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50 best camera accessories in 2022: essential photography gadgets and add-ons

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The best camera accessories allow you to push your photography and your thinking further than just the camera or the lens. Tripods, monopods, bags, filters, memory cards, laptops, software – any and all of these things can help you push your image-making further.

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No matter whether you're a newbie in photography or someone who's been shooting for years, the sheer wealth of gear out there can be hard to keep track of. Fortunately, we have a team of dedicated reviewers spending most days testing the latest and greatest accessories, and we use their findings to keep this guide bang up to date with everything that's out there. 

if you're looking for a flashgun to capture motion, a tripod to support your camera, a head to execute smooth panning movement, a bag to keep it all in, or really, anything else, this guide is where you want to be, as we've compiled the fifty essentials to keep you shooting. And we haven't forgotten about video, with a selection of gimbals for stabilising your footage, and microphones to transform your audio quality. 

We've also done the legwork of finding the best deals on all the products here, so you can be sure you're not overpaying. We've divvied up the article into sections based on the different categories of accessory, so all you need to do is dive straight in as we count off the fifty best camera accessories you can buy.

The best camera accessories in 2022

Tripods and supports

Every photographer needs a tripod. Not for every shot maybe, but for night shots, time-lapses, long-exposure seascapes, macro shots and more, a tripod will give you pin-sharp shots and a stability you can't get from handheld exposures. A regular tripod will give you good stability at an affordable price, while a travel tripod will pack down small for easy portability.

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1. Manfrotto 190XPro4

A rigid and sturdy tripod with a rock-solid XPro ball head

Specifications

Material: Aluminum
Leg sections: 4
Max load (legs/head): 10/7kg
Max height (with head): 175cm
Folded height: 57cm
Weight (with head): 2.6kg

Reasons to buy

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Bubble level on centre column
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Rotate freely to capture new angles

Reasons to avoid

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Lacks swing-up legs
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Quite bulky when folded

Every photographer needs a tripod, and this Manfrotto is one of the best all rounders in this price bracket. The four-section Manfrotto 190XPro4 (opens in new tab) ball head kit (MK190XPro4-BHQ2) is a full-sized tripod that reaches a lofty operating height of 175cm, yet shrinks to a fairly modest folded height of 57cm. 

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Spectacular for both its design and its folded size, but not cheap!

Specifications

Material: Carbon fiber or aluminum alloy
Extended height: 153cm
Folded height: 39cm
Weight: 1.27kg/1.56kg
Feet: Pads (spikes optional extra)
Leg sections: 5
Max load: 9kg

Reasons to buy

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Supremely portable
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Ultra-low-profile ball head
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Phone mount and bag included

Reasons to avoid

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Expensive carbon fiber version
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Not the tallest
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Some hex key fiddling

The Peak Design travel tripod is not exactly cheap, but its design is a revelation. It folds down really small but opens out to provide a good working height and excellent stability. There are clever design touches everywhere, from the ultra-compact ball head to the smartphone clamp tucked away in the center column.

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A winning tripod ball head that nails the basics

Specifications

Max load: 10kg
Weight: 520g
QR plate: Arca-compatible

Reasons to buy

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Extremely smooth
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Ergonomic locking levers and friction dial

Reasons to avoid

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Less compact than some rivals

You can buy tripods and heads separately, and if you are looking to upgrade your tripod head, the Manfrotto's XPRO ball head is a great choice. The magnesium construction is rated to support 10kg, with  grease-free polymer housing for exceptionally smooth movement, even with a lot of friction applied. The XPRO ball head can be specced with several mounting plate designs, including an Arca-Swiss compatible Top Lock system.

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4. Vanguard Alta PH-32

A pan and tilt head that's perfect if travelling light is your top priority

Specifications

Height: 13cm
Weight: 0.68kg
Payload capacity: 5kg

Reasons to buy

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Very competitive price
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Light and compact

Reasons to avoid

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Best for lighter camera setups
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Slightly awkward panning control

Vanguard’s baby three-way head weighs just 680g. The rated maximum payload is a modest 5kg, with only two locking handles, with a selector that allows you to set the longitudinal tilt handle to lock only the tilt axis, or both tilt and pan simultaneously. It’s a neat trick that works well. Up top is a traditional Arca-Swiss style QR system.

