Camera Accessories for Beginners

Meta Reviews Digital Camera Accessories For Beginners

Digital Camera Accessories for Beginner Photographers

Digital Camera Accessories – In this Digital Camera Accessories Section of Digital Photography Reviews, Meta Reviews Digital Camera Accessories For Beginners. See What’s In Meta’s Camera Bag?

Meta’s Recommended Digital Camera Accessories all have 4 to 5 Star Ratings on Amazon!

Meta’s Digital Camera Accessories Reviews are based on her Personal Ownership, Years of Professional Photographer Experience and Extensive Remote Field Testing on the Remote Hiking Trails of the Blue Ridge Mountains and the Blue Ridge Parkway National Park of Western North Carolina.

Meta’s Field Tested Recommended Digital Camera Accessories

Camera Harnesses and Straps
Tripods and Ball Heads
Camera Bags
Camera Cleaning Kits
Faster SD Cards
Camera Lens Filters
Electronic Accessories
Protection from the Elements
Creative Backdrops

Where To Buy The Best Camera Accessories

Meta Reviews Camera Harnesses and Camera Straps

Review of The Cotton Carrier Harness

Cotton Carrier Camera Harnesses – If you’re into Nature Photography, think How to Hike Safely with your Camera. The Cotton Carrier Harness allows Hands Free Hiking! Meta keeps a spare 5/32” Allen Key in the Harness and Camera Bag. 5 Star Rated!

Side Holsters – If you love the Cotton Carrier System, but don’t need the Camera Harness, purchase the Cotton Carrier Side Holster. This handy camera accessory slides over Camera Belts for carrying your Camera on your side. 5 Star Rated!

Sony Leather Hand Straps – A Leather Hand Strap gives you a safe and secure single handed hold on your Camera with one hand. This is Meta’s Favorite Camera Accessory. She has Leather Hand Straps on all of her Sony Digital Cameras. 4 Star Rated!

Vintage Photojournalist Jackets – Meta’s Husband often wears a Vietnam Era Jungle Jacket to transport all of his Camera Accessories on Remote Hiking Trails. The X-Large 4 Buttoned Pockets are Perfect for Photojournalists. 5 Star Rated!

Shoulder Pad Cushions – If you carry a Heavy Camera Bag or Tripod for a long periods of time, slip one of these Shoulder Pad Cushions over your Shoulder Strap, for less pain and fatigue. Meta uses these on all her Shoulder Straps. 5 Star Rated!

Camera Belts – Meta uses her Think Tank Photo Speed Belt to transport her Multiple Sony Flash Units. It can carry Think Tank Photo Digital Holster Camera Bags, Lens Cases, Camera Accessory Pouches and Water Bottle Pouches. 5 Star Rated!

Digital Photography TipsWhile Remote Hiking in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina, Meta once slipped and fell with her Camera, hung on another popular side strap harness. Luckly the only damage was to the plastic Lens Hood. Meta now hikes uses a hands free Cotton Carrier Camera Harness! Bring an extra 5/32” Allen Key with you.

Meta Reviews Tripods and Ball Heads

Review of Slik Pro 700DX Tripod

Slik Pro DXS Tripod – This Short Sturdy Tripod has No Center Column, so it can lay flat on the ground. This Tripod is perfect for Low Level Macro Photography. Fits in Compact Tripod Bag. Use a Slik Ball Head with Round QR Plate. 5 Star Rated!

Slik Pro 700DX Tripod – Meta says there are two kinds of Tripods: “The ones that work and the ones that are easy to carry”. This Tripod has a Short Center Column. Fits in 90cm Tripod Bag. Use a Slik Ball Head with Round QR Plate. Manual. 5 Star Rated!

Slik Ball Head with Round QR Plate – Features an easy to use, single knob operation to lock or release the large ball connected to the Easy To Use Round QR Plate. Oversized knob has a well-textured surface for a sure grip. Manual. 5 Star Rated!

Digital Photography TipsTripod Leg Protection Covers – Nature Photography can be dirty! Protect your tripod legs from water, salt, mud, sand and snow. These Tripod Leg Sleeves pack down small and include a carring pouch. Thick gauge matte plastic construction and reinforced clear bottom stand up to real-world use. Available Long or Short. 5 Star Rated!

Meta Reviews Camera Bags

Review of Think Tank Photo Camera Bags

Think Tank Photo Camera Bags – Invest in Quality, Custom Fit, Camera Bags with Reliable Fused Zippers, Built-In Rain Cover, Padded Shoulder Strap, Side Storage Pockets and Modular Straps! Attaches to Camera Belts. 5 Star Rated!

Lowepro Lens Cases – Store each lens in a Lowepro Lens Case. These soft padded Lens Cases come in many different shapes and sizes and can be attached to Camera Belts or Camera Bag. Add Silica Gel Packs to each lens case. 5 Star Rated!

Lens Filter Pouches – Lens Filters are a very long term investment. Filter Pouches store and help keep dust and scratches off of your Camera Filters. Filter Pouches can fit inside the top flap of the Camera Bag. 5 Star Rated!

