There are gearheads and there are photographers. A lot of people are either one or the other, sadly not both. Not to say that there's anything wrong with accumulating camera gear. I have my share.
So many amateurs I meet want to discuss camera gear instead of getting good photos of where we are. When I was photographer for the Terlato Wine Group, a stranger got through the phone switchboard to me (rare) and asked for photo op suggestions (places along the Napa Valley). He spoke of light filtering through the fall leaves, the neat rows of vines rolling over the hills. He never mentioned his camera gear, just photos he'd like to create. Not only did I give him a list of great spots, I invited him to come to my office as early as possible on his shooting day. I took him on a personal tour of the vineyards at Chimney Rock Winery and the caves at Rutherford Hill Winery. He introduced me to an SF area photo forum he's on, and I've made friends there, too. I notice he uses Nikon gear, but the topic of photo gear just never comes into our conversations. He has equipment which works for him, and I have mine. Here's his web site, by the way: http://www.jharrisonphoto.com/
Enough preamble. Here's an article I found interesting: