Which is more important - the image or the means by which it has been captured ?
For me it has to be the image.
But, like most of us, I still avidly read the photo press and study the tests of equipment that I just instinctively know won't make my pictures 'better'. Well, actually I've stopped that now. Got bored with looking at adverts for stuff I don't really need right now - and can't afford anyway.
I guess that if I was a working full time pro photographer I would be specialising ( and that's always good advice for beginners ). But, as you've probably noticed by now, I'll turn my lens to anything that interests me and provides either form or colour for thought.
For the moment, I'm happy with a couple of ( both discontinued ) mid-range DSLR's and a bag of not terribly expensive lenses.
I own Nikon D60 and D90 camera bodies and have whittled my lens collection down to the following :
Favourite lenses include the Nikkor 35mm f1.8G, a Sigma 18-50 f2.8 Macro and the Nikkor 55-200mm budget 'kit' zoom, although I've now upgraded to the VR version - excellent optical value for the money.
I also have a Canon G9 compact.
I still own a couple of film cameras ( and a lunchbox packed with out of date film )....I do love film and have a long term ambition to set up a darkroom again in my approaching old age.