You have made a great investment in your DSLR camera and most likely want to take your photography to the next level.  Now it is time to get the appropriate camera accessories which will help you get the most out of your DSLR camera.  Let us look at some of the must have accessories and the top picks on the market at the moment.

1.  External Flash

The Flash that comes with your DSLR camera is weak.  If you are shooting a lot of pictures indoors, in low light environments, you need to get an external flash that can be mounted on top of your DSLR camera.  This will make a huge difference in the quality of the pictures that you take in low light conditions.

  • Canon Speedlite 430EX III-RT Flash

Compact, lightweight and easy to use.

  • Neewer TT560 Flash Speedlite

For Canon and Nikon.

  • Yongnuo YN560 IV Wireless Flash

For all cameras, relatively compact and lightweight, versatile and rugged.

  • Sony HVLF 32M

For Sony DSLR, comes with a carrying case and all the connection accessories you will need.

  • Rotolight NEO 2

A LED panel for photographers.  Bi-colour LED design for control, zero recycle times, overkill if you just need flash, larger than most flash units.  This is a lighting solution that makes conventional flashguns pretty much redundant, offering both continuous light and flash.

2.  Camera Bag

As you build up a collection of lenses and accessories, you will find that you need something to keep it all together and make it easier to carry.  A high quality DSLR camera bag is essential for your camera’s protection.  A backpack style camera bag or a messenger style camera bag is highly recommended. 

  • Evecase DSLR Camera/Laptop Travel Backpack

Holds up to 2 DSLR cameras and 2 – 5 lenses.  There is a separate compartment for laptops, tablets or books.  The shoulder straps are very comfortable, and the bag includes a rain cover and a tripod holder with strap.

  • Lowepro ProTactic BP 350 AW II Backpack

Bags of space and protection from the elements with all-weather cover and ventilation.  Front-load laptop section, enough space for 2 DSLRs and zoom lenses attached, together with 6 additional lenses.

  • Evecase DSLR Camera/Laptop Messenger Bag

Space to store your laptop, DSLR camera and 2 – 3 lenses.  The bag comes with a rain cover and tripod strap.

  • AmazonBasics Medium DSKR Gadget Bag

Inexpensive messenger bag with space for your tablet, 1 DSLR and 2 lenses.  There is also a small slot inside to store your SD cards and extra batteries.

  • Cotton Carrier Skout

If you want to be active with your photography, then the Cotton Carrier Skout could be the answer.  It is a chest-style camera mounting system that is designed to hold your camera close to your body, allowing quick access to it.

3.  SD Card

The type of SD card you use makes a huge difference in terms of your camera’s performance.  SanDisk is hands-down the best SD card brand out there in terms of reliability and performance.

  • SanDisk Extreme Pro SDXC Class 10 UHS-3 95MB/s

Read up to 95MB/s and write up to 90 MB/s. 

  • SanDisk Extreme Pro SD UHS-II Card Reader/Writer

This is a super fast reader for the latest SDXC cards.  Great if your laptop or computer does not have a built-in card slot.   This USB 3.0 card reader supports the very latest UHS-II SD card formats, as well as older non-UHS cards.

  • SanDisk Extreme Portable SSD (1TB)

A compact and rugged portable drive with fast transfer speeds.  Not only is it rain, splash, dust and spill proof, but packed inside is a stable solid-state drive (SSD), available in sizes from 250GB to 2TB.  With fast read and write speeds, it offers quick access to your images out in the field.

4.  UV Filters

Not only do they reduce UV rays, this filter is a small investment that will protect your expensive lens from accidental bumps and breaks.  These will protect your lenses from dust, dirt and scratches.  This is a must have for all your lenses.

  • Tiffen UV Protection Filter

Will work on both Canon and Nikon lenses.  One of the top brands for UV Filters.  Choose the appropriate size depending on the type of lens you are using. 

  • AmazonBasics UV Protection Lens Filter

A cost-effective alternative.            

5.  Lens Hood

A lens hood is a must have for shooting outdoors during the day.  The lens hood will help avoid stray light, lens flaring and ghosting.  A lens hood can also help prevent lens scratches and dings.

6.  Extra Batteries and Charger

Extra batteries and a charger will come in handy for those long trips.  Have them ready in your bag, you never know when you will need them!

  • Extra batteries
  • Anker PowerCore 20100

Refresh your batteries on the go with this sleek and portable shell, keeping a compact or mirrorless camera battery charged when you are not near a power source.  You can even keep your phone or tablet charged with this device.

7.  Remote Release

A remote release allows you to trip the shutter without touching the camera, so it is useful for longer exposures when the camera is on a tripod as it avoids unwanted camera shake.

8.  All-In-One Camera Lens

A good solution is to carry only one lens with you on the camera, which can cover both wide angle and telephoto.  This way you don’t have to carry multiple lenses, and don’t have to worry about switching between different lenses.

9.  Tripod

A tripod should be an essential part of your camera arsenal because it provides a method of holding your camera at exactly the right angle and keeping it still, so your images are sharp and full of detail.  Invest in a quality tripod that is lightweight and easy to carry around.  Invest in both a regular and a mini tripod.

  • Manfrotto BeFree Compact Aluminium Tripod

Manfrotto makes the best high-quality tripods.  This is a lightweight, but very sturdy tripod as both the ball head and legs are made of aluminium.  Can fit in your backpack or carry-on luggage, very easy for traveling.

  • Manfrotto Element Carbon Fibre Big Traveller Tripod Kit

Carbon fibre kit.  This all in one solution from Manfrotto includes a bag, flip locks for faster setup and an aluminium ball head kit.

  • Manfrotto PIXI Mini Tripod

One of the best mini tripods on the market.  Lightweight, portable, sturdy and extremely easy to use.

10.  Camera Cleaning Accessories

It is important to keep your gear clean.  A blower is useful for blowing specks and grit off your camera body and lens before giving it a wipe with a soft lens cloth.  Invest in a sensor cleaning kit – sticky pollen can still find its way onto a sensor even though DSLRs have built-in cleaning mechanisms.

11.  External Microphone

If you are using your DSLR to record videos, adding an external microphone will make all the difference in the quality of the videos with clearer audio.

  • Rode VideoMic Pro

Great sound quality and lightweight and the affordable shotgun mic of choice for anyone intending to record high-quality speech with their camera.

12.  Extra Lens Cap

Lens caps can easily get lost, especially when you are traveling.  Better safe than sorry and make sure to have a replacement cap for the lens you are using.

13.  Padded Neck Strap

The straps that come with DSLR cameras are quite uncomfortable.  When you are carrying a heavy camera and lens combo on your neck, a standard camera strap can be painful.  There are many excellent neck straps available today such as the Op/Tech Pro Loop Strap and the Black Rapid RS5 Strap.

14. Other accessories to consider:

  • Hard drive

You might need hundreds of clicks of a single thing; therefore, it is good to have additional back-up storage.

  • Reflector

Reflectors bounce light that is already there back onto the subject.  They are great for filling in odd shadows on portrait work.

  • Polarizing Filter

Polarizing filters enhance or reduce reflections in images.

  • Mini Softbox for Speedlight

The benefits of diffused light is that it gives your models a more pleasing look and eliminates harsh shadows.  But one can’t always drag a huge Softbox around, so how about a mini Softbox?