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5. Manfrotto PIXI mini tripod

A well made tabletop tripod that nails the basics for a fair price

Specifications

Weight: 190g
Packed length: 18.5cm
Max extended height: 13.5cm
Max payload capacity: 1kg

Reasons to buy

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Lightweight and slim 
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Intuitive ball head

Reasons to avoid

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Only 1kg payload
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Sometimes a mini-tripod is all you need, and they are so easy to pack in any camera bag. Manfrotto’s Pixi mini tripods have been with us for several years, and this version is one of the most affordable and portable, though with a payload limit of 1kg, it's best for smartphones or very small cameras. The push-button ball head is useful and easy to get to grips with. If you want a tiltable ball head, consider the more advanced Pixi Evo version

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6. Benro Adventure MAD38C Carbon Fiber Monopod

A high quality monopod, with a unique adjustable rounded foot

Specifications

Material: Carbon fiber
Sections: 4
Max load: 16kg
Extended length: 158.5 cm
Packed length: 52.5cm
Weight: 0.5kg

Reasons to buy

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Stable rubberised foot
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Strong and lightweight build

Reasons to avoid

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Expensive
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Doesn’t pack down very small

Monopods are super-useful for supporting heavy telephoto lenses or just for a little added camera support for slower shutter speeds. Made from durable and lightweight carbon fiber, Benro’s Adventure MAD38C is also equipped with a round, vari-angle, rubberised foot. Quick-flip leg locks for its four leg sections make the monopod fast to deploy and simple to pack down.

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7. DJI Osmo Mobile 3

A superb smartphone stabilizer for a bargain price

Specifications

Compatibility: Smartphone (62 to 88mm width)
Stabilization: 3-axis
Weight: 405g
Dimensions: Unfolded: 285 x 125 x 103mm, Folded: 157 x 130 x 46mm
Battery life (approx): 15 hours

Reasons to buy

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Amazing battery life
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Effective, highly customizable stabilization

Reasons to avoid

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Initial set-up and connection takes time
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No camera-swapping while recording

For smooth run and gun style video with a smartphone, you need a stabilised gimbal. The Osmo Mobile's spring-loaded clamp effortlessly accommodates even the largest phones, and its gimbal arm can rotate through 90 degrees for seamless switching between landscape and portrait orientation. You can  choose between modes like Walk and Sport to adjust the intensity of the stabilisation. There’s even an option called Active Track, whereby the gimbal will automatically track a moving subject for you, with customizable tracking sensitivity.

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8. Adonit Photogrip

This combined smartphone grip and mini-tripod is sheer genius

Specifications

Material: PC+ABS
Extended height: N/A
Folded height: N/A
Weight: 0.064kg
Feet: Flat
Leg sections: 1
Max load (legs, head): N/A

Reasons to buy

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Doubles as a smartphone grip
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Trouser pocket sized tripod
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Integrated Bluetooth remote

Reasons to avoid

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Balance issues with big phones

Smartphones are easy to carry but tricky to grip and support – but the Photogrip does both. It’s a spring-loaded grip that opens wide enough to fit even a fat smartphone and clamps around it securely, while in the base is a tripod socket for a regular tripod or the tiny pocket tripod included in the kit – you can also use this with the legs folded in as a camera grip. In the top is a Bluetooth shutter button that’s actually built into a tiny remote you can slide out to fire the shutter remotely! 

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Best selfie sticks: Andoer 54-inch selfie stick

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9. Andoer 54-inch selfie stick

This super-long stick has an aluminium build that ensures tensile strength

Specifications

Compatibility: Smartphones, action cameras, small cameras
Extended length: 137.1cm
Retracted length: 18.5cm
Bluetooth: Yes

Reasons to buy

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Huge extended length
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Very broad compatibility

Reasons to avoid

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More expensive than others
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Quite heavy

Maybe you don’t need more than a metre of selfie stick in your life – but on the other hand, maybe you do? The Andoer 54-inch selfie stick is quite a whopper when fully extended, but it does retract to a pleasingly short 18.5cm. All this girth makes it one of the heavier selfie sticks you can get, weighing more than half a kilo, but there’s a hell of a lot of functionality. It’s compatible with smartphones, action cameras and smaller cameras, and there’s also a handy Bluetooth remote that comes included. It also converts into a handy mini desktop tripod! Versatility really is the name of the game here.

