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Best Photography Accessories For Under £50

Here are memory cards, tripods, bags and other accessories that won't break the bank and are perfect for those heading back to school, college or university as well as amateur photographers in general.

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If you've got a son or daughter off to college/university and photography will play a big part of their course, they're going to need kitting out with the right gear to get them on their way. It's really easy to spend quite a large sum of money on photography accessories such as tripods, bags and cases, but if you're just looking for a few basics that will put them on the right track, these 40 accessories are available for under £50 each. Plus, we've thrown in a few reasonably priced non-essentials such as backdrops and lighting kits that amateur photographers, in general, may find useful. Take a look.  

 

SD Memory Card

SanDisk Ultra 64 GB SDXC Class 10 Memory Card up to 80 Mbps, Frustration Free Packaging

 

As they come with very little internal memory, digital cameras need somewhere to save images to. There are a wide variety of SD memory cards out there, all of which differ in size, price and read/write speeds. You also have MicroSD, as well as SD cards, and some cameras also use Compact Flash. If it's all a little bit confusing, you can learn more about memory cards in our complete guide that provides a round-up of the various memory cards and their benefits. 

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MicroSD Memory Card 

MicroSD card

As well as cameras, smartphones and tablets use MicroSD cards to store data to and as images soon fill up storage space, it's a good idea to purchase one with plenty of GBs or even a spare if you already have one. It makes sense to purchase the fastest and most reliable card available so do take a look at our guide to MicroSD.

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CompactFlash Memory Card 

SanDisk Extreme 32 GB UDMA7 CompactFlash Card

 

Older cameras and SLRs are compatible with CompactFlash cards and the SanDisk Extreme 32GB is the number 1 selling CompactFlash card over on Amazon. It offers plenty of storage capacity and is reasonably priced at just under £30. For more information on CompactFlash cards, take a look at our CompactFlash guide

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All-In-One Epson Printer

Epson Expression Home XP-245 All-in-One Wi-Fi Printer

 

You can purchase a wide-range of decent printers that save space and are very reasonably priced nowadays. Take the Epson Expression range, for example, where three of the printers in the range are priced under £45. The XP-245 is actually the cheapest at a penny under £30 (as of the time of writing) and it offers Wi-Fi connection and it can be used to scan documents as well as print.  

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AmazonBasics 60-Inch Lightweight Tripod

AmazonBasics 60-Inch Lightweight Tripod with Bag

 

You might see a few AmazonBasics popping up as they're all very reasonably priced. This 60inch tripod features a 3-way pan head with bubble level, a quick-release mounting plate and quick release leg locks. Most cameras up to 3kg in weight can be supported by the tripod and it also comes with a bag. 

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Camera Battery Charger Set

NP-FW50 RAVPower Camera Battery Charger Set

 

A multi-battery charger will always