If you're new to Photography or are an enthusiast who wants to know what gear to add to your wish list, here's a list of my gear, and why I use it.
Canon 500D. Any DLSR does the job, but Canon and Nikon are at the top, and have been at the top for a while because of their performance, quality and build. So if you want a safe bet, buy Canon or Nikon.
18-55mm Kit Lens. It's the basic lens you get with your camera, but it's the one worth keeping. Ever since I bough my first DSLR camera, I've always used the kit lens because of the fact that it covers me for all situations. So, I recommend you always have it in your bag.
50mm 1.8 Prime Lens. I wrote a whole article on this lens, so of course, I highly recommend that you purchase it. It's light, convenient and gives amazing depth-of-field with the f/1.8 aperture. You can also get 30mm, 10mm, etc. as well as f/1.4 and f/1.2.
90-300mm Telephoto Lens. Obviously, this is a zoom lens, so it's great for wildlife, macro and sometimes portraits (for that compressed look). The fact that its minimum focal length is 90mm makes it very restrictive and certainly not a lens for small areas.
Lensbaby 3G Control Freak. It has a weird name, but it's also a weird lens. It's a small lens that bends, allowing you to create random blur around your photos. It's great for portraits and macro.
Battery Pack. Attached to my camera body is a battery pack which holds two batteries for longer life, and it has the basic buttons and dial so that you can take side shots without hurting your hand from twisting the camera. I highly recommend getting one.
Flash Gun. Personally, I hate using flash and I think that today's cameras give great results without flash, even when you have to use a high ISO. However, I often get hired for nightclub photography, or sometimes weddings that are set in churches, which means I'm forced to use flash because of shooting in very dark rooms. So, I have one handy, just for those events, but I wouldn't recommend buying one if you're doing photography as a hobby.
So that's my camera gear. In my next article, I'll be telling you what other photography gear I use to keep on top and get the best quality every time. If you want to ask me about any gear, feel free to tweet me. @gmcGareth