Sony Alpha a300
Sony Alpha a850
Sigma 50mm f/1.4 EX DG
Tamron SP AF 17-50 F2.8 XR Di II LD
And NO! You do not need good gears to take good photos.
I assure you. But yes.. it does help.
Especially when someone as half-assed as me is behind the camera.
So never let anyone stop you from shooting.