Just for the next 13 hours (or until supplies run out), you can get a serviceable 400 watt-second monolight, the easiest kind of off-camera flash to use, for a mere $190. Generically these are rather common, with variants under many brand names. This one is inexpensive even at the regular price of $390.
Not the last word in color consistency or exact repeatability (for that, you'll pay much more), a 400 w/s flash is nevertheless highly useful for all kinds of ordinary lighting tasks. Be the beneficiary of my experience: don't let yours tip over and crash on the floor, because it'll smash to smithereens. Otherwise, a nice thing, for a very nice price.
Note too that off-camera "strobe" has benefited from high digital ISOs...a 400 w/s light is arguably just as useful as a 1600 w/s unit would have been a quarter century ago.
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Steve Walker: "That's a good price. Flash gets better and less expensive, perhaps due to the strobist movement. I have been using old Speedotron packs and heads to learn. Along with ND filters, scrims and a new love for the inverse square of light. Who needs automation?"