Got mine today and it's the real deal. I tested it quickly with my old 30D and here are my thoughts:
Really easy to set up, and not too hard to break it down and bag it up. Most surprising thing is the weight… Much heavier than I thought, but no problem carrying it around.
I did some quick, on the spot snaps of my Mrs. to get an idea of how well it works... And I'm happy.
See for yourselves below. These are straight out of the camera 30D jpgs and not the usual raws from my 5D2.
I deliberately didn't use a front light or reflector as I wanted to see it working on its own. I use D-Lite 200 and 400 heads and this was with just the 200 set to 4.0. Setting it to 5.0 caused too much flooding. I poked the light as far inside as I could while still on the stand.
In the shot in front of the background, she is practically leaning against it. Then we switched around and I tried using it as a lightbox. You can see me as well as the shape and size of the Hilite in her eyes. The catch lights are a little strange though.
It makes a very nice (and comparatively cheap) large lightbox, and I can see myself using it just as that with a regular seamless background setup. I'm even contemplating getting a second one if I can get a cheap third strobe.
Anyhoo, take a look below and remember that they are only supposed to be samples of lighting quality, not masterpieces.