25 Essential DSLR Camera Accessories

Posted by , Updated on September 16, 2022

Anyone who has ever bought a DSLR camera knows the challenges and the enormous array of accessories available to upgrade their new contraption. While experienced photographers know how to tread these waters, if you are new to the game, they’re treacherous. From lenses to filters, it’s easy to get overwhelmed by all the choices. For this very reason, here are 25 Essential DSLR Camera Accessories that you will undoubtedly find yourself needing at one point or another.


Balance Grey Card Set

grey cardSource: https://www.amazon.com/Movo-Photo-Balance-Digital-Photography/dp/B00GSC97HG/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1531750430&sr=8-3&keywords=Balance+Grey+Card+Set

Although shooting RAW and adjusting your white balance later is a possibility, what if you want to shoot JPEG? Besides, if you are trying to get everything perfect right from the get-go, you need some kind of grey card to check the white balance.


Mini Softbox for Speedlight

softboxSource: https://www.amazon.com/Altura-Photo-Universal-Collapsible-Speedlight/dp/B01ERRQ802/ref=sr_1_3?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1531750638&sr=1-3&keywords=Mini+Softbox+for+Speedlight

Everyone into digital photography knows the benefits of diffused light. It gives your models a more pleasing look and eliminates harsh shadows. The problem is that a huge softbox can be a pain to lug around. So how about a mini softbox?



blowerSource: https://www.amazon.com/Giottos-AA1900-Rocket-Blaster-Large/dp/B00017LSPI/ref=sr_1_3?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1531751010&sr=1-3&keywords=dslr+Blower

Nobody wants spots on their photos. If it happens though, you want to have a blower handy. This method of cleaning your camera is highly preferable to anything requiring you to touch the lens.


Light Reflector

reflectorSource: https://www.amazon.com/Neewer-43-inch-Collapsible-Multi-Disc-Reflector/dp/B002ZIMEMW/ref=sr_1_3?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1531751125&sr=1-3&keywords=Light+Reflector

In situations where you can’t use a flash, like outdoors on a sunny day or portraits, having a set of light reflectors can be very beneficial.


Lens Pen

lens pens

If your blower is still not getting the dust off your lens, don’t panic. The lens pen should do the trick. It has two sides, one with a brush to the clean the dust off your lens and the other with a cleaning tip for everything else.


Keyboard Shortcut Skin

keyboard shortcutSource: https://www.amazon.com/Adobe-Photoshop-Keyboard-Cover-MacBook/dp/B071HVJS16/ref=sr_1_4?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1531751402&sr=1-4&keywords=adobe+Keyboard+Shortcut+Skin

For those of you who have trouble remembering all of your Photoshop, Aperture, or Final Cut shortcut commands, these keyboard skins might be exactly what you need to increase productivity.


Pop Up Flash Diffuser

pop up diffuserSource: https://www.amazon.com/Movo-SB3-Universal-Diffuser-Mirrorless/dp/B00R3R4M16/ref=sr_1_2_sspa?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1531751481&sr=1-2-spons&keywords=Pop+Up+Flash+Diffuser&psc=1

If you don’t have a Speedlight and you find yourself with pop flash being the only option, be sure to at least have a diffuser with you. It will function the same as a softbox.


Cleaning Cloth

magic fiberSource: https://www.amazon.com/MagicFiber-Microfiber-Cleaning-Cloths-PACK/dp/B0050R67U0/ref=sr_1_5?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1531751677&sr=1-5&keywords=Cleaning+Cloth

As mentioned earlier, touching your lens is the last thing you want to do, but on the off chance you need to do it, this microfiber cleaning cloth is made of anti-static fibers that are specially designed to not damage anything.


Neck Strap

neck strapSource: https://www.amazon.com/Altura-Photo-Camera-Release-Safety/dp/B00GR8KEMS/ref=sr_1_6?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1531751881&sr=1-6&keywords=Neck+Strap

Most OEM straps don’t feel the greatest when you use them. It’s always a good idea to upgrade. This strap is a solid choice as it’s made out of neoprene and has non-slip fabric on the underside that makes your camera easy to carry.


Veloce Shooting Bag

backpackSource: https://www.amazon.com/Manfrotto-MB-SB390-5BB-VELOCE-Backpack/dp/B004TA6Y8O/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1531752024&sr=1-1&keywords=Veloce+Shooting+Bag

Not only will the Veloce shooting backpack hold all of your essential camera accessories including the tripod, it has room for a 17″ laptop as well.


Polarizer Filter

filterSource: https://www.amazon.com/Gobe-Filter-Kit-43mm-16-Layer/dp/B06XVP7ZQV

This filter will not only decrease reflections off of glass and other shiny objects, but it will increase the color saturation of your photos as well.



tripodSource: https://www.amazon.com/Mactrem-Travel-Lightweight-Aluminum-Olympus/dp/B01N4OMPWT/ref=sr_1_7?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1531752251&sr=1-7&keywords=tripod

Whenever you’re taking photos in low light or trying to get that razor sharp focus, you’ll want a tripod. This tripod has multiple settings to help you control your shot.



ballheadSource: https://www.amazon.com/Pergear-Photography-Camera-Rotation-Ballhead/dp/B00MGJH5U6/ref=sr_1_3?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1531752368&sr=1-3&keywords=Ballhead

So you have a tripod, but you’re still missing something. If you had a ball head to add to your setup, it would ensure that your cameras are attached to your tripod with a nearly infinite level of adjustability.


Audio Adapter

audio adapterSource: https://www.amazon.com/Saramonic-SR-AX101-Channel-Adapter-Output/dp/B00N2G3JUC/ref=sr_1_5?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1531753702&sr=1-5&keywords=dslr+Audio+Adapter

As DSLR cameras get more advanced and integrate to HD video, their audio capabilities are lagging behind. For this reason, it can be beneficial to have an audio converter on hand to plug professional mics with XLR connections into your camera.


White Balance Lens Cap

white balanceSource: https://www.amazon.com/Promaster-SystemPRO-White-Balance-Lens/dp/B003XJBN92/ref=sr_1_8?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1531753840&sr=1-8&keywords=White+Balance+Lens+Cap

Achieving the right white balance on your camera can be somewhat challenging, and using a grey card might not be your favorite thing to do. A white balance lens cap ensures every picture is the way you want it.


Spare Battery

batterySource: https://www.amazon.com/Battery-Charger-Replacement-EN-EL14a-Batteries/dp/B00906D9GM/ref=sr_1_4?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1531754063&sr=1-4&keywords=Spare+Battery+dslr

This one goes without saying. If you run out of power, then all the other accessories on this list are for naught. Always carry a spare.


External Hard Drive

external hard driveSource: https://www.amazon.com/Elements-Portable-External-Drive-WDBU6Y0020BBK-WESN/dp/B06W55K9N6/ref=sr_1_3?s=pc&ie=UTF8&qid=1531754176&sr=1-3&keywords=External+Hard+Drive

If you are going to go through all the effort of buying a DSLR camera, learning how to use it, and loading it with accessories, you might as well invest in an external hard drive to make sure that you don’t lose all of your work.


Low Light Capable Lens

low light lensSource: https://www.amazon.com/Sony-Alpha-SAL35F18-mount-Angle/dp/B0042GHI8U/ref=sr_1_17?ie=UTF8&qid=1531754367&sr=8-17&keywords=Low+Light+Capable+Lens

You many have noticed that most of the lenses included with your typical DSLR camera aren’t the best for shooting in low light situations, which is exactly why you may want to consider investing in a lens of f/1.8 aperture. It will inevitably perform much better.


Snug-It Camera Skin

camera skinSource: https://www.amazon.com/Delkin-DDSPROND3100-B-Snug-Camera-Nikon/dp/B004T4P6HK/ref=sr_1_2?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1531754627&sr=1-2&keywords=delkin+Snug-It+Camera+Skin

There are so many camera covers and protectors out there, but not many of them will protect your camera while you’re busy shooting. Delkin’s Snug-It Camera Skins are specifically designed for protection and functionality.


Memory Card to DVD Burner

dvd burnerSource: https://www.amazon.com/EZDigiMagic-Portable-Burner-Memory-Device/dp/B001ALZJIG/ref=sr_1_3?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1531755113&sr=1-3&keywords=ezdigimagic+dvd+burner

Sometimes it can be advantageous to take your photos straight from the memory card to the DVD rather than downloading them all onto your computer first. The EZDigiMagic DVD burner will allow you to do this, which is a huge benefit to any travel photographer.


Zoom Lens

telephoto zoom lensSource: https://www.amazon.com/Sigma-70-300mm-Telephoto-Minolta-Cameras/dp/B000B8GSJ8/ref=sr_1_3?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1531755246&sr=1-3&keywords=%C2%A0Sigma+Macro+Telephoto+Zoom+Lens

Most likely, the DSLR camera you purchased came with a basic kit lens. Generally, these lenses have a focal range of 18-55mm, while the Sigma Macro Telephoto Zoom Lens has a range of 70-300mm. That gives you a lot more zoom than normal.


Speedlight Flash

speedlight flashSource: https://www.amazon.com/Altura-Photo-Professional-Flash-NIKON/dp/B00H84WRK2/ref=sr_1_5?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1531755416&sr=1-5&keywords=Speedlight+Flash

Sometimes called a flashgun, if you plan on becoming a serious photographer, you’ll want to invest in a Speedlight flash. And while your DSLR camera has a decent built-in flash, shooting in low light situations may leave you disappointed.


Sto-fen Flash Bouncer

sto-fen omni bounceSource: https://www.amazon.com/Sto-Fen-Omni-Bounce-Diffuser-580EXII-Yongnuo/dp/B0007DDK7A/ref=sr_1_fkmr0_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1531755650&sr=1-1-fkmr0&keywords=Sto-fen+Flash+Bouncer

If you’ve invested in a Speedlight flash, then this little flash bouncer is a must have. It covers the front of the flash and dramatically diffuses/softens the lighting.


UV Filter

lens uv filterSource: https://www.amazon.com/AmazonBasics-UV-Protection-Lens-Filter/dp/B00XNMWU78/ref=sr_1_3?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1531755745&sr=1-3&keywords=UV+Filter

When shooting landscapes, it is a good idea to have a UV lens to prevent the bluish haze it can cast on your photos. The best part is that it doesn’t even need to be left lying around. You can leave this filter on your lenses as a permanent layer of protection.


Remote Shutter Release

photo remoteSource: https://www.amazon.com/AmazonBasics-Wireless-Control-Digital-Cameras/dp/B00BCEJ0E0/ref=sr_1_3?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1531755870&sr=1-3&keywords=Remote+Shutter+Release

If you are looking to do some long exposure photography or close up shooting, you will definitely want a remote shutter release to prevent vibrations. Moreover, if you plan on taking self-portraits, it becomes a necessity.

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