Nikon Camera & Accessories: The Ultimate Guide

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Pick from the range of DSLRs for the ultimate performance and versatility. Whether one is an enthusiast or a professional, one will find out why Nikon is a top photographer’s choice. It is the requirement of the photographer which decides which type of camera is used by the photographer.  

THE DSLRs of NIKON CAN BE CATEGORISED BY IMAGE SENSOR FORMAT:-

  • FX
  1. Nikon D6 
  2. Nikon D780
  3. Nikon 850
  4. Nikon D5
  5. Nikon D810A
  6. Nikon D750
  7. Nikon Df
  8. Nikon D610
  • DX
  1. Nikon D7500 
  2. Nikon D5600
  3. Nikon D3500
  4. Nikon D3400
  5. Nikon D500
  6. Nikon D5500
  7. Nikon D7200
  8. Nikon D5300

ESSENTIAL ACCESSORIES FOR NIKON DSLR CAMERA

If one has a Nikon DSLR camera, he has made a significant investment, and he is most likely interested in developing his photography skills to take some better photos. If one has a decent DSLR camera, the next step in your photography journey is to get the right camera accessories to help you get the most out of a DSLR camera. 

The Accessories for the Nikon DSLR camera are:-

  1. External Flash
  2. Camera Bag
  3. Super Fast SD Card
  4. UV Filters
  5. Lens Hood
  6. Extra Batteries
  7. Wireless Remote Control
  8. All in one camera lens
  9. Tripod
  10. Tripod Head 
  11. Camera Cleaning Accessories Kit
  12. External Microphone
  13. Extra Lens Cap
  14. Misc. DSLR Accessories

EXTERNAL FLASH

The flash that comes with the DSLR camera is fragile. If you’re shooting many pictures indoors (for example, taking pictures of children indoors) in a low-light environment, one will need an external flash that can be mounted on top of the DSLR camera. This will make a massive difference in the quality of the pictures, one takes in low light conditions. 

The flash shown below is portable and supports both hot-shoe (above the camera) and wireless (away from the camera) operations. They keep some variation in the TTL flash control. These flashes have a full swing head with an angle of 180 degrees.

  •  Nikon SB-300 AF Speedlight Flash 

They work with all Nikon DSLR models. These are the original high-quality flash made by Nikon. These are excellent one-time investments that can be made with a very high-quality moment. They support both wired and wireless operations. The price is $149.95 for this flash.

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  • Altura Flash Kit 

It’s a cost-effective alternative for Nikon. In this kit, you’re getting a lot for your money. 

This kit includes Flash, Wireless camera flash trigger, remote control (with one transmitter and one receiver), Cable-M cord for remote control, flash protection, hard diffuser, and a microfiber cleaning cloth.  The price for this kit is $179.

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CAMERA BAG

While traveling, one needs something to keep the camera and other accessories safe. A high-quality camera bag plays a significant role. There are two types of camera bag  1) Backpack style camera bag  2) Messenger style camera bag.

  • Backpack style camera bag

Backpacks are great for carrying a lot of accessories as they have so much space inside. The only disadvantage of the backpacks is that access to our gears is difficult when we quickly need them.

Types of Backpack style camera bag:

You can keep 2 DSLR and 2-5 lenses. There is a separate section for keeping laptops, tablets, and books. The shoulder straps of the bag are so comfortable. It also comes with a luggage handle, rain cover tripod holder with strap.

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This backpack can also keep a laptop up to 15.6″. You can wear this as a backpack or as a sling. This backpack also includes a rain cover, tripod holder with strap, and a foot holder. 

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If you want a simple DSLR camera bag without spending too much money, this is the perfect bag. You can keep 2 DSLRs, 3-4 lenses. There is no separate compartment for holding a laptop. 

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  • Messenger style camera bag: 

A messenger bag is a perfect choice if one has a few items to carry. It is the best option for those photographers who want quick access to their gears.

Types of the messenger-style camera bag:

Evecase DSLR Camera/Laptop Messenger Bag

This bag can store a DSLR with 2-3 lenses. It can keep a laptop too. It comes with a rain cover, tripod strap. If you remove the inserts, it will act as a regular messenger bag. It comes in 5 different colors.

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AmazonBasics Medium DSLR Gadget Bag 

Cost-efficient messenger bag. There is a slot to store your tablet. Holds one DSLR and two lenses. This also has small slots inside to store your SD cards and extra batteries.

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SUPER FAST SD CARDS

Regarding camera performance, the type of SD card you use is very different, mainly if you shoot in burst mode. In terms of reliability and performance, SanDisk is the best SD card brand there is. Don’t risk other brands. Both these SanDisk SD cards for your DSLR camera are reliable and fast.

It can read up to 95 MB/s and write up to 90 MB/s. This is a Class 10 UHS-3 card. This is also compatible with SDXC. This SD card is shockproof, X-Ray proof, and waterproof (to some extent).

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If you do not want to spend more money on the SD card, this is an economical alternative. But in terms of performance, it is not superior to the above option. This SD card can read up to 90MB/s and write up to 40MB/s. It is the class 10 UHS-3 card.

