The Sony R1 was an amazing camera. It had a super sharp Zeiss lens that started at 24mm and ended up at 120mm. The chip used the same science as the (almost) legendary Nikon D2X. And it was the first camera I owned with both a very usable EVF and a flipping, tilting, rotating LCD screen.
I used it wherever I could. We did a brochure for the investment company, Raymond James, with the camera as well as the annual report for the Kipp Schools in 2008 (see above).
My foray into the Panasonic fz 1000 is just an extension of my earlier fascination with cameras that really can do everything.
I don't think a camera needs to be pricey to be good. Especially if it's well designed and the lens is good. An amazing amount of photographic content is immune to gear worship. You just have to read the freaking manual and figure out how to use it to your advantage.