I have been reading thru quite a lot of this thread lately in CS.
Being into photography for almost 20 years now as a hobbyist, and a CS member for a about couple of years, its seems that this thread are getting more each day.
However the interesting thing is, nowadays its seems many wants to own DSLR when they simply haven't grab the basics of photography. Very unlike the past, where only those who are very keen in photography and has experimented with PnS, bridge camera, etc and are very sure photography and SLR/DSLR are for them before plunging into it.
Perhaps, this days everybody are more affluent and DSLR are more affordable , perhaps its a feel good factor to be seen with a DSLR in the hand, or simply the digital age has really make photography one of the most attractive and mass appealing hobby.
I know this thread would not go down well with some, but that is my observation and own opinion. But Just like to hear from other members what do they think of this. be it you agree or disagree , feel free to air your views.But please, NO PERSONAL ATTACK