caleb condit , Jan 27, 2007; 05:43 a.m.
I think your last sentence states it best. You should get something that works, gets the job done, is durable and has the ability to upgrade. I've used profoto, and it seems to be top notch build but some things I didn't like. For example only 3 outlets for strobes. And then the built in radio slave is just one more thing that can break in the long run (THAT would be embarrasing in front of a client).
My suggestion would be to also take a look at Speedotron. They have one of the largest selections of light modifiers(all really well made, durable) and if you get a 2400 pack and 2 heads with modifiers it'l end up way less than profoto and be of high quality. Plus, having pocketwizards is prety incredible as you can use them with multiple packs etc.
Also, the flash tubes for speedotron are about $150 dollars cheaper.
Also if you go to calumet right now they have a couple of things that might interest you. http://www.calumetphoto.com/item/SB1078.html This first one's a 2400w/s with two heads and accessories and also an airline case http://www.calumetphoto.com/item/SB1025U.html this second link is a 2403CX (2400w/s) pack thats lightly used for only $850...I know a couple of very well established shooters that ALWAYS use speedotron, even with the pickyest of clients. It's really because they work, they're highly available and ultra durable.