Here's my hypothesis: A big clunky camera becomes absolutely useless outside a professional environment. I recently took my 5D to mexico with a small sack of primes and it really got on my nerves, lugging around 15 extra pounds of stuff. I did end up getting some stunning photos, but it makes me wonder if I couldn't have done it with something simpler, smaller, lighter? I'm abstaining from most professional photography until I'm done with school, so I'm strongly considering getting the most limited little slr I can get and just enjoying the act of taking pictures without dealing with all those technological bells and whistles. Is a little, easily removable, dust spot really going to detract from the meaning of a photo? Doesn't noise add character to an image? Discuss.