I like mine, though I haven't been using it lately. Heck, I haven't even been really shooting lately. I need to get off my a$$! But yeah, the saberstrip. No, you don't NEED one. It's just a cool toy. It's somewhere between a soft and hard light source. I say, if you find yourself using pretty much only hotshoe flashes, and want a quick and easy psuedo strip light then go for it. If you're already into some larger strobes, then maybe the cheetahstand strip box would be a wiser and more versatile choice. Just make absolute sure that your flashes are a compatible fit. I saw the name lumopro on their list and didn't even think about the lp120. All's I got are a nikon sb-25, a lp-160, and a 430 exII. Only my 430 fits.