Looking at getting more into this front,
Have on ordered an SB900 and a YN560 for slave work after spending some time with more primitive gear and experimenting with hire items. (And when the new flash comes out provided its the SB600 replacement I will probably pick it up for a second on camera flash)
However, I am looking at versatility and portability when it comes to my lighting gear...I am not exactly a fan of studio only style shooting (but at the same time want to use it for that purpose as well) but also want the flexibility to do set portraits with natural and fill from portable gear, or be able to deal with portrait stuff at weddings if the conditions are less than ideal. I already have a reflector but feel that having another option would be positive.
I was thinking about the Manfrotto Nano 005B which I have hired in the past from Ben's, and found to be really nice and and convient, and matching it up with the umbrella head and maybe a westcott 2 in 1 type umbrella. Ive also had recommended to me Lumiquest softboxes, so considering one of those as an alternate option which I could whack on a stand for nice soft particularly in studio.
Coming to the question does anyone have any suggestions for other portable stand options that arent going to break my back? Or suggestions on other gear that might be useful for portable work?