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Camera bags and straps

You've got all the gear, so now you need something to carry it around with that keeps it protected and accessible all at the same time. Or maybe you prefer a strap to a bag? Here's a selection of camera-carrying options:

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A super stylish camera bag you could also use at the office

Specifications

External size: 410×170×300mm
Weight: 1,210g
Color options: Black, Ash
Laptop size: 13-inch (15-inch version available)

Reasons to buy

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Surprisingly high capacity
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Lots of pockets and cubbyholes

Reasons to avoid

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The lid is the only main closure
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Smaller items can rattle around

The Peak Design Everyday Messenger is a bit of an icon in the world of camera messenger bag design. It looks as smart as a briefcase, but it packs in as much camera gear as any regular shoulder bag. There are so many clever design touches it's hard to take them all in straight away. So is it the best bag ever? Nearly, but not quite, though we gave it plaudits in our review

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A versatile, modular backpack that’s perfect for airline cabins too

Specifications

Dimensions: 30x18x47cm
Weight: 2.2kg
Lenses: 4
Raincover: Yes
Padded hip belt: Yes
Tripod storage: Yes
Laptop compartment: 13in
Tablet compartment: No

Reasons to buy

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Modular design
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Accepts a drone

Reasons to avoid

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Accessories can look messy
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Accessories are expensive

The Lowepro backpack can be easily modified for all kinds of scenarios. The Velcro dividers inside can be moved to accommodate specific gear (including a drone) or dumped in favour of open space, while the rear-opening lid contains a zipped compartment for a 13-inch laptop. However, as we found in our review, the real genius is the front’s succession of loops that can be used to attach accessories such as a neoprene flash holder, a tripod toe-cup and straps, and a phone case, making this a truly versatile camera backpack.

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12. Think Tank Digital Holster 10 v2.0

Our favorite camera holster and available in seven sizes

Specifications

Internal dimensions (WxDxH): 160x100x152-210mm
Weight: 400g
Alternative sizes: 6
Removable shoulder strap: Yes
Belt loop: Yes
Top handle: Yes
Adjustable divider: Yes
Additional pockets: 3

Reasons to buy

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Expanding height adds versatility
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Extensive feature set and range of sizes

Reasons to avoid

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Only available in black

Camera holsters are really handy for carrying a single camera and lens combo, and this Think Tank holster is packed with clever features and comes in no fewer than seven different sizes, to suit everything from a medium-sized CSC right up to a pro-style SLR with a 150-600mm super-telephoto zoom attached. The 10 model here has a removable strap, a grab handle on the top, plus an over-sized belt loop which has a Velcro fastening so it’s easy to attach to a belt or other strap. A slip-over rain cover is also supplied.

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13. Peak Design Slide Summit Edition Strap

A super strap that's slick to use and has some smart design touches

Specifications

Weight: 171g
Maximum length: 145cm
Material: Polyester / Neoprene

Reasons to buy

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Quality strap and fittings
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Efficient attachment loops

Reasons to avoid

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Tight squeeze in the kit bag

A sling, shoulder and neck strap in one, the Slide exudes quality with a seatbelt-style strap and premium fittings, which include clever quick-release buttons to detach the strap. The Peak Design is neither small to pack away nor cheap to buy, but he materials, attachments and adjustments are brilliantly designed.

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Lighting

Sometimes you need to supplement the ambient light with a little lighting of your own, either for creative effect or just because it's too dark to shoot otherwise. Here are some lighting options for both photographers and videographers, whether you need light that's big and powerful or small and portable.

