The Buyers guide to...Best Camera Accessories

If you’ve ever popped into a camera store you’ll know that there’s a huge array of camera accessories that are designed to help you capture better images or carry your kit more comfortably.

These accessories also make great gifts for photographers, but if you’re not a photographer yourself, it’s hard to know what to chose. And if you are, with so many options available, it can be difficult to pick the wheat from the chaff.

Thankfully here at Jabber HQ, we get hands-on with a huge range of kit so we can advise. With that in mind, here’s our buyers’ guide to the best camera accessories on the market right now.

What are the best camera accessories to own?

Camera bag
Tripod
Tripod head
Remote release
Flashgun
Flash diffuser
More lenses!
Lens hood
Filters
Lens and sensor cleaners

Breakthrough X2 Infra Red Filter

Breakthrough Filters IR

Price when reviewed

£75

$75

For

  • Premium quality
  • Easy to use
  • Textured frame for easy fitting

Against

  • Requires a different approach to focus
  • Diameter: 49 - 82mm
  • Construction: CNC machined aluminium and AGC glass
  • Coatings: Each side has 4-layers of Multi-Resistant Coating to reduce flare and ghosting, Breakthrough Nanotec Nano Coating to repel dirt and water

The Breakthrough X2 Infra Red Filter is a great accessory if you want to capture more unusual images.

Available in a range of sizes from 49 to 82mm it screws on to the end of a lens and cuts out all visible light, only allowing infra-red (IR) to reach the camera’s sensor.

It features Breakthrough’s Nanotec nano coating to repel dirt, water and fingerprints and has 8-layer (4 on each side) multi-resistant coatings to reduce flare and ghosting.

The Breakthrough X2 Infra Red Filter is cheaper and more affordable than permanently converting a digital camera to IR photography.

Follow the link to buy the Breakthrough X2 Infra Red Filter and get 5% by using the code CAMERAJABBER at the checkout.

Peak Design Slide Lite

Peak Design Slide Lite Review

Price when reviewed

£39.00

$49.95
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For

  • High-quality look and feel
  • Adjustable length
  • Anchor mounts make it fast and easy to detach and reattatch

Against

  • Heavy cameras can make the strap extend
  • We'd prefer the grippy coating to be on the other side of the strap
  • Product Type: Camera strap
  • Length: Adjustable 99-145cm
  • Material: Nylon webbing

Although a strap is supplied in the box with a camera, they’re not usually the best devices. They’re often a pain to attach and remove, and they can lack grip or are only suitable for hanging over your shoulder. For this reason, many photographers invest in a third party strap. There are lots on the market, but the Peak Design Slide Lite is our current favourite.

Peak Design makes three traditional-style straps, the Slide, the Leash and the Slide Lite. The Slide is the widest of the three while the Leash is the thinnest. Which means the Slide Lite sits in the middle. It’s billed as a strap for mirrorless cameras and small DSLRs, but we’ve found it works with quite a wide range of cameras.

Helpfully, the Slide Lite’s length can be adjusted quickly and easily between 99cm and 145cm. That makes it useful for use around your neck, on your shoulder or across your body.

Another neat feature is that it attaches to a camera via Peak Design’s Anchors. These thread onto a camera’s strap lugs or they can attach via the supplied low-profile metal Anchor Mount that fixes in the tripod bush.

The Anchors snap quickly onto the strap and can be removed just as easily – which is handy if you want to support the camera on a tripod and you don’t want the strap to waft about in the wind.

Although it’s a very functional strap, the Slide Lite looks good and is available in black or Ash colours.

BlackRapid Double Breathe

BlackRapid Double Breathe - front

Price when reviewed

£134.95

$134.95
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For

  • Lets you carry two cameras in comfort
  • Adjustable for height and build
  • Secure fixing on the cameras

Against

  • Care needed when putting it on and taking it off
  • Attaches to the cameras' tripod mount
  • Product type: Camera harness
  • Length: Adjustable to 160cm
  • Material: Nylon

Sometimes you need to carry two cameras rather than constantly swap between long and short lenses. The BlackRapid Double Breathe is the perfect choice for those occasions. It’s basically two BlackRapid Sport Breathes joined together so that one camera is on your left and the other on your right. Each camera is attached via their tripod mount.

