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Must Have Accessories For Photographers – Tried and Tested

Must have accessories for photographers is a list that’s going to vary depending on who you ask, but this is ours. A, WTSDN, tried and tested selection of gifts for amateur photographers and pros alike:

  1. Hoya 77mm Pro-1 Digital UV Screw in Filter

  2. 77mm HOYA PRO1 Digital Filter Circular Polarizer PL DMC Filter

  3. CamKix Professional Camera Cleaning kit

  4. POD bean bag

  5. Neewer Camera Wired Timer Remote Control

  6. Canon RC-06 Infra-red remote control

  7. Digital Photographer’s Handbook: 6th Edition

  8. Photographer’s Coffee Mug (black/red)

  9. Photographer’s Coffee Mug (black/gold)

  10. Gitzo GT1545T Series 1, 4 Sections Carbon Traveler Tripod

  11. Bailsy Camera Strap Bohemia for All DSLRs

  12. SanDisk Ultra SDHC Memory Card Up to 80 MB/s, 32 GB

  13. Microfiber Cleaning Cloths – 10 Colorful Cloths and 2 White ECO-FUSED Cloths

  14. Lee Filters Big Stopper Glass Filter Neutral-Density

  15. LEE Filters 100mm System Foundation Kit

  16. Lee Filters Wide-Angle Adapter Ring 77 mm Diameter

  17. Lee Super Stopper for 100mm System

  18. 59ml Photographic Solutions Eclipse Lens and CCD Optic Cleaning Fluid

 

Great Little Photography Gift Ideas | by Darrin Henry

Finding gift ideas for photographers can be scary, for a few reasons – camera equipment is expensive, different brands aren’t always compatible and photographers tend to be fussy over what kit they need (or think they need).

But here are a few little gift ideas for photographers from you could consider that won’t break the bank and most ‘snappers’ will appreciate.

Everything recommended below is equipment or accessories we already own and use so we have confidence in these suggestions. Each product is linked to Amazon which is where we shop ourselves.

Click to reveal descriptions and availability.

Hoya 77mm Pro-1 Digital UV Screw in Filter

Like many photographers, we fit UV filters to all our lenses as a first line of defense against dust or scratches.

I’ve always found Hoya filters to be high quality and do not cause any noticeable degradation of the pictures. Having seen other peoples lenses get damaged that weren’t using filters, for me now it’s a permanent fixture, unless I’m using a different filter, such as a polariser.

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77mm HOYA PRO1 Digital Filter Circular Polarizer PL DMC Filter

The polarising filter is your friend when photographing reflective surfaces such as glass or water. This filter reduces glare and reflections while enhancing contrast to prevent washed out looking images.

Especially useful when shooting coastal scenes when you want to see the rocks and sand, and the rich colours beneath the surface of the sea.

This filter lives in our camera bag and gets plenty of use.

Note: Make sure choose the correct filter thread to fit your lens.

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CamKix Professional Camera Cleaning kit

Cleaning camera lenses is like washing your hands, it should be routine for keeping your expensive equipment healthy.

You can’t go wrong with this CamKix Professional Camera Cleaning kit; its suitable whether you use a compact, a GoPro or a DSLR with a bag full of lenses. This little package is brilliant. It includes the following:

  • 5 x microfiber cleaning cloths
  • 1 x air blower
  • 1 x booklet of 50 sheets of lens tissue
  • 1 x bottle alcohol free optical lens cleaning fluid
  • 1 x double sided lens cleaning pen
  • 1 x lens brush

I particularly like the powerful air blower in this kit, an upgrade from the little puffers of old. It is useful for removing particles of dust/dirt from the lens, camera or sensor, delivering a strong jet of clean air.

 

Great Gift Ideas For Photographers – POD bean bag

Another great photography gift idea, the Pod Bean Bag, that works on virtually all cameras.

Attach and perch the camera on all sorts of places; open car windows, tops of railings, fence posts, against lamp posts… endless possibilities. Honestly, this is such a superb little accessory for any photographer to have.

The standard 1/4” screw fits the tripod attachment under virtually all cameras, from small compacts to large DSLRs. We use our own bean bag regularly on both cameras.

The Pod bean bag helps keep your camera steady on any surface so you can shoot with a slow shutter speed. Incredibly useful when you don’t have a tripod or you’re not allowed to use one (e.g. in museums) but you still need that camera really steady.

Below is our own bean bag in the pictures, more than 10 years old now, but it is always, always in our camera backpack. We never leave home without it.

Gift ideas for photographers - The Pod bean bag allows you to keep the camera steady on awkward surfaces. The standard 1/4" screw fits most cameras, big and small, as demonstrated with our Panasonic Lumix FT5 compact and larger Canon DSLR.

The Pod bean bag standard 1/4″ screw fits most cameras, big and small, as demonstrated with our Panasonic Lumix FT5 compact and larger Canon DSLR.

