Hey guys. I am looking in investing in my first studio lighting kit, but have some hard decisions to make. I have been looking at an introductory Opus lighting kit with 2 strobes, an umbrella, soft box, barn doors and some gels plus a carrying case. I can get it for about 500 dollars. Although friends who shoot professionally have warned me against buying this kit, simply because of the quality of the stands...etc, and have recommended holding off and investing in better equipment. I am only using it for really small shooting, I would probably be in a basement for now, with 8-10 foot ceilings (I am aware this is stupidly low and won't work to well) with a suspended ceiling which would reflect light. I am hoping to perhaps get something portable in order to shoot on location, as its primary use would be shooting for friends ( I am primarily a natural light photographer) so the possibility of higher ceilings does exist. Now go!