Best Accessories for Your Camera – DSLR/Mirrorless Accessories
If you’re looking for some great new kit for your camera this Christmas, then here are some of our top recommendations to take your photography up a notch.
Assuming you’ve already got your hands on a decent camera and have been enjoying snapping some great photos with it, you should definitely consider investing in some accessories to take your photography to the next level. Quite simply, a good camera with a solid sensor will go a long way, but having some gear for improved stabilization, lighting, and of course, some good glass, will really up your photography game a lot.
In this post, we’ll give you some pointers for some of the best accessories that you can buy right now to make your photography better, more convenient, and more fun. With Black Friday and Christmas right around the corner, there’s never been a better time to treat your camera to some new garms.
Best accessories to buy for your camera
Carrying a camera around town all day can actually be really uncomfortable. It often bounces around on the neck and this can get really annoying. That’s why this first item on our list is such an essential one for the everyday photographer.
Cotton Carrier Skout
The Cotton Carrier Skout is a must-have for the photographer on the go. It wraps around the elbow and back to make for a sturdy, annoyance free way to carry and quickly access your camera. You camera will be stuck to your chest and you can use their patented twist and pull mechanism to quickly use it when you want to shoot something.
There’s also a tether to make sure that you don’t have any accidents, although the camera is firmly stuck to you so this shouldn’t even be necessary. This is the easiest way to keep your camera close to hand while you’re out hiking or exploring the city – it’s also got a stash pocket that can fit your phone or whatever else you’re carrying around. Top marks.
Rotolight NEO 2
For the professional photographer who needs to be able to guarantee their subject is getting adequate light, the Rotolight NEO 2 is an affordable solution. This portable LED flashlight boasts zero recycle times and can flash up to 85,000 times before you need to change the battery. That’s a lot of flashing. It also allows you to make fine-tuned changes to the light color temperature, as well as supporting high-speed synch shooting, which really puts it ahead of basically every other flashgun on the market.
For around $300, this excellent piece of kit is yours. We should mention, though, that the amateur photographer probably won’t need this – it’s more of a pro piece of kit. Still, if you’re thinking about making the jump into the big time, then this is a great bit of kit.
Anker PowerCore 20100
If you’re going to be out on the go for a while, then you want to ensure that your camera doesn’t die on you. The Anker PowerCore 20100 is the perfect solution to dead batteries. It has a whopping 20,100mAh battery cell, which guarantees charge after charge, keeping your camera alive in all situations. This is also under the 27,000mAh maximum that is allowed to be carried on planes, meaning you’ll have trouble carrying this bad boy through airport security, either.
This power cell is ideal for a mirrorless camera owner, as you’ll generally find that you have much less battery power. It can also charge an iPhone around seven or eight times.
RODE VideoMic Pro
If you’re planning on shooting video – especially outdoors – the RODE VideoMic Pro is the ultimate affordable option. It costs less than $200 and it’ll allow you to record sound in great quality while also minimizing interruption from wind and you fiddling with the lens thanks to the foam protector.
It attaches via a suspension system, which separates it from the camera and thus further reduces interruption from noises close-by. Although, this suspension does make it a little harder to hold your camera steady.
Sandisk Extreme Pro SD UHS-II card reader/writer
For just $30, you can get this great SD card reader, which allows you to quickly connect your SD card to a laptop or mobile, even if it doesn’t have a supporting port. This is very handy if you own an Apple laptop, which generally doesn’t have an SD port. This Sandisk reader uses USB 3.0 for blistering speeds. It’s an essential for some, and a useful tool that won’t break the bank for others.
Spudz Microfibre Lens Cleaning Cloth
This cheap and tiny accessory is essential for keeping your lenses clean and ensuring that they don’t get scratched. If you’re going to spend $300 or $3,000 on a new lens, then you’ll want to keep it clean regardless. This lens cleaner will fit into your pocket or your camera bag and it’ll keep you shooting in tidy fashion.
WD MY Passport 4TB Portable Hard Drive
This portable hard drive is enough to store your entire life on, yet alone thousands of high-resolution photographs. At less than $70, it’s also a very affordable solution to your storage needs. If you’re going to take tons of photos, then you want to make sure that they’re backed up in the event that your SD card was to fail, get lost, or otherwise.
SanDisk Extreme PRO SDXC Memory Card – 64GB
Having a good SD card is important. This relates to the point made above: if you’re going to spend all of that money on a camera, then you want to make sure that your SD card won’t fail on you. There are plenty of cheap knock-off SD cards out there – don’t buy them! Get something rugged and powerful that you can rely on. You’ll never have to worry about losing your photos assuming you’re using a good SD card and backing them all up.
With the gear mentioned in this article, you’ll be well on your way to having a proper pro photography kit. We purposefully didn’t mention lenses because they differ depending on the camera brand that you’re using. But we will provide more detail about the best lenses to use for different brands in future articles.