I have a friend, a fellow dad at my girl's school. He's a great guy, and both families hang out a lot. He's shot film, but isn't too serious a hobbyist at all. He asked folks to take pictures at the holiday party they threw at their house friday night, and I did of course. Everyone later uploaded pictures to a sharing site. It was a bunch of grainy cellphone pics of people looking very drunk, and then my XT files that were (ahem) taken with some care. He wrote to ask about my camera, with an eye on getting one for christmas. And it got me thinking... I think this might be a common thing. People see good pictures, and attribute a lot of it (if not all of it) to the gear. I believe that he's thinking that with a Fuji XT1 in his hands, he could replicate those pictures, and my concern is not for my delicate feelings (HOW DARE HE ASSUME I'M NOT A GENIUS WHO COULD DO JUST AS WELL WITH A DISPOSABLE DRUGSTORE CAMERA GALLDERNIT), my concern is that someone might blow a grand and a half, spend two months trying to figure it out, and let it gather dust / feel cheated. I told him if he did indeed feel like wading in, I'd be glad to help him with whatever he went for. Should I have disuaded him? Or just handed him the XT and said "here, go nuts"...?