The Double Breathe has two shoulder pads to spread the weight of the cameras. Chest and back straps keep the 2.5cm wide straps together while the cameras hang at the lowest point of the webbing.

A snap fastening makes the chest strap easy to undo so you can take the Double Breathe off quickly and easily. And at the back, the lower strap is elasticated to add a little more comfort.

The suppled screw mounts fastened to the cameras’ tripod mounts and then lockable carabineers link them to the Double Breathe.

If you like the idea of a harness style strap, but don’t want to carry two cameras, take a look at our BlackRapid Sport Breathe review.

Vallerret Markhof Pro 2.0 Photography Glove

Price when reviewed

£74.95

€74.95
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  • Product type: Glove
  • Designed for: Mid-winter
  • Available sizes: XS-XXL
  • Materials: Goat leather, 2 ply DWR outer shell and suede with Thinsulate insulation and Merino wool inner

Winter is a great time for photography but the cold can really take its toll on your fingers when you’re holding your camera.

These gloves are the upgrade to the original Vallerret Markhof Pro gloves that are still giving Jeff and I great service.

The Thinsulate insulation and merino wool inner keep your fingers nice and warm, then when you want to take a photographer you just need to flip back the index finger and thumb caps to give you the dexterity to use the camera controls. Helpful magnets keep the caps out of the way while you shoot.

Once you’ve finished shooting, just flip back the caps to keep your fingers toasty.

Read our Vallerret Markhof Pro review
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Vallerret W’s Nordic Photography Gloves

Vallerret Women's Nordic Photography Gloves Review

Price when reviewed

£74.95

€74.95
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  • Product type: Gloves
  • Designed for : Mild winter
  • Sizes available: XS-L
  • Materials: Goat leather, 2 ply twill outer shell and suede with Thinsulate insulation and Merino wool inner

Designed with women’s hands in mind, these gloves are very similar to the Vallerret Markhof Pro 2.0 photography gloves.

Like the Markhof Pros, they keep your hands warm, have a comfortable jersey cuff along with a zip-closing pocket on the back of the right glove which contains a tripod quick release plate key on a lanyard.

Read our Vallerret W’s Nordic Photography Gloves review
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Sony SF-G UHS-II

Sony SF-G UHS-II 64GB

Price when reviewed

£59.00

$60.25
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For

  • Fast enough to maintain current cameras' maximum burst speed and buffer depth
  • Supports 4K video recording
  • Available in a range of capacities

Against

  • Large capacity cards get expensive
  • Easy to lose - but that's the same for all SD cards
  • Product type: SDXC memory card
  • UHS SPeed Class: II
  • Read speed: Up to 260MB/s
  • Write speed: Up to 100MB/s

Most modern enthusiast- and professional-level cameras that use an SD-type memory card are compliant with UHS-II media. That means that although you can use a UHS-I card, you may not get the full benefit of the card slot.

It’s not usually a drama if you’re shooting stills, especially if you don’t shoot in long bursts, but it can be a problem if you want to shoot 4K video.

Without a fast card you may find that you can only shoot very short clips.

This card from Sony is available from capacities of 32GB, but the 64GB version is better value. It’s a class 10 UHS-II card, which means it’s got the chops for 4K video.

SanDisk Extreme Portable SSD

SanDisk Extreme Portable SSD review

Price when reviewed

£72.99

$99.99
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For

  • Slim enough to fit in a small bag
  • Up to 550MB/s read speed
  • Supplied with a high-quality USB-C cable and USB-A adapter

Against

  • You'll always want more capacity
  • Heats up a little during use
  • Product type: Portable solid state storage drive (SSD)
  • Capacity: 250GB, 500GB, 1TB, 2TB
  • Interface: USB-3.1 (Gen2)
  • Dimensions: 8.85 x 49.55 x 96.2mm
  • Weight: 38.9g

This rugged little storage drive is perfect for taking away with you to store images or videos and prevent your laptop from grinding to a halt.

Helpfully, it’s also water and dust resistance to IP55 standard and can withstand a drop from 2m on to a concrete floor. According to Western Digital, it’s vibration-resistant and shock-resistant to 1500G which means it’s not a drive you have to worry about too much. Sling it in your bag and it’s all good.

Further good news is that it comes supplied with a high-quality USB-C abled and a decent USB-A adapter, so it’s compatible with lots of computers.

