Sin77, some (not all - I don't usually make universal statements) posters believe that it doesn't matter which camera the photographer uses, so long as it is a good photographer.
They simply use that golden one-liner to put down other posters who like to discuss equipment, without considering that better equipment helps the photographer do help in one way or another.
And I am not referring to the holiday or birthday party snapshots. Then again, people can use good cameras for whole lots of reasons. I have a colleague who purchased a DSLR to take pictures of his toddler. Is the extravagant or superfluous?
Neither. The reason for the DSLR is that the startup time and shutter lag is lesser than a compact. Yes, one may consider that the slight difference is inconsequential. But my colleague has enough missed opportunities, when the baby starts walking or starts to utter coherent words, to decide to buy a DSLR. If he had one then, he MAY have captured these moments.
Surely I would consider such pictures as good pictures. Good pictures are not only about technicalities such as accurate focusing or metering. Good pictures can also evoke emotions. If a picture can stir feelings within the viewer after it is taken, it can be a good picture. To h*ll with composition, white balance and stuff.
Still, there are people who have DSLRs but who dont even know what 17-55 stands for. I heard it myself.
I didn't miss the point. At least, I don't believe I did.
I am saying that better equipment helps in some way or another. I also readily admit that some with no skills or imagination whatsoever is unlikely to improve his pictures, even if he uses the flagship model.
What I am against are those one-liners that puts all things good only to the photographer, to the exclusivity of equipment, without any apparent regard to the role that such items can play.