Dan Brown , Jan 13, 1998; 03:25 p.m.
Adam, I was looking into this myself. I have not purchased any monolights yet, so all I can talk about is my perception from the vast amount of info I have studied. I have, for example, ordered specs & brochures from all the manufactures, etc. Also, I have read many user comments. On balance, it looks like the Paul C. Buff White Lightning WL5000/WL10,000 lights make a great deal of sense, if low cost and high quality are your criteria. Also, a close second would be the Novatron monolights, the ones that look like the power pack head lights, not the new one.
But, if you see yourself going further, and making a long term commitment to studio lighting for both studio or location work, you might want to look carefully at the Paul C. Buff Ultra series and/or ZAP1000 lights. They really look like good values and all the users I have heard speak of them, just love them. Especially the ZAP1000, if you don't think you would ever want remote control capability.
Hope this helps...