I don't think the Zoom or any other handheld recorder belongs in a garbage bin. Even if you record sound for a living. I own a Tascam DR-40
and have it with me at every single gig. I can't say I've ever used the recordings from it, but if I'm ever in a pinch and my 788t goes down, that little backup recorder might save my butt.
"..im getting paid at the same rate that the guys who blew all that cash needlessly on the nagras get paid"
Really? Your getting paid $1000/day to record audio on a Zoom? I'll call my production manager tomorrow and see if MTV is cool with me recording to a Zoom. It is, afterall, 99.99999% of a Nagra...
I'm not gonna get into comparisons of audio quality, but every piece of gear has its place. Of course we don't want people thinking that they can buy cheap gear and get professional results, but we also don't want to bash peoples decisions and rain on their parades. He's happy with his new Zoom. I'm happy with my DR-40
. Cheers to gear, no matter the price tag.