please remember that more expensive lenses does take better pictures, they just cost more.
If you cannot take good pictures with a kit lens, then an expensive lens will give you the same pictures, just at a higher cost.
Too many people get caught in the hipe that if I buy a D7000, D700, D3s or X and put a 70-200 vrII on it my picture will be better than those taken with a D90.
Sigh, and then they look at the pictures posted daily, or in the night series and wonder, why cant I get shots like that. check the equipment thats used for a lot of these pictures, 70-300s, 18-105s, you name it, the picture is an expression of the artist behing the camera, not the equipment.
Today its raining like crazy, all day, and I am stuck in the house, had planned to go afer some pelicans and frigates thats been feeding in the bay, too overcast, poor light, too much rain, hope the bait is still there and they come back tomorrow.
Hey Casperwb, I know you're right and that fact is certainly mentioned all over the place however... where does one go and what does one do to become a better photographer? That's the tough question to answer..