He said, "Please don't blame your camera if your pictures are not nice. The camera is just a tool and it's up to you to use your tool to get a job well done. Please remember it is the photographer who shoots a picture and not the camera. ... Eye contact is also very important (this is in relation to portraiture) ..."
I cannot agree more, although I am still searching.
As an illustration, these two photographs were taken at about the same time, using different cameras. With the Nikon, I could not get the composition I want. The P&S, slightly better, but the two flowers in the distance could not be 'blurred'.
Nikon D300, 80-200mm F2.8/D lens