I agree and disagree somewhat. I see where your coming from. But I also get alot of the gigs I do and what not because I have a RED. In some ways and in some industries its becoming a standard. Owning a camera like this not only opens doors to new things but gives you experience and sometimes a foot in the door. I'm not the best shooter out there but I get quality shots that keep some clients coming back.
Sure its not about the camera but it is about having the ability to get work and shoots that others might not. I went to one shoot for example where they said they got about 200 emails from DSLR shooters, some of which had good footage, for the most part though not so much. Instead they decided to build a crew of RED shooters who get the job done well and professionally.
I'll agree there are "goombas" out there, probably lots of them, but don't downtalk a whole community because a few pieces of work you've seen. This doesn't go for some members but generally the vision and idea behind what most on NS think is Cinematic, may be in terms of an action sports film, may not translate to other work.
Yes I'm sure there are better shooters out there than myself with DSLR's and other cameras but I also took a leap of faith when making an investment in something. Not everyone is a "filmmaker" per se, some people just love capturing footage. I for one love telling a story and finding unique ways to do it when the shoot is calling for that. But in hindsight, most of how I make my living is by shooting concerts, corporate talking heads, and commercial work. I found a way to open a door for myself, as many other first time RED Buyers will.
I know the guy that posted the video, he's an extremely nice guy that runs a rental house and is transitioning over from music work, yes his editing and shooting need work.
Some people decide to invest in there future and there lives, others try to be the underground and tell everyone my 5D/7D will do everything because it was used in such and such a movie. I bought a RED because for the price I didn't think the f3 was comparable and the fs100 just wasn't what I wanted. It was an investment that is paying off. It gets rented, and I go out on gigs with it.
So the talent may not always be there but I guess I don't see the point in even owning a DSLR if you want to be taken seriously with this as a profession. Maybe as a B-cam or Timelapse cam, but I can't think of a DP, Director, or anyone else I've gone on productions with that would use a DSLR for a entire production minus 1 or 2 b-roll shots.
Facing your biggest fears, and being honest with yourself, and everyone around you makes you stronger and more respected. Stay true, dont hate, show love, and change the world.