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If you want short duration flash at high output you need to pay for it.... Different animals.. Simpleeees!
If modifiers fall off the things, or they need to be sent in for upgrades or they have overheating issues or they are missing a handle or clamps break off... or the flash tube is liable to break - then I'm sure it would be well documented.
I understand what you are saying (without saying it) ... and yes, that is part of what has me looking at what direction I'm going to invest long term. That being said, I'm exploring to understand the difference between the Bowens, ProPhoto, Elinchrom, etc.
Unfortunately, when I was at the store, they made NO MENTION of the flash duration difference between the R series and the Pro series. He was all about the digital .1 stop variability. To me, a flash that is 3X as fast is way more of a significant difference than a .2 analog vs. a .1 digital precision.
I'm fully aware of "you get what you pay for" and "there's no such thing as a free lunch" ... so the "different animal" is no surprise and I'm very willing (more so when I understand what I'm actually paying for) to pay for that. I just like to know what I'm getting before I make my decisions ... rather than learning about them after I've already done so. Getting started on investing into a long term system isn't one that I want to approach at the "whim" of who can scream the loudest professing their passion for brand X vs. brand Y.
I realize that for some will simply decide to do what others suggest, but I feel that you should know why you are doing what you're doing, i.e. own your decisions. So, I simply strive to understand the difference between product A vs. product B, i.e. Bowens vs. ProPhoto vs. etc. or monolight vs. pack & head vs. hotshoe. From that I can make my decisions regarding what is important / not important to me.
But, if I just listen to the salesman, I would have gone with the R series (.1 digital not THAT important to me) ... and later been dissatisfied to learn @ the variance in flash duration. For people that have been using pro-grade studio lighting for decades and already made your decisions ... I get that these might seem like stupid overkill questions.
But there are those of us who are trying to make decisions (and learning curve) amongst the plethora of perspective being pitched by OEM, salesman, other photographers, and yes ... cyber opinions.