Must-have dSLR Accessories for Travelers

Shopping & Style, Travel Products & Services — By on February 23, 2012 at 10:42 am
By Jill Martiniuk
Special to Lost Girls

Camera Bag So you went ahead and took the plunge, and bought a brand new dSLR for your trip.  The number of lenses, bags and other accessories out there for your camera can be overwhelming both in variety and price.  Here are some of the necessary accessories for lost girls traveling with dSLRs.

Camera Bag

 If you’re going to spend all that money on an expensive camera, you’re going to have to bite the bullet and spend a bit more on a decent camera bag to protect it.  Unlike a point-and-shoot, a dSLR is not something you can just toss in your purse.   My suggestion is to avoid the ubiquitous black camera bag. Why? They’re so easily recognizable, and mark you as a someone traveling with expensive gear who is also distracted by her surroundings.   My choice for a camera bag is a Kelly Moore bag.  They look like handbags yet are made for carrying cameras & multiple lenses.   Plus, they have pockets and compartments for carrying wallets and cell phones, and whatever else you might want to toss in there.  If you can combine your camera bag and handbag into one while traveling, why not?

Multiple Memory Cards

 Rather than traveling with just one large memory card, consider getting a few and switching out regularly.  It’s one precaution to take that will prevent losing all of your photos should you share my unfortunate luck or need some more space.

Lenses

This is, of course, the most expensive and extensive of the tools you’ll need for your camera.  The two big things that you’ll want to consider before buying a lens for the trip are size and price.  You’ll also want to grab a lens hood for your new lens. Their main function is to prevent flares, but they add an extra layer of protection between the ground and the glass of your lens should you drop your camera. Three recommended lenses that are easy to transport but won’t break your back are:

18-55mm f/3.5-5.6: A lot of photographers like to bash the standard 18-55mm kit lens that comes with many dSLR cameras, however it’s light, relatively inexpensive (should you lose or drop it) and with a little attention can take some amazing photos.

55-200mm f/4-5.6:  This is a recent edition to my travel lenses, and it’s quickly becoming a favorite. It’s light and takes very sharp photos, and many other photographers suggest it as a substitute if you can’t afford the $2,000 price tag of the 70-200mm lens.

50mm f/1.8: For me this is a must when traveling. It’s small and hovers at just around $150 online.  It’s wonderful for portraits, and capturing the up close and small details that separate your photos from standard snapshots.

These are my essentials for both long and short trips.   With these few tools, you’ll have a camera fit to make the most of your travel memories.

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