Flash Pouches – Flash Units are Delicate Electronic Instruments. Protect them in Think Tank Photo Flash Pouches. Holds a large Flash with Diffuser. Side pocket hold 8 AA Lithium Batteries. Attaches to Camera Belt or Camera Bag. 5 Star Rated!

Think Tank Photo Camera Accessory Pouches – If you own Adapters, Battery Chargers, Camera Batteries, Remote Controls, etc., carry them in Think Tank Photo Camera Accessory Pouches. Attaches to Camera Belt or Camera Bag. 4 Star Rated!

Water Bottle Pouches – As a Registered Nurse, Meta is always telling her patients to ”Drink More Water”. Water Bottle Pouches are perfect for day hiking and hold a 32oz. bottle. Attaches to Camera Belt or Camera Bag. 5 Star Rated!

Digital Photography TipsScotchgard Heavy Duty Water Shield repells water on your expensive canvas Camera Bags, Pouches and Tripod Bags. One 13 oz. spray can covers 20 sq. ft. on heavy canvas fabrics. Reapply Scotchgard Heavy Duty Water Shield as needed. Repels water during use and in storage. 5 Star Rated!

Meta Reviews Camera Cleaning Kits

How To Clean Dust Off Your Camera Sensor

Sensor Cleaning Kits – (Video: Above) Those small dark spots in your Photos mean your Sensor or your Lens is probably dirty. If Air Blasting and Vibrating the Camera Sensor doesn’t work, you’ll need a Sensor Cleaning Kit! 5 Star Rated!

Lens Cleaning Kits – Pouch contains one Zeiss Microfiber Lens Cloth, Retractable Lens Cleaning Brush, Optical Cleaning Fluid, Moist Lens Cleaning Wipes and a Zeiss Air Blaster in a Restockable Fabric Pouch. 5 Star Rated!

Lens Cleaning Supplies – Use the Zeiss Air Blaster, then a Moist Lens Cleaning Wipes followed by a Zeiss Microfiber Lens Cloth. Always start in the center of the lens and work outwards to the edge. 5 Star Rated!

Digital Photography TipsRocket Air Blasters are used to remove any dust from your camera sensor. Try to avoid changing your lenses outside, especially in windy and dusty enviroments. Meta only changes her lenses inside, and keeps her Sony Digital Camera inverted the entire time while swapping lenses.

Meta Reviews Media Storage

Review of Sony Tough SD Cards

Sony Tough SD Cards – Digital Cameras don’t come with SD Cards! Avoid Slower “Drug Store Brand” SD Cards which often cause Buffer Lockups and Slow Shooting Performance. Meta highly recommends Sony Tough SD Cards! 5 Star Rated!

Transfer Your SD Card Files – You can easily transfer some or all of your SD Card Photos to your iPhone with an Apple Lightning to SD Card Reader or to your or MacBook with an Apple USB-C to SD Card Reader. 5 Star Rated!

SD Card Carrying Cases – A must for every Professional Photographer. Store and protect your SD Cards from damage and data loss. Keep your SD Cards in one safe location. Soft cutouts hold up to 12 SD Cards. 5 Star Rated!

Digital Photography TipsUltra Fast SD Cards might seem extreme, especially if your Sony Digital Camera can’t write as fast as the SD Card is rated. The big advantage of using Fast SD Cards comes when you insert them into your Computer, and you will notice the increase in Read Transfer Speed to your Computer’s Hard Disk is so much faster.

Meta Reviews Camera Lens Filters – CPL, UV and ND Camera Filters

Review of Hoya HD3 Filters

HOYA HD3 CPL Filters are used to control reflections, provide more vivid colors, darken blue skies and reduce glare without changing the color of the light. Meta has a HOYA HD3 CPL Filter for each diameter of Camera Lenses. 5 Star Rated!

HOYA HD3 UV Filters are primarily used on Cameras as Lens Protection Filters, but they can also reduce harmful ultraviolet light and eliminate any bluish cast in images. Meta keeps a HOYA HD3 UV Filter on each of her Camera Lenses. 5 Star Rated!

HOYA ND Filters are sold in as a Set of 3 ND Filters: NDX2, 0.3 (1 stop), NDX4, 0.6 (2 stop), and NDX8, 0.9 (3 stop). HOYA ND Filters are used to eliminate overly bright, washed out images and to control Long Exposures and Depth of Field. 5 Star Rated!

Digital Photography Tips Many Professional Photographers, like Meta, leave High-Transparency CPL Filters on their Camera Lenses all of the time, especially if they shoot in bright sunlight or you always under expose for RAW Post Processing. Think of CPL Filters as Sunglasses for your Camera. Meta’s Rule of Thumb – If you need sunglasses, so does your Digital Camera.

