It's the photograph, not the gear
During the week I attended an interesting presentation by Nick Moir, one of the Sydney Morning Herald's photographers. Some fabulous photos; just my sort of shots. Yet it really annoys me when you go to these events with all these superb photos, some taken at considerable personal risk, and the first question from the audience is "what gear do you use?" As if it mattered.
He obviously agreed with me as he answered, "a camera".
He then went on to say that most of the controls and menus on modern cameras are superfluous and that the main thing is to stick with one camera and know the key controls instinctively. Exactly my philosophy
You can find John Shingleton at The Rolling Road