Welcome to our blog and get ready to upgrade your photography game with the ultimate list of the top 10 camera accessories for 2019! In this ever-evolving world of technology, it’s crucial to stay up-to-date with the latest gadgets that can enhance your photography experience. From lenses to tripods, filters to flash units, we’ve scoured the market to find the absolute best camera accessories that will take your shots to the next level. Whether you’re a professional photographer or a passionate hobbyist, we’ve got you covered with our carefully curated selection. So, get ready to discover the must-have items that will revolutionize the way you capture those precious moments.
TOP 10 Camera Accessories [2019 Edition!]
What’s up, people! Dunna here, and today we’re talking about ten of my favorite accessories that I personally use for my photography and videography. But first, I want to ask you, what’s your favorite accessory? Leave a comment below, and while you’re on your way down, hit that like button.
Last year, I released a video of 5 Accessories that I thought were really awesome. But I’m always expanding my kit, and there are always more accessories out there. So, welcome to the 2019 version, with twice as many items because I have no chill. However, I promise I won’t say Gaff tape. Gaff tape is awesome, but everyone says it. So, I’m leaving it off the list. As always, links to the gear that I’m going to talk about today, as well as all my other gear, are in the description or you can go to kit.com/dunnadidit and check out my kit using any of the links to purchase. It supports the channel and doesn’t cost you any extra. So, thanks in advance.
A fairly new addition to my kit is a C-stand. I put off getting a C-stand for a really long time because I just didn’t get it. They’re big, they’re bulky, they’re heavy, and they’re pretty expensive. But then, once I got one, I fell in love with it. If you don’t know what a C-stand is, it’s basically a light stand on steroids. Typically, like I am right now, I use my C-stand to float my rim light above and behind me. But you can also mount a tripod head on it and get cool overhead shots. They can handle a decent amount of weight, and I’ve never worried, even having a light with too big batteries floating way out on the end of the arm. The one that I got is from a brand called Neewer on Amazon, and I was a little worried at first that maybe the quality wouldn’t be up to snuff, but I’ve been really happy with it.
2. Feel World Master MA5 Field Monitor
Having an external monitor can be really helpful for anyone, but especially for people who don’t have flip screens like us Sony users. This specific monitor, the Feel World Master MA5, is a budget-friendly option compared to a lot of others but still packs in a lot of features. It ships with mounting options to attach to your camera, cables, and a case, which is really cool. Inside the monitor itself, it has some really helpful features like focus peaking, histogram, false colors, and the ability to horizontally flip or vertically flip the picture so that you can film yourself. Even if you’re not filming yourself, having a bigger and brighter screen can be really helpful, especially when you’re trying to film out in daylight. There are tons of other options for field monitors out there, but I do like this one as a bang for buck option.
3. Roland R-07 External Audio Recorder
This little audio recorder is so cool. It’s got stereo microphones on the top, which are great for either getting sound effects or ambiences. It also has an input on the top so that you can plug in a lav mic or the ever-popular Rode camera microphones. The input on this unit will sound better than most inputs on cameras, and having an external recorder will actually give you more flexibility with mounting options for where you can have your microphone. One of the ways that I really love to use this is when I’m recording with a lav mic. I plug it into the 3.5-millimeter jack on top, toss this in my pocket, and I can actually control it with an app on my phone. So, this never has to come out of my pocket until I’m done recording.
4. Rode VideoMicro
I don’t know how, but this thing is so small and sounds so good and still isn’t really that expensive. Not to mention, you don’t ever have to deal with batteries. I recently did some shootouts with this and some other microphones that I use, and I was blown away by how this stood up even to microphones that cost three times as much, like the Rode VideoMic Pro. When I’m out and about shooting, this microphone stays on my camera 99.9% of the time.
5. Vallerret Photography Gloves
I live in Canada, and in case you haven’t heard, it’s really cold here a lot of the time. I’ve tried to go out and shoot during the winter before, and even in what we would consider fairly mild conditions, I barely last ten minutes of taking my gloves on and off to adjust settings on my camera and feeling like they’re going to fall off and shatter on the ground. But not anymore. First and foremost, these gloves are just fantastic gloves. They do a great job of keeping my hands warm in fairly cold conditions. But also, they have a really cool feature where the thumb and index finger fold back and are held by a magnet so that you can access the settings on your camera with your fingers. This is basically a genius idea. I’ve had other gloves that have this kind of feature before, but none of them were really good enough to stand up to the Canadian winter. Not only do these gloves stand up to the cold winter, but they’ve also got a bunch of different models for different temperatures and different situations.
