Upload & Sell: On
I was a Nikon shooter for a while and had a basic eTTL setup with Nikon's CLS. When I sold my DSLR, I (maybe stupidly) sold all my lighting as well, since I didn't think I would want to keep a proprietary lighting system without the matching camera to trigger and control it.
Fast forward several years, I'd like to build up another lighting system, however I am using a couple digital systems (mirrorless) and I still enjoy shooting film as well. So I am looking for suggestions on a "generic" system that can work across multiple platforms.
I am pondering just getting the modern version of Nikon's speedlights, since I am familiar with their usage and they have automatic distance scales. However, I kept my Sekonic meter, so I can meter a manual flash scene as well. I don't have a dedicated studio, so some portability would be nice. I know Alienbees (with a powerpack) are a good solution and not terribly pricey. I was a little surprised to see how much Nikon charges for their SB-900 (I have been out of it for a while, I guess).
Usage: portraiture/creative scene lighting, mostly diffused