I want to hear from everyone on the most annoying things people commonly say to them about their cameras, lenses, other gear, images and photography in general. My personal favorite is "wow, your camera takes great pictures," or, while looking at my images, "you have a great camera."
I used to launch into an explanation of how much time and energy I have invested in improving my technique and artistic vision, but found the results dissatisfying (common response: "well sure you have to know how to use it"). So I just accede, "yes, it's easier to get good pictures with a good camera."
Many people to be sociable will give you the "your camera takes great pictures". It is not meant to be negative.
However, when you receive this response IMO you have failed as a photographer. I have gotten this response many times, failure isn't fun.
But, there is a response better than this one. If you get to the response beyond this you have achieved what you set out to do. If someone looking at your picture is so overwhelmed that the first response is "beautiful" or something along the line "that looks like it should be in a gallery..." then you have succeeded. If the first comment is about the beauty of your work, you have won. The comments after these can be about your equipment or anything else, you have already succeeded.
Your camera takes great photo's is a polite response that tells you that your pictures are nice. You probably have a fair skill set, but they are not overwhelmed.
People overwhelmed by a photograph do not think about your equipment first.