Let me start by recommending two very useful accessories that I found useful for my needs..
Joby Gorillapod Flexible Tripod for DSLR
Many of you are probably familiar with Joby Gorillapod and some are probably not. For those of you who haven't see this cool tripod, this is a very strong and flexible 3-leg tripod for your camera. It's flexible legs allows it to curl around various objects and secure your camera as the camera takes the shot. It has a standard universal 1/4-20 screw mount that you can attach your Digital SLR camera to it and it also comes with a 1/4-to-3/8-inch adapter as well. There are several models of this camera accessory, including the GP1-E1EN Gorillapod Flexible Tripod (designed for smaller cameras), Joby GP2-D1EN for DSLR cameras with Bubble level), GP3 for SLR-Zoom, and others.
So why so many photographers love the Joby Gorillapod?
First of all it is very durable with a strong grip. That means that you can trust it to secure your camera when attached to different objects. It's that kind of accessory that will won't wear out quickly and it's cheap (but not in quality). Second but not least, it allows enthusiast and pro photographers get those kinds of shots that impossible without it. It solves the problem when you need someone to capture a photo of your and your girlfriend, or take some shots where you are not allowed or it's dangerous to get close to your subject (racing car track). There are tons of uses for this one, and I'm sure you'll find a reason to use it too.
Note: There are several models that have different properties. Some gorillapods will fit smaller and light cameras, others are for more pro use and for DSLR cameras. Because we are talking about DSLR accessories in this article, I recommend getting either the Joby GP2-D1EN with Bubble Level or the highly recommended GP3 Gorillapod SLR-Zoom with BH1 Ball Head and Bubble Level for Digital SLR cameras.
Just grab this useful accessory and put in in your bag, you don't know when you need it.
Advanced AA Battery Chargers
A battery charger was designed to recharge batteries and power them up again in a reasonable amount of time. There are some very important differences between those charges and I'm pretty sure that some of you are having a tough time deciding between them.
Photographers needs those chargers for charging the batteries of their camera Flash, others needs those batteries as a backup or extra power when attached to their vertical camera grip. Most of the vertical battery grips comes with a AA battery magazine that let you use AA batteries to power up your digital SLR camera.
The leading battery charger vendors are: La Crosse Technology and Maha, Those are two companies that many pro photographers trust. The advanced battery chargers not only charge your batteries, but doing a full cycle of Charge, Discharge, Test and Refresh which conditioned your batteries for better operation and extend battery life.
The Top Battery Chargers for Photographers:
- La Crosse Technology BC-9009 AlphaPower Battery Charger
- Maha PowerEx MH-C801D Eight Cell Battery charger (8x AA/AAA)
- Maha Powerex MH-C9000 WizardOne Charger-Analyzer (My choice!)
MAHA Powerex MH-C9000:
I have the Maha Powerex MH-C9000 WizardOne and I just can't recommended enough. The La Crosse Technology BC-900 is one of the most popular ones, but after some heating issues has been reported, I put my recommendation on hold here. Although you should note that some people are reported that apparently the heating issue with the BC-900 has been solves with the firmware version 37. Also note that the C9000 is much larger than the compact BC-900, so it less portable. When it comes to portability, the BC-900 is probably the best way to go.
Dual Battery Charger
Talking about batteries chargers, I also recommend checking out Polaroid DUAL -ion+ ReVIVE Series camera battery charger. They have various models that can charge your Nikon, Olympus, Kodak, Samsung and Canon batteries, TWO OF THEM!
On Amazon you can find different models for different cameras, for example: chargers for LP-E6 (Canon 60D / 7D / 5D Mark II), LP-E8 (Canon Rebel T2i, T3i, 550D, 600D), MH-18A (Nikon D300s, D90, D7000 and others). The great thing is that you can buy battery rechargeable plates for recharging other type of batteries.
If you are in a hurry or don't have time to charge one battery at at time, the DUAL -ion+ ReVIVE is probably the best solution right now (unless you won't to purchase two charges separately?).
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