There are some bits of camera kit that keep you awake at night thinking about them. These aren't them. These are cheap essentials to cram into your camera bag and forget about... until that day when you really, really need them.
Here's our list of Amazon Prime Day bargain essentials. Just try to stay awake long enough to read it (and if you want something more interesting and expensive, check out all the last minute Prime Day camera deals) ....
Manfrotto PIXI Mini Tripod with Smartphone Clamp | $23.99 | List price $39.99
You never know when you might be glad of this ultra-simple mini tripod. The legs even fold together to form a neat handgrip for a bit of smartphone vlogging, and you even get a smartphone clamp included. Or you can take it off and attach the PIXI directly to your camera's tripod socket.
Price includes 20% Prime discount applied at checkout
AGPTEK Lavalier Microphone | $14.99
You know what ruins most video? It's not the camera, it's the audio. If your on-camera mics pick up the wrong sounds from the wrong place, you need an external mic. This lavalier mic clips to your subject's lapel and has a super-long 6m cable that plugs into your camera's 3.5mm mic socket. Don't like this one? You can get lots more, including wireless mics, on Amazon.
Price includes $3.75 Prime discount
SanDisk 128GB Extreme microSDXC UHS-I Memory Card: $19.99
This is the Swiss Army Knife of memory cards. 128GB is big enough for most jobs, the V30 class rating is fine for 4K video, and because it's microSD it fits straight into drones, action cams, 360 cameras, even Android smartphones – AND it comes with an SD adaptor so you can use it in your regular camera too. The adaptor also means transferring files to your computer or via a card reader will be simple.
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Ulanzi U-Bright LED Video Light with Tripod | $17.56
Our top photography tip? Always, always, always keep a little LED panel in your camera bag. It's handy for stills photography, especially since modern cameras are so good at high ISOs, and because it's continuous lighting it's even better for vlogging. The Ulanzi clips straight into your camera's hotshoe but also fits on its own mini-tripod. You can even clip several together for more light.
Nanuk 910 Waterproof Hard Case with Foam Insert | $44.96
We thought we'd finish our list of boring things to keep in your camera bag with a thing which was itself a boring bag. Or a hard case, to be specific. Nobody buys hard cases because they are beautiful, but this Nanuk has a customisable foam interior, has an IP67 waterproof rating, is dustproof, shockproof and impact resistant. It's also bright orange so you won't lose it on the beach or in the airport luggage trolley. Your camera gear might be bored, but at least it will be safe. (Many other colors and sizes are available.)