Yeah dude, the ad400 is the perfect "big light" that's just manageable enough in terms of size and weight to carry around all day, but really though I find a couple of AD200s will hold up just as well, and you can spread the light out more . Sometimes I hold 2 AD200s in a V, that also helps with shadows. The AD400 typically stays in the pelican until I hit a big open area, or a dark cave.
Actually, I like to throw shadows that carve dimension in the room, even if its unnatural. I think the key to RE photos is get the realtor noticed, esp among themselves.
As far as the barn doors.. I actually really like them.. The light spill is manageable, what I like about them is I can pretty much close it all the way where they meet at the corners and just kind of aim it at different parts of the room if I don't feel like squeezing myself. I looked at the new round head, it doesn't really fit into my cases in its current configuration and looks just like too much new stuff to buy.
..maybe someone here will convince me to drop $500 to convert all my barn doors to round heads.
I found myself using the AD400 in the big space, and then putting the AD200 in the small spaces adjacent to the main room, and I find I need at least 2 more AD200's....when there are a lot of rooms connecting!
Thanks for the information...always interesting to hear about the workflow of others...always learning.