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14. Hahnel Modus 600RT Mk II

Good features, great value and a long-lasting lithium-ion battery

Specifications

Compatible with: Canon, Nikon, Sony, Fujifilm
Bounce: -7 to 90 degrees
Swivel: 180/180
Zoom range: 20-200mm
Wide-angle diffuser: 14mm
Manual power settings: 1/1 to 1/128
Wireless master/slave: Master/Slave IR/RF
Dimensions: 64 x 76 x 190mm

Reasons to buy

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Performance and wireless functions
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Outstanding value for money

Reasons to avoid

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Lacks any weather-seals
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Additional batteries are expensive

You can buy a dedicated flash from your camera's maker, but the Hähnel Modus 600RT flashgun matches or beats the features of camera manufacturers’ own-brand flagship models, but at a fraction of the price. Three different options are available, so you can buy the flashgun on its own, or as a wireless kit that includes a hotshoe mounting Viper RF (opens in new tab) (Radio Frequency) transmitter. There’s also a pro kit that comprises two flashguns and a Viper trigger, enabling the versatility of dual-flash lighting setups – and power comes from a lithium-ion cell for high capacity and fast recycle times. 

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Great for both stills and video, with good power and controls

Specifications

Color temperature: 3000-10,000K
Output (0.9m): 5,443 Lux (constant), 1032 Lumen
Power: NPF-750 24V Li-ion battery, AC mains (adapter required)
Dimensions: 145 x 50mm (dia x depth)
Weight: 354g

Reasons to buy

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Cutting-edge creative effects
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Compact and lightweight

Reasons to avoid

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Relatively low flash power
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Certain accessories sold separately

Continuous LED lighting has become ever more practical as camera ISOs get higher and lenses get faster, and the Rotolight NEO 3 is the latest and greatest version of one of the best LED lights ever made. Delivering a range of colours in both continuous and flash modes, with full RGBWW options, we reviewed this light and praised it as a brilliant solution for video shooters and anyone else who needs a little constant light. It's available in various kits and options; make sure you check and get the one you want, as you may need a wireless trigger or mains power adapter, and these don't come as standard.

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16. Elinchrom D-Lite RX 4/4 To Go

The best studio flash kit around, a lighting kit with real clout

Specifications

Head power: 400Ws
Power range: 5 stops
Power adjustment: 1/10th f/stops (custom)
Power supply: Mains only
Cooling fan: Auto-sensing
Modelling lamp: 100W
Modelling lamp settings: Prop, full, low, off
Sync socket: 3.5mm jack
Wireless RF trigger: Included
Dedicated TTL/HSS triggering: HSS with C N S P MFT trigger upgrade
Head dimensions: 14x26x19cm
Weight per head: 1,500g

Reasons to buy

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Immaculate build quality throughout
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Superb performance, easy to use

Reasons to avoid

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Pricier than some competitors
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Requires trigger upgrade for HSS flash

Looking for a traditional studio lighting setup that includes everything you will need? The Elinchrom D-Lite RX 4/4 To Go (opens in new tab) is a range-topping kit that includes a pair of 400Ws flash heads, sturdy stands, a 66cm square softbox, a 56cm octagonal softbox, and a translucent deflector that enables a beauty dish effect. Elegant and intuitive, the push-button control panel offers easy adjustment of power output through a 5-stop range, in 1/10th stop increments. Selecting proportional, full, low and no modelling lamp output is similarly simple, using a conventional 100W bulb. An auto-sensing cooling fan is built into the head.

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17: Lastolite ePhotomaker kit - Large

Perfect for photographing small objects with 'wraparound' light

Reasons to buy

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Portable, simple assembly 
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Good results from a single light source

Reasons to avoid

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Crease-prone backdrop 
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Lacks structural rigidity

If you need to photograph small objects for your online shop or auction sites, a light tent is perfect. The ePhotomaker is a collapsible diffuser panel on one side and a collapsible reflector on the other, tied at the top and spanned by a white fabric sheet that forms a seamless back/base. The design means you can use just a single light – a regular desk lamp is suggested – shone through the diffusion side of the tent, with the reflector creating a fill light on the opposite side of your subject.

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18. Phottix EasyHold 5-in-1 Reflector 107cm

Perfect 'bounce' lighting for a typical home studio

Specifications

Size (open): 107cm
Surfaces: diffuser + gold, silver, white, black

Reasons to buy

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Includes all essential color surfaces
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Well priced

Reasons to avoid

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No subtle colors
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Handles could be better

Reflectors are super-simple tools for bouncing light back on to your subject. They are so simple that, for occasional use, it’s difficult to justify splashing out on a premium product over a budget model. Phottix’s keenly-priced EasyHold even has a pair of handles for easier positioning. A double sided, reversible cover gives you a traditional selection of gold, silver, white and black colour options. 