They’re cheap, they’re strong, they’re small, and they come in handy so often. They’re good for holding up backdrops or light modifiers or if you want to attach gear together. They just come in handy all over the place. One of the places I really like to use them is to hold diffusion material to my lights. And I’m currently using four different clamps for something that we’ll be talking about a little bit later.
7. Manfrotto Pixi Evo Mini Tripod
For the vloggers out there and for everybody else too, it’s the Manfrotto Pixi Evo Mini Tripod. This has been my go-to vlogging tripod for the last little while. I kind of got sick of hauling around the big bulky Joby Gorillapod. It’s still really useful, but this is a lot more sleek and easy to carry around. It’s compact, it’s versatile, it’s strong, and it can hold pretty heavy loads. It has two different settings for how wide the legs go, as well as the legs extend to make the tripod taller. And I just really love how small it folds down so I can toss it in my backpack. You might not be able to wrap it around a pole, but meh.
8. WANDRD PRVKE 31L Camera Backpack
In general, I suggest investing in a good camera backpack. I was pretty hesitant to go with this one at first because it’s really not cheap. But in the end, I’m really glad that I did. What I really wanted from a camera bag was something that I could carry all the camera gear I would need but also carry other things for just daily life or travel. There are a lot of camera bags that are mostly camera bags and don’t have a lot of room for anything else in them, and I didn’t want to run into that problem. On my last vacation, I was able to take all the camera gear that I wanted, my laptop and charger in the main compartment, and then in the roll-top, I took seven days worth of clothes, toiletries, snacks, and anything else that I wanted. When I’m not traveling, I can fit my gimbal or a light or even just my lunch for work…
Frequently Asked Questions – TOP 10 Camera Accessories [2019 Edition!]
1. What camera accessories should I consider buying?
When it comes to camera accessories, there are several options you can consider based on your needs. Some popular choices include tripods, camera bags, memory cards, extra batteries, lens filters, remote shutter releases, external flashes, lens cleaning kits, and camera straps.
2. How do I choose the right tripod for my camera?
Choosing the right tripod depends on various factors such as your camera weight, intended use, and budget. Look for tripods with adjustable height, sturdy build, and compatibility with your camera’s mounting plate. Additionally, consider features like quick-release plates, ball heads, and weight capacity to ensure stability.
3. Are camera bags necessary?
Camera bags are highly recommended as they offer protection and convenience for carrying your camera and accessories. Look for bags with padded compartments, adjustable dividers, and adequate storage space for your gear. Consider factors like comfort, durability, and water resistance.
4. How much storage capacity do I need in a memory card?
The storage capacity you need depends on your shooting style and the file sizes your camera produces. For most photographers, 32GB or 64GB memory cards are sufficient to capture a significant number of high-resolution images or videos. Assess your shooting needs and consider the frequency of card changes during shooting.
5. Should I invest in extra batteries?
Having extra batteries is highly recommended to ensure uninterrupted shooting sessions. Depending on the camera model and usage, it’s advisable to have at least one or two spare batteries fully charged and readily available. Look for reliable and compatible batteries from reputable brands.
6. What are lens filters used for?
Lens filters serve various purposes, including protecting the lens, reducing glare, improving color saturation, and achieving specific creative effects like long exposure or starbursts. Common types of lens filters include UV filters, polarizing filters, and neutral density filters.
7. Do I need an external flash for my camera?
An external flash can significantly enhance your photography, especially in low-light situations. It provides better control over lighting conditions, reduces red-eye, and improves overall image quality. Consider factors like compatibility, power output, and features such as TTL (Through-The-Lens) metering.
8. How do I clean my camera lens?
Proper lens cleaning is essential to maintain image quality. Use a lens cleaning kit specifically designed for camera lenses, including a soft brush or blower to remove dust, a microfiber cloth or lens tissue to wipe the lens gently, and a lens cleaning solution (avoid alcohol-based cleaners).
9. Are camera straps necessary?
Camera straps are important for securely holding your camera and reducing the risk of accidental drops. Choose straps that are comfortable, adjustable, and durable. Some photographers prefer neck straps, while others opt for wrist straps or harness systems based on their shooting style and preference.
10. Where can I purchase these camera accessories?
You can purchase these camera accessories from authorized camera dealers, specialized photography stores, or reputable online retailers. Check for customer reviews, warranties, and compare prices to ensure you’re getting the best deal without compromising on quality.
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