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Episode 30 – Must Have Accessories

Posted by on Jul 31, 2012

Episode 30 – Must Have Accessories

For Episode 30 we discussed photography accessories in our camera bags that we absolutely cannot live without.  Having a camera and a nice lineup of lenses is just beginning.  Various tools and accessories become essential to our photography at Disney parks!

Here is a list of the accessories discussed:

  • The Lens Pen
    A handy cleaning tool for quickly removing dust and smudges from the front lens element.  Tom, recommends the use of his shirt but you will have to ask him if you can purchase one for your kit, otherwise we recommend the Lens Pen!
  • Neutral Density Filters
    We discuss the different ND filters we use.  An ND is especially useful for fireworks photography at the parks!
  • Camera Strap
    A good camera strap is a must.  Long days at the parks call for something comfortable around your neck.  A very popular lineup of straps is the Black Rapid sling strap series.
  • Bubble Leveler
    One handy tool that is essential for leveling a shot on a tripod is a bubble level.  Some of the newest cameras have an internal digital leveler but if your camera does not have that feature, we recommend a bubble leveler that attaches to your camera’s hot shoe.
  • Remote Shutter Release
    We discuss the use of remote shutter releases, both wireless IR remotes and wired.  We discuss some of the advantages and disadvantages of each type.
  • Battery Grip
    A battery grip not only helps extend your camera’s battery life, it also helps with a more comfortable grip when shooting vertically.

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  1. Great tips this episode! We agree with you guys, the reliability of a wired remote trumps wireless capability (plus no dead batteries to ever worry about!).

  2. One alternative to the Black Rapid strap appears to be the Carry Speed CS-1. It’s half the price and it has some advantages. See the youtube video reviews on it, it looks awesome if you’re a sling shooter.

  3. The main issue I have with the 3rd party grip (Targus) I bought for my Nikon D3000 is that because there is no connection to the camera electronics it uses IR to trip the shutter. This means I need to set the camera for IR shutter and there’s no way to 1/2 press the release to prefocus. And that in turn means that constant focus on a moving target (as well as burst mode) is not possible.

    With regard to a 3rd party grip ruining the cameras electronics, although the grip handles dual batteries with no problem mine also came with a “AA” adapter and there in lies the concern. If you tally up the voltage of the EL-EN9 (7.4v) and compare that to the 6 AA batteries (9v) you can see where the potential for problems lie.

    • The main 3rd party grip issues known of in pentax world is that it reaks a bit of havoc on the battery in that it incorrectly can register left life. Would you really want this happening during a wedding? Stick with your manufacturer

  4. I just listened to this episode. (i’m a little behind) First off, I love my Black Rapid strap. I have a bad neck and just about gave up on photography until I found this. Anything touching the back of my neck gives me headaches. With the Black Rapid I can carry my D7000 with a 70-200 all day with no problems.

    Secondly, Tom mentioned he did not like UV filters, but did not say why. I would love to hear his take on this.

    • Ya I dont get the UV filter hate either. The filter really protects the precious glass well and also filters out the rays that can produce a “haze” causing disturbance in image detail. Think of it this way . If you frame a photo you choose glass with UV protection, right? Why then skimp on protection for the lens and photo at the time of taking?

      • Digital sensors are not as sensitive to ultraviolet light as film, so UV filters don’t add much benefit to digital cameras with respect to eliminating color casts and haze. Really, the only practical use for UV filters on digital cameras is for protecting the front element of the lens.

        I personally don’t care to use them for protection. By using the lens hood and keeping the lens cap on when I’m not shooting I feel I have all of the protection I need. It really just comes down to personal preference. I have a hard time spending tons of money on high quality optics only to put another layer of glass in front of it, even if it is a quality filter.

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