I think this is the major point... if not the only
I think that most of the people here are able to make a decision for themselves on the cost vs performance price ratio, it's not like we all want to throw all the money we have.
Just for perspective, a Leaf 75S is renting at $700 a day here in NYC. Factor in a few jobs and depreciation and then reselling the back and it becomes less of a eyeboggling amount to spend.
Go look at the photographers who shoot for the New York Times magazine every week and look at the equipment they use.
maybe new york photographers are crazy but a lot of us can tell the difference between a 645 shot, a 6x7 shot, a 4x5 shot, an 8x10 shot, even in CMYK print.
It goes beyond a 100% crop, it's about perspective, framing, angle, depth, tonality.
There's a reason why the RZ67 is still a tool of choice for editorial in terms of quality (a balance of convenience and quality)
the people who are arguing that just "good enough" is "good enough" obviously have different standards of perfection with regards to their art.
When you get an amazing shot there you would be wishing that you had a camera with better IQ at the end result.
I think if you took away the money factor then all this bitching would end. But oh wait. Probably it'll still continue. There's been a tradition of 35mm only shooters not caring to try anything like a medium format camera or GASP a 4x5 camera with no autofocus!
It boggles my mind why people would want to gripe so much about items they could easily try out in real life....
I don't care so much about all the limiting factors all I know is that at the end of the day I pictures that I feel are the maximum quality I can get with the right feeling that I want.
it is irritating to have to deal with all the pixel peeping of people who don't seem to have experience with cameras other than a bunch of 35mm cameras...
obviously not appreciating the physical nature of photography ranging from polaroid cameras (oh I love my minolta pro with spectra film), RZ67, 8x10, etc
Basically if you've been eating Olive Garden all your life you wouldn't know the standards a great Italian meal even if an italian housewife came and hit you over the head with a frying pan....especially if it's a web-based jpeg image of an italian meal.