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UV FILTERS

Not only do these filters reduce the UV rays, but they also protect your expensive lenses from accidental bumps and breaks. These filters also protect the lenses from dust, dirt, and scratches. This minor investment is a must for your glasses. These filters are apparent in appearances. 

The two UV filters which are used by top photographers are:

This filter is one of the top brands for the UV filter. Based on the type of lens you are using, select the appropriate size. This helps eliminate bluish casting in pictures, as well as reducing Ultraviolet rays.

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These UV filters are a cost-effective alternative. If someone doesn’t want to spend more money on UV filters these filters are the best.

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LENS HOOD

It would help if you indeed had a lens hood when you are shooting outdoors during the daytime. This will help you stop the flaring of stray light, lens, and ghosting. It will prevent the tiny circle of light in your image when there is a significant source of light beyond your frame. A lens hood will also often help you avoid scratches and dings of the glass.

For different sizes of cameras, there is a separate lens hood.

This is the original lens hood made by Nikon specifically for the 18-55mm G VR II DX AF-S lens. This is a reversible lens hood. This lens hood helps to produce a more saturated image.

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That’s precisely the same as the HB-69 above, but it’s much cheaper and of high quality. This one fits explicitly the lens version 18-55 mm f/3.5-5.6 G ED I II and VR. When you are not shooting in the sun, this hood can be mounted on the camera in reverse, which helps put the camera in the camera bag along with the lens and hood.

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This helps you deflect those oblique angles of light, which sometimes display the effects of flare on the pictures you take. It is the original Nikon version. This lens hood is specifically for Nikon 55-200mm lens. 

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The Nikon HB-57 Snap-On Lens Hood for 55-300mm Lens helps reduce lens flare caused by stray light from the sun or other light sources.

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A cost-efficient alternate option to the original HB-57 lens hood variant.

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BATTERIES

One certainly ought to have a pair of extra batteries in his pocket while one is on a long ride. Find a new battery and put one in the camera bag now because one will never know when one will need batteries.

The batteries used specifically for Nikon Cameras are:

This is Nikon’s Original Battery. This works for the D7X00 series. 

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It is the cost effective option of Nikon EN-EL15 Rechargeable Li-Ion Battery for D7X00 series.

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This is another original battery made by Nikon. This works with most D5xoo and D3xoo series.

Alternative and cost-effective option. This battery is 100% compatible with the original Nikon OEM version.

WIRELESS REMOTE CONTROL

If the photographer wants to shoot a group photo, he definitely must have a wireless remote control for your camera. It is also helpful when you don’t wish to vibrate and have the camera mounted on a tripod. It is also useful when you don’t want vibration and have the camera mounted on a tripod. With the wireless remote control, you can press the shutter release remotely whenever you are ready.

For Nikon, two wireless remote controls are handy and useful.

Nikon itself makes this wireless remote control. It works with all the models of Nikon. It comes with the battery. The range of this wireless remote control is around 16 feet.

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This is a cost-efficient alternative. It is compatible with all DSLR models of Nikon including the D7Xoo D5Xoo D3Xoo series. It has a range of 16 feet.

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ALL-IN-ONE CAMERA LENS

From the name itself, it is clear that the role of an all in one camera lens. One does not have to carry different lenses for different uses. For example, the 18-55 lens is not good enough to take telephoto pictures because it can’t zoom in enough. The 55-200 lens can’t be used indoors because it is not wide enough. The best thing you can do is carry that lens, covering both wide-angle and telephoto. In this way, one does not have to take multiple lenses and do not have to worry about switching the lens.

The best all-in-one camera lenses are:

This is Nikon DX camera’s finest all-in-one lense. The range for aperture is f/3.5-6.3. This is a zoom lens with auto-focus, vibration reduction. The only glass you want on your camera at Nikon. This is the original Nikon lens.

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It is a cost-efficient 18-300 mm lens of very high quality for Nikon. The aperture range of f/3.5-6.3 is the same as above. This includes auto-focus assistance and optical stabilization.

TRIPOD

One of the camera’s simplest accessories that can make a good impact is a tripod. Invest in a lightweight and easy-to-carry good quality tripod. Yet, it is all too tempting to go for one of the cheapest versions of the tripod you see. You will be astounded. For one thing, dirt-inexpensive tripods are inexpensive – they are mostly very flimsy, with quite a bit of flex, making them practically useless. 

Spend a little more, and you’re going to get something a lot more stable and durable. You can invest even more and get carbon fiber versions that are just as solid but lighter, though travel and macro photography professional tripods are also available. The most used tripods are Regular Tripod and Mini Tripod.

  • Regular Tripod
  1. Manfrotto BeFree Compact Aluminum Tripod

Manfrotto renders the tripods of most excellent quality. It is a lightweight but still sturdy tripod since both the ball’s head and legs are built of aluminum. This fits in your backpack or carry-on luggage.

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  1. AmazonBasics Lightweight Tripod with Bag

This is a great cost-effective tripod for beginners, ranging between 25 and 60 inches. You can use a 3-way head to label and swivel. It comes with a mounting plate quick-release and a perfect case for carrying.

