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Really, people come to gear forums to talk about gear. Is it a huge surprise when said gear discussions take place? If so, why?
Gear talk is fine and good, its fun to talk about cameras, just like its fun talking about cars, guitar amps etc.
Understanding one's equipment and how to get the best out of it is an important part of photography. Knowing for example that maybe stopping down to f22 on a small sensor isn't going to provide very sharp results is useful. A simple "photo 101" rule of thumb that you stop down for improved sharpness/landscapes only holds true to a point and can take taken too far. A good photographer should have a decent working knowledge of their equipment, how it works, and be able to explain why they are using either the gear, or the settings they have selected for a specific purpose.
Its easy to take it a bit too far though and forget what you bought that gear for in the first place, to take photos.
Its no different than some bands I've played in. Some guys get so wrapped up in all their effects pedals, different amps etc, that they'd spend all afternoon messing with settings, swapping around pedal order, trying different cabinets etc that zero actual practice or music got played.
The quest for the perfect tone makes one forget about actually playing/writing a song. Same thing with gear threads... its easy to get so caught up in the gear that you actually don't go out and use it.
Its like you buy one lens, say an old Hexon, and instead of spending time out taking pictures, which should be why you got it in the first place, you instead spend your shooting time on forums talking ABOUT the lens, searching Ebay for more focal lengths etc.
Its like this need comes over you that you now need to have a full "kit" of Hexon's, and about the only images you take are OF your lens, to show off online your proud collection, and maybe that ultra rare 60mm focal length hardly anyone has etc
Gear becomes the hobby instead of photography. Gear goes from being a means to an end for producing photography to being the only thing that matters.
We can post more times a day here than we take pictures a day for crying out loud.
I simply think we all can use some balance and perspective to remind us that being a "photographer" means more than chatting in online forums with a bunch of guys, searching Ebay, and having UPS drop a package of from B&H once a week