I believe in cheap, robust and sparse gear, well considered and well maintained. Each piece of specialized gear is one more item of fragility waiting to fail at the worst possible moment.
Admiral Rickover prohibited computers in his enginerooms for their fragility. Read Taleb on fragility, robustness and anti-fragility.
The analogy to shotgun-chic and gallus-snappers leaps instantly to mind - elites in their own mind only.