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Filters

Photo editing software has revolutionized the creative effects we can apply to photos on our computers, tablets and smartphones, but there are still some things only a physical camera filter can do, and here are some examples.

Best camera accessories: Hoya PRO1 Digital Circular PL

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19. Hoya PRO1 Digital Circular PL

Looking for a great quality polarizer? Look no further

Reasons to buy

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Good build quality
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Fantastic results

Reasons to avoid

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Can be tricky to screw in

Polarizers are perfect for intensifying blue skies and subduing reflections off glass, water, painted or glossy surfaces. The Hoya PRO1 Digital Circular PL polarizer is a great option for photographers looking for something slightly cheaper that's still great quality. This filter is Digital Multi-Coated (DMC) to reduce lens flare and ghosting caused by reflections, making it an effective option for shooting bodies of water. It also features a Low Profile Frame (LPF), which consists of an ultra-thin filter frame that will help to avoid vignetting on wide-angle lenses. Usefully, this filter can also hold a lens cap too.

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20. LEE Filters 100mm Neutral Density Grad Set

Cost-effective resin filters perfect for outdoor and landscape photography

Specifications

Available sizes: 75x90mm, 100x150mm, 150x170mm
Included densities: 1, 2 & 3 stops
Available transitions: soft, medium, hard, or extra hard

Reasons to buy

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Excellent optical quality
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Light and resilient construction

Reasons to avoid

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Poor water and oil resistance
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Resin rather than glass

Graduated filters are a standard tool for landscape photographers, who frequently need to reduce the intensity of bright skies. Lee’s grads are made from polycarbonate resin rather than optical glass, and Lee claims this makes it easier to dye the tinted portion, resulting in a more accurate density across the filter and greater precision when controlling the transition line. This filter set comprises three densities - 1, 2 and 3 stops - so they'll cater for a wide variety of lighting conditions – and come with a choice of transitions (soft, medium, hard and extra hard).

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21. Cokin Nuances Extreme ND Z-Pro

Great budget ND (neutral density) filters for long exposures

Specifications

Available sizes: 84x100mm, 100x100mm, 130x130mm
Available densities: 6-stop ND64, 10-stop ND1024

Reasons to buy

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Flawless colour accuracy
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No sharpness reduction
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Perfect f/stop accuracy

Reasons to avoid

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Cokin's holder quite pricey

ND filters are used to reduce the amount of light passing through the lens, to allow ultra-long exposures which blur water and skies in landscape shots. Cokin’s Nuances Extreme ND filters come in 6-stop and 10-stop densities, which is an ideal choice for long exposure photography. They can also be had in three sizes: P-size (84x100mm), Z-Pro (100x100mm), and X-Pro (130x130mm). 

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22: Marumi DHG Vari ND2-ND400

Great value variable ND filter for videography

Specifications

Sizes available: 49, 52, 55, 58, 62, 67, 72,77, 88,
Exposure increase: +1.5 to +8 stops

Reasons to buy

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The screw-in knob is nice 
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Reasonable price

Reasons to avoid

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Slight color cast
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Unevenness at higher settings

Variable ND filters are used mostly by videographers, who need to control the amount of light without changing the shutter speed or altering the lens aperture – both will change the 'look' of the footage. With its ND2-ND400 density range, Marumi’s filter enables between one and eight stops of light reduction

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23: K&F Concept Natural Night Filter Light Pollution Filter

Cuts light pollution in urban areas at night

Specifications

Available sizes: **Available sizes:** 52mm, 58mm, 67mm, 77mm, 82mm and 100mm

Reasons to buy

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Scratch and water resistant
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Nano coating for low reflection

Reasons to avoid

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Not the cheapest

Astrophotograhy is difficult near to centers of population because of the light pollution from artificial lighting. This filter aims to deliver more clarity, contrast and natural looking colors when shooting at night in urban areas, this double threaded K&F Concept branded round filter features double-sided nano coating to help stop yellow and orange wavelengths of light from entering the lens. 

