I'll be doing my first batch ever on sunday. I bought a 2.5L digibase kit that's been sitting around for 3 months waiting for a free day, and I plan to mix up a 500ml batch to use over the next few weeks (am I being optimistic?). I bought from Maco because vanbar was too much extra (I also bought a big box worth of film)
My thoughts: why not buy a small kit like me to figure the process out first? Then get ambitious when you get some experience.