Meta's Best Digital Camera Accessories For Beginners

Reviews of Digital Camera Accessories By Meta Gatschenberger

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Meta Reviews Her Best Digital Camera Accessories For Beginners

Meta Reviews Her Best Digital Camera Accessories which are based on Personal Ownership, Many Years of Nature Photographer Experience and Extensive Remote Field Testing on the Remote Hiking Trails of the Blue Ridge Mountains and Blue Ridge Parkway National Park in Virginia and North Carolina.

Meta has included some Instructional Videos to go along with her Best Digital Camera Accessories.

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Meta’s Best 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
Macro Photography Accessories
Videography Accessories

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Meta Reviews Her Best Camera Harnesses and Camera Straps

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Ad • Cotton Carrier Camera Harness

Ad • 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! Keep a spare 5/32” Allen Key in the Harness Pocket. 5 Star Rated!

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

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

Ad • Vietnam Era Jungle 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!

Ad • Shoulder Pad Cushions – If you carry a Heavy Camera Bag or Tripod, 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!

Ad • 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!

Meta's Best Nature Photography Tips For BeginnersAd • Cotton Carrier Camera Harnesses – While Shooting Hiking and Shooting Nature Photography, Meta slipped and fell with her Camera, hung on a popular side strap harness. Luckily the only damage was to the Lens Hood. Meta now hikes using a Hands Free Cotton Carrier Camera Harness!

Meta Reviews Her Best Tripods and Tripod Bags

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Ad • Slik Pro 700DX Tripod

Ad • 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. Use with a Slik Ball Head with Round QR Plate. 5 Star Rated!

Ad • 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 Sturdy Tripod has a Short Center Column. Use with a Slik Ball Head with Round QR Plate. Manual. 5 Star Rated!

Ad • Manfrotto Befree Advanced Tripod – For Lightweight Travel Photography, Meta travels lightly with her Manfrotto Befree Advanced Tripod. This Compact Travel Tripod fits inside her Airline Approved Underseather Travel Luggage. 5 Star Rated!

Ad • Large Padded Tripod Bag – If you own a Slik Pro 700DX Tripod with Pan Handle Head, finding a Padded Case is difficult. The Manfrotto Padded 90 cm Tripod Bag fits the Slik Pro 700DX Tripod, with Pan Handle Head or Ball Head. 5 Star Rated!

Ad • Small Padded Tripod Bag – If you own a Slik Pro DXS Tripod, finding a Small Padded Case is difficult. The Really Right Stuff Small Padded Tripod Bag fits the Slik Pro DXS Tripod perfectly, with the Ball Head attached. 5 Star Rated!

Ad • Tripod Strap Accessory Pouch – This 2 Pocket, 14” Long Tripod Strap Accessory Pouch attaches to the Tripod Bag Strap and can carry your Cell Phone, Intervelometer, Batteries, and Sony Camera Remote Control. 5 Star Rated!

Meta's Best Nature Photography Tips For BeginnersAd • Tripod Leg Protection Covers – Nature Photography can be very dirty! Protect your tripod legs from water, salt, mud, sand and snow. These Tripod Leg Sleeves pack down small and include a carrying 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 Her Best Camera Bags

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Ad • Think Tank Photo Digital Holster Camera Bags

Ad • 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!

Ad • 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!

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

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

Ad • 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!

Ad • 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!

Meta's Best Nature Photography Tips For BeginnersAd • Scotchgard Heavy Duty Water Shield repels 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 Her Best Camera Cleaning Kits

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Ad • Digital Camera Sensor Cleaning Kits

Ad • Sensor Cleaning Kits – 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!

Ad • 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!

Ad • 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!

Meta's Best Nature Photography Tips For BeginnersAd • Rocket Air Blasters – Use to remove any dust from your camera sensor and lenses. Try to avoid changing your lenses outside, especially in windy and dusty environments. Meta only changes her lenses inside, and keeps her Sony Digital Camera inverted the entire time while swapping lenses.

Meta Reviews Her Best Media Storage

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Ad • SanDisk Extreme Pro SD Cards

Ad • SanDisk Extreme Pro SD Cards – Digital Cameras don’t come with SD Cards! Avoid Slow “Drug Store Brand” SD Cards which cause Buffer Lockups and Slow Shooting Performance. Meta uses SanDisk Extreme Pro SD Cards! 5 Star Rated!

Ad • 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!

Ad • 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!

Meta's Best Nature Photography Tips For BeginnersAd • Ultra Fast SD Cards might seem a bit Extreme, especially if your Sony Digital Camera can’t write as fast as the SD Card is rated for. The huge speed advantage of using Fast SD Cards comes when you insert them into your Computer, you will notice the increase in Read Transfer Speed to your Computer’s Hard Disk is faster.

