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I think more modest gear makes no difference to your enthusiasm, indeed it seems many are just gear hounds with self described "GAS", which I find kind of pathetic.
It can get even worse - too complicated gear can backfire on you. I contribute an impression just from last weekend: I met a tourist around in the countryside when I was shooting horses, and we started discussing gear. Turns out he has a d610 (or d600, I don't quite remember) and a 24-70/2.8, i.e. better gear than me.
But: He didn't touch his camera for three weeks because he cannot get anything in focus. I had to explain to him that the dof of f2.8 on full frame is thin and (in so many words) that expensive gear doesn't replace skill. Actually he was thankful to get to know it isn't entirely his personal fault. I can vividly imagine what Internet forums and sites made him buy something "good" to get "good" shots right from the start...
The other thing that happens when people stretch to buy more expensive gear, they are less inclined to take risks with it, I have never babied any of my gear, cheap or expensive, so can't understand getting an expensive camera and being afraid of getting it wet, but that is just me.........
Same with me, the second reason I didn't end up with a 5d2+70-200L/2.8 but with a 60d and my old lenses from the '90s ... dropped them, banged against all possible trees and such, shot with them laying on the ground instead of a tripod. But all in good faith that it's not that expensive. I have very bad memories of people over-protecting gear (cameras, cars, whatever) that exceeded their budget.