Okay, so anyone who read my previous post on the 10 Worst Things You Can Buy For Your Camera might have noticed I went off a bit on some items. This is mostly because I feel those items are just flat out rip offs. So I thought to myself why not follow it up with my 10 Best Things You Can Buy For Your Camera list. Wait a minute, I haven't posted that yet, so I'm going to post them at the same time.
10. A Rain Cover ($10).
You can pick one up for as little as $10. They work great and protect your camera so you can do things like work in the rain, hence the name.
9. A Good Strap ($15).
You want to grab the non slip variety so your camera stays on your shoulder. Medium to high end cameras already come with these so don't feel the need to go out and buy a new one. As a professional photographer this is the only camera support system I would recommend.
8. A Microfibre Cloth ($5).
Great for cleaning lenses and they're cheap. In a pinch a cotton shirt will also work as long as it is clean.
7. Extra Memory Cards ($20).
This may seem like a no-brainer but cards can and will fail. For instance the largest card I shoot is an 8gb. Why? because it forces me to change cards through out an event. This way there is no chance of me relying on a single card for all of my images should one fail. I actually carry ten cards at all times.
6. Extra Batteries ($50).
Again you always want to be prepared. I carry at least three at all times.
5. A 50mm Prime Lens ($200).
Great in low light, almost nothing to carry and inexpensive, the 50 mm lens is an essential. Is there a downside, I don't see one. Also, you don't need the f1.4 and very few people actually shoot at that aperture.
4. A Circular Polarizing Filter($60).
Polarizers do so many great things for your photography, so why not get one. Here is a little bit more info on polarizing filters.
3. A Tripod ($30).
Even the cheapest tripod out there is better than not having one. Buy what you can afford and you can always upgrade later.
2. Silica Gel Packs (free).
You've probably seen these before. These are the pepper like packs that come with your new pair of shoes. They often have a do not eat label on the outside with some hilarious picture warning you of the danger. Silica packs absorb moisture and the enemy of all electronic devices is humidity. Now provided you didn't eat them all, throw of few of these in your camera bag and store them with your lenses. These will prevent fungus from developing on lenses and help your cameras preform better in cold weather conditions.
1. A Good Camera Bag ($50).
Just buy one, the benefits are substantial. I recommend anything with Lowepro written on it.
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