Recommended Cameras (DSLR and Mirrorless), Lens and Tripod
Please note that the cameras mentioned below are meant to serve as a rough guide. Buying a camera involves a lot of research because it is not a completely objective decision. Things like where you live, what your budget is, what your purpose for buying a camera is, etc matter a lot. Also, one important point is that if you have the budget to buy a Mirrorless camera, then you should do that because DSLRs are being slowly phased out by most manufacturers.
The "nifty-fifty" is perhaps the most popular prime lens out there. It is cheap and allows you to use a very wide aperture of f1.8. This lens can help you get started in Portrait Photography, Food Photography and even Product Photography. It is basically a general all-purpose lens. The only downside is that since you cannot zoom in and zoom out, you are limited when it comes to things like Street or Event Photography.
The 85mm lenses are a great choice for shooting Portraits. There are three reasons for this. The first is that a larger focal length compresses the background in the shot thereby lessening the chance of getting any distractions in the field of view. The second is that you are also shooting at a wide aperture like f1.8. This blurs the background very well. These two factors result in a great portrait shot where the subject is isolated very well from the background. The third reason is that this lens is relatively cheaper than other portrait lenses like the 70-200 f2.8 mentioned below.
This is undoubtedly the most coveted lens in the photography world. That's because it has no downside. You can shoot at wide apertures to blur the background AND you can also zoom in and zoom out. Therefore, this lens can be used for practically anything - Portraits, Weddings, Events, etc. It's the most popular choice amongst Pro Photographers. The only downside as you can guess - the cost.
Always buy a sturdy and good quality tripod, especially if you plan to do outdoor photography. Never go for very cheap tripods which won't be able to hold the weight of the camera and the lens. The above tripod is a good quality budget tripod but to be frank, when it comes to tripods, usually the more expensive it is, the better. Some of the things to keep in mind are the load capacity of the tripod, the material is is made out of, whether the legs open up to allow for low level shooting and what kind of head the tripod has (Ball head or Pan/Tilt head). Some the best brands are Manfrotto, Vanguard, Joby, Digitek ,Doilca, Induro, Benro.
It has compartments for both laptop and camera equipment. This is something which is very important when you are travelling as these days carrying your laptop is almost a must. You don't want to carry two separate bags for this purpose.
It has a lot of space. You can easily accommodate 2 DSLR cameras, 2-3 lenses, a flash and chargers and batteries inside it.