Every once and a while I have someone write me and ask what equipment I use and what they should get. Here's what I use and love:
The cameras I use and love Canon 5D and Canon 5D Mark II
And for fun ...
Flip Video MinoHD Camcorder (Chrome) - I've talked about this cool little diddy before but you can't have to much of a good thing!
Here's the low-down: The Flip Video MinoHD Camcorder (Chrome) gives you simple to use HD 720p recording that fits in your pocket. About the size of a small cell phone the MinoHD can easily be controlled with one hand. There's no menu to worry about. All the functions you need to operate the camcorder are clearly marked and easy to understand. Capture up to 60 minutes of H.264 video to the built-in 4GB flash memory. The MinoHD also features a 1.5" LCDscreen for composition and playback, a 3 second startup time, and a silent mode for discrete recording. Another useful feature, the "Child Safe" mode, ensures that those once-in-a-lifetime clips won't be accidently erased. In addition, even though the camera lens is fixed focus, there is the option of 2x digital zoom for when you need to get just a little bit closer.
And for what you should get? Always get the most you can afford. A great lens and a great camera body will go a long way! If you're ready to get your first "real" lens and you shoot portraits get a fixed lens like the 50mm. A great lens that does a little of everything is the 24-70mm. But, there's nothing like the images I get with my telephoto - blurry backgrounds and I don't have to move!
Of course I love Adobe Lightroom! If you're looking for a site with tips try: http://www.lightroomkillertips.com/
Hope that helps...happy shopping!