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.
You didnt rephrase it, you tried to change your point, and its still wrong. If you practice with ETTL then you will have to work less in dynamic situations than using manual in controlled situations.