Jochen Schrey , Jul 13, 2004; 10:34 a.m.
Oops! You ask the hardest question imaginable! Fashion, cheap & beginner don't match. As a beginner you need strong modelling lights, not 75W like in the most cheapos. If you want to use the winder of the 300D you'll need modern and expensive units too. I myself couldn't afford them so I use old and slow elinchrom Quanta. Only good thing I can tell you is you'll get along with less than 1200Ws totally. ( Ican't go below so I'm shooting products with a ND filter). The D300 has no pc socket. Either you use a hotshoe adapter or a infrared or radio trigger. I used my *istD with hotshoe adapter because I didn't discover the pc socket and can't complain about it.