I'm getting really tired of renting a light kit at my local photo shop when I have a shoot to do. That once rare occasion is now turning more frequent, and I decided I just need to pony up and buy my own. Now... I really prefer to use softboxes, but could certainly make due with umbrellas and upgrade later... A 2 light setup would probably be plently for me to start with for now... And, honestly, money is a bit tight for me usually, so while I'd love a really nice $1000 set, it's definately more than I can afford, and probably more than I need. I mostly need them for small weddings and small (non group) portrait work. If anyone has any affordable suggestions, I'd really appreciate it!