I use a Nikon D-7000 as my primary camera with a Nikkor AF-S 18-300mm 3.5-5.6 lens. I have had the camera body since June 2012. I bought the 18-300mm lens in November 2012 and found it to be my most versatile lens. It spends the most time attached to my camera body.
I purchased a Tamaron 150-600mm 5.0-6.3 lens and had to wait 4 months for it to arrive. I am using this super telephoto lens on a tripod to capture the wild life photos. I will be practicing my hand holding abilities with this hefty lens this summer at the Detroit Grand Prix and the Thunder over Michigan air show. Its great to have the long reach, but it takes significant strength and practice to get sharp photos when things are moving quickly.
I decided that I needed a smaller camera to carry with me at all times and chose the Nikon Cool Pix P-7800. Still has 12 mega-pixels with a fixed lens, 7x optical zoom, and equivalent 28-200mm range. I plan on having this with me in the car at all times unless the temperature is below freezing.
I purchased a Nikon SB-700 Speedlight flash with the gift card that my IT group provided when I transferred to Program Management. Thanks guys!
My tripod is a carbon fiber Manfroto 055 with a Manfroto 3-way adjustable head. I recently purchased the quiver shaped over the shoulder carrying case to make it easier to carry with me. The tripod is essential for capturing those tack sharp photos at a distance.
For landscape photography I use a Nikon 10-24mm 3.5-4.5 wide angle lens.
For portraits I have a Nikon 35mm 1.8 lens
I have been a member of the Photoshop Users group and Kelby Training since December 2011. They merged to KelbyOne this past year. (Kelby One) I would highly recommend this to any new photographer wanting to learn quickly. Excellent on-line classes that you can take on your desktop, laptop, or iPad! You will be learning from the best! Also consider attending local seminars from KelbyOne when they are in town, or attend one of the National PhotoShop User Conferences. I attended a local seminar in September 2013 in Livonia, MI (Shoot like a Pro), and The Photoshop Users Conference in Atlanta in April 2014. I am anxious to attend another Photoshop Users Conference, but would like them to schedule on the east coast again.
Adobe has moved Photoshop and Lightroom to the Creative Cloud and shifted to a subscription service for $10.00 per month. This is a great deal to have these two powerful photo processing tools at your disposal. You will find that quick processing of your photos is easier with Lightroom and you can jump into Photoshop where the advanced editing features are required. This last year they also launch the mobile Lightroom application. This allows you to sync you photos from the Cloud to you iPad and have your portfolio with you at all times.