Gear / Equipment (an Overview)

In many cases, the right gear is almost as important as the camera itself. The following overview can be seen as a short checklist. Not every piece of equipment is required by every photographer or in every situation.

In many cases, the right gear is almost as important as the camera itself. The following overview can be seen as a short checklist. Not every piece of equipment is required by every photographer or in every situation.


Data storage

  • Memory cards
  • External photo storage with card reader to save images, e.g. while traveling


Energy
 

  • Charger (often gets forgotten)
  • Enough rechargeable batteries (pay attention to the declining capacity of rechargeable batteries in cold temperatures)
  • AC adapter for stationary use
  • Plug-in adapter (travel adapter)

Bags, camera backpacks, shock resistant, water proof case

  • Make sure you have suitable receptacles for your camera. Here it also depends on the situation as to which is the optimal choice.
  • Various types (lens case, backpack, case, zoom bag…) Decide which features could be relevant?
    • Dust proof?
    • Water proof?
    • Compact?
    • Large enough?
    • Gear that is easy to obtain?
    • Shock resistance?
    • Inconspicuous?
    • ...

Data transmission

  • Both USB cables and card readers don’t weigh much and can be very useful for traveling

Tripod

  • Tripods are especially important in poor lighting conditions
  • Differentiate between monopod and tripod
    • Both of them come in various shapes and sizes
    • Which features could be relevant, i.e., of interest?
      • Stability
      • Height
      • Size
      • Weight
    • The monopod is well suited in situations where the image section changes rapidly, however; it is not suitable for night images and is not an optimal solution.
    • The tripod is especially good for stationary image subjects and in poor lighting conditions. There is an immense array of different types of tripods and monopods. As well as stability, height, size and weight, the tripod head is also important. We mainly differentiate between 3D pan tilts and ball heads. The 3D pan tilt has the upper hand in architectural or panoramic images due to the fact that the horizontal and vertical tilt of the camera can be set independently. If the main focus is on fast camera positioning, then the ball head has the upper hand.
    • The actual mounting of the camera is not to be overlooked. For this purpose, removable disks are useful. When buying a tripod, you should ensure that removable disks are available individually (important in case of loss and when using more than one camera at a time).

Remote shutter release  

  • The best tripod or monopod is useless if the camera shakes due to the shutter release being pressed.
  • We differentiate between cable remote shutter releases and radio or infra-red shutter releases


Spirit level


Angle finder

  • optical angle finder
  • digital LCD monitor to attach and swivel


Interchangeable focusing screens

  • Focusing screens with grids
  • Focusing screens with split image


Camera maintenance and care

  • Cleaning sensors on SLR cameras 
    • Compressed air
    • Brush (only to be used to clean sensor!)
    • Bellows
    • Cotton bud (combined with a microfiber cloth - only to be used to clean sensor!)
    • SpeckGRABBER (only to be used to clean sensor!)
  • Cleaning the lens
    • Microfiber cloth (can be washed)
    • Optic cleaning tissue (is usually only used once – is therefore always clean)
    • Cleaning fluid

Lenses

Lens protection – lens cap + filter


Bellows/ close-up lens /


Lens hood


Filter

  • UV filter / Skylight as protection filter
  • Polarising filter
  • ND filter (Grey filter or clear filter)
  • This filter is colourless and it allows for slower shutter speeds at the same level of illumination
  • Possibly also creative filters (more information can be found in the articles on the topic "Filter"

Flash devices

  • Flash attachment
  • some are swivelled
  • can be remote controlled or not
  • Slave flash
  • Guide number
  • Ring flash

Bouncer / Softbox

Reflectors / Brighteners


Card readers


Underwater housing


Display protection

  • Display protection film 
  • Only protect against scratches
  • Attention – many digital cameras’ displays are sensitive to pressure – a protective cover can be useful, e.g., acrylic

GPS system

 

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