I am currently birding with what I think are the best birding binoculars available, the Zeiss Victory SF. They are crystal clear and offer great depth perception in a well-balance, roof-prism design.
I have been so pleased with the performance of my Zeiss Binoculars that I recently replaced my old spotting scope with a brand new Zeiss Gavia 85. Don't let the cross-marketing for hunters confuse you, this scope is fantastic for birding!
As for photography, I am a Canon shooter. My gear at present includes:
Canon 1D Mark IV camera body
Canon 7D2 camera body
Canon 500mm f/4 IS lens
Canon 400mm f/4 IS DO II lens - This is probably my favorite lens
Canon 100-400 f/4-5.6 IS II lens
Canon 24-105 f/4 IS lens
Canon 17-40 f/4 lens
Canon 1.4x III teleconverter
Canon 2x III teleconverter
Canon 580 II Speedlight