Camera Accessories


Camera Accessories Buying Guide

There are literally thousands of digital cameras available, which also means that there are lots of accessories to choose from. But with so many different things to choose from it can be hard to know where to start. Our guide to buying camera accessories will tell you everything you need to know about the essentials, so you can choose your ideal accessories.


Once you’ve got to grips with your digital camera you may want to buy some more lenses so you can take your photography to the next level. The following table lists the main types of lenses and their uses so you can pick the right one for your needs.

Lens Type Used for
Macro lens (close-up) This type of lens allows you to capture small objects in extreme close up. Ideal for photographing insects, flowers or taking arresting portraits.
Large opening lens Helps to create a blurred effect in the background behind the subject. Good for photographing in low light.
APS-C Lenses This type of lens is primarily designed for use with an APS-C camera which has a smaller image sensor. These are not compatible with full frame digital cameras.
Full frame lenses These will work with full frame and APS-C digital cameras.
Prime lens This type of lens doesn’t zoom so you’ll need to move around to get more or less of the subject into the frame. Prime lenses can be normal, wide-angle or telephoto.
Zoom lens Allows you to zoom in and out to vary how much of an image is captured without having to change the lens.
Walk-around zoom lens Can zoom between a telephoto and a wide angle view.

Lens filters

Once you’ve invested in some new lenses it’s important to ensure you protect them with a good quality lens filter.

Clear glass filters

Lenses can be affected by rain, dust, fingerprints and more. You can buy clear glass filters that screw to the front of the lens so you can protect it whilst you’re taking photos. Make sure you choose the right size filter for the lens you have, you can find out which filter size you need by looking up your lens online.

Cleaning your lenses

The cleaner your lens is the clearer the photo you will take, so make sure you have all the equipment you need for professional finish lens cleaning. You will need:

  • Blower
  • Brush
  • Tissue
  • Fluid
  • Cloth

A blower should be used first to get rid of as much dust and debris as possible. Next use a brush to gently brush away any remaining dust. Apply a small amount of lens cleaning fluid to a tissue and wipe the lens. Polish the lens with the cloth and use the blower again to get rid of any remaining dust.

Memory cards

It’s a good idea to carry a spare memory card so you don’t run out of space when out and about. Make sure that you buy the right card for your camera, if you’re not sure which memory card you need then look up your camera online to find which cards are compatible. You can find out the average number of images that a memory card can store but bear in mind that the higher the pixel count of your camera the more memory each image will use, so if you have a very powerful camera you will be able to store less images.


When your battery decides to run out just as your taking that ‘once in a lifetime shot’ it can be very frustrating. You can avoid this problem by always carrying spare batteries with you. Rechargeable lithium batteries are a popular choice but whichever battery you choose it is important to make sure it’s compatible with your camera.

If your camera runs on AA batteries then a recharging kit is a wise investment as most digital cameras can use up battery power quickly and constantly, replacing them can get very expensive.


A tripod can be a great addition to photography equipment because it keeps the camera steady, producing a more professional shot. A mini tripod is a great purchase if you’re just starting out or you can opt for something larger. When choosing a tripod, bear in mind its portability if you plan to use it whilst travelling around.

Camera bags

The following table details different types of camera bags and their uses:

Ultra compact bag Very small with space to store a camera and little else. Ideal for protecting a compact camera within another bag.
Compact camera bag Slightly larger bag with space for a bigger camera and accessories.
Travel zoom/compact pocket zoom camera bag A compact pocket zoom camera is somewhere between a compact and a zoom. Bags for these cameras are slightly larger with separate compartments for storing lenses.
Bridge/ultra zoom camera bags A good sized bag with lots of compartments for storing different accessories. Ideal for bridge or ultra-zoom cameras.
Compact system/mirrorless camera bags Bags can range from very basic to higher end with lots of storage compartments and safety features.
Digital SLR camera bags A handy bag with no fuss and no extras, ideal for getting larger cameras from A to B.
Digital SLR with extra lens The same as a digital SLR camera bag but with storage for an extra lens.
Messenger bags Very spacious, usually with stiffened sides to add strength. These bags are ideal for getting easy access to your equipment.
Digital SLR and laptop bags These versatile bags can accommodate a laptop, camera and accessories easily.

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