Know what you mean
Its funny how with all the "advances" in modern cameras; the majority of pros' go back to basics.
They ignore all the custom shutter and aperture modes and go back to shooting manual exposure.(Especially the sports photographers)
Same with the autofocus.
As you said; too many things to throw it off.
Must admit to relying on auto settings too much and having to learn all over again
Going all manual for the air races; so hope to get a few decent images
Will post a few if I get some.(ifI don't you know I messed up