Okay, this is probably the most annoying question I receive daily. Personally, when I first started off photo. I knew NOTHING about it. I had a power-shot camera (canon sd550). It was probably about 2 years ago was when I first got my DSLR.
I never asked anyone for advice, and most people I knew had a Nikon. I was obsessed and used the Nikon d80 at the beginning. But, when I bought my own camera, somehow , i dont remember how, i ended up buying the XTi. I knew nothing about dslr. I bought a book about it and read, and i only knew about the 50mm f/1.8 because my friend had it on his nikon. Anyways. I got the lens before the body. And it would just sit on my table, collecting dust. I saved up my allowance for a few weeks and had b-day money and bought the xti. Anyways, I hate how so many people worry about the camera more then the talent behind it. To be honest with you, I know many people who started out with not the BEST camera's out there and produced better images then they do with their fancy 30k H3D's.
Okay, look at Juergen Teller . He's shooting Marc Jacobs and ID magazine covers, blah blah...He shoots with a Contax g2 and a flash that comes with it. Enough said.
You dont need a fancy 4k camera when you start. Or even when you are really good. It's really mainly about the talent behind the camera and how you work with your mind and light and models. It's about your vision.
I dont think I have a fancy kit. Right now I own a 50mm f/1.8, 35mm f/2 and a 5D mark 1. NOTHING ELSE, except a reflector and my Elan 7a canon. I barely have any camera equipment. You just have to make the best out of it in my case.
Anyways, those were a few things I needed to lay off my chest.
Me and my little 5D <3