This is my first "true" OCF kit, and I was astounded by how well it worked right out of the box. Very simple to set up, and everything collapses down enough to fit in a small-ish shoulder bag. The umbrella gives great soft and even light when used as shoot-through, and when the removable back is added it works as an excellent bounce. Plus, the stand is very sturdy, certainly better than any of the cheap plastic ones I've seen. The hot-shoe translator kit works like a charm, and with the 16 foot cord gives plenty of room to maneuver. Definitely worth the price, it really is a must-have!