To be fair, you weren't really discussing the differences between manual and eTTL; it was more like highlighting the shortcomings of eTTL. In the first paragraph you completely dismissed eTTL as being worthless.
yeah and only a troll or someone unable to use ETTL would do that.
have a look at joe mcnallys work.
he uses TTL on nikon.. and it´s not that much (if any) better then canons.
Did i say it was worthless? I said unreliable for consistency in power output for multiple shots when the flash is off camera, especially as you change composition. I didn't say it doesn't work.
I will rephrase it though - ETTL for dynamic situations and where subject to light distance is constanly changing and manual for a fixed position.
You guys really need to chill and not pounce on the first thing you happen to disagree upon.
Not everyone is a Joe Mcnally. We all make mistakes.