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Favourite Photo Accessory

 
Dave John
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quotePosted at 17:13 on 8th March 2015

What is your favourite, or most used, photo accessory

I have battery packs for both my camera bodies which allow the use of 2 batteries therefore giving approximately double the amount of photos which can be taken before recharging is required. Not the cheapest items and I also think they give a more balanced feel to the camera.

Years ago it would have been my Weston Euromaster exposure meter. Bought it within months of being released and it was serviced every 5 years or so. Never went anywhere without it ... no good for studio use though unless using photoflood tungsten lights

 

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rustyruth
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quotePosted at 17:20 on 8th March 2015
I've got a small squishy green and black FujiFilm bean bag that I use all the time when I'm propping the camera on a wall, fence etc so I don't scratch the base. I suppose it a sort of tripod, very handy and easy to carry about.
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Dave John
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quotePosted at 17:22 on 8th March 2015
Yes, a very useful item. I still have one my mum made for me too many years ago to count ! ! !
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Ron Brind
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quotePosted at 19:13 on 8th March 2015
Again, another thread of interest to all POE members that use a camera, well done!
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Edward Lever
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quotePosted at 19:16 on 8th March 2015

I rarely take any photo accessories out with me, preferring just the camera body and the chosen 'lens of the day'. Occasionally I might take a flash gun with me when I think I might need extra light for a gloomy interior.

Perhaps the most useful accessories are a good pair of legs and an imagination ! 

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Rod Burkey
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quotePosted at 23:14 on 8th March 2015
A polarising filter. It can bring out the sky detail, reduce reflections, and help reduce depth of field. Takes up no room, and can fit  easily in my pocket. 
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rustyruth
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quotePosted at 14:05 on 9th March 2015
On 8th March 2015 22:44, John Lawrence wrote:
Something to keep the lens clean!

Good idea John, I once had a whole batch of photos ruined because of a small smudge of sunscreen on the lens.
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Vince Hawthorn
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quotePosted at 22:28 on 12th March 2015
 I still reckon one of the most important photo accessories is quite simply - LUCK. Being there at the right place and right time plays a huge part in photography ( woodpeckers and weasels ) -having said that the guy who got that shot was nursing some pretty serious bit of kit.
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Rod Burkey
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quotePosted at 17:47 on 14th March 2015
Right now, my favourite bit of kit is my Nikon Coolscan, as I'm helping compile an archive for someone collecting old images from the 1970s and 80s. I took a lot of pictures required and without the scanner I would be hard pressed to help. 
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Edward Lever
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quotePosted at 18:56 on 14th March 2015
On 14th March 2015 17:47, Rod Burkey wrote:
Right now, my favourite bit of kit is my Nikon Coolscan, as I'm helping compile an archive for someone collecting old images from the 1970s and 80s. I took a lot of pictures required and without the scanner I would be hard pressed to help. 


I admire your dedication, Rod, but my own limited experience of film scanning says you will have your work cut out.

It was only when I tried scanning some of my old negatives that I realised how time-consuming it can be to remove the blemishes and dust spots. Maybe your originals are cleaner, in which case it should be plain sailing.

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