It took me a looong time to get over the White Lightning / Alienbees temptation but I have finally narrowed my choices down to either a profoto acuteb 600r or Ranger RX Speed AS (leaning towards the Ranger at the moment). Either of these packs will be used primarily for outdoor location shoots (w/ occasional indoor non-studio locations as well) . I plan to use just one head for the time being -- until I can afford another head or pack -- so I want to maximize the usages of the box I choose. In other words, what softbox would you recommend if you could only pick one to use. I shoot mostly fashion, lifestyle, and portraits. A typically style of outdoor shooting that I like doing is to balance (and also overpower) a bright sunny sky, sunset, etc with my flash setup. I like soft yet defined contrast in my shots. I will need the box to do as much as possible: headshots, 1/2, 3/4 full... I know this is a lot to ask from just one softbox but which do you think would do the best job at this:
Elinchrom 190cm Octalite
Plume 180cm Hexoval
Deep throat rotalux
Rotalux Midi (135cm)
Convenience is also a factor -- I know the 190cm Octa is huge, but I like the fact that it sets up much easier / faster than the rest of the boxes I listed (so I've heard).. What size does the Octabox fold down to? and how heavy is it? I actually chose to go with profoto 600R or elinchrom ranger because they seem to be the only lights that I can afford and that are designed to work with the 190cm Octalite properly... I have an opportunity to pick up an Elinchrom 175cm RectaLite for a very good price at the moment -- could you tell me how this box differs from the 190cm Octalite, in terms of light quality?
Can the Octa or Recta do more than the smaller Elinchrom boxes or even the Plume that I listed above and perhaps even beat them in most situation in terms of light quality without sacrficing too much inconvenience (as far as carrying around is concerned)?... Would you be kind enough to provide some samples shots that have been done primarily with the Octabox (preferable as the only source of light used)?
My apologies for all the questions, but I am really having a hard time deciding on this =).