This is my equipment list, of the photographic equipment I am currently using.
There would be little point in you going out and buying exactly the same equipment that I have listed here.
I rely on my equipment professionally and have acquired these items over many years of trial and error and they suit my style and aims. I would strongly recommend that you do your research as to what you need, not what you would like to have, learn to use it well and soon enough you will build your kit according to your needs.
It has been said by many a wiser person than myself that cameras and lenses don’t take photographs, it is the person behind the equipment that makes the photograph. This is true! Albeit that good quality equipment does play its part, cameras are just “the bus that drives your film or digital image”, photography is about capturing the light. Optics do play an important part, if you have inferior optics then you have handicapped yourself. Optics are critical to sharp images. If need be, skimp on the camera price and buy the better lens.
My main advice for anyone starting out in photography would be buy a good sturdy tripod and tripod head and use it. Its use slows you down and makes you think about your subject, your photography. There are many good quality camera kits for sale these days, you have to just choose what suits your needs and budget and learn to use it. Buy the best you can afford, that enables you to do what your aiming for and you will never regret it. Remember practice makes you better not buying the latest and greatest gear!
There is also no need to update your gear every time a new model is released. If your gear is working for you, I would be thinking hard before lining someone elses pocket with my cash.
Although my equipment list indicates that I use Nikon gear, that doesn’t mean I think it’s the best! It just means that is what I have been using my whole professional life. Any camera system these days is excellent, be it Canon, Nikon, Sony or whatever, buy what suits your needs. I wrote a couple of articles about what I think you need to consider before buying any camera, Buying a Camera System and Thinking of buying a Nikon D800 or D800e? which provides some tips, insights and suggestions.
Current Nikon Cameras and equipment owned: