Quote Originally Posted by markbarendt View Post
Well we could all shoot large format with a shutterless lenses and print with sunlight.

Automating our processes is kinda like becoming dependent on electricity. I'm comfortable being dependent on electricity.
You may be conflating tools with gadgets. The latter are solutions to a problem that may not exist, or one invented to provide the solution with an application. Cameras have a sliding scale of gadget-itis, some being more useful than others. I'd define a photographic gadget as something that takes as long or longer to complete a task than an existing method. Metering is especially prone to gadget-itis, but focus is going down a similar route. DSLRs are gadget heaven, or hell depending on your perspective.

Someone recently suggested to me, in all seriousness, that cameras should have focus bracketing.