5 Phottix Hector 9HD monitor
The Phottix Hector 9HD monitor will cost you some $625 and is not necessary, really. You can use your eyes and the viewfinder to set up the shot and the built in little screen to check the result, or you can pop the SD card into a computer. But, for the professional photographer or videographer who spends a whole lot of time looking through cameras and looking for great shots, treating yourself to this high def, lightweight high quality monitor will be a treat you will enjoy the hell out of.
4 Canon RC-6 remote control
Remote control P=photography, anyone? Why sure! And with the Canon RC-6, you’ll pay under $25 for your remote. Now, it only works with Canon cameras, sorry. But there are plural models out there for all modern digital SLRs worth they’re salt, so think of this one as a model for the non-Canon using people. Now, what the remote does is pretty simple, of course: it makes the camera take a picture. But it can be very useful, nonetheless, for everything from self-portraits to security to nature photography to animation or time-lapse photography, where any touching of the camera itself could ruin your project.
3 Polaroid PL-144AZ Power Zoom Flashgun
If you’re photography requires a better flash than the base model built into your camera, you’re in luck. Good old Polaroid may be known for its still-fun but outdated instant photographs, but they also offer a flash gun, the Polaroid PL-144AZ Power Zoom Flashgun, for about $120, which is nearly a hundred bucks cheaper than much of the competition. It offers great range of up and down and rotating motion and it recharges fast. Best of all for this price range, the Polaroid PowerZoom has a lighted LCD display on it, so you can tell where you have its settings, how its charge is, etc. all quickly and easily in any light.
2 SRB P-size ND Grad Kit
Lens filters! Filters may not seem exciting to everyone, but to serious photographers, they are essential. If the sun is so bright you can’t get your effective f-stop down below a 22, and you have no ND filter, you have problems. If that didn’t make sense, you may freely move on to number 3. If that made you say “Dude, I know – my light meter is reading off the charts!” then perhaps you’ll like this kit: SRB P-size ND Grad Kit. For $72 you can sharpen or soften contrasts, cut up to four stops off your f-stop setting, bring out brilliant colors, etc. If you are only looking for one kit, consider this one first.
1 Hama Defender 140 Pro bag
We’re putting an obvious choice in the number one spot because sometimes the most obvious choice is, well, yeah, the camera bag! Specifically, the Hama Defender 140 Pro. This bag will run you about $75, which may seem pricey, until you consider that the DSLR camera you would buy it for will cost a minimum of five or six hundred dollars and may run you as much as several grand. The bag features ample space for a DSLR body with a lens attached, as well as padded space for one additional lens and a flash, and it has spots for the basic pieces you’d want with you, such as filters, a lens cloth, maybe a manual, etc. It can also be fitted with a cover making it essentially waterproof, which we like, because digital cameras hate water.
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