We found that images and vide transfer quickly to and from the card, and they render quickly when you browse them on the drive.

Hahnel Pro Cube 2

Best Sony A7 III Accessories

For

  • Compact design
  • Dual charging
  • Battery health check

Against

  • Health check not immediately obvious
  • Not app-enabled
  • No battery refresh option
  • Product type: Battery charger
  • Compatibility: Available for a range of Canon, Fujifilm, Nikon, Olympus, Panasonic and Sony camera batteries
  • Capacity: Charges 1 or 2 camera batteries or 4 AA batteries at a time
  • Power supply: Mains or 12V car adapter (supplied)

Camera manufacturers may be trying to extend battery life, but digital cameras still chomp their way through battery power at a fair lick. And increasingly, we’re seeing USB charging being featured and now battery charger supplied in the camera box. While this can be convenient for travel, without a battery charger you’re stumped if you want to shoot with one battery while you charge another.

The Hahnel Pro Cube 2 is a great solution.

Firstly, the Hahnel Pro Cube 2 has two battery slots so you can charge two batteries at a time. But if you only need to charge one, that’s fine too. Also, the battery plates are interchangeable you can use one charge a range of batteries. Hahnel supplies the Pro Cube 2 with battery plates/trays for a specific camera brand, plus a 4x AA tray.

The AA battery charge just slots on top of the camera battery tray. If you need to swap to a different camera battery tray, just reach for the supplied pin (or a straightened paper clip), push it in the hole to release the tray and click in the one you need. Easy.

Helpfully, a small display on the front of the charger keeps you informed about the battery status.

Read our review of the Hahnel Pro Cube 2

Check the price of the Hahnel Pro Cube 2 at Amazon UK, Amazon.com, Park Cameras, Adorama

 

Profoto A1X

Profoto A1X claims title of world’s smallest studio light

Price when reviewed

£949

$1059
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For

  • Reliable output and wireless connection
  • Very easy to use
  • Rechargeable battery and magnetic modifiers included

Against

  • High price
  • Not as powerful as some cheaper units
  • Only really compatible with dedicated modifiers
  • Product type: Flashgun
  • Power: 76Ws
  • Energy range: 9Ev (f/2-f/10)
  • Recycling time: 0.05-1.0s
  • TTL: Yes
  • Wireless connectivity: 20 channees, 2.4 GHz (2404 to 2479.3 MHz)
  • Power: Rechargeable Li-ion, powers up to 450 full-power flashes
  • Dimensions (LxWxH): 16.5 x 7.5 x 10.8cm
  • Weight: 560 g (1.2lbs) including battery

We loved the Profoto A1 and now the A1X has come along offering better battery life and a tweaked interface.

Its rechargeable battery lasts for 100 more full-power flashes than the A1, 450 vs 350. The recycling time is also reduced to 1sec, down from 1.2sec with the A1. The number of wireless channels has also been increased from 8 to 20 and the interface display is more similar to that of the Profoto B10 studio light.

The real beauty of the Profoto A1X, as with the A1, is its was of use. The interface is straightforward and the controls simple but effective.

It’s not the cheapest flash around but it comes with a rechargeable battery and charger and a collection of modifiers that have magnets so they snap onto the light.

Profotos’s Air-TTL technology is built-in so you can use an A1X to trigger other A1Xs (or A1s), or it can be trigger by a Profoto AirRemote.

While the A1 is available for Canon and Nikon cameras, the A1X is available for Canon, Nikon and Sony.

MagMod Starter Kit

Best camera accessories

Price when reviewed

£119.95

$99.95
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For

  • Very easy to use once the MagGrip is on
  • Silent - no ripping Velcro
  • Excellent softening

Against

  • Fairly expensive
  • MagGrip can be tough to pull on the flash - but it's a one-time job
  • Product type: Flash modifier
  • Material: Silicon and polycarbonate
  • Mount: Stretch-fit and magnets

The light from most flashguns can be harsh and unattractive so it usually needs some form of diffusion by a modifier. The Profoto A1X is a notable exception and it comes with its own range of modifiers in the box.

