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What should be the first accessory to buy after you purchase your first DSLR kit?

Lens Filters
2 (18.2%)
Backpack other safe carrying option
2 (18.2%)
External flash
2 (18.2%)
Tripod
5 (45.5%)
External hard disk
0 (0%)

Total Members Voted: 11

Voting closed: January 23, 2014, 12:31:03 PM

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Re: First accessory after first DSLR kit
« Reply #15 on: January 23, 2014, 03:03:26 PM »
Tripod.  A tripod can make anyone look competent.
And that's a good thing!
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Re: First accessory after first DSLR kit
« Reply #15 on: January 23, 2014, 03:03:26 PM »

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Re: First accessory after first DSLR kit
« Reply #16 on: January 23, 2014, 03:04:19 PM »
Tripod.  A tripod can make anyone look competent.


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Re: First accessory after first DSLR kit
« Reply #17 on: January 23, 2014, 03:12:28 PM »
With each of my digital bodies, the first thing ordered (usually on the same order) was a second battery, a pair of fast/large capacity cards (32Gb or 64Gb) so I could shoot (stills & movies) without a major interruption, and filters (UV and CPL).   I already had bags and tripods from my film days
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Re: First accessory after first DSLR kit
« Reply #18 on: January 24, 2014, 01:45:24 AM »
lens filter is coming with the kit. So to me, it is the camera bag.

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Re: First accessory after first DSLR kit
« Reply #19 on: January 24, 2014, 04:59:23 AM »
A prime lens (35mm for APS-C or 50mm for FF).

Don't spend money on tripods, flashes, bags, etc., until who've reached the stage where it is a necessity. Also, use this non-purchasing time to save-up your dinero for buying the best available, and not simply the best you can afford (now). By the way, for a bag I personally use those "six-pack" cooler bags and wrap everything in lots of (genuine) flannel.

As for software, Canon's DPP is sufficient (and free!), again until you're actually pushing it to the limit.
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Re: First accessory after first DSLR kit
« Reply #20 on: January 24, 2014, 06:18:55 AM »
A prime lens (35mm for APS-C or 50mm for FF).

As for software, Canon's DPP is sufficient (and free!), again until you're actually pushing it to the limit.

+1 for better glass (doesn't have to be L series)
+1 for using anything that is good enough and free!  :)
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Re: First accessory after first DSLR kit
« Reply #21 on: January 24, 2014, 06:59:27 AM »
A decent camera bag with some room for expansion would be my #1 buy.  You really need something to carry your gear and protect it when it's not being used.  For me the purchase of accessories is almost continuous, there is always something I need/want to expand my options or improve what I have.  I'm buying new filters, speedlites, flash modifiers, software, etc. every month
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Re: First accessory after first DSLR kit
« Reply #21 on: January 24, 2014, 06:59:27 AM »

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Re: First accessory after first DSLR kit
« Reply #22 on: January 24, 2014, 07:18:51 AM »
And don't forget  about software.... A program like lightroom and learning how to use it will have more impact on you images that anything else.... This is the digital era and for $100 or so you can get a "darkroom" that allows you to things that the masters could only dream about in the days of film....

Totally agree....Lightroom or Aperture should be your first purchase.



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Re: First accessory after first DSLR kit
« Reply #23 on: January 24, 2014, 07:28:47 AM »
A course in photography. Learning to shoot in 'M'. Understanding your settings. RTFM.
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Re: First accessory after first DSLR kit
« Reply #24 on: January 25, 2014, 03:23:19 PM »
With me personally it was a UV filter. My kit was on promo with a bag and spare battery but I still would've probably picked up a filter even if it wasn't. I know some people don't use them but I like the extra protection.
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Re: First accessory after first DSLR kit
« Reply #25 on: January 25, 2014, 04:37:09 PM »
1. Lightroom
2. A fast prime
3. Depending on your interests, either another fast prime, a speedlite, a telezoom or a macro lens.

This tripod thing is kind of overrated. Tripods are great for certain things, but this dogma that it's impossible to take decent pictures without lugging around the thing and setting it up, and fiddling and manouvring and fiddling a bit more, is just nonsense.

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Re: First accessory after first DSLR kit
« Reply #26 on: January 29, 2014, 01:20:03 AM »
What should be the first accessory to buy after you purchase your first DSLR kit?

Let me know what do you think.


Thanks for you advice and time.


1. camera bag and a tripod. You will need a tripod. If not sooner, then later.
2. Light, Science and Magic (book)
3. 1-3 flashes and a shoot through umbrellas, lightstands, reflectors and diffusors, also  below:
4. tracing paper
5. emergency blanket (silver/gold) http://www.ebay.com/sch/items/?_nkw=Silver+Gold+Reusable+Emergency+First+Aid+Rescue+Space+Thermal+Survival+Blankets&_sacat=&_ex_kw=&_mPrRngCbx=1&_udlo=&_udhi=&_sop=12&_fpos=&_fspt=1&_sadis=&LH_CAds=
it fits in your pocket and provides a large 2-in-1 reflector. priceless!
6. backup storage - extra cards, harddrives, whatever you need for redundancy
7. at least one other body (if you're not a serious photographer or don't plan on doing this for a living, this part might not be necessary.) buying your second body from the same brand as your first body saves you money or at the very least the hassle of using adapters.
8. a macro lens. sooner or later, you'll need it/want it.  actually, for the best DOF control in macro, buy a macro TS lens.
9. consider what you want to shoot and then buy appropriate lenses
10. get all the free photo editing programs you can find, from lightzone to gimp, rawtherapee to hugin.

10 for the price of one!
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Re: First accessory after first DSLR kit
« Reply #27 on: January 29, 2014, 08:48:07 AM »
well I assume you are just getting into using DSLR, so my points are
  • dig trough web learn, how does your camera work i.e.: http://www.cambridgeincolour.com/
  • learn about right exposure and exposure compensation - it makes a lot of difference to have a properly exposed shot and not
  • check out online courses or tutorials. I'm very satisfied with http://kelbyone.com/
  • buy some fast prime, focal length is up to your preference - it gives you more light and makes you think about scene and composition
  • get lightroom - invaluable for managing and post processing
  • tripod - and I vote for quality stuff, it will last and you won't need replacement soon

If you decide you need some accessories, then buy quality stuff even if it's more expensive. If you are only little bit serious about photography it will save you all the money you would use on all the previous upgrade steps and probably you will end with the same gear.
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Re: First accessory after first DSLR kit
« Reply #28 on: January 29, 2014, 02:03:39 PM »
A good pair of shoes. You won't find good photo opportunities if you can only think of your sore feet. Then you'll realize that its your neck that hurts so a good bag and strap it will be...
What a mess, my camera's sensor is full of massless particules that keep on trying to behave like waves!

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Re: First accessory after first DSLR kit
« Reply #29 on: January 29, 2014, 05:18:06 PM »
A good pair of shoes. You won't find good photo opportunities if you can only think of your sore feet. Then you'll realize that its your neck that hurts so a good bag and strap it will be...

Maybe a gym membership... too many photographers complain about the weight of their gear
Upgrade  path.->means the former was sold for the latter.

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Re: First accessory after first DSLR kit
« Reply #29 on: January 29, 2014, 05:18:06 PM »