"Bad rich amateurs think fuzzy B/W images of poor people are art."
(Seven Levels of Photographers © 2005 KenRockwell.com)
I wish photograhy were free.
Actually, I wish film and developing were free, and that I had enough time to mess with it.
Ken Rockwell (who happens to be one friggin' good photographer) is right... it's not the camera that makes art. The camera is there to help you put what you see onto paper or the screen. It's job is to get out of the way.
Of course, the expensive cameras get out of the way a little faster then the cheap ones.