Some flash modifiers take a bit of setting up or use troublesome rubber bands or noisy velcro. The MagMod system uses an ingenious grip that slips over the end of your flashgun and houses a couple of magnets. These then allow the MagMod modifiers like the MagSphere or MagGrip to be popped on and off very quickly. You just leave the grip in place ready for the next time you need to use a modifier.

MagMod’s modifiers have proved a huge hit with wedding and social photographers because of their ease of use and the soft light they produce without losing lots of flash power. They get our vote too.

3 Legged Thing Punks Brian

Punks Brian review

Price when reviewed

£215.00

$299.99
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For

  • Taller than most other travel tripods
  • Has a build-in monopod
  • Packs down to 41cm in length

Against

  • Lower leg sections are thin
  • Some may prefer clip-locks to twist locks
  • Product type: Travel tripod
  • Max height: 187cm
  • Packed length: 41cm
  • Max payload: 14Kg
  • Weight: 1.45Kg

A travel tripod is a great addition to your kit. It can transform your holiday photos so you get super-sharp night-shots, perfect self-portraits and awesome long exposures. And the 3 Legged Thing Punks Brian is an excellent choice. It packs down to 41cm yet has a maximum height of 1.87m and can support a load of up to 14Kg.

There’s also a reversible centre column that enables low-level shooting and a removable leg which transforms into a monopod.

Read our review of the 3 Legged Thing Punks Brian

If you want to check out some other options, take a look at our buyers’ guide to the best travel tripods

Hahnel Captur Timer Kit

Best Camera Accessories: Wireless remote

Price when reviewed

£79.00

$91.22
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For

  • 100m range
  • Doesn't rely on line of sight
  • Ideal for long exposure and timelapse photography

Against

  • Not app-enabled
  • Can be fiddly to operate
  • Product type: Wireless remote release
  • Comaptibility: Available for a wide range of cameras
  • Range: 100mm
  • Connection: Wireless using 2.4 GHz frequency
  • Power: 2x AA batteries

A wireless remote helps you capture perfectly sharp, shake-free images. However, a wireless remote like the Hahnel Captur Timer Kit can do a bit more besides. There’s a built-in interval timer, for example, that enables you to shoot timelapses. It means you’ll be able to create stunning short videos of events that normally take place over a long period of time – sunsets can be compressed into seconds, for example.

It can also help with timing long exposures for streaked clouds or smooth water.

Hahnel offers the Captur Timer Kit for Canon, Nikon, Panasonic, Olympus and Sony cameras.

Take a look at our buyers’ guide to the best wireless camera remotes

B+W XS-Pro Digital ND Vario MRC Nano

B+W XS-Pro Digital ND Vario MRC Nano

Price when reviewed

£234.99

$188.95
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For

  • Very convenient in changing light
  • Simple to fit and use
  • Excellent optical quality

Against

  • You need multiple filters or a larger filter and step-up rings if you have lenses with different filter thread sizes
  • High price
  • Strong filtration required in very bright light
  • Product type: Variable neutral density filter
  • Filter strength: 1-5EV
  • Size: Available in 52-82mm

If you’re getting into video you’ve probably discovered that it can be hard to maintain a constant shutter speed and aperture when you’re shooting outside. The variation in the light means the exposure keeps changing and that has an impact upon the look of your footage. A variable ND filter allows you to even out those changes so you can maintain the same shutter speed and aperture throughout.

Schneider Optics’ B+W XS-Pro Digital ND Vario MRC Nano is a great variable ND filter. Its Multi-Resistant Coating that repels rain and sea spray and reduces ghosting and reflections to ensure high-quality results.

It’s also available in thread sizes from 52-82mm and provides between 1 and 5EV of light reduction.

If the price of the B+W XS-Pro Digital ND Vario MRC Nano is too high for your budget, take a look at our buyers’ guide to the best variable ND filters.

Vanguard Alta Sky 45D

Vanguard Alta Sky 45D review

Price when reviewed

£149.00

$185.47
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For

  • Rugged, weatherproof and built to last
  • Your kit is well-protected
  • Well-padded, comfortable shoulder straps

Against

  • Bulky
  • Good for when you need to carry most of your kit, but overkill on lighter days
  • Some of the openings open a little too easily
  • Product type: Backpack
  • External size: 310 × 230 × 495mm
  • Weight: 2.2Kg
  • Internal capacity: 22L
  • Suitable to hold: Upper Compartment: Pro DSLR with lens (up to 70-200 f2.8) attached, 2-3 lenses and a flashgun; Lower Compartment: DSLR/Mirrorless camera with kit lens attached and 2 extra lenses, 13 inch. Laptop and/or 9 inch Tablet

Photographers are always in search of the perfect bag and often have a few to cover all eventualities. The Vanguard Alta Sky 45D, however, is a versatile bag that could be the answer you’ve been looking for.