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24: LEE Filters LEE100 Holder

One of the best 100mm square filter holders

Specifications

Filter size (width): 100mm
Material: Composite
Pouch included: Yes
Number of filter slots: 2 (up to 3)
Polarizer compatibility: Yes (filter not included)
Adapter rings included: No, sold separately

Reasons to buy

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Quality range of filters
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Locking system works well
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Lightweight design

Reasons to avoid

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Polarizing filters positioned at front

Some filters attach directly to the lens's filter thread, but most are designed to fit square filter holders where they can be used in combination. Filter holders come in different sizes, but 100mm is the most common. The LEE100 Holder is one of the best and features a multi-function locking dial that not only securely locks the holder in place, but also locks the angle of the filter holder to protect your composition.

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Video accessories

Almost any camera phone or camera can shoot video these days, but to get the best results you need to be using the right accessories. Here are some gadgets and add-ons to take your video to the next level.

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25. RØDE VideoMic Go II

A good choice for budget-conscious videographers

Specifications

Transducer type: Condenser
Form: Shotgun
Polar pattern: Supercardioid
Frequency response: 100Hz-16KHz
Power source: None (plug-in power)
Supplied windscreen: Foam

Reasons to buy

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New USB output
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Fuss-free quality

Reasons to avoid

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Needs TRS headphones
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USB cables not included

Video isn't just about video! You need good quality audio too, which almost always means using an external microphone. The RØDE VideoMic Go II is arguably the ur-example of a simple, high-quality shotgun mic – it's a straightforward directional mic that you point at the thing you want to record. Mount it to your camera's hotshoe, and it'll record the audio from whatever you're filming. Couldn't be simpler. What's more, this updated version has a USB output, making it much more versatile in terms of the devices you can plug it into. 

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26. Olympus LS-P4

A great audio recorder with its own internal memory

Specifications

Recording formats: FLAC, PCM (.WAV), MP3
Connections: 3.5mm
Internal memory: 8GB
Expandable memory: Micro SD card
Battery type: AAA
Weight: 75g

Reasons to buy

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Affordable price helpful for beginners
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Lightweight and compact on small bodies
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Slide-out USB connection for downloading

Reasons to avoid

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No Phantom power for demanding mics

You don't have to use an external microphone when recording video – you can use a separate audio recorder and merge the audio with the video later. The Olympus LS-P4 is small and lightweight, enabling users of small compact cameras to still mount it on the hotshoe and connect the audio recorder to the camera. Users have 8GB of internal storage, but if that’s not enough, you can pop in a Micro SD card (up to 32GB). The LS-P4 enables users to plug in a lav mic for interview situations, or you can use the built-in three-microphone system.

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27. Manfrotto Lumimuse 8 LED Light

Great for on-camera lighting with decent power from a small package

Specifications

Color temperature: 5600K
Output: 550 LUX (1m)
Power: Rechargeable L-type li-ion (included)
Dimensions: 28x59x86mm
Weight: 160g

Reasons to buy

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Small and portable for easy transport
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Bluetooth for remote control
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Additional creative filters included

Reasons to avoid

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Limited output for outdoor use

There will be times when transporting a bigger LED light around is simply not an option and in these situations, the Manfrotto Lumimuse 8 could well prove to be your saviour. The tiny light can attach to the hotshoe mount of your camera and can be controlled over Bluetooth by your iOS smartphone. Eight LED lights produce illumination of 550 LUX (at 1 metre), making the Manfrotto unit suitable for vlogs or product videography. 

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Lightweight, yet fully featured, and a great gimbal for mirrorless cameras

Specifications

Compatibility: DSLR/mirrorless camera (up to 2kg weight)
Stabilization: Three-axis
Weight: 1.1kg
Dimensions: Unfolded: 370 x 165 x 150mm, Folded: 220×200×75 mm
Battery life (approx): 11 hours

Reasons to buy

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Great stabilisation out of the box
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11-hour rechargeable battery life

Reasons to avoid

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Can still feel heavy after prolonged use
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Only suitable for lighter mirrorless setups

If you shoot run and gun style video, you will almost certainly need a gimbal. DJI's Ronin-SC has been specifically designed for mirrorless camera setups up to 2kg in total weight. That’s plenty for a camera like a Canon EOS R (opens in new tab) or Fujifilm X-T3 (opens in new tab), but it’s best to steer clear of bulky and heavy lenses, as these can be tough and sometimes impossible to balance properly. Each axis can be individually locked, making initial balancing much easier, and, and the SC folds surprisingly compact. In fact a lot about the DJI Ronin-SC is surprising, as we noted in our review, it's both cheaper and more capable than you first expect.

