First, some thoughts. It is frustrating to read the same old online conversations covering certain tired repeating topics. But to be honest, I like TPF because of it - this forum presents one of the few places on the internet where people new to photography can have these kinds of Café conversations - and why not? It's fun, and healthy, and if you don't want to be part of it you don't need to participate. Anyone serious about photography knows the debate ad nauseum - and the simple answer is "gear does matter." It was best illustrated by these two essays, in response to Ken Rockwell's comments. Michael Reichmann: Your camera does matter Sean Reid: Yes, It Matters I didn't want to tack this post on to the back of the current version of the "Does the Camera matter?" thread because I think these two essays go a long way, and I didn't want them to get buried. Enjoy.