It’s got plenty of well-padded space to carry your camera gear, plus lots of pockets to stash accessories and essentials like your passport. There’s also a convenient point to mount a tripod.  Crucially, the straps are wide and extremely well-padded so they’re comfortable even when the bag is fully-laden.

Find out more about the Vanguard Alta Sky 45D in our full review.

Billingham Hadley One

Best accessories: shoulder bag

Price when reviewed

£259.00

$399.00
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For

  • Iconic style and design
  • Made from water-resistant canvas or FibreNyte fabric depending upon the colour
  • Will last a lifetime

Against

  • The strap could be a little more comfortable
  • Quite expensive (in the short term)
  • Suitable for mirrorless cameras and mid-sized DSLRs
  • Product type: Shoulder bag
  • External dimensions (WxDxH): 410 x 190 x 275mm / 16⅛ x 7½ x 11-inches (excluding top handle)
  • Capacity: Without padded insert: 8.75L With included padded insert: 3.9L
  • Weight: 1.38Kg
  • Laptop compartment capacity: 13-inch laptop

Billingham’s Hadley One is aimed at photographers with a mirrorless camera or a small to medium size DSLR. It has an unrivalled finish with fabulous attention to detail, while the durable brass locks and leather straps mean this is a bag that will last you a long time. In fact, Ali has been using a Hadley for 20 years.

There’s more than enough room to carry a DSLR with a 24-70mm lens attached and a long lens like a 100-400mm. Plus there are two front pockets to hold a few accessories.

We love the Billingham Hadley One, but read our buyers’ guide to the best shoulder bags to see a few other options.

Rotolight NEO 2

Rotolight Neo 2 Review

Price when reviewed

£199.99

$295.90
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For

  • Excellent, soft and controllable light
  • Flash or continuous light
  • Simple controls

Against

  • Flash not as powerful as a high-end flashgun
  • App-control would simplify setting selections
  • Product type: Portable LED light: continuous or flash
  • Power: Mains or 6 x AA (NiMH or Lithium-ion) high performance batteries provides 85,000 flashes at full power, or 1.5 hours continuous run time (max power)
  • Mount: Integral tripod-mount thread
  • Trigger: Cable or via an Elinchrom Skyport - a wireless flash receiver is built-in
  • Colour temperature: Adjustable 6300-3150K
  • Power: 2000Lux at 0.9m, aperture at ISO 200/400/800 : f8/ f11/ f16 (in HSS Flash mode)
  • Class Color Rendering (CRI): 96

The Rotolight Neo 2 is a LED light, as well as being a constant light, it can be used as a flash. And not just any old flash, it can be used in high-speed sync (HSS) mode to sync with shutter speeds of up to 1/8000 sec with no recycling time.

If you want the HSS functionality, you’ll need a wireless trigger like the Rotolight HSS Transmitter by Elinchrom. This is available for Canon, Nikon, Sony, Olympus/Panasonic and Fujifilm cameras. The transmitter links to the Skyport receiver that’s built-in the Neo 2. Some third-party transmitters are also compatible, but they don’t enable some of the remote control that the Rotolight unit does.

Helpfully, the Neo 2 also has a 3.5mm sync port. This means you can also use a cable connection to your camera, however, the shutter speed is limited to the camera’s standard sync speed. Typically, that’s up to a maximum of 1/250sec.

Of course, many people are more interested in the Rotolight Neo 2’s constant light capability. This is especially useful with mirrorless cameras because their live-view-enabled electronic viewfinder lets you see the image as it will be captured. Also, the Neo 2 is small and light enough to be mounted in the camera’s hotshoe, which is ideal for video.

Conveniently, the Neo 2 is a bicolour light so you can adjust the colour range between 3150K and 6300K to suit the conditions.

