Recently, we looked at the most popular digital cameras and lenses among the digital photography school community.
Both lists received lots of positive feedback, but a few readers asked if we could do a similar list of our most popular photography accessories.
So we decided to launch a call to our Facebook group and our Facebook page. Recommendations from our members are posted below, along with some recommendations from myself and our team here at dPS. (We’d love to hear your own recommendations in the comments below!)
Let me start by sharing my favorite photography accessory purchase of 2022: the Bellroy Venture Camera Sling.
I’ve been a fan of Bellroy’s wallets and backpacks for a long time, and I’ve been harassing them on social media to create a camera bag. When I heard there might be one, I was excited – and what they produced managed to exceed my expectations.
I like. The material and zippers are weatherproof, the bag is big enough for a camera body and a few lenses (I can even fit a body with a 70-200mm lens in it!), and it’s comfortable to carry . Plus, the padded dividers can be folded away if you don’t need them, there are a few straps for attaching a tripod/rain jacket, it’s on trend (and comes in three colors), it’s is discreet and it’s made of recycled materials but does not sacrifice quality.
I love it so much I use it almost every day whether I’m packing a camera or not. And that still gets commented on.
So do yourself a favor and check out the Bellroy Venture Camera Sling!
Kevin suggested the Focpro Tripod Leveling Base in our Facebook group, and it’s an accessory anyone looking to level their camera will find useful.
“I couldn’t afford the big names, Benro, Manfrotto, RRS, so I bought a FOCPRO which is identical to a Leofoto model.”
Check out this tripod leveling base on Amazon.
Sue on our Facebook page recommended the Lowepro Slingshot 202 camera bag, which is a favorite of many dPS readers!
“Easy access and works well when I’m kayaking, I attach it to the kayak right in front of the cockpit and the side entry on the bag allows me to easily change lenses when I’m on the water.”
This is a great bag if you want to carry a camera body and 3-4 lenses – thanks for a fantastic choice, Sue!
You can check out the Lowepro Slingshot 202 on Amazon.
This is another personal recommendation, and it’s something that has helped my own photography workflow a lot.
I recently started doing sports photography, and it’s not uncommon for me to come back from a football game with over 3,000 images! Needless to say, I was forced to rethink how to browse them all on my computer, which has a modestly sized hard drive.
Thanks to SanDisk’s 4TB drive, I can select, process and export images quickly without cluttering my system. The 2000MB/s speed is blazingly fast, and while 4TB might be overkill for some, I got the drive at a price too good to be true (at the time of writing it’s still heavily discounted!) . The 1TB and 2TB versions are more affordable alternatives.
Note: Sandisk is also still selling early versions of its Extreme SSDs, which offer read speeds of 1050MB/s and write speeds of up to 1000MB/s. I’ve used them in the past, and they’re great, too (and come in 500GB, 1TB, 2TB, and 4TB options).
Get your SanDisk 4TB Extreme PRO portable SSD on Amazon!
Carol made a suggestion that we know many of our readers love: the JOBY Gorillapod.
I still remember when Joby released the first version of this innovative accessory. I was amazed by a demo on YouTube in which a photographer used the Gorillapod to mount his DSLR on a tree branch during an ATV ride and came away with some amazing photos.
Carol explains her reasons for recommending the Gorillapod:
because it’s sturdy and small so I carry it with me more often than a larger tripod.
These days, Joby offers Gorillapods in 1kg and 3kg setups – not to mention an incredible variety of other accessories, including microphones, phone gimbal and more.
Tara recommended the Godox AD200Pro on our Facebook page, and it came at the right time: I was just looking for options for a pocket strobe, and I’m a bit of a fanboy of some of the latest Godox releases (I use their lights continues).
I like the size and the ease of use. It’s actually easier to use than my TT350 mini flash.
Thanks for the recommendation, Tara!
A few months ago I upgraded my primary case to a Sony a7 IV, and my a7 III became my second case. I loved the a7 IV’s superior megapixel sensor and CFExpress card slot, but I definitely noticed my cards filling up faster (see a theme in my recommendations so far?).
As I mentioned above, I now shoot a lot of sports and often don’t have time to change my cards, so I decided to bite the bullet and get a higher capacity product.
After some research, I found that Kingston Canvas React SD cards topped the charts for speed and buffering on most test sites. They are also cheaper than Sony’s Tough cards. “Fast” and “cheaper” are two of my favorite words, so I picked one up and couldn’t be happier.
The 256GB card is the biggest option, but it also comes in 128GB, 64GB, and 32GB versions. They also come with an SD card reader (and it’s always handy to have a spare!).
This recommendation comes from Barry, who writes:
The Manfrotto “L” mount for my Manfrotto tripod to switch from landscape to portrait orientation in seconds. He is invaluable to me on the pitch. To like!
This mount comes with three different plate attachments depending on which one you are using. There is the Q2, the Q5 (photo) and the RC4.
You can grab the support on Amazon!
This Fotasy adapter is another recommendation from Tara, who writes:
There is a unique magic in the combination of Konica glass and X-Trans sensor.
We’ve noticed that many of our readers over the past couple of years have purchased lens adapters like this, especially with an increasing number of people switching from DSLRs to mirrorless systems and/or changing brands.
It’s wonderful to see these smart devices allowing our old lenses to be used on our modern cameras.
Amazon now has an entire category page dedicated to lens adapters, so check it out to see if the combination you need is now supported.
When Ben messaged us recommending the Peak Design Travel Tripod, it wasn’t the first time we’d heard a reader rave about it.
It’s by no means the most affordable option, but it folds up small but can be extended to a good height. Here is what Ben wrote:
I almost let the price put me off, but I’m so glad I didn’t. I took it on a recent trip to Europe and it was so handy to have it with me. It’s light, small and still strong.
This tripod is made of aluminum, but if you want to upgrade there is also a carbon fiber tripod!
What is your favorite photo prop?
We’ve shared 10 of our favorite photography props. What would you like to add to the list?
We like to create these listings on a semi-regular basis, so if you have an item you enjoy using – whether it’s a camera bag, lens accessory, storage solution or something completely different – let us know in the comments below, and we might feature it in our next accessories roundup!