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Neewer Camera Wired Timer Remote Control

This little gadget, the Neewer Wired Timer, allows DSLR users to capture amazing time-lapse photographs or videos using still images. It came in very useful shooting a lightning storm on St Helena which required taking continuous 30 sec exposures over an hour.

Basically you set the Neewer timer for the number of images you want to capture, set the interval between each shot, press the start button and away you go.

Note, if purchasing this item make sure you select the version listed for your camera model.

Examples of What The Neewer Timer Can Do

Working in one second increments, delays, exposure times and intervals up to 99 hours, 59 mins, 59 secs can be easily set from the LCD menus. The control this device offers is superb.

A short cable connects to the camera. This Neewer model works with Canon EOS 7D, 5D Series, 1D 6D 50D 40D 30D 20D 10D.

There is a different Neewer Remote Control for Nikon cameras: D7100 D7000 D5300 D5100 D5000 D3300 D3200 D3100 D610 D600 D90 DF DSLR Cameras.

Check out our behind the scenes time-lapse video segment in Jodi Wade’s beauty shoot, which was created using a series of still images taken via the Neewer Remote Control.

This time-lapse, still image, below, is another example of what the Neewer timer can do.

Gift ideas for photographers - The Neewer Camera Wired Timer Remote Control can be used to create time-lapse photos like this, High Knoll fort on St Helena, which is Day 72's image for our 2016 Project 366.

The Neewer Camera Wired Timer Remote Control was used to create this time-lapse photo of High Knoll fort on St Helena, which is Day 72’s image for our 2016 Project 366.

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Must Have Accessories For Photographers

Canon RC-06 Infra-red remote control

I think of this as the DSLR equivalent of a selfie stick – only better!

This tiny device allows you to set up your camera, get in position, then press the button remotely when you’re ready. Sharon and I find this useful, especially photographing hiking blog posts when we need to be in the shot.

It’s also perfect for night photography and other long exposure work when you don’t want to risk shaking the camera when pressing the shutter button – just use the remote.

Remote Controls for Canon and Nikon

It works with a whole series of Canon cameras.

Nikon do a similar product, which, although we’ve not used ourselves, it seems to have good reviews.

Nikon ML-L3 Remote Control

Gift ideas for photographers - The Canon RC-06 infra-red remote control is great for shooting hiking photo-stories, as we did here on the Flagstaff post box walk.

We used the Canon RC-06 infra-red remote control for this hiking photo on the Flagstaff post box walk.

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Digital Photographer’s Handbook: 6th Edition

We’ve bought different releases of this book as it’s been updated, it’s that good.

Superbly written and illustrated to be useful to all levels of photographers. The explanations and guides are jargon-free yet very effective. There are inspirational project ideas and tips on taking your photography to another level.

I’m always reading this book and every time I open it I seem to find new inspiration.

A rock solid addition to this must have accessories for photographers list.

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Camera Lens Mug with Stainless Steel Insert

Just the perfect item for those long evenings editing pictures, a photography lens mug.

Something all photographers will appreciated, especially those in the Canon corner.

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Camera Lens Cup Stainless Steel Insulated Desk Mug 

Another style of the photographers’ camera lens, coffee mug.

Works for everyone, but much more likely to be appreciated by Nikon users.

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Gitzo GT1545T Series 1, 4 Sections Carbon Traveler Tripod

We’ve used a carbon fibre, Gitzo since 2015, and it’s simply the bee’s knees of travel tripods.

Ok, so this isn’t exactly a low-cost gift idea, but, if you’re investing in a travel tripod, this in my opinion is simply the best there is.

Stable, lightweight and a high quality finish. Folds up nice and compact for packing, extends and locks quickly when needed.

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Bailsy Camera Strap Bohemia for All DSLRs

Two main reasons I use this camera strap – security and comfort.

When travelling I like the ‘low-profile’ element of this strap. When I have the camera hanging low off my neck, the strap doesn’t advertise what I’m carrying. It’s a small detail, but it makes a big difference for me.

And it’s a lot more comfortable than the leather strap that comes with the camera. The high-quality pure cotton webbing doesn’t rub on the skin or make me sweaty when it’s hot.

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SanDisk Ultra SDHC Memory Card Up to 80 MB/s, 32 GB

You can’t go wrong with this SD card, a perfect stocking-filler that will please any photographer.

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Microfiber Cleaning Cloths – 10 Colorful Cloths and 2 White ECO-FUSED Cloths

This little pack of 10 cleaning cloths is a great value maintenance accessory.

We tend to use the same cloth for 1-3 months (depending on what we’re up to) and then replace it for a new one. (The old cloth comes in handy as a general cleaning rag afterwards.)

These microfiber cloths can also be used for glasses, computer/laptop screens and the full range of mobile phones and devices.

