e. in case you missed my point, it was that some of the people who obsess about the technicalities of equipment are often the very same people who fail to post anything remotely interesting by way of illustration of the product of all that wondrous gear...
That may be true, Rob, but we should not forget that the development of camera technology over the past century and more has taken place only as a result of people obsessing about the technicalities of the results.
We all know that a camera by itself, no matter how high its resolution, does not make a work of art. However, cameras are not primarily tools for art, depending on how you define the word 'art'. They are mostly used for recording personal events (snapshots), entertainment, special interests such as mushrooms or wildlife or travelling or advertising, fashion, pornography etc, reporting news, and for forensic and scientific purposes. Where would astronomy be without the power of modern imaging devices?
I would say that a major part of the fascination of hi tech, high resolution cameras, is simply the fact they can record in such fine detail what the eye can at best barely discern, and what the mind can poorly remember. This applies particularly to macro photography and the telephoto shots people take of birds and wildlife.
The power of a good lens in combination with a high-resolving sensor is a wonderful thing, Rob.