I love my gears.
I love to cradle my camera
I love the feel of the winder.
I love the sound of of the shutter.
I love the patina on my camera's body which came about after years of fondling - ahh....... hmmm........so smooth........... so sensuous...........
To me gears are relevant even if they cannot produce the pictures which I want, such as those wonderful pictures by Salgado and Gene Smith.
Oops! Actually it is not the gear that cannot produce the pictures! It is me!
But at least I still have my gears to fondle, and people walking by can say - "Hey! Nice Camera!" That puts a BIG smile on my face!