Meta Reviews Electronic Camera Accessories

Red LED Headlamp – Meta wears a Red LED Headlamp when shooting Astrophotography or Sunrises and Sunsets. The Bright Red LED that won’t effect your night vision! Runs for many hours on 3 AAA Lithium Batteries. 5 Star Rated!

Sony Wireless Remote Control – Use a Sony Wireless Remote Control to avoid touching your Sony Digital Camera when you take a shot! Meta keeps one of these Remote Controls in each Camera Bag. Runs on one CR2025 Lithium Battery. 5 Star Rated!

12V Camera Battery Chargers – During Hiking Season, Meta keeps a Spare Camera Battery on a 12V Camera Battery Charger in her car! There’s nothing more frustrating than getting out on a Hiking Trail with a dead Camera Battery! 5 Star Rated!

IntervalometersTimed Remote Shutter Releases are required for Time Lapse Photography. Use as a Wired Shutter Release. Attaches to your Tripod Leg in a Protective Case. Read the Intervalometer’s User Manual. 4 Star Rated!

Sony Digital Camera Batteries – Meta uses Sony Li-Ion Rechargeable Batteries. These last longer than “No-Name Brand” Camera Batteries. Rated at 11.8Wh / 1650mAh, Sony NP-FM500H “M” Camera Battery works in Sony A-Mount Cameras. 5 Star Rated!

Sony A77 Dual Battery Grip – For Time Lapse Photography, a second battery is a must! The Sony A77 Dual Battery Grip holds 2 Sony Digital Camera Batteries and works with the Sony a77 Camera and Sony a77 II Digital Camera! 5 Star Rated!

Dew Remover – For Shooting Long Exposures on Cool Summer Nights a 5W USB Powered Dew Remover keeps your Lens from Fogging up. Compact Anker 13000 USB Power Bank can power the lens heater for about 2.6 Hours. 5 Star Rated!

7 Outlet Woods Power Strip – If you have Camera Battery Chargers, but not a lot of wall sockets, the 7 Outlet Woods Power Strip can hold 3 Battery Chargers on a side. Meta has 3 of these to hold and charge her Sony Digital Camera Batteries! 4 Star Rated!

Red LED Micro-Flashlight – Clips to the Camera Pouch, Camera Bag, Photographers Vest or Tripod Leg. Runs on 2 CR2032 Lithium Batterries. A must have light for all Night Photography and Astrophotography. 5 Star Rated!

Digital Photography TipsShooting in at night or in total darkness can be dangerous. Wearing a Low Power Red LED Headlamp and having a Red LED Micro-Flashlight attached to your Tripod Leg can help maintain your night vision, while still illuminating your Camera and Tripod. If you park your car close by, consider changing the Dome Lights to Red LED Dome Lights.

Meta Reviews Protection From The Elements and Pests

Pest Protection – Nature Photography involves getting bitten by mosquitoes, ticks, flies, fleas, chiggers and no-see-ums – Especially in the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina. Meta always carries Ben’s Deet Wipes in her Camera Bag. 5 Star Rated!

Mosquito Guard Repellent Bands – Flys and Bugs seem to be attracted to the High Frequency Noise of the Sony Digital Camera when mounted on the Tripod. Slipping one of these Repellent Bug Bands over the Tripod Head repels pests! 4 Star Rated!

Emergency Rain Ponchos – Getting stuck on a Remote Hiking Trail in an afternoon thunderstorm is not good you or your camera. This camera accessory can save your Camera! Keep an Emergency Rain Poncho in your Camera Bag! Not Rated!

Moisture Protection – Place Silica Gel Packs into all your Camera Bags, Lens Cases, Flash Pouches, Camera Harnesses and Camera Pouches, to absorb moisture. This cheap camera accessory can protect your Camera Gear from moisture! 5 Star Rated!

LCD Screen Protectors – The Rear LCD Display Screen on Cameras can get easily scratched. LCD Screen Protectors are available for most Cameras. This is the first Camera Accessory Meta installs when she gets a new Sony Digital Camera! 5 Star Rated!

Rain Protection – The LensCoat Rain Coats fit over your Sony Digital Camera and Lens to protect it from rain. Comes in different sizes and styles, including Mossy Oak. Meta used one while Whale Watching off the Coast of Southern California. 4 Star Rated!

Digital Photography TipsWho said Nature Photography was Painless? One Aleve Pain Relief Packet lasts up 12 hours for temporary relief of minor aches and pains while Remote Hiking. Meta keeps an Aleve Packet in each Camera Bag! Always take with liquid. Check Expiration Dates. 5 Star Rated!

Meta Reviews Creative Backdrops

Camo Bandana – For Nature Looking Green and Brown Blurred Backgrounds in Macro Photography. Carry in your Tripod Bag. Can also be used to Camouflage your Camera and Lens for Hummingbird Photography. 5 Star Rated!

Light Absorbing Black Velvet Cloth – Black Backdrop Material for Macro Photography. Carry in your Tripod Bag. This Black Velvet Cloth has good vertical sense, which is wrinkle resistant, machine washable, ironing. 5 Star Rated!

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