After getting your camera, you might want to invest in a proper camera kit that includes essential camera accessories for making your photography much, much better. Either you are planning to be the best freelance photographer or just want to enhance your photography skills, you are going to need a great kit. We have put together a list of top 10 essential camera accessories in this article that should be the part of your kit.
Here is the list:
1. Camera Bag
If you have an entry-level DSLR or a mirrorless camera with a single lens, a bag may not seem essential, but a holster bag or a messenger bag would be a great choice to protect your gear. However, if you have a variety of lenses and camera bodies, a camera bag will be a necessity. It will make organizing and carrying them much easier.
Read our article on the Top 10 Camera Backpacks for Traveling if you are planning for a photography adventure.
Recommended Camera Bags:
The Vanguard Alta Sky 51D is an excellent choice for storing 1-2 pro DSLR cameras with 70-200mm lens attached, plus 3 to 4 extra lenses, a laptop, and accessories. You can access this bag from the top, side, and rear openings. It also comes with a rain cover for additional protection.
If you don’t want to carry a heavy, big bulky backpack, then the LowePro Streetline SL 140 is a good option to go for. It weighs only 0.56kg and has enough space for your point-to-shoot or mirrorless camera, tablet, and other small accessories.
It won’t be the first choice of a landscape photographer, but it is quite good for carrying your camera and accessories around the city.
Manfrotto Holster XS Plus
Manfrotto Holster XS Plus is a perfect bag for mirrorless cameras. Its unique design enables you to store essential gear i.e. camera with attached lens and some accessories. There are two storage compartments; the primary and secondary compartments. The former one can be used to store a mirrorless camera with a lens attached and the latter one can be used to store additional lens. For more convenience, the bag comes with a detachable shoulder strap and belt connection loops.
If you want your images to be pin-sharp and full of details, you need to get yourself a tripod. It can hold your camera at a fixed angle and keep it absolutely still. It is extremely useful in long-exposure photography or time-lapse where you need to select the long-duration shutter speed. You can use your bare hands too but won’t be able to achieve that smooth look as you would with a tripod.
We suggest that you shouldn’t invest in a cheap, flimsy tripod. Only buy a tripod that keeps your camera still and doesn’t wobble like jelly if you touch it or the camera. We recommend:
Vanguard Alta Pro 2 263AB is made with high-quality aluminum that provides unmatched performance. It easily supports a maximum load of 7 to 10kg. The multi-leg angle selection enables you to set the legs at the desired angle according to your photography requirements. One of the best things about this tripod is its anodized center ball that works great in providing extremely fluid movements, without compromising on control.
Its height can be extended to 173cm and it weighs only 2.3kg.
The Benro SystemGo Plus is made with carbon fiber, making it much more convenient and easier to carry than an aluminum tripod. It has a versatile 180° center column that allows limitless camera positioning possibilities. It has two-in-one functionality as it becomes a tripod and a monopod as well by detaching a leg. Whether you want to carry it somewhere in town or travel anywhere, this compact tripod won’t be a burden on you.
- AmazonBasics 60-Inch Lightweight Tripod with Bag
Don’t want to invest much in a tripod? AmazonBasics 60inch tripod is a good, cheap option to consider. It is lightweight and has stable legs that can easily support up to 6.6lbs of maximum load. It weighs only 3lbs and can be extended from 25 inches to maximum 60 inches. It is equipped with a 3-way head that allows tilt and swivel motion.
A carrying case is also included in the package.
3. Remote Release
A remote release is the most important accessory in long-exposure photography and group photos. To shoot long-exposure clicks, avoiding unwanted camera shake is the key and a remote allows you to trip the shutter without touching the camera. It also comes in handy when clicking group photos, where you want to include yourself too.
There are several other uses of a remote release that makes photography much easier. In the market, there are two types of remote release; a wired remote that connects to the camera via a wire and a wireless remote release that connects with the Wi-Fi or camera’s Bluetooth. We recommend:
The RS60 E3 is a wired remote switch that replicates all shutter release buttons on a Canon camera. All you need to do is plug it in the camera, and you are good to go. The only drawback with this is its 2ft cable. If you don’t want to deal with the wire problem, you can opt for Canon Wireless Remote Control.
Pixel FSK Wired Remote is a good option for people who want the functionality of both, the wireless and wired remote. AmazonBasics Wireless Remote Control is also a considerable option that is cheap and provides high-quality performance.
4. Additional Lenses
You only get the kit lens with your camera that has a standard zoom. It is great for starters but you will need something more advanced and wider to shoot landscapes and interiors. For instance, a macro lens to do close-up photography and portrait lens with a wide aperture to limit the depth of field and blue backgrounds.
Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM Lens can click amazing portrait photographs by making your object stand out from the background. The package also includes different accessories i.e. carry case, lens pouch, cleaning starter kit, a lens cap keeper, filter kit, 49mm close-up filter kit, and a dust blower.
If you have a Nikon camera, you can opt for the Tamron AFF013N-700 SP 45mm f/1.8. It has a fast aperture and dynamic close-focusing capacity that result in sharp and detailed close-up shots.
Canon EF 100mm f/2.8can focus objects at the closest distance of 1ft with blazing-fast autofocus speed. However, it isn’t zoomable.
Tamron AFF017N700 SP 90mm F/2.8 is compatible with both Nikon FX and DX cameras. It has a durable fluorine coating on the front that repels water and fingerprints. Its circular aperture makes amazing pictures by creating rounded blur effects (bokeh).
Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6 is II USM Lens features a wide zoom range and fast autofocus capability that will make your photography experience amazing. The built-in display on the lens shows all the information like shutter speed, ISO, depth of field etc. It is also equipped with an image stabilizer that provides significant sharp results.
Nikon AF-P NIKKOR 70-300mm f/4.5-5.6 Eis an excellent choice to capture landscapes, sports, and wildlife photos with excellent details and clarity. It supports both Nikon DX and FX cameras. On DX cameras, its maximum angle of view is 22°50’ while on FX cameras, it is 34°20’.
If you want to do videography with this lens, you will be amazed by how accurate and silent its autofocus is; all the credit goes to its stepping motor (AF-P).
A gimbal or a stabilizer works great in making your photos and videos look smooth. Especially, if you are into videography or cinematography, a gimbal is a necessity. Mount your camera on the gimbal’s head and start shooting, the stabilizing motor will make your videos look buttery smooth, regardless of any camera shake. Read our guide on Best DSLR Gimbals and Stabilizers and choose the suitable one.
6. Cleaning Supplies
A dirty or wet lens/sensor can ruin your best shot especially if you are shooting during rain. Make sure you have essential cleaning supplies in your kit so you can clean the dust from your lens or sensor and click some amazing shots without any delay.
We recommend having:
If you don’t want to buy everything separately, you can invest in a cleaning kit. We recommend the Atura Cleaning Kit.
Filters are a great way to enhance your photography visually without doing anything extraordinary. There are different types of filters for various purposes. For example, a Neutral Density Filter is the most popular because it does an amazing job in long-exposure photography by blurring cloud or water movement in landscapes. It also helps you in taking high-end photos with a very wide aperture in bright light. They are available in 2 shapes, you can choose between square filters and round filters.
We recommend Hoya 67mm 3-Piece Digital Filter Set. It includes 3 filters (HMC UV/ Circular Polarizer / ND8) and a number of other accessories including a filter pouch, lens pen, microfiber cloth, a complete cleaning kit, and a cap keeper.
8. Spare batteries
Imagine your camera running out of battery in the middle of shooting– frustrating, right? Keeping spare batteries for your camera helps a lot. There are two types of batteries; OEM battery that is made by the camera manufacturer itself and a third-party battery that is made by some other company (other than the camera manufacturer). You can opt for a third-party battery if it is of high quality.
You will never get greater power and flattering results with your camera’s built-in pop-up flash. A flashgun can mount in your camera’s hot shoe or fired remotely via a cable or a wireless remote for even better results.
You can select either select a flashgun that is compatible with your camera’s metering system (for automatic exposure control) or get a fully-manual flashgun to achieve full control over how you customize it according to the requirements.
Reflectors are cheap and can give your shots a high-end professional look. They are versatile; you can use them indoors and outdoors. They bounce the light back onto your subject and remove the unwanted shadows that damage the overall look of the image. There are different types of reflectors, they come in various colors; you can choose the one according to your requirements. For instance, a reflector with a white surface can double up as a diffuser and soften the harsh sunlight for a smooth look.
You can get Neewer 5-in-1 Collapsible Multi-Disc Light Reflectors. This kit includes 5 multi-disc reflectors of different colors i.e. translucent, silver, gold, white, and black, and a bag to carry all of them.
Including these essential camera accessories in your kit can make your photography professional and lead you towards more success in this field. However, photography is all about practicing; the more you practice it, the more you will master it. All the accessories that we have recommended above are the best in the market and provide great quality. You can get any of them according to your needs.
If you love traveling and want to capture amazing clicks on the go, read our article on Top 8 things to carry on your next photography adventure.