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  • Mini Tripod
  1. Manfrotto PIXI Mini Tripod 

This tripod is the best mini tripod in the market. It is lightweight, compact, robust, and highly user friendly. One can also close the legs quickly and keep it with the camera in the pocket. This tripod has a high-quality ball head that can lock in the position one has selected.

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  1. Pedco UltraPod Mini Tripod

This tripod uses a unique mounting ball and camera socket to place the camera at different angles. It comes with a removable D-ring velcro label, which can be used to mount these tripods to various surfaces. For this tripod, the maximum safe load is 6 pounds.

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CAMERA ACCESSORIES CLEANING KIT

The lens can quickly attract dirt and you should regularly clean it out. These accessories will help you to clean the camera and lens

It has a polished pen-style feature that retracts to the body of the pen. Use this to protect the lens from dust, fingerprints. It can be used on any camera lens.

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Should not use microfiber cloth of inferior quality to clean your lens. It is one of the best quality microfibre fabric. It is a fabric attached to the bag, making it easier to put the cloth back directly after washing.

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With a powerful blast of air, dust and dirt can be quickly removed from your camera, lens, or filter. It has a one-way valve that stops this blaster from breathing-in the sand, which ensures it does not spread any dust from the blaster when you blast air.  

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It is a cost-efficient alternative. This kit includes 

  • Lens cleaner pen
  • Separate Lens Brush
  • Air Blaster
  • Lens Cleaning Paper
  • Empty Spray Bottle to store lens cleaning liquid
  • Microfibre Cloth

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This package includes: 1) double-sided lens cleaner pen 2) air blaster 3) empty spray bottle 4) microfiber cleaning cloth 5) lens cleaning tissue

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You can also use a screen protector to protect the LCD panel of your camera from scratches and dust. You can get either anti-glare, glass, or crystal-clear type. From the drop-down list, select the correct Nikon camera type.

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EXTERNAL MICROPHONE

The built-in Microphone in the DSLRs are very weak, and the quality is low too. By adding an external microphone, the audio and video quality improves very drastically. Here are some external microphones which can be used with Nikon cameras.

This Microphone has a 3.5 mm mic jack and a windscreen to reduce the wind’s noise when shooting outdoors. This Microphone comes with a soft carrying case. Nikon initially makes this. This Microphone requires no batteries.

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This is a lightweight Bluetooth wireless microphone device that records audio from up to 164 feet away. The receiver connects to the 3.5 mm mic, which connects with the Microphone through Bluetooth. It is water-resistant too.

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This is an excellent value for money alternative. Uses AA battery and has an On / Off button for battery conservation. When turned on, there is a bass filter switch which reduces ambient noise. Windproof cotton is included. There is a tone up option for sensitivity to +10dB.

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No battery is required, as it is operated by microphone input from the camera. This mic is a lightweight shotgun on the camera microphone. This has a Rycote lyre shock mount, which isolates and eliminates bumps and vibrations from the sounds.

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EXTRA LENS CAP

The lens cap is something you might quickly lose, particularly when you’re traveling. Therefore, it’s best to buy a new lens cap for your specific lens in advance, just to have a backup in your camera pocket.

For different types of lenses, there are different types of the lens cap

  • For the Nikon 18-55mm and Nikon 55-200mm lens, it uses a 52mm lens cap. You can get

either this original Nikon LC-52 Snap-on Lens Cap or this cost-effective alternative SouthBayCamera 2-Pack Lens Cap

  • For the Nikon 55-300mm lens, it uses a 58mm lens cap. You can get either this original Nikon

LC-58 Snap-on Lens Cap, or this alternative Big Mike’s 58mm Snap-On Lens Cap

  • For Canon 18-55mm and Canon 55-250mm lens, it uses a 58mm lens cap. You can get either 

this original Canon E-58 Lens Cap or this alternative Altura 58mm Lens Cap

MISC. DSLR ACCESSORIES

Here are only a few additional pieces you may not find until you need them. Having a spare of these pieces is safer.

  • Eyecup

This is an eye-catching upgrade to the camera. The eyecup rotates to suit both left and right eyes. It will help block unwanted ambient light in the viewfinder, blocking the view. Compared to the default eyecup, which comes with the camera, it is very comfortable on the eyes.

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This is a replacement of the Nikon rubber eye-cup that attaches to the viewfinder’s eye-piece, which reduces external light to give you greater visibility on the viewfinder.

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  • Flash Hotshot Cap

BS-1 Hot-shoe Protection Cap

If an external flash is not mounted on the camera, the camera should be covered with this cap to prevent dust. 

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CONCLUSION

There are lots of accessories for cameras. It depends on your requirement of how many and what type of accessories are required. This article gives knowledge about the accessories of cameras.

By reading this article, one can decide what attachments he wants.

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About the Author


Nikunj Gorani is an aspiring writer. He loves to write poems, short write-ups,  quotes. He loves to read books and listen to music. He is pursuing B.tech from Acropolis Technical Campus. He wants to be a skilled software engineer so that he can contribute his technical knowledge to the world.
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