For a fraction of the cost, mastering the craft will give far better results than just purchasing gear. If someone wants to increase the number of keepers, master the craft and don't spray and pray. If the shooter knows why he is taking the shot, what is his vision, understands composition, posing and camera controls and lighting and the number of exceptional images will skyrocket. Mindlessly lifting the camera to the eye and shooting in auto with a zoom lens from where happening to be standing will rarely yield a perfect image. A perfect image takes coordinating a lot and blind luck isn't very reliable. I am now shooting the best camera I have ever owned. It has little effect on me getting an exceptional image. The 12 inches behind the camera/lens do that. Get a camera that takes sharper images will only give someone taking crap photos sharper crap. The camera and lens people( "art lens" my ass, it won't make art, the photographer does) try to make folks think a piece of gear will transform someones work. It won't. Skill will and it costs much less but takes some work. No question a camera or lens with specific abilities opens doors to shots otherwise not attainable, but a poorly lit, poorly composed, poorly posed, poor expression shot with a fuzzy idea will not be transformed by any camera. Most photographers I see don't push the limits of their gear. The first thing I do when I get a new piece of gear is to find the limits. I don't want to slam up against it during an important shoot and shooting at the extremes often gives shots that everyone doesn't take. I like taking shots no one has taken before. It is possible and easy to do even with mid grade gear. My most awarded photo was taken with a 10 mp d200 that didn't have useable iso over 400, and per Ken Rockwell, one of nikons all time 10 worst lenses. The image made a long time pro in that field, literally, football field, nearly fall out of his chair.