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29. Manfrotto BeFree Live Lever Kit – aluminum

A small and light video tripod ideal for travelling or compact cameras

Specifications

Material: Aluminium
Extended height: 151cm
Folded height: 40cm
Weight: 1.75kg
Leg sections: 3
Maximum load: 4kg

Reasons to buy

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Folds into a compact package
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Fast to set up and use
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Light weight

Reasons to avoid

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Only takes a payload of 4kg
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No Pan and tilt drag adjustment
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No counterbalance adjustment

Serious filmmakers will need a bigger tripod, but for vlogging, a smaller tripod like this Manfrotto may be all you need. The BeFree Live Lever-Lock tripod kit uses three-section aluminum legs that are clamped down using lever locks. There is a different version available using twist-lock legs, too. And even a lighter carbon fiber version but that costs significantly more. 

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A powerful but compact on-camera monitor/recorder

Specifications

Screen size: 5-inch
Screen tech: LCD
Screen resolution: 1920 x 1080
Aspect ratio: 16:9
Recording capabilities: Yes
Batteries: Sony L-Style
Touchscreen: Yes
HDR: Yes
Brightness: 1000 nits

Reasons to buy

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Very compact
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Built-in video recorder
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Feature-packed

Reasons to avoid

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Fan noise
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No buttons

For serious video work it's likely you'll need a bigger screen than the monitor on the back of the camera and higher-powered capture and storage capabilities. The Atomos Ninja V is the gold standard in on-the-go external monitors that double up as video recorders, earning the highest possible score in our review for its ability to improve the quality of footage captured. It’s particularly suited to videographers, with support for 4K capture at up to 60fps, ProRes HQ, 422, DNxHR to name a few codecs. 

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Storage

You need a way of storing your digital images and video, both in your camera during capture, on your computer or while you're travelling from one location to another. Here are some of our top recommendations.

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31. SanDisk Extreme PRO SDXC UHS-I

A great all-round SD card right, either for burst shooting or 4K video

Specifications

Card type: SDXC
Capacity: Up to 512GB
Read Speed: Up to 90MB/s
Write Speed: Up to 170MB/s
Warranty: Lifetime limited warranty
Suitable for: Both photography and video (including 4K)

Reasons to buy

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Great rapid-fire performance
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Good for stutter-free video

Reasons to avoid

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Slightly pricey
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There are faster cards at this level

There are A LOT of SD cards on the market, but we think this one offers a great combination of speed, capacity and affordability. This SanDisk comes in capacities ranging from 32GB to a staggering 1TB and an impressive UHS Speed Class 3 rating. However, the most impressive aspect of the Extreme PRO SDXC card is its write speeds of up to 90MB/s, which allows your camera to handle rapid-fire sequential shooting in both JPEG and RAW with ease and also makes it suitable for 4K video capture.

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One of the first CFexpress cards available

Specifications

Card type: CFexpress
Capacity: Up to 512GB
Read Speed: Up to 1700MB/s
Write Speed: Up to 1400MB/s
Warranty: Not specified
Suitable for: Pro photography

Reasons to buy

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Incredible speeds
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Loads of capacity options

Reasons to avoid

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Expensive
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Limited compatibility (for now)

CFexpress is the latest, best and fastest memory card format, and SanDisk has hit the ground running with its new Extreme Pro CFexpress cards. These offer the kind of transfer speeds up to a frankly astonishing 1700MB/s read and up to 1400 MB/s write. The card format is being rapidly adopted by high-end cameras, such as the Canon EOS-1D X Mk III (opens in new tab), Nikon D6 (opens in new tab), Nikon Z6 and Z7, as well as the Panasonic Lumix S1 and Lumix S1R. We're confident we'll be seeing a lot more of this fantastic format in the future, with prices continuing to fall as a result.

