8 Items Under $50 That Every Photographer Should Have

A Lens Mug is a great and affordable item for every photographer. Coffee for this shoot kindly donated by Cafe Integral. Check them out. You'll love them.

A Lens Mug is a great and affordable item for every photographer. Coffee for this shoot kindly donated by Cafe Integral. Check them out. You’ll love them.

While all that you need to actually shoot is a lens and a camera, there are many items that help keep you shooting that every photographer should have–and then there are the novelty items. These are usually small little things that can help you when you’re in a bind or have some sort of problem that otherwise needs to be fixed.

We’ve rounded up just a couple that we’re really in love with under the $50 mark.

Microfiber Cloth

Micro Fiber Cloth

Microfiber cloths are soft clothes with no sort of abrasion on them. They’re easy to clean and are designed for cleaning glass. Use these in your lenses, camera LCDs, viewfinder, etc. Of anything on this list, this is what you need.

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Gaffers Tape

Gaffers Tape

For years, photographers have turned to gaffers tape to do all sorts of things. It’s placed on cameras to conceal the manufacturer, hold battery doors in place, add extra grip to the camera, tape down electrical cords, etc.

When you’re in a bind, gaffers tape may truly be the answer.

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Isopropyl Alcohol

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Isopropyl Alcohol is clean enough to be applied to the electronic contacts where the lens meets the camera when you click the two together. Plus it can clean a whole number of other areas. We’ve got a full article on that right here.

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Pro Tip: Isopropyl Alcohol is recommended by many manufacturers to clean your lenses and many other electronics.

Pro Tip: Isopropyl Alcohol is recommended by many manufacturers to clean your lenses and many other electronics.

Lens Wraps

Lens Wrap

If you don’t use a traditional camera bag when toting your camera around, a lens cloth is one of the best ways to ensure that your lenses are protected. They wrap around your lens or camera and add an extra layer of protection that absorbs some of the impact from other things in your camera bag.

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Card Cases

Think Tank Card Cases

If you’re like us and have loads of SD and CF cards, then you’ll want a single place to put all of them. Think Tank has a large number of cases that do the job just fine, but many other manufacturers also make affordable options.

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Lens Pen Camera Cleaning Kit

Lens Pen Camera Cleaning Kit

As we stated in the earlier section of this article, the best things that you can get your hands on are cleaning accessories for your camera and lens. This kit lets you blow dust out of the tough to reach spots and also lets you meticulously clean them down.

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Capture Clip

Capture Clip

You don’t fancy a camera strap? The CaptureClip is one of our most recommended items due to its build quality and ease of use. It works by mounting the plate to the tripod socket of your camera and then putting the clip around your belt or camera bag strap. Then in one smooth motion you should be able to press the red button and get the camera out of the clip. It’s very secure, and built like a tank too.

Check out our review.

Buy Now: B&H Photo

Photography Mugs

Lens Mug

For the moments where all you want to do is unwind and drink a nice cup of coffee or tea, these mugs are a great way to fool your friends into thinking that you’re drinking your java from a very expensive lens.

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