nature of their gear getting used and beat up all the time. I'd assume that if Godox wants to remain competitive in the long run, repair is something they will inevitably have to address. Whether or not that day comes before I need to invest in new equipment is my issue, especially given their very attractive price point.