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Lee Filters Big Stopper Glass Filter Neutral-Density

Smooth waterfalls and dreamy cloudscapes are possible with a good ND filter.

We use the Lee ND filters, including the Big Stopper with its ability to increase exposure times by 10 stops.

After frustrations with other lower quality brands of ND filters, we tried the Lee filters and right away the results were fantastic. The 100mm square system is quick and easy to use and now we seldom leave home without it.

Note: you will need an adapter ring to fit your lens and the Lee Foundation kit which has the holder slots for the filter. This has to be purchased separately, but is a one-time purchase.

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LEE Filters 100mm System Foundation Kit

Foundation kit to hold the range of Lee 100mm square filters.

Clips to the lens via an adapter ring (available separately). Compatible with all cameras. Comes with 2 mounted compartments. Included – Screwdriver and slots for a 3rd compartment.

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Lee Filters Wide-Angle Adapter Ring 77 mm Diameter

The adapter ring that works with the Lee Foundation kit.

Note: Make sure choose the ring thread size to fit your lens

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Lee Super Stopper for 100mm System

The Super Stopper ND filter from LEE offers increased exposure of an incredible 15 stops.

This ND filter belongs to the 100 mm system of LEE-Filters.

Note: you will need an adapter ring to fit your lens and the Lee Foundation kit which has the holder slots for the filter. This has to be purchased separately, but is a one-time purchase.

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59ml Photographic Solutions Eclipse Lens and CCD Optic Cleaning Fluid

We’ve been using this product for about five years now. It’s simply one of the highest quality lens cleaning fluids you can buy.

Gift ideas for photographers - 59ml bottle, Photographic Solutions Eclipse Lens and CCD Optic Cleaning Fluid

Gift ideas for photographers – 59ml bottle, Photographic Solutions Eclipse Lens and CCD Optic Cleaning Fluid

Photographic Solutions Eclipse Lens and CCD Optic Cleaning Fluid dries quickly leaving absolutely no residue.  It is also suitable for cleaning DSLR sensors if used with PEC PAD wipes, although this is not something you should attempt unless you’re confident you know what you’re doing.

 

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By |2018-12-06T20:20:05+00:00November 14th, 2016|Photography Help, Top 10 and more|6 Comments

6 Comments

  1. jlbrownjoey November 15, 2016 at 6:46 pm - Reply

    Thank you ‘Saints’ for once again tempting me over to the dark side, for some strange reason I’ve ended up with amazon trolley full of goodies, and wondering how I’m going to explain them! Really interesting article and I’m looking forward to trying the ‘toys’ out. I think the wired time remote might have to go on my Christmas list though. Thought it was interesting that you’ve never gone for a different strap, after carrying my old canon around my neck for so many holidays I thought I might invest in a new shoulder strap, In the end I went for a Black Rapid Sport (although I’ve never used the under arm strap bit). I will confess it’s a bit of a faff putting it on (it always seems to be the wrong way around and the strap is twisted, but as soon as you’ve got it on it feels really comfortable, and particularly with the larger lenses it really doesn’t pull down on the neck so much and really accessible. Just thought I might be able to return the favour and tempt you in to spending money too!

    • Saints November 15, 2016 at 9:44 pm - Reply

      Funny, but never had a problem with the standard camera strap even though lots of other people seem not to like it. Not tempted on this 🙂 The Neewer remote is pretty awesome. It takes a little experimenting to get the right intervals depending on what you’re doing – just remember if it’s for video work on the basis of 25 single images per 1 sec of video. Oooh, think I might feel a blog post coming on!!! Thanks for the comment JLB. Look forward to seeing your time-lapse soon 🙂

  2. Patrick G Henry November 14, 2016 at 7:46 am - Reply

    Thanks for the ideas, Hmmm!! I’m thinking of Christmas might be in for a treat. Were going to invest in Canon but picked up a good bargain on Nikon D3300 I’m still not using to its full potential.

    • Saints November 14, 2016 at 6:47 pm - Reply

      You crossed over to the dark side (Nikon), we only deal with the Canon Santa 🙂 I think everyone is guilty of not truly using their cameras to full potential, even us! Thanks for the comment, cheers 🙂

  3. Ivan Gough November 14, 2016 at 7:12 am - Reply

    Until I read further and realised you already have these things, my initial thoughts were, ‘cheeky and crafty bugger dropping subtle hints as to what he wants for Xmas ! Great ideas! I can only hope my friends and associates read your posting !! Despite my lack of written comments (as discussed with you) your work continues to be great. Keep it up .

    • Saints November 14, 2016 at 6:45 pm - Reply

      Great to see you on here Ivan! Ha ha, no I wasn’t dropping hints! The Neewer timer is one of the coolest little gadgets, looking forward to improvements in the weather so we can do some more with that. Thanks so much for the comment, cheers 🙂

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