TwoShoes wrote in post #12157536
The Quadra is brilliant but the ranger is definitely the better set-up IMO. When the deal came up for mine I said to myself how often are you ever that far from your car on location? I thought about it for a while and realised you're never too far away from where you can park on "location". I think a lot of people fall into the trap of thinking location means you walk from your house to the middle of nowhere. I've done a few shoots in rainforests that are maybe 2-3 km's away from my car and I can comfortably carry the Ranger that far.
I think the Quadra set up is for fast paced shooting like seniors, weddings, etc where you constantly have to be moving. The ranger is better built, faster recycle, the head is very strong (I worry about my Quadra head all the time and now only use it with reflectors / maxilite).
I don't think the power is there purely to control the midday sun, it's there so your kicker / rimlight is actually useful, it's there so you can shoot nice wide landscapes and have enough power to have your light out of frame.
When buying the 2 set ups I'd consider how far your locations are normally from your car and how fast do you move around chasing your subject. I kept my Quadra's purely because I'm looking at doing weddings and I love having 3 lights when needed.
I completely agree with pretty much everything you mentioned.
In the end, you end up bringing lightstands, sandbags, softboxes, wardrobe and whatnot anyway, so you might as well just bring a Ranger or monolight+inverter. You really only need the Quadra if you're moving a lot. If it's in your budget, get the Ranger. IMHO, the Quadra's mediocre build quality compared to the Ranger easily warrants the price difference.