9+ Must have camera accessories (and our favorite cameras)
Photo by Monica Linzmeier
In photography, there are so many models, ranges and styles out there that it can become hard to tell what type of camera is best for you, let alone what kind of lenses, bodies, batteries, accessories and support tools you’ll need in the long run.
That’s why here in the Meero headquarters, we have assembled a panel of photo experts to respond to your questions.
So without further ado...
What is your favorite camera and what accessories are a must-have for you?
Jean-Baptiste Gauvin: Nikon EM and a good camera bag
Editor, Blind Magazine
Personally, I like film photography because it forces me to take fewer photos and therefore to think more about the image I want to take. So I use a film camera and I appreciate the one I have, a Nikon EM. It's a model from the early 1980s. It was designed and thought out to be easy to handle and use.
As for accessories, I recommend a good camera bag to take care of them. There are different models, but I particularly like highly functional backpacks.
Photo by Skye Studios, Unsplash
Coline Olsina: Nikon FA, Hasselblad, and a monopod
Editor, Blind Magazine
I still use my Nikon FA, which I like very much, but recently I tried out the medium format Hasselblad 500CM and I really like this slower and more composition-oriented way of shooting. With the Hasselblad, you view the image from the top of the camera, and the image is inverted so it's very difficult to get a straight horizon line.
I, therefore, recommend using a monopod to make it easier to take "straight" pictures. It's a little tedious and it requires more time and patience but the result is magnificent.
Photo by Daniel Tafjord, Unsplash
Solène Cochet: Reflectors and tripods
When getting started, I think working with a reflector is essential, it’s a very useful accessory, it will allow you to play with the light and will be your lifeline when you are lacking light.
A sturdy tripod would be the second essential piece of equipment to have, it will be useful during your still life compositions, during your architectural photos using the bracketing mode or simply for long exposures!
Raul Guillermo: Nikon D810, tripods, flashes, and extra lenses
Photo Quality Expert
When I go out for a photoshoot I always have my Nikon D810 (a classic DSLR) and my medium format film camera, the Mamiya 7ii. These are my go-to cameras and I don’t go anywhere without them.
As for the accessories that you really need to make sure you have, I suggest making sure you have a good quality tripod, one external flash, and at least one extra fixed-lens. You never know what will happen!
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Mayaz Dimashki: Nikon D800, extra lenses and flashes
I currently use a Nikon D800 with a 50mm f/1.8 and a 70-200mm f/2.8 lens that I take with me everywhere. I’ve had this camera for a while and for me, it fits all my needs. I chose it because it’s a full-frame digital camera and its high resolution and pixel size which affects the image quality. It’s also great with low-light photography and it shoots great videos -- which is always a plus to have.
The two lenses I carry along are very useful for my style of photography which is portraiture and offer great sharpness and depth of field options for that style. I also use them for my travel photography and have not found the need for any other combo of lenses. Other accessories I can’t work without are my SB900 flash, a couple of lens filters, reflectors and of course a solid tripod.
Aure Briand-Lyard: Canon 5D Mark IV, lenses and tripods
Photo Quality Expert
My favorite camera is definitely the Canon 5D Mark IV. It has all the qualities of the Mark II, but with more performance, more MP and an incredible improvement in ISO. To me, it's unbeatable when it comes to professional off-road DSLR cameras!
For accessories: when you’re first starting out, you’re looking for yourself and your style is not yet fully defined. We typically want to try our hand at everything in terms of style and atmosphere. While many people recommend a fixed 50mm lens, the ultimate portrait lens, I'd be more inclined to steer apprentice photographers towards a much more versatile lens - namely the 24-105mm. This lens is absolutely sensational, allowing you to capture landscapes and architecture, as well as portraits and live events.
For those who are keen on architectural or landscape photography, a tripod is a good option. Here again, it’s important to get a good tripod, even if it costs more. Avoid buying an unstable tripod, which will only contribute to creating bad habits and reflexes in a beginner photographer. The quality of the equipment is essential.
For lighting, no flash is required at first except for certain techniques, like nighttime or event photography. In these cases, I recommend the Canon Cobra Speedlight 430 ex II flash, it’s affordable and is very good quality.
Quentin Jourdan: Canon Mark IV and a photography kit
Partner Relations Manager
I have a thing for the Canon 5D Mark IV. It’s a very versatile and functional camera body! I'm also still attached to the Minolta SRT101, nicknamed "the tank" at the time, which I take with me everywhere when I travel.
As far as accessories go, it'll depend on your specialty. A studio photographer will have to get a pair of cobras or a remote flash, with feet and diffusers, reflectors, a gray chart, backgrounds with support. Be careful not to forget the essential first aid kit of the professional photographer, with clamps, pins, blutak, etc... There is a multitude of other equipment whose usefulness will vary according to the artistic will of each photographer.
Photo by Patricia Palma, Unsplash
Sharbel Kanoun: Canon 1Dx and Leica M10
Production & Editing Quality Owner
My dream camera would be the Canon 1Dx and a Leica M10. Along with a few extra lenses, because that’s where the creativity comes in. The 70-200mm F2.8, 50mm F1.2, and 24-70mm F2.8 would be perfect to complete my arsenal of camera equipment. I’m positive that one day, Santa will be generous enough.
Monica Linzmeier: Good SD cards and comfortable camera straps
I will add that there are a few camera accessories that are sometimes overlooked that may make a difference in your day-to-day.
When it comes to camera accessories there are things that you really can’t skimp on. It may be tempting to buy an off-brand SD card, but when the day comes that you are doing wedding photography and your card gets corrupted, you are really going to regret the $20-50 that you saved by buying an off-brand card. Really investigate the reviews online before pulling the trigger. While you’re at it, a memory card reader will simplify your life in the long run.
One other thing people don’t always think about is a comfortable neck strap! When you have a long day of photography, the weight of your equipment on your neck can really take its toll. I really like the straps that attach over the shoulder or even to your belt, to avoid putting that strain on your neck.