O/T but this attitude irritates me. I know everyone here will be a gear/tech freak, but that doesent make low end camera's "crappy" This shot for example was taken with an 1000d and 18-55 kit lens... and was highly commended in the prestigous wildlife photographer of the year award.
That's right, and great photo by the way. Please realize that most people on this forum do know that great photos can be taken with "crappy" cameras. Very cool photos can be taken with camera phones which most people, including pro photographers, carry around with them. Most gearheads on this site also have a P&S but probably a pretty good one rather than a crappy one
You do touch on a good point. There is a tendency to begin referring to anything less than the best available or even an ideal soon-to-be-announced camera to be "crappy". The 7D has been called crappy. The 5D2 focus has been called crappy. Etc. Well, that's just not true in absolute terms... comparatively, there might be some other camera that does a slightly better job at a particular feature but suddenly it's as if there's a night and day difference. The Sony sensor in the Nikon D7000 had an extra stop of DR at low ISO and suddenly every other camera out there is crap, outdated, etc. Nonsense.
To be fair, there are many pundits on here for focusing on real world image quality so there's a balance in the discussions. No one feature or attribute is the best in all situations. That's not to say each new feature or attribute isn't important. They all are under certain situations. Sports shooters need high frame rates, landscape photographers do not. Everyone can benefit from higher DR at times but not every scene has even 10 stops of DR and in fact some photos look better with less DR so the photographer will clip the shadow details in photoshop to get more contrast and many other examples.
Gear is good. Technology is good. And it's cool when camera manufacturers give us something that hasn't been possible in the past. Every camera has it's use from an iPhone all the way to a 1D4 and medium format. Film is good so is digital... they each have different benefits and limitations.
It's fun. No need for anyone to be offended or irritated except if anyone is rude or disrespectful to others and those trolls know who they are.