Lately, as I've researched deeper and deeper into the gear-related parts of photography, I've more and more been forced to consider how seriously I want to get into it.
For those not in the know, the part of the gear that matters the most is the glass. And as these camera optics are not easy to make (here's a video showing the process), the lenses themselves can be quite expensive. Canon's L-line of professional lenses are almost all starting at around 1000 euros.
Besides the financial investment, there is also an investment of time and dedication that follows should you decide to pursue 'higher' photography. Knowing lighting, knowing composition, knowing post-processing. Standing on the edge considering a DSLR, it looks like an infinite pit.
But of course you don't have to go all in. There is a world of gear, with lenses ranging from 100 euros to 10000 euros. Perhaps fantasizing about the new Tamron 17-50 VC on a decent enough body isn't too ambitious...