We must have patience with the newbies!!! In one sense he is right. If you are starting out, you need to focus on skills. For those of us that have been at this for 30 plus years, we focus a LOT of attention on tools in these forums and less on skills. It's the tools that we rely on to earn our living. As one tool wears out we look for a new tool to take it's place that hopefully can improve on areas the old tool was lacking. Newbies wont understand that until they have been at this for as long as we have.
We stretch every technical capability we can out of current tech and then stretch it even more with hours of post processing to get rid of or work around the deficiencies in the current tech. We know/hope that the next model will improve our livelihood, reduce the hours spent at the computer, and allow us to push the envelope once again.
Newbies are not there yet. They dont understand concepts of expose to the right, expose to the left, unsharp masking, and digital dynamic range. We hope that with the next model all of these will be included so we dont have to waste our time dealing with it.
Newbies? They are ones that we have to deal with as we were all once in their shoes.
...Now where's that dang 7D Mark II !!!
Kind of disappointing that CR has nothing better to report than yet another camera no one really needs not coming out anytime soon to sit on the shelves collecting dust because as soon as it is announced everyone is instantly waiting for the next model.
Look, there are probably two (maybe three) people on the planet who have actually exceeded the capabilities of the equipment they already own. Everyone else just wants to be part of a social discussion and complain about what each new model should have had, needs to have, doesn't have, etc etc.. The reality is that consumers themselves are responsible for what new models do not have because the manufacturers feel they have to instantly gratify the squeaky wheels in order to be successful. If people would simply use what they have until it stops working then the manufacturers would only release a new body in each tier maybe every three/four years. Then when they did it would actually be the latest and greatest and would hold you for the rest of its life, certainly until technology advances to the point a new model is even warranted. (Megapixels are not technology in a photographic context, sorry.)
I will offer two pieces of wisdom to the 'photographers' out there in the form of advice and a bit of reality:
1) It does not matter who you are or who you think you are, you are not even a fraction as capable as the camera you already hold in your hand..
2) Spend your money on the only piece/s of equipment that will ever improve your photography - lenses.. If you have anything left over and just have to spend it on something, take a class or attend a symposium to learn how to be a better photographer.
OH MY GOSH! THANK YOU SO MUCH! I'M ALREADY A BETTER PHOTOGRAPHER BECAUSE OF YOU!!