I am a Canon Guy! I bought my first SLR in 1980 - a Canon A1 - and have been shooting Canon ever since. That camera is still going strong today, though it doesn't see much action since I went digital a few years ago. I now shoot a Canon EOS Rebel T3i and love it. I do have my eye on the Canon 5D Mark IV
Cameras
Canon
My main camera is a Canon EOS Rebel T3i. I started my digital age with the Canon PowerShot S3 IS and that was good for a few years but I really missed the flexibility of a good SLR.
The EOS Rebel T3i has undergone a number of changes over the past few years; the current model is the T7i which is available for about $750.00 (body only.) If you are interested in purchasing a T3i, you may be able to pick up a used one on eBay or a camera store.
Nikon
I was given a Nikon D60 by a co-worker to use as a backup and second camera. I only have one lens, 18mm-55mm. This camera, too, is discontinued. As far as I can tell, the Nikon D3300 is the closest camera. I have had some experience with the D3300, my godfather recently purchased one and I got to play around with it one night. It is a great introductory DSLR. You can get the camera, along with an 18mm-55mm for under $450.
Lenses
Prime
My prime lenses are from my film days. I purchased an adapter that allows me to use these lenses on my T3i and it works great. The downside is that everything is manual - focus, exposure, etc.... - so you lose a bit of the metadata and it can be difficult focusing without the old split-screen. I have two Canon prime lenses - a 50mm f/1.8 and an 85mm f/1.2L. I absolutely love the 85mm lens. If I were only allowed to have one lens, it would be the 85mm f/1.2L. I am hoping to someday get the newest model but....
I used to have quite a selection of third-party lenses in my film days but sold most of them years ago. I kept two - a Kiron 28mm f/2 and a Sigma 400mm f/5.6. I have never used the 28mm in my digital work but have often used the 400mm. I bought the lens back around 1985 and will continue to use it for as long as I can carry it (or can buy a new 400+ telephoto.)
Zoom
I have two Canon EF-S zoom lenses, the 18mm-135mm and the 55mm-250mm. Since the T3i is an ASP-C with a factor of .6, these lenses give me a range of about 28mm to 400mm and have served me rather well. They both feature image stabilization - one of the greatest inventions ever. I recently received an older Canon 75-300mm from a friend. I gave the 55-250mm to my daughter.

I also have my old Canon 80mm-200mm f/4L with macro. The macro is 1:4, not true macro but good enough for most of my work. The "L"-series lenses are incredible and I will continue to use this lens for certain jobs.
As mentioned above, I have a Nikon 18mm-55mm zoom for the D60. This is the only Nikon lens I have. It works quite well and has done a good job for me when I needed it.
Tripods/Monopods
I just got a MeFOTO RoadTrip in green. What a wonderful tripod! It comes equipped with a ballhead and comes with a carry case. One of the best features is that you can easily convert one of the legs into a monopod!

I have a Cullman Travel Kit that I bought back in the 80's but much of it just sits in a bag anymore. I have the ballhead sitting on my Bogen monopod - another relic from the 80's. This set-up is somewhat permanently attached to my Sigma 400mm but that may change now that I have the MeFOTO tripod.
Bags/Backpacks
Until recently my go-to travel bag was a Tamrac 3537 shoulder bag that I have had for about six years. It is a nice bag, holds my T3i, a couple lenses, video camera and binoculars in the main compartment. There is a zipper compartment in the cover and then a zipper pocket in front. You can hold quite a bit of stuff in the zipper pockets. This bag has been replaced by Tamrac 3535 Express 5 Camera Bag.

I now own a Tamrac Hoodoo 20 Camera Backpack that holds everything the 3537 did and then some.

I also have a Billingham 555 shoulder bag that I use to store much of my gear. It is quite large, and heavy, so I don't often use it in the field.
Filters & Accessories
Filters
I started using Formatt-Hitech filters and don't know how I got away without them for so long. I have the 85mm holder along with a set of solid neutral density and soft graduated neutral density filters ranging from 1 to 4 stops. The entire system is well made and easy to use. The plan is to replace my Bower polarizer with a Formatt-Hitech polarizer to fit the system.
Accessories
The Canon RS-60 E3 Remote Switch is great for working with the camera on the tripod, especially when the camera is down low. You can also use it to keep the shutter open for very long exposures using "bulb". It is a great tool.
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