The answer I wanted to check is not there. My answer is no effing way. My early work would have been better if I had more knowledge/experience.
The camera doesn't do the composition, you do!
The camera doesn't do the lighting, you do!
A better camera WILL NOT make you a better photographer
Sorry, I have to disagree.
I've always thought if equipment didn't matter every professional photographer would be shooting with the cheapest equipment they could get their hands on. Cheaper equipment means higher profit margins. The equipment doesn't matter, right, you make the photo not the camera. Anyone interested in my old 110 film pocket camera for $5?
Fact is better equipment makes better images possible, period.
If your AF is slow or picking the wrong focus point a better AF system will help.
If lots of your photos are bullseyes due to getting the best focus with the center point a better AF will help.
If you suffer motion blur a lot an f/2.8 lens will help get faster shutter speeds.
If you have problems getting exposure right a better metering system can help.
If you have issues with noise a better sensor will help.
If you shoot black and white subjects and can't get detail on both ends a sensor with higher DR will help.
Better flashes produce more light and can put it out there further.
Equipment doesn't make great photographs, photographers do (have to wonder what Ansel would do with modern equipment), but equipment does help make photos better. Equipment can only help if you know how to use it effectively. If the equipment is too complex it can overwhelm the photographer but if it is too simple it can also limit the photographer.
What is important is matching your equipment to your knowledge and the desired job.
So, yes. If I could have afforded better equipment it would have allowed me to get the photos I was trying to get.