Photo Equipment You Do Not Need

The title should really have been “The photo equipment you don’t need to buy, but which the photo shop still tries to convince you that you must have – a little guide for you who is buying SLR for the first time “. But that title got a little long 🙂

The photo shops are pushing prices hard on cameras. It benefits you as a consumer. Today you get very good beginner cameras for around 4-5000 kr. It has not been many years since the prices were multiplied. There is tough competition between the various stores.

But there are not necessarily cameras the stores make money. Often they have a higher profit on all the accessories that can be purchased – the equipment and accessories that you ” must ” have for your newly purchased camera. If you are unsure of what you need, it is quickly done to be convinced by the experts in the shop.

My first tip: Buy the camera you like and wait to buy accessories until you know what you need .

If you take the time to help, you will find out what you need yourself. It can save you a lot of money and a lot of frustration. Believe me 🙂

UV filte

This filter has no other practical function than to protect the glass from scratches. If you are generally careful you do not need such a filter. Cheap filters will also reduce image quality. To avoid this you have to go up in price, and it can cost between 500-1500 kr. for good quality filters.

And that is as fast as a reasonable standard lens will cost. For that price you get good insurance.

Or you can save money and use whatever other equipment you see you may need at a later date. A good sun blender will be a much better protection against blows and scratches in the glass. Don’t be fooled into thinking that the filter will provide better image quality or some other convenient feature. Moreover, UV filters should not be confused with ND (gray filter) or polarization filter (pola filter) – both of these filters actually have an effect on your images.

Tripod

A tripod is a great tool if you are photographing landscape, nature, night photography and generally long-shutter shots.

But if you are mainly people you photograph, a tripod will in most cases only hinder. Use the camera handheld, it gives you more leeway, you become far more flexible and the images become more vivid.

Here are some great tips for handheld photography in low light.

Camera case

Yes, camera bag or camera bag is a must. But defining your need can be a challenge while purchasing your first SLR camera. Should you have a small bag with room for the camera only, or should you have space for equipment that you might purchase at a later date. How do you know what you need?

Don’t buy a camera case with your first camera. Instead, bring your camera home and over the next few weeks try to figure out where you use the camera most and how you prefer to carry it around.

Find out what you need before you buy what you think you need. Money saved.

Superzoom lens

It can be tempting to buy a lens that can be used for anything , covering the area from wide angle to telephoto, which acts as a macro lens, perfect for portraits and yet small and compact.

Unfortunately, however, many experience that the lens that was intended as an all-purpose lens, which could be used for everything, turns out to be useless to most.

The main problem with such lenses is that they are not particularly bright, that the autofocus can be slow and that the images never get sharp. Use the lens that comes with the camera and learn how the camera works. Eventually, you can see what you are missing and whether buying a new lens could be the solution to the problem.

Insurance

Several stores try to convince you that it is wise to insure cameras and lenses with a camera / equipment insurance. And in many cases it may be wise, but not the insurance that the store offers. According to the employees, it should cover everything that can happen from accidents and injuries, and the insurance is not that deterrent either. Often you are covered for several years ahead of time.

Almost too good to be true? Yes. What they won’t tell you is that this camera insurance, or idiot insurance, often does not cover the most basic – loss or theft. So it covers everything, but really nothing.

After all, the biggest risk is not that you have to be careless about crushing the camera, but that you forget it again somewhere or that smart thugs rob you in an inconvenient moment. Or if you lose it down a cliff, or in the sea on a fishing trip, and you do not find it again, this is not covered by the insurance either.

In any case, read the terms carefully. In most cases, it will be better to take out your own insurance with your own insurance company.

Okay, but what do you need then?

Memory card

Memory cards are not included with the camera initially. You have to buy this outside. Memory cards have become very cheap in recent years and this is not an area you need to save money on. Do you want to shoot in RAW, film and / or bring your camera on a longer vacation without having to rely on uploading photos to your Mac on the go? Purchase more memory cards. Don’t let the storage capacity limit you. Do not buy memory cards from reasonable / unknown brands, nor from lugubrious shoppers on holiday in Croatia. Then you risk ending up playing Russian roulette with your own pictures. I am very happy with my SanDisk cards.

Extra battery?

If you are traveling with your camera, you may want to bring an extra battery. Do you use the screen a lot, eg. to film with, you may want to buy an extra battery. Camera batteries are hard to pick up while on holiday abroad, as most cameras use different types of batteries. An extra battery costs a little, but the times you need it are worth the gold. Do not allow memory card space or battery capacity to be a limiting factor for your photography.

PS: Many photographers swear by UV filters, tripods and superzoom lenses. Nothing wrong with that. These are just my thoughts and certainly not intended as a facet.