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33. WD My Passport

An affordable and portable USB-powered hard drive

Specifications

Technology: HDD
Available capacities: 1TB-4TB
Dimensions: 110 x 81.5 x 13.8-21.5mm
Image read/write speeds: 112/112MB/s
Video read/write speeds: 114/114MB/s

Reasons to buy

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High capacity for modest money 
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Fairly quick

Reasons to avoid

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Not USB-C
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Average data transfer speeds

Portable hard drives are perfect for storing images and video when you are on the move, and for boosting the often limited capacity of a laptop computer. This latest WD My Passport (opens in new tab) design comes in black, white, red, blue, orange and yellow colour options. It’s about as light and compact as a conventional portable hard drive gets. Value is the My Passport’s biggest selling point, with the 4TB version being especially enticing thanks to its incredible price per gigabyte. 

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34. SanDisk Extreme Portable SSD V2

A hugely fast yet well-priced portable SSD, plus it's water-resistant!

Specifications

Technology: SSD
Available capacities: 250GB, 500GB, 1TB, 2TB
Dimensions: 110.26mm x 57.34mm x 10.22mm
Image read/write speeds: 693/496MB/s
Video read/write speeds: 780/564MB/s

Reasons to buy

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Unparalleled speed
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Small and rugged
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Competitively priced

Reasons to avoid

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Max speed requires very fast computer
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2TB capacity very expensive

Portable SSDs are much more expensive than regular hard drives, but they are also smaller and lighter and WAY faster. This is not SanDisk's top-of-the-range portable SSD - that honour currently goes to the Extreme Pro Portable SSD V2, but this cheaper non-Pro version is still the one to go for. That's because almost no computer currently available can fully exploit the extra speed offered by the Extreme Pro, so in real-world use it's barely faster than this SSD. Capacities come in 250GB, 500GB, 1TB and 2TB, but it's the 500GB option that makes most sense unless you definitely need more space, as prices pretty much double in line with capacity.

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35. Seagate Expansion Desktop 8TB

An affordable and easy to use desktop drive in many capacities

Specifications

Capacity: 4-16TB
Interface: USB 3.0 (USB 2.0 compatible)

Reasons to buy

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Looks good on a desk
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Loads of capacities, including 16TB
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Super-easy to set up and use

Reasons to avoid

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Not the cheapest

If you just need a backup or storage disk for your desktop computer, you don't need to pay a fortune. Seagate's no-frills desktop hard drive comes in capacities from 4TB to 16TB, with the 6TB and 8TB options currently being best value and spacious enough for around 1.6 million JPEG images. The drive's fast USB 3.0 connection gives you speed as well as easy plug-and-play compatibility with most computers. Just bear in mind the included USB Type-A cable may need a cheap adapter to convert it to a Type-C plug that'll fit a modern MacBook.

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36. WD My Cloud EX2 Ultra NAS drive

NAS storage made simple – the perfect choice for photographers

Specifications

Capacity: 4TB, 8TB, 12TB, 16TB
Interface: Gigabit Ethernet, USB 3.0
Features: Remote file access, RAID features, My Cloud OS 3 software

Reasons to buy

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Dual core CPU
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Dual bay for RAID setups

Reasons to avoid

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Operating system is simplistic
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Lack of app support

NAS drives make your images available online via your own private Internet connection. Some NAS drives can be intimidating, but the beauty of the WD My Cloud EX2 Ultra is how easy it is to set up and use, with no unnecessary or confusing initial settings to navigate. The My Cloud EX2 Ultra is already equipped with hard drives, so there are no unpleasant extra costs to be incurred. The deals we've got are for the base 4TB capacity, which is plenty for most users, but you can spec up to 16TB of space if you're a heavy user. The built-in software  allows you to use the drive as an FTP server, and the drive can also be set to make automatic backups.

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Computing

As photographers and videographers, we spend half as much time in front of our computers as we do behind the camera! Here are some kit suggestions to make this computing time faster, more effective and more efficient.

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37. Apple MacBook Pro 16-inch (2021)

This MacBook Pro is the ultimate photo-editing laptop

Specifications

Processor: Apple M1 Pro (10-core) or Apple M1 Max (10-core)
RAM: 16GB / 32GB / 64GB Unified memory
Storage: 512GB – 8TB SSD
Screen: 16.2-inch, 3,456 x 2,234 Liquid Retina XDR display (mini-LED, 1,000 nits sustained brightness, wide color P3 gamut, ProMotion technology)