The Rotolight Neo 2 is convenient and easy to use. What’s more, its colour accuracy is good and you don’t find it drifting during a shoot. It’s the same with the brightness, it stays at the set value and there’s no flickering evident in video.

For more information on this versatile light, check out our Rotolight NEO 2 review.

Rode Wireless Go

Rode Wireless Go

Price when reviewed

£159.00

$278.00
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For

  • Small, compact units with a built-in mic
  • Easy to pair the receiver and transmitter pair
  • Compatible with external mic via a 3.5mm port

Against

  • Can't pair the receiver with more than one transmitter
  • The supplied windshield gets knocked off fairly easily
  • Product type: Wireless microphone system
  • Transmission type: 2.4GHz Digital Frequency Agile System
  • Microphone type: Omnidirectional
  • Frequency Range: 50Hz - 20kHz
  • External Mic Input: 20Hz - 20kHz
  • Maximum Output Level: +3dBu
  • Power: Built-in rechargeable Li-po battery with a life of up to 7 hours

If you’re getting into video you’ll know that the mics built into most cameras are fine for recording a bit of ambient sound, but they’re not much cop with dialogue. The simplest way to improve the audio is to plug a mic directly into your camera. A clip/lavalier or handheld mic is usually the best option for capturing a voiceover or piece to camera. However, that means you’ve got trailing cables which have a knack of getting in the way. If you’re not tripping over them, they’re too short or tangled. It doesn’t take long before you’re investigating wireless mic systems.

Our recommendation is that you cut straight to the Rode Wireless Go. It gets our thumbs up as the best mic right now.

If the thought of going for a wireless mic as your first camera microphone is a bit worrying, let us calm your fears. The Rode Wireless Go couldn’t be easier to use. Once you’ve charged the batteries in the receiver and transmitter, you just need to slip the transmitter in your camera’s hotshoe, connect it to the camera via the supplied cable, and power up both units. As soon as they’re turned on, the transmitter and receiver connect and you’re ready to roll.

Helpfully, Rode has included an omnidirectional mic in the transmitters. This means you can clip it on your clothes to record your voice. However, if you prefer, you can clip it on your belt/pocket and plug in a lavalier mic. We found it works very well whichever mic you opt for.

DJI Ronin-S

DJI Ronin-S

Price when reviewed

£399.99

$479.00
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For

  • Simple set-up
  • Enables incredibly smooth video
  • Solid construction

Against

  • Quite heavy for a single-handle unit
  • Not compatible with all cameras so check the DJI website
  • Product type: Motorised stabilising gimbal
  • Weight: 3.2lb (gimbal only), 4.0lb (including gimbal and grip)
  • Dimensions: 202 x 185 x 486mm
  • Load weight: 3.6Kg

There was a lot of excitement about the arrival of DJI’s three-axis gimbal and it doesn’t disappoint. It delivers on its main aim of stabilising your camera to create, smooth, footage but it has lots more to offer. For instance, the handle has a joystick that enables you to change the camera position and there are buttons to allow you to select the SmoothTrack profiles and start and stop recording.

In addition, there’s a Focus Wheel that can mount on either side of the handle and the Push Mode lets you adjust the pan, tilt and roll axis by hand.

It can take a while to balance your camera in a gimbal and get everything set-up, but the Ronin-S is one of the easier models. Helpfully, it has an Auto-Tune function that monitors the motors and adjusts the strength and speed as required.

DJI also offers a companion smartphone app that extends the Ronin-S’s features with options such as Panorama, Motion lapsed, Timelapse and Track.

Further good news is that the battery lasts for 12 hours on a single charge.

BenQ SW270C

BenQ SW270C

Price when reviewed

£699

$772
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For

  • Excellent display Accuracy
  • Robust and well designed
  • Puck controller

Against

  • Not 4K resolution
  • Still expensive
  • Screen Size: 27-inch
  • Max Resolution: 2560x1440
  • Adobe RGB Color Space: 99%
  • Panel Type: IPS

The BenQ SW270C is by no means cheap compared with a run of the mill display, but when you compare the specs and quality against dedicated photography monitors that are twice the price, you can’t fail to be impressed.

It’s a huge leap forward in quality compared with standard monitors enabling you to edit in near full AdobeRGB, P3 or Rec. 709.

When you have a monitor of this quality at this price, it does make you wonder why you’d spend any more on display.

