Accessories for the New DSLR Owner

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A friend of mine recently got an early Christmas present – a Nikon D90. She was in the process of updating her Wish List and pinged me for suggested accessories for a first-time DSLR owner.

1. First thing’s first. I promptly went out and bought her Scott Kelby’s Digital Photography Boxed Set, Volumes 1, 2, and 3. These books were utterly invaluable to me when I was coming up to speed on DSLR photography. I’m completely confident that she’ll find them as helpful as I did. I would have loaned her my copies but, well, I still use them all the time. That’s the mark of a truly great reference book or guide – that it remains useful months, and even years, after its initial purchase.

Here’s the review I wrote a while back about Volume 3.

2. Next I recommend buying a battery grip. this is the one she’d need for her Nikon D90, and this is the one that I still need to get, myself, for my Canon 7D. Keep in mind that if you want to be able to charge both batteries at once, you’ll need to pick up an extra charger. They’re cheap, though.

3. My next suggestion is to add a wireless remote shutter release to your gear. This one comes highly recommended for most Nikon models, while this is the one that I used for my Canon Digital Rebel. Come to think of it, I haven’t tried it out to see if it’s compatible with my 7D, yet.

4. The next recommendation would be to pick up a quality tripod. In my humble opinion, you really can’t go wrong with any kind of Manfrotto, and their line of joystick ball heads are really cool.

5. Then of course, there’s the extra memory cards. Both SanDisk and Lexar are very reliable suppliers – get 16GB or 32GB and you can shoot for hours – days, even. Check your camera’s specifications for the specific type of memory card required.

6. Get a LensPEN Lens Cleaning System (here’s the review I wrote a while back), a Rocket Air Blaster , and a few extra Microfiber Lens Cloths. Clean gear is EVERYTHING.

So! There are my top recommendations for the new DSLR owner’s wish list. What would you add to it? Feel free to leave recommendations in the comments!

Photo credits (all): Tiffany Joyce.

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