Some random thoughts on this thread,

It is all about the attitude of the craftsman. There are always those who will use equipment as an excuse. They don't have good enough lenses, or the view camera doesn't have the right movements, or if only they had a Leica instead of an SLR they could get better shots.

It has always been a curious thing I notice with woodworking hobbyists. They fall into 2 camps. One group expects the machines to do the work and only if they had the next better planer or jointer, this saw or that they could really make some nice pieces. the other camp is the guys (or gals) who are using the same machines for 30 years or do a lot of the work by hand. They produce beuatiful pieces of furniture and art. What they have is knowledge and patience and their emphasis is on the work and not the tools.

A great number of people who call themselves photographers concern themselves far to much with the acquiring of gear to get the perfect "rig" instead of making photographs.

Anyone who is serious about phtography should be required to choose one camera, one lens, one film, one developer and one paper and have to use them exclusively for one year. I can almost gaurantee you that you will have one of 2 outcomes. One will be someone who is serious about photography and has become comfortable with his gear. Why? Because he realized that the image is what is important. learning to see is what is important and knowing your materials so well that you can see a final print when the exposure is made is important.

The other outcome is someone who quickly becomes bored and gives it up because he is more about the gear. That does not mean that he cannot over time make great photographs, but in searching for the most comfortable gear he cheats himself out of the time it takes to get there.