So many of the great shots posted on this thread validate that old chestnut, "A good workman never blames his tools..."
That may be right but for a lot of things you definitely must get the best tools to get the most out of the event.
Was shooting at a live concert last week and i had to push the isos up to 4.000/5.000 to reach 1/80th at f/2.8. My AF was unable to focus properly and the quality at 4.000iso was execrable. I hated my 60D for the whole night. I had to spend hours working on the iso noise to get some proper shots... Hopefully, i sold a few of them but i know i've missed some great ones because of my camera...
As one said on the first pages, cheap gear is really good at shooting calm and steady things. Whenever you need tough specs, it can't handle the needs.
I may be one of the first to promote the use of obsolete gear.
I made the best shots of my life using my Canon 1D. The Mark I, from 2001 ! 4mpx of pure fury
! I still use it daily. Because of it CCD sensor (other Canons use CMOS) it is a great "unlike" camera. Pictures feel really "film-like". Moreover, it costs about 200$ used and shoots 8fps...
Canon EOS1D Mk.I
Canon EOS 60D + 50mm 1.8
(i've seen some 60D shots, so i imagine i can add mine, even if it ain't really cheap or old...even though, today, it really ain't a good choice of camera)
Canon EOS 60D + old manual Nikon Ai-s 105mm f/2.5 (150$ lens : excellent one) We can say that old cheap digital cameras are still great ones when used in "easy" conditions. On a sunny day, with lot of light, you can clearly get excellent quality shots.
If i had to choose between my 2001 EOS 1D and my 2011 60D, i'd decidely get the 1D. But my agency want me to have a large-megapixel sensor and i regularly need a high-iso-capable sensor so i got the 60D, which was the only one i could afford at that time.
My friend (photojournalist too) works with a 1Dx and...a 5Dc
he loves !