While the display, build quality and usability are fantastic, the feature set is reflected in the price. Firstly the resolution while useful doesn’t stretch to 4K, to get that boost on a monitor of this quality you’re going to have to pay double.

Then there are the colour spaces, while sRGB and AdobeRGB are suitable even using the advanced setting it reaches 88% of P3.

However, the quality of the image is not in doubt, and you will not be disappointed with this outstanding monitor.

At this price, few other monitors come close to the SW270C. Would I buy one to replace the now-retired Apple 30-inch Cinema display? Do you know I think I will.

Think Tank Lens Case Duo 20

Price when reviewed

£26.95

$28.75
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  • Internal Dimensions (diameter x height): 10.8 x 16.5cm / 4.3 x 6.5-inches
  • Exterior Dimensions (diameter x height): 12.8 x 17.5 cm / 5 x 6.9-inches
  • Weight: 100g
  • Suitable for (with lens hood attached and reversed): Canon / Nikon / Sony: 24-70mm f2.8, Canon: 24-105mm f4, Nikon: 14-24mm f2.8, Sony: 85mm f1.4, Canon / Sony: 100mm f2.8, Nikon: 105mm f2.8

Think Tank’s Lens Case Duo comes in a range of sizes, but the Think Tank Lens Case Duo 20 is likely to be one of the most useful for enthusiast photographers because it can hold a 24-70mm f/2.8 lens with the lens hood reversed, or a Canon 24-105mm f4, Nikon 14-24mm f2.8, Sony 85mm f1.4, Canon 100mm f/2.8,  Sony 100mm f/2.8 or Nikon 105mm f2.8.

It has a zip around the top edge and another down the side. This makes it easy to access or stow your lens, while the 420D velocity nylon and high-density foam protect the optic.

The exterior has two stretchy pockets plus a belt loop and attachments for the supplied strap.

Think Tank Lens Case Duo 5

Price when reviewed

£19.95

$20.75
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  • Product type: lens case
  • Internal Dimensions (diameter x height): 7.5 x 11.5cm / 3 x 4.6-inches
  • External dimensions (diameter x height): 9.5 x 12.5cm / 3.7 x 4.9-inches
  • Weight: 100g
  • Suitable for (without lens hood): Canon / Nikon: 18-55mm f3.5-5.6, Canon: 10-18mm f4.5-5.6 Canon / Nikon: 50mm f1.4, Nikon: 55-200mm f4-5.6 AF-S, Olympus: 12-40mm f2.8, 40-150mm f4-5.6

The smallest of the Think Tank Lens Case Duo range, this is useful keeping a small kit lens of 50mm lens safe when you’re carrying it in a standard backpack or bag.

Think Tank Lens Case Duo 15

Price when reviewed

£24.95

$26.75
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  • Product type: Lens case
  • Internal Dimensions (diameter x height): 8.5 x 17cm / 3.4 x 6.7-inches
  • Exterior Dimensions (diameter x height): 10.5 x 18cm / 4.1 x 7.1-inches
  • Weight: 100g
  • Suitable for (without lens hood): Canon / Nikon: 70-300mm f4.5-5.6, Canon / Nikon: 18-200mm f3.5-5.6, Tamron: 18-400mm f3.5-6.3, Nikon: 18-300mm f3.5-5.6, Nikon: 10-24mm f3.5-4.5, Tokina: 11-16mm f2.8, Canon / Nikon: 24mm f1.4, Canon / Nikon: 35mm f1.4, Canon / Sony: 100mm f2.8, Nikon: 105mm f2.8

Longer and thinner than the Think Tank Lens Cade Duo 20, this case is just as useful, having all the same features. It’s perfect for travel when you want to shove a lens into a standard, non-photographic bag.

Think Tank Red Whips V2

Price when reviewed

£9

$9.75
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  • Product type: Bungee cord fastening
  • Length: 16cm
  • Weight: 20g

These bungee cords come with quick-release fastenings and are sold in packs of 12. They’re useful for all sorts of things, but they’re especially handy for keeping cables tidy, attaching small accessories and pouches to a bag or preventing a tripod from flailing around on your backpack. They can even be used to hang a weight from the hook at the base of a tripod centre column.

At £9/$9.75 for 12 they’re worth buying to have available whenever you find a need for one.

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