So you’ve got the camera, maybe a lens or two and a bag to put it in. Here’s our guide to 5 essential items that should be in every photographers camera bag.
Aside from your camera, there are a handful of things that you should consider having a permanent place in your camera bag, some may be obvious whilst some may be less so – here’s our top 5.
1. Manfrotto PIXI travel tripod
The Manfrotto PIXI is a marvel of design and will fit easily into the smallest camera bags. Sturdy enough for mirrorless cameras and lighter DSLR’s, the PIXI features a mini ball head and fold down legs so it can double as a mini selfie stick. Perfect for travelling light and getting you out of trouble when you’ve left your full size tripod at home.
We also purchased the manfrotto smartphone clamp for recording videos and time lapses with the iPhone.
3. Pixel pocket rocket memory card wallet
OK, so you’ve got the spare memory cards, but where to keep them. The strangely named Pixel pocket rocket is a wallet designed to keep your memory cards safe and organised. Our pro tip is to make sure you have the cards formatted and ready to go before you put them in the wallet, and when you swap a full card for an empty card make sure the full card goes back in the wallet upside down so you know it has images on it.
Available in a range of different colours.
4. The Nifty Fifty (50mm f1.8 prime lens)
If theres one lens you should have in your camera bag it’s a prime. A prime lens is a lens that has a fixed focal length (No zoom), the bonus with prime lenses is they have wider apertures than zoom lenses making them ideal for shooting in low light and creating lovely blurry backgrounds in your photos (also know as a shallow depth of field). You can buy prime lenses in a range of different focal lengths with the 24mm, 35mm and 50mm being the most popular, however the 50mm f1.8 (also known as the nifty fifty) is the pick of the bunch for value for money.
5. Spare camera battery
An often overlooked accessory is a spare camera battery. It’s frustrating when you grab your camera and head out for a day of shooting only for the battery to go flat.