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What are Your Favorte Inexpensive Camera Do-dads/Accessories?
Old 1 Week Ago   #1
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What are Your Favorte Inexpensive Camera Do-dads/Accessories?

Mine are:

1. JOBY Micro Hybrid - For Mirrorless and Compact DSLR Cameras
Around $18. A tiny, sturdy, weightless aluminum tripod that folds up and stays attached (if you so choose -- and I typically do) to the bottom of you camera. Head has enough friction to allow you to angle camera though range is limited. Ever want to set you camera on a table and angle it? Here ya go.

2. Neewer 88015585 Hot-Shoe Soft Pop-Up Flash Diffuser
Around $5. I on occasion use the pop-up flash on my DSLR but since I can't bounce flash, I use ths. Comes wth different color diffusers. Tiny. Attaches to hotshoe.

3. Nikon ML-L3 IR Wireless Remote for Nkon
Around $8. Basically a cheap IR wireless cable release for Nikon cameras.
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The Steer. Precision focusing aid. Works wonders with the Noctilux. $12
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Hmmmmmmmmmmmm. Good one!
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Soft release. I used to think it's nonsensical until I got a Canon 7, on which it really seems to help. The shutter releases with the button too far down to be comfortable and reliable without it.
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The Steer. Precision focusing aid. Works wonders with the Noctilux. $12
I can't find anything about the Steer. Info please, thanks.

EDIT: found it.
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I can't find anything about the Steer. Info please, thanks.
http://www.leicagoodies.com

I have one on all long throw lenses. Very useful!
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3. Nikon ML-L3 IR Wireless Remote for Nkon
Around $8. Basically a cheap IR wireless cable release for Nikon cameras.
A must-have for me! I bought a second one just to have a spare in case I lose one.

The rear IR receiver on my D7000 and D750 get a LOT of calls from my ML-L3.
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Soft release button. I have one in all my Leica bodies and I even had one in my Fuji X100 until it got lost in a trip. Makes it easy and comfortable to shoot at any speed.
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A must-have for me! I bought a second one just to have a spare in case I lose one.

The rear IR receiver on my D7000 and D750 get a LOT of calls from my ML-L3.
Agreed. A must have if you're a Nikon user. I really should order another. Easy to lose (though I managed not to lose mine for years...)
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A bag of ten pinch type lens caps for ten USD. Leave the expensive Leica ones at home.
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Yes, MiC lens caps for me as well.
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A pack of black hairties of which I use one to loop under my TomA softies. Got tired of taking pictures of the inside of my camera bags. Loop the other end around your strap lugs.
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My must-have low-price accessories are lens hoods, filters for b&w films, and old-style cable releases.
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Those 'retractable brush at one end and soft pad thing at the other end' thingies.
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Tom A softies.

Sling from Leicagoodies. Bought the first one. Made them since to fit my fatfingers.

Climbing strap thingy from REI. Used as a bandolier type strap combined with a split ring. Best strap there is for smaller cameras like a Leica. I think this is it- https://www.rei.com/product/755451/m...mm-nylon-sling

Cheap lens/body caps. Can't have enough of them! Still never have one when I need it, lol.

Gaffer's tape.

Cheap LED flashlights.

Cheap quick release plates. Like lens caps. Can't have enough of them! Then I still can't find one when I need it....

Microfibers. Must have a million of them.
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Zeiss lenses for when I feel like slumming it and leaving my Leitz glass at home.
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Lens hoods seem to be doing it for me recently..... perhaps because I have been using some older lenses more intensively and these have less effective lens coatings. My local camera guy had a box of camera and lens stuff for sale at low prices including lens hoods for a buck a piece. I ended up buying 20 hoods to try (At that price why not). But I also tend to buy cheap Chinese made metal hoods online from China if or when I buy a lens. Many of these can be bought for small money and are perfectly fine (though a bit boring due to their similarity to each other) for lenses of all descriptions. Typically with Leica lenses although I often have proprietary Leica hoods for them I will use the cheap aftermarket ones in the field - the good ones are too easy do damage or lose.
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i made a big list of stuff on my blog years ago. i should probably update it someday....
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This little gadget is great for getting film out of the canister.
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Don't laugh.. part of a film carton identifying film+speed to shove into the cold shoe as a reminder. Why didn't all manufacturers put a holder for the film tab on the back of their cameras like Nikon does?
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Match Technical's Bip mini soft releases for any camera that has a suitably-threaded shutter button, or Lolumina's stick-on equivalent for those without.
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Those little bubble levels for the hotshoe-last batch I bought cost me 50 cents each.
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Good foot wear, if your pounding the streets or stomping around the countryside comfortable footwear is worth every penny. Though I am lucky as Dr Martin's have a lower cost outlet store near us.
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- Heliopan polarizing and (for film) yellow filters;
- Proper lens caps
- this black development sack for developing film (no need for a dark room).
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I have been buy a few camera lens adapters lately I shoot both M43 and SOny NEX mirrorless cameras and have lenses in M42,Pentax K mount, Exakta, Nikon, Leica M, Leica LTM, Canon FL and Canon FN mount that I enjoy using and trying. I also have some original Olympus 43 lenses that require an adapter to mount on M43 cameras. Between all these lens types and two mirrorless camera types that is a lot of adapters even accepting that some can double up (e.g. the two Canon lens types). In fact I am increasingly tempted to buy more lens marques given that "dumb" adapters are so cheap relatively speaking. Of course I also stack some adapters sometimes just for th ehell of it - such as Leica LTM to M then Leica M to M43.
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Film leader retriever
This little gadget is great for getting film out of the canister.
[IMG]DSC00626 [/IMG]
Yes, this. Best version out there by a long shot, and even fits in a Kodak film canister.

Soft-releases, I like the Rapidwinder and Zhou ones.

An extra fine point sharpie, sadly discontinued now.
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soft shutter release for my Nikon F, forgot its name/number but it really works well and adds a bit of height to the shutter button
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FlashQ infra red flash trigger by LightPix labs. A bit finicky, but small enough to stash away almost anywhere. Cheap and works.

I use it with a Rolleiflex. Although not advertised as being compatible with old film cameras with PC sync cords it does work - just need a sync cord adapter for the transmitter.
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soft shutter release for my Nikon F, forgot its name/number but it really works well and adds a bit of height to the shutter button
That would be the AR-2. I have mixed feelings about using one because I sometimes trip the shutter accidentally. It depends on which camera I have it on though. It's more of a problem on the S2 than the F2.

A Voigtlander Kontur finder is my favorite item, as I got mine fairly cheap. I also like camera grips. They're inexpensive when you get them in a box lot of items.

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Close-up lenses that work like a filter.

The only problem is you have to calibrate them to use a rangefinder.
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Lensmate thumb grips. I have them on all my Fuji cameras and they improve handling immeasurably. There are other brands besides Lensmate out there that may work as well.

Edit: I like Lensmate soft releases as well.
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Yes, this. Best version out there by a long shot, and even fits in a Kodak film canister.
I'll double ditto that! I rarely have to pull out the fancy Ilford one I have. The ilford is better than the cheap one only for stubborn rolls....
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