A photographer new to photography posts a question like this: "Which camera will make me a better photographer?" Enter a few pros who get on and explain to the new photographer that the camera doesn't matter and that no matter what he chooses they all have excellent output if used properly or along those lines. (for the most part, a few exceptions) Now this has gotten me to thinking, I personally have used a wide range of professional DSLRs from Nikon and Canon. I realize in the grand scope of photography, these companies & their professional DSLRs represents one slice of the large photographic pie, with many other formats and options in existence. None the less, in my personal experience I find that the camera has a huge effect on how I take pictures, and could be summed up by saying that the marriage between myself a body has a huge impact, i.e. makes me a better or worse photographer depending on how I interact with the body. Before y'all start yelling crucify him crucify him! and before the newbies say "I knew it! I knew it, a better camera will make me a better photographer!", let me explain a bit: I'm a pretty straight forward kind of person, generally in life I know exactly what I want, and how I want it. This is not necessarily true for photography. Oh sometimes I get a "vision" in my head, but for the most part, the photography process is an exploring one for me. And its this creative process, which I don't know where I begin or where I end up that draws me into photography. What does this have to do with a camera body or lens? When I'm "feeling" my way around a picture, whether it be myself and some beautiful piece of landscape, or a studio shoot with a model, I've got to be in "the moment". I'm not actually thinking, nor am logically processing things, I'm feeling, and when I'm feeling things don't always make sense, and moments can be fleeting, a great moment of inspiration can last a matter of seconds and then disappear for no reason. There is no way to have a guaranteed stimulation of these creative senses, I just go out and give it my best shot. Often times a certain piece of equipment can be the source of inspiration for me. The reverse can be true too though! I can tell you certain things that can easily kill a creative inspiration once it happens, and number one on that list is having to fiddle with the camera body! Even if its something as simple as changing white balance, or how the AF points are laid out, can be enough to destroy a creative moment for me. I have become very sensitive to my body (not my physical body, my camera body), and even so much as a button out of place, or the programming of said buttons can interrupt my creativity, thereby making me a worse photographer. I realize I'm starting to sound a bit like a Howard-Hughes-eccentric-type, but the point is, that's me, that's how I work, and yes a different (notice I didn't say more expensive, just different) camera body can inspire me to take better and sometimes worse pictures than another camera body. I suspect at least at some level a lot of photographers can relate, and if you can, then I want to hear about it! I suppose one could argue that it doesn't really change a photographer, it simply inspires him one way or another. Its an argument I have no answer for, What I do know is, I've been inspired to the point of change, by moving up to a better camera and by moving down to a lower camera; by changing formats (cropped vs FF), by changing AF systems, by the color rendition of a sensor, etc. Choosing the right camera is very important, and its part of who I am as a photographer, and if you feel the same, or if you feel different, then post!