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Monday, 16 February 2015

Must Have Camera Accessories

We've already covered where to start with a DSLR to get you taking nice pictures from day one with your fancy new camera. You're besotted. It's your latest love and you want to spoil it by buying it some great little accessories.

But there are sooo many to chose from! They all sound utterly indispensable, but which ones are the most important, the most valuable, you just don't know how you managed without them accessories?

must have camera accessories?


Between hubby and myself we have a fairly well rounded set of camera accessories but the ones I can't do without and get packed up for outings, day trips and holidays are a very distinct set.

Extra memory cards



memory cards

Regardless of what type of card your camera takes, having at least one extra card has to be the top item on the must have accessories list. When you're out shooting and that first card gets full or even worse, fails, having that spare card is the best thing ever.


Spare battery 


battery and a spare


The second best accessory has to be a spare battery. Many a time I have forgotten to check my battery before I head out with the camera. Having a spare battery charged and ready for use has saved me more times then I can count.


Lenses for every occasion


I don't leave the house without my two favourite do everything be prepared for every occasion zoom lenses. 17-70mm and 55-250mm. Yes, they're different brands, I'm not brandist, thank you for noticing.

must have  lenses

Prime lenses will give you a better shot every time but these 2 zoom lenses mean I can get the shot no matter what.

Hubby loves his primes, but I don't know how many times I've said 'Check this out, take a photo' and he's said 'I don't have the right lens'.

I like to have options and I don't want to be lugging half a studio around with me on a nice walk on the off chance there might be some cool thing to photograph. I must admit his photos do show just how worth carrying around the mega backpack of goodies can be.

Camera bag


The right camera bag is as personal as the right handbag. I'm still hunting for the perfect one however the features needed are not complicated. You need somewhere for your camera body and the above accessories.  If it's a good bag it will also have a rain cover you can slip over it if needed.

And that's it.  Simple huh?

The other stuff


What ? What about all the other stuff? The cleaning cloths, filters, flashes, tripods, monopods, light boxes, backdrops......

They are not must have accessories for me.

camera lens cleaning cloth

Sure the cleaning cloth is handy and I do have one. I use it very, very rarely.

I'm not a studio photographer and so my shots do not have to be 100% perfect able to be blown up to billboard size for the world to see. My shots might, MIGHT get printed as big as an A3 page (that's 2 normal size sheets of paper side by side) but 9999 times out of 10 000 they will get shrunk down to web appropriate size.

So unless one of our fur monsters decides to snot all over my lens while I'm trying to capture their antics the need to clean my lenses is fairly rare. The odd small speck of dust just doesn't effect the photo quality. But those cleaning cloths are useful for more then just cleaning.

How cleaning cloths are useful for more then just cleaning and the nice to have accessories are things to talk about another day.

These are my must have accessories. I'm sharing them with you in the hope it will help you figure out what to spend your hard earned dollars on next. Do you already have some great accessories? What are your 'I can't leave the house without them' accessories?

16 comments:

  1. Very useful tips. I have a DSLR and I still haven't figured out to take great photos even after reading up about it. Need to improve in that department. I think my accessory would be my lap top (BIG accessory) because I would want to see the photo immediately and then retake if it's not too good. It's very difficult to assess the quality on the small screen!

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    1. At least there is a screen now. It's even harder through the view finder. Imagine what it was like before digital?

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  2. Love this! I am currently saving up to invest in a Nifty Fifty lens, but I have a 50-200 lens that I don't go ANYWHERE without. I also think that my UV filter is a must have; I couldn't believe the difference it made in my outdoor photos!

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    1. I often use my camera lens shade (and forget just as often) and it's right up there for my favourite accessories, but if I lost everything and had to start over it wouldn't make the first round of purchases. The nifty fifty just gives that Ahhh quality to a shot doesn't it?

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  3. Very useful post! Stopping by from Hump Day Happenings!

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  4. Popping over from Judy's Handmade Mondays =) I eat up every camera post these days. Still navigating my favorite Christmas gift (canon rebel something or other) Be sure to share your recipes, crafts, upcycles & DIYs at Two Uses Tuesday (Mon 11pm EST to Fri 11pm EST, 4 more days left on Link Up 17!) over at Sarah Celebrates if you don't already!

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    1. My camera is a rebel too but they're not called that in Australia.

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  5. Very great tips! I've been thinking about getting a filter for my flash, but I'm not sure yet. I recently took a photography class at a photo shop, so of course they want me to buy everything! :) Thanks for sharing this at #tttparty!

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    1. I bet they do! The uni students just use cellophane as the gel for their flashes. (it must be plant derived cellophane) much cheaper then buying the official ones. However you can use PP to get the same effect if the flash is your only light source.

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  6. I just bought a new camera so this is super helpful. Also, I found your blog from The Art of Better Monday Mash Up :)

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  7. Great post, I love your camera posts because you break it down into real english! :) I can tell you I love my 55-200 lens and always get frustrated if I forget it. Thanks so much for sharing in the Monday Mash-Up!

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    1. Thanks Jen :o) I'm glad to hear that it reads well, I know how bamboozled I was by all the photographer speak when I first started to learn to use my camera.

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  8. Thanks for sharing this! I just purchased my first DSLR camera and these tid bits help. The lens one especially. I'm not a brandist either, but I always thought I should buy the same brand lens as the camera I have. Good to know I can hunt for a reasonably priced one. So glad I found your post on Totally Terrific Tuesday blog hop. Have a great Thursday!

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    1. Buying the same brand lens does ensure it will fit your camera, but so long as you try before you buy you won't have any problems. Happy shooting!

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