I think everyone here is actually pretty much in agreement that folks should use the camera that best suits their needs or wants. As such, it’s good that there’s broad choice, as has been stated.
Like airfrogusmc, I like to keep it simple, and for that matter, I’m even more archaic in choice, with my rangefinder and lens dating back some 50 to 60 years. And just to make it clear, I’m only speaking for my digs here; I’m not imposing any universal demands on anyone else.
I love my camera, and I love the process involved in its usage, including the tactile delight of the film advance lever. I have no desire for any other camera, which is perhaps a little bit of a drag, because buying gear can be fun. On the other hand, though, it’s nice not being caught in the upgrade whirlpool.
As for the camera’s austerity, it supports the functional and intangible elements of my needs. I’m not in this just “to get the shot”, and enjoying the whole process is important to me. As part of this, I don’t want to have to “ignore” things on my camera, though I don’t expect many folks to understand this personal preference, and that’s fine with me. My style of photography doesn’t require the latest technological advances, or even technological advances introduced three to four decades back. God bless zone focusing!
As such, arguments of convenience and ‘better’ specs are legitimate for their proponents but largely irrelevant to me. After all, I’m sure there are some folks who still like to make pottery with hands instead of using a 3D printer or play a piano instead of using Logic Pro. And then there’s lots of things in-between, of course, whereby, for example, my use of a digital scanner should parry misguided accusations of luddite, except for the fact that I’m going to start making good ol’ wet prints…cannot psychologically get over MY inkjet prints.
Marking my somewhat serious entrance into photography was my purchase of a Canon 350D. Certainly, a 70-200 would soon have to follow, because, you know, zoom and telephoto. However, over the next two and a half years, things effectively headed the opposite direction from what I initially expected, further underscoring the importance of choice. I didn’t even know what a rangefinder was when I bought my 350D.
Right now, Leica makes the only true full frame digital rangefinder camera (and thank you Leica for removing video from the M series). These cameras, however, are expensive and admittedly niche, digital or film. Given this, I would advise the curious to muck about with one for a bit before buying. It’s a different experience, one that frankly most folks do NOT prefer…but airfrogusmc and I do. Again, let’s all be grateful for choice.