If the only component of a camera that you place any value on whatsoever is the sensor, then why are you worshiping Nikon? They didn't even make the sensor!
I never said that's the only aspect I value. But, since this is a device that takes images, I think the quality of the image sensor should be placed at the top of the list.
It is a certainly one of the many components that go into making the image. For scenes that don't move and photographers that are happy doing everything manual, it's pretty much all down to the senor and lens. But most people don't buy a camera like the D4 or the 1D X for landscape shots. There are cheaper cameras out there with lessor frame rates, AF and greater MP.
The D4 and the 1D X sacrifice sensor resolution solely to be able to capture the money shots - in other words, the decisive moments in non repeatable situations. Who's going to ask Usain Bolt to re-run the race because the AF was slightly off or the frame rate wasn't quite high enough to capture the moment. I'm not saying the D4 isn't a fantastic tool, or the 1D X is perfection. But I am saying its a better tool for the job than the D4.
A good camera helps the photographer get the money shot. Timing and focus are much more important than DR.
Just look at any major sporting event - how many more white lenses do you see there than black lenses?
This seems like a very lemming-like way to make decisions.
So you'd say that those working professionals are ill-informed, and your escape from Nikon fanboy land into here is proof that the majority of them are wrong?