I have recently bought myself a D50 which is a 'Entry Level' Camera... I just cant help but ask myself the following questions
1) 'expensive equipment take better pictures'...is that so...? I got the impression that this is the case... Whenever I go to a shop to ask about cheaper equipement and lens, the people seems to give me the impression that I can do little if I just get a G lens or something cheap...and when I get my first external flash SB 600, the person said..'Dun expect to do much or take as good pic as a SB 800'...It makes me feel that photography is about buying expensive equipment and no longer about creativity and presenting a person's unique perspective...... I believe that manufacturere are capitalising on this perception of 'expensive equipment take better pictures' and charging extremely high price for equipments. And where is the true spirit of photography?
2) If point 1 is true than issit photography a rich man's hobby?
3) Why is everyone paying thousands of dollars for a few pieces of glass? is it really worth that much? I mean, a VR lens cost $3000plus, it can buy me top of the line IT products like the best desktop, the best entertainment system.... If you argue that camera manufacturer need years of research, extensive cost and extreme precision to come up with the lens or body, then doesnt the manufacturer of sophisticated IT products require such research, cost and time? Furthermore, should "Economies of scale' set in? I mean, havent they Nikon or Canon, etc...cover their research cost...and until this day still pass it on to the consumer?
Just my 2 cent worth.......