Whether you have a single-lens camera (SLR), digital SLR (DSLR), mirrorless camera or point-and-shoot camera, having certain accessories allows you to operate your camera at peak efficiency or make it easy to take your camera with you on the go.
SLR cameras use a mirror and prism system that makes it possible for the photographer to see what the shot will look like exactly when looking through the lens, but use film for the photos. dslr cameras are digital versions of an SLR camera. Mirrorless cameras use an image sensor instead of a mirror to relay the image to the camera's electronic viewfinder. Point-and-shoot cameras are still photo cameras that have flash units built in and use autofocus to capture the picture. Many of these cameras are film cameras, including disposable cameras. If you're considering camera accessories, we carry everything you need, and some of these items are even available as part of a bundle to save you money, something we do all the time with our Every Day Low Prices.
Picking a camera lens takes a little know how. Many people usually only use the lens that came with their camera. If you're doing this, you may not be taking advantage of everything that your camera has to offer. When choosing to add additional camera lenses or upgrade the one you have, the first consideration is determining what type of lens you want. Here is a look at the basic options:
Standard - standard lenses are the typical ones that come included as part of a typical camera kit; these usually have a focal length (the distance between the lens and the image sensor in the camera) of 35-70 mm; these reproduce the kind photos that are similar to what the human eye sees; they're the most versatile type of camera lens you can use
Telephoto - longer-length lenses with focal lengths of more than 70 mm, and some even offer more than 135 mm; have a narrower angle of view than standard lenses; best for shooting from far away, such as landscape or wildlife
Wide angle - on the low end of the focal length scale at between 24-35 mm, these come with fixed maximum or variable apertures (how much light the camera allows in); ideal for capturing wide shots, such as group shots, landscape or sporting event shots
Ultra wide - these are like their wide-angle lens counterparts, except they have a wider depth of field; good for landscape shooting as well as architecture shots and interior photography
Superzoom - these are dual-purpose that have the characteristics of both a wide-angle lens and telephoto lens; they tend to be better options than just a standard lens; good for when you can only take one lens with you, such as when traveling
Macro - these are wide-ranging lenses with focal lengths that range from 40-200 mm; create excellent image sharpness, especially for up-close shots; good for portrait shots as well
If you're doing any kind of photo shooting that requires the camera to be stable, a tripod is a necessity. The types of tripods available include:
Pocket tripods - ideal for self-portraits and group photos using a lightweight camera
Tabletop tripod - useful in a number of situations, including travel photos, and best with a small camera
Travel tripods - most suited for taking on vacation or on camping trips, and best for small, compact cameras
Medium-duty tripods - Versatile, suitable for many different types of photography, including weddings, and best with medium-format cameras
Studio tripods - especially suited for studio photography, such as advertising and still life shots; best for medium- to large-format cameras.
The factors to consider when choosing a tripod include:
Collapsed size - the size of the tripod when not in use
Overall size - how tall the tripod is when in use, known as maximum height extension
Load capacity - how much the tripod weighs
Maximum load capacity - how much weight the tripod can hold
Head type - the type of head that comes with the tripod (if it comes with a head)
Feet - what type of feet the tripod has, such as rubber-tipped or spikes
Leg locks - what type of leg locks the tripod uses
Material - the material that makes up the tripod, such as plastic, aluminum, carbon fiber or wood
Batteries and chargers
Like your other portable devices, your camera likely comes with a battery, one that needs to be charged from time to time. You may have two already if your camera came in a kit, but it's smart to have an additional battery already charged. Additional chargers are also handy in case you misplace one. Check to see what your camera uses before buying replacements.
Both amateur and professional photographers know that there's a lot of gear that you need to take with you when taking photos, such as extra lenses, a tripod, extra battery and even film if you still use the old-school format. Bags should offer protection to your equipment, have lots of space and storage compartments for all your gear. Your camera bag should offer the ability to carry by hand or on a shoulder for convenience and comfort. There are even backpack-style bags available. Some other accessories to consider include camera flashes, memory cards to store extra photos and video, memory card readers to access your pictures and camera cleaning supplies to keep everything running smoothly when you need it most.