Been camping for many years. Ran the gamut from so much stuff that it took two trucks to carry it all to a 25# sack on my back. I prefer the lightweight.
I still have a chuck box full of pots and pans. But I only use one pot. It's my fifty cent garage sale special. An aluminum 10"pot that is a frying pan/saucepan hybrid that makes a great cook everything utensil.
But I do love to dust off the old black pots and build the fires and fix a spread in the cast iron Dutch ovens. Just not travel too far with them.
Nowadays, I keep my stuff mostly packed. Ready to go. My next purchase is a kayak for a couple day river adventure.
My couple cents worth...save your money, watch Craigslist, eBay, and REI outlet and clearance sales. There are differences in quality, price, and functionality when it comes to brands. I like REI because I can go and pick up a pack, a bag, and start stuffing stuff in. The staff doesn't give any funny looks. I've had them help before. I appreciate their gear demo days where you can actually try it out.
Pack, make a list, go out and evaluate what you used, didn't, wish you had, wanted to leave in the woods cause it was nonfunctional but spent too much money on, etc.
I've moved from a 6 man tent to an ultralight 2 man that I use at last resort. I'd rather just hang a hammock or pitch a rainfall between two trees.
If you camp with a crew, coordinate who is bringing what so there are no unneeded duplicates. My camping crew jokes that a six man tent is called that not cause it can sleep 6 but cause it takes six men to set it up.
Which brings up another good point. Set up, use, and practice camping with your gear at home before you leave. Don't wait until its dark and you are tired to learn how to light that little backpacking stove or set up that tent. And do it in the conditions. If you are arriving late, and its dark, practice setting that tent up in the dark with a headlamp. Not only does it make the actual camping trip more enjoyable and less frustrating, but it makes your neighbors think you have finally, truly lost it.