I wish I had money to get the gear I "wanted"
, probably everyone wishes that.
Photography is an immersive discipline, and can influence many facets of your life. From how you interact with others to how you work and how you spend your leisure time.
I don't think it's wrong to want to upgrade just for upgrade sake and being a gear wonk doesn't necessarily mean that you don't understand the relationship and roles of the photographer and the camera (although many people online are quick to suggest this without knowing anything about you). However, I do think some people do become disillusioned with photography and think the latest gear will improve their photos ... but usually, these people figure out that this isn't the way it works and the only sure fire way is to go out and take pictures, do a lot of reading, and study the work of others.
But, I must confess, nothing in life is ever black and white, and no camera is perfect, which is why Canon, Nikon, Sony and whoever makes DSLR's will probably remain competitive for a long time, simple because incremental changes can have tangible impact and photographers feel compelled to upgrade . i.e. image stabilization and auto focus are fairly recent (relative to the long history of photography) developments, and very few people would argue against the fact that you would/could take better pictures more easily.
So, in the end, I guess its up to the photographer to understand his motives and figure out what problem he's trying to address, if any:
- Am I just gear lusting, or do I actually need feature X?
- Is it the camera that's holding me back, or is it an issue of skill and knowledge?
There is nothing wrong with owning and using a 6MP, or even a 1MP camera everyday, to awesome effect...simply because in the end, MP count doesn't affect composition, lighting, exposure and all the other things that make a photo beautiful to look at.