I was thinking about buying a Sigma 10-20mm when I started reading this thread. Well, I thought about it, and I will still get it probably soon because I can afford it by earning some moolah here and there even though I am still a student now.
Anyway, I was just thinking, as much as some people take pride in owning $20,000 worth of equipment, there are some people who shoots in cheap equipment also have this egoistical mentality that they are more "skillful" and all that and try to take a.. uh.. "moral" higher ground in these arguments.
I don't know man, I'm still a n00b. But in photography there are many shooting things. I personally like shooting scenary alot, and I used to shoot with an old hp prosumer camera (display set :lol and it turned out badly due to exposure settings etc. I played with my friends D70s and I loved it, hence what I got recently. Of course, I would always toy with the idea of owning 70-200 VR etc etc, but realistically, it's just.. impractical lah. I mean, 3.8k can do alot more other things!!
So I guess what I want to say is that, I think that in a hobby, we invest what we can into it, different people different ruler. I don't think there is anything "special" about a person who can shoot with instant cam over a person who shoots in all the super ex camera that I've never heard about. It's just different individuals.
As much as the next equipment wrangler ticks me off, the person who proclaims that "cheaper is holier than other" does too.