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10 Top Photography Accessories Reviewed By ePHOTOzine In 2016

If you're in the market for new photography accessories such as camera bags and tripods, check out this top 10 that lists the best scoring accessories reviewed by ePHOTOzine in the last year.

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If you're looking for a new accessory, be it a camera bagtripod or something a little smaller, take a look at our round-up of the top rated accessories reviewed by the ePHOTOzine team in 2016. 

 

Lowepro StreetLine SH 180 Messenger

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The StreetLine SH 180 messenger bag is very stylish and can be used as an everyday bag for commuting as well as a camera bag you take on day trips. A stand-out feature is the low-profile FlexPocket, of which there are two of in the SH 180, which features collapsible bellows so the pockets can be pushed back and stored when not needed, giving you more room for everyday items. If you are carrying photographic gear, the pockets simply pull back out and offer your lenses, as well as other items, an extra level of protection when in transport.

The messenger bag is very comfortable to wear and thanks to its design, it's very easy to access kit and belongings without actually having to take the bag off. Overall, the StreetLine SH 180 is an ideal bag for the photographer who's looking for style as well as practicality. 

If you're wondering if a messenger style is right for you, we've put together a guide to choosing the right type of camera bag over in features. 

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Sony Xperia Z5 Compact 

Sony XPERIA Z5 Compact (4)
 

Featuring a 23-megapixel f/2.3 camera on the back and a 5-megapixel front 'selfie' camera, the Z5 Compact is well equipped for photography. The camera has superior auto, manual and video modes as well as several built-in apps such as 'Style Portrait' and 'Creative Effect' to alter the look of your images. Image quality is good and low-light performance is superb. The Z5 is a good choice for someone passionate about phoneography but conscious about phone size and actually, it's recently taken the number 1 spot in our 10 top best camera phones for photography.  

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Eschenbach Arena D+ 10x50 B Binoculars


 

Eschenbach's Arena D+ binoculars are designed for beginners (the + symbol signifies this) who enjoy nature and bird spotting. They are waterproof and feature a new roof prism model with silvered prisms. There are BaK-4 prisms with a multi-layer coating providing sharp and true to life images while silvering improves reflection by 4%. They are nitrogen filled, to help stop the binoculars fogging up internally and keep water vapor out, and feature a closer near point and a larger field of view than previous models. The binoculars feel really robust and produce a clear and crisp image, with little sign of fringing.

For more tips on choosing and using binoculars, take a look at these articles: 

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Kenko RealPro ND1000 10stop Filter

REALPRO ND1000 Filter
 

The Kenko RealPro ND1000 is a circular 10 stop ND filter, and features an anti-reflection multi-coating, black almite frame, and comes in a UV protected case. The 10 stop filter is ideal for long exposure photographs and will simply screw on to the end of your lens making it easy to put on and take off. Various sizes are available and the filter gives good colour performance, with little change to the colour of the image, although on occasion images do appear to have a cooler colour temperature but this can be easily corrected. The biggest problem is that there is competition available, for noticeably less money, although this may change over time. 

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Metz 44 AF-2 Digital Flashgun

Metz Mecablitz 44 Af 2 Digital (2)
 

With a flash unit and built in LED light the Metz Mecablitz 44 AF-2 Digital flashgun offers two solutions in one, with the flash working in the traditional flashgun manner for stills photography, and an LED light which can be used for continuous lighting for video and product photography. The flashgun works well with the camera, with a pleasing and bright light output, and the simple controls and design of the flashgun make it very easy to use. There are also a wide range of accessories available for the Metz 44AF-2.

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HOYA Fusion AntiStatic CIR-PL Filter

HOYA FUSION CIR PL  (1)
 

For the HOYA Fusion filters, HOYA developed a new coating, which is hardened, anti-static, and also water repellent, stain and scratch resistant, and cleans easily. The frame is constructed from aluminum and is wide-angle lens friendly as its low-profile means vignetting shouldn't occur and we had no problems removing or fixing the filter to the front of a camera lens, which simply screws on. Using the circular polarising filter, we were able to give the image more contrast with darker skies, and this makes buildings stand out as more dominant in images. The filter added a little bit of lens flare when shooting with the sun in the frame, but this was not a massive issue. 

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Benro Travel Angel FTA18CV0 Tripod


 

The Benro Travel Angel FTA18CV0 is part of Benro's most advanced range of compact, travel style photo tripods. Made from carbon fibre, it's lightweight and compacts down to just 44cm when folded away. The legs have 4 sections and feature rubber twist locks and optional spikes for the feet are also included. You can also turn one of the legs of the tripod into a monopod. The quality of workmanship here is hard to beat for the price. There is also a 5-year warranty when you register the tripod, too. 

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Samsung Portable SSD T3

Samsung T3 1TB SSD (1)
 

The Samsung Portable SSD T3 is a 1TB (roughly 1000GB) portable SSD hard-drive with high transfer speeds of up to 450MB/s when using USB 3.0, with a metal case with shock-resistant internal frame and password protection. For those who want to keep secure backups of data on a compact drive that doesn't take up much space, or require an external power supply, the Samsung T3 does an excellent job. 

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Benro Mach3 9X CF Series 2 Monopod


 

The Benro mach3 9X CF Series 2 Monopod has a carbon fibre construction and 4 leg sections. It's part of Benro's most advanced range of photo monopods and features high-performance twist locks. The monopod features a foam padded grip for when you're walking along with it and around foot mounted on a ball pivot to ensure the monopod is firmly placed even on rugged terrain. There is also a wrist strap. There is a maximum load capability of an impressive 12kg and can easily fit into a backpack or even a large handbag and is relatively lightweight at just 470g. Overall, the Benro Mach3 9X CF monopod is well built and offers a reliable support for your camera when you don't want the bulk of a tripod. 

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Lowepro ProTactic SH 200 AW


 

The Lowepro ProTactic SH 200 AW is described as a 'mission critical messenger' and is a shoulder bag with easy top access to your DSLR. It's designed to hold your Pro DSLR kit plus a laptop and tablet, as well as other accessories, and the available space can be expanded by adding modular attachments to the side of the bag. Overall, the Lowepro ProTactic SH 200 AW will make a reliable camera bag for anyone who has professional kit and wants a shoulder style bag. Plus, what's really great about this bag is that the camera gear insert can be fully removed, meaning that you can use the bag for other things without having to disturb how your kit is packed. The hard shell top on the roof of the bag is also a really nice touch that gives you increased reassurance that your expensive kit is safe.

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