I voted no. To be honest, and harsh, many 'photographers' I've met tend to treat cameras as phalus extensions and seem to have no idea what they're actually meant to be doing. The idea of being a photographer is to get photos you like, surely, not stroke your lens? I honestly wish my camera was invisible. Anyway, what I mean is, taking shots with other noisy people just got on my tits once too often, so I don't do it. I can imagine a load of 'old farts' sitting around talking about how their respective brand of camera is somehow better than yours would have much the same effect on me.
They're not all like that, I hasten to add.
The best thing, though, is if you have nearby friends who like something you like. I'm lucky, I have one for each hobby. And now there's this forum, which isn't so bad. Not much bitching occurs here. In fact, I think I just did all the bitching for a month.