I stumbled upon a very nice article about a photographer being asked/assigned to shoot a portrait photo of, what else, a President of a nation. He details his experiences on how he handled the photoshoot, but I'm much intrigued by his camera setup (or rather, how inexpensive his gears are).
- A Canon EOS 40D (can be had fro cheap used, nowadays),
- 2 color-gelled Speedlite 580EX IIs,
- Cactus V4 triggers - just your typical eBay triggers, no fancy/expensive PWs or Pixels here.
Replace the EF 50mm f/1.2L lens (which, straight from the horse's mouth, is Canon's biggest shame) with another equivalent or better lens of similar focal length, and you find yourself that his setup is no less expensive than most hobbyists here can do.
An inspiring post for new strobists to take note, and to vaccinate most newbies from the BBB syndrome by eschewing more expensive gears for something that can be had for cheap.