Now I know this will forge a lot of opinion and theorycraft, so let's keep this a nice friendly discussion.
Thanks in advance for reading and contributing!
Like many people, I feel I have reached the limits of what I can do with my current gear, lighting in particular. I can assure you that I am not suffering from Gear Acquisition Syndrome, it really is time to upgrade. I've also done tons of reading and research, so much so that my head is pretty much spinning and I've been on the fence while I've saved up for a year to even make this happen.
I want to use a mix of continuous lighting, flashes and strobes. I believe that each have their own place and usage, so I do feel that not one particular solution will do, hence the need for all of them. To answer what I trust is your most pressing question: I largely do portraiture that I have been known to describe as 'Tim Burton on crack'. Bright colors, intense characters, the strange and unusual kind of thing. I shoot both indoors and outdoors, so mobility of equipment is somewhat important too.
I somewhat have my heart set on PCB Einsteins for strobes and ideally 600's for flashes (hopefully cheaper Yongnuo ones when they are finally out). I am open to suggestions otherwise, but also keen on the bowens mount for modifiers in general.
My main problem comes not just in triggering, but in remotely controlling power and doing so quickly. Right now, I use a Canon 90ex with optical triggering/remote power control or older YN-602 triggers (with no remote power control) and a whole lot of running around while doing my best impression of Mallory Archer saying 'hang on' repeatedly (props if you get that reference, heh).
To throw fuel on to this fire, I am considering switching camera systems from Canon to Sony.
Given all that info, I seek a unified triggering system that would somewhat be camera independent, device independent and allow for remote power control. Especially if I go with Einsteins and 600 flashes, (unless you mad geniuses have better ideas/suggestions) I am currently leaning towards:
Cyber Commander - would allow for remote control of the einsteins and should work Canon or Sony.
YN-E3-RT or YN-622-TX - AF Assist would be mad bonus, would allow for remote control of flashes and cover issues like HSS and ETTL support.
I love grouping and ratio control for power, and realize that the Einsteins would be on their own. I hate the thought of using two seperate systems, but it's definitely better than the running around and disrupting the flow/vibe of a shoot. Would love to hear ideas/suggestions for a more unified system though =)
And FYI, this is probably the closest that I've seen for what I'm trying to accomplish and is an interesting read. http://www.nicknphoto.com/wedding-reception-lighting/