But really, I'm so sick of the spec list comparison and the pixel peeping crowd bashing every camera that comes out. If people spent half as much time working on their skills and just shooting with the equipment they have instead of bitching, they would be better photographers.
Sure, but what good is it for being a good photographer, if you're images are to noisy or soft, due to the equipment?
I don't know what to say, other than deal with it. In the film days, I dealt with it by pushing, which blew out the grain, and if it really needed it, Pull it into Photoshop (or more accurately for me back then Jasc PaintShop Pro) and cut the grain a bit. Same now...there's a lot that can be done with noise in Lightroom.
Softness is a different animal though - I've only gotten soft images one of a few ways, most notably through AF weaknesses (half the time, I should have manually focused anyways so it was really the next reason), or through my own errors in focusing.