Meta Reviews Her Best Camera Lens Filters

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Ad • UV / CPL Filters

Ad • 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 Camera Lens. 5 Star Rated!

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

Ad • 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 bright, washed out images and to control Long Exposures and Depth of Field. 5 Star Rated!

Meta's Best Nature Photography Tips For BeginnersAd • HOYA Red Enhancer Filters – Also known as “Didymium Filters”, Meta uses these to enhance the color saturation and contrast of fall foliage; reds, oranges and browns, while having very little effect on other Natural Colors. They are used in Astrophotography reduce the light pollution from streetlights. 5 Star Rated!

Meta Reviews Her Best Electronic Camera Accessories

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Ad • Red LED Head Lamp

Ad • Red LED Head Lamp – Meta wears a Hands Free Red LED Head Lamp when shooting Night Sky Photography, Sunrises and Sunsets. The Red LED that won’t effect your night vision! Runs for hours on 3 AAA Lithium Batteries. 5 Star Rated!

Ad • 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 in each Camera Bag. Runs on 1 CR2032 Lithium Battery. 4 Star Rated!

Ad • 12V Camera Battery Chargers – 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!

Ad • Intervalometers – Timed 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!

Ad • 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” is for Sony A-Mount Cameras. 5 Star Rated!

Ad • 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 / a77 II Digital Cameras! 5 Star Rated!

Ad • Dew Remover – For Shooting Long Exposures on Cool Summer Nights a 4W USB Powered Dew Remover keeps your Lens from Fogging up. When powered by a Compact Anker 3350 USB Power Bank, it can run all night. 5 Star Rated!

Ad • 7 Outlet Woods Power Strip – If you have Multiple Camera Battery Chargers, 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!

Ad • Red LED Micro-Flashlight – Clips to the Camera Pouch, Camera Bag, Photographers Vest or Tripod Leg. Runs on 2 CR2032 Lithium Batteries. A must have light for All Night Sky Photography. 5 Star Rated!

Meta's Best Nature Photography Tips For BeginnersAd • Red LED Head Lamp – Meta wears a Hands Free Red LED Head Lamp when shooting all of her Astrophotography, Night Sky Photography, Sunrises and Sunsets. Wearing a Low Power Red LED Head Lamp and having a Red LED Micro-Flashlight attached to your Tripod Leg can help maintain your night vision.

Meta Reviews Her Best Protection From The Elements and Pests

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Ad • Silica Gel Packs

Ad • Silica Gel Packs – Meta uses Silica Gel Packs into all of her Camera Bags, Lens Cases, Flash Pouches, Camera Harnesses and Camera Pouches, to absorb moisture. This cheap camera accessory can protect your Camera Equipment! 5 Star Rated!

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

Ad • 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 California. 4 Star Rated!

Ad • HotHands – Most Camera Batteries contain water and will freeze below 32°F. Camera Batteries also don’t last as long with they are cold. In Cold Weather, Meta keeps her Camera Batteries wrapped in HotHands Hand Warmers. 5 Star Rated!

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

Ad • 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!

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

Meta Reviews Her Best Macro Photography Accessories

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Ad • Find The Best Macro Photography Accessories

Ad • Macro Photography Clip – Wind is a big problem when photographing outdoor Macro Photography Subjects. This Macro Photography Clip allows confident hold ability of reflectors, diffusers and small items. 5 Star Rated!

Ad • Camera Flash Diffuser – A Portable Flash Diffuser can be folded in the storage bag included. Helps eliminate harsh flash light and can help keep your Macro Photography looking more natural and not over blown. 4 Star Rated!

Ad • 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. Use with a Slik Ball Head with Round QR Plate. 5 Star Rated!

Meta's Best Nature Photography Tips For BeginnersAd • Sony Wireless Remote Control – Use a Sony Wireless Remote Control to avoid touching your Sony Digital Camera when you take a Macro Photography shot! Meta keeps one in each Camera Bag. Runs on 1 CR2032 Lithium Battery. 4 Star Rated!

Meta Reviews Her Best Videography Accessories

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Ad • Find The Best Videography Accessories

Ad • Sony ECM-ALST1 Stereo Microphone – If you’re into Videography, you’ll soon need a better microphone. The Sony ECM-ALST1 connects to the Camera’s 1/8” Stereo Jack. Hot shoe mounts the microphone on the camera. 5 Star Rated!

Ad • Furry Microphone Windscreen – Reduces wind noise when recording in outdoor or adverse environmental conditions. Specially designed so as to reduce wind noise while remaining acoustically transparent. 4 Star Rated!

Ad • Manfrotto Lumimuse 3 LED Light – This is a compact Hot shoe LED light for Videography. It charges via a USB Port and easily fits into your pocket. Meta keeps two of these lights on her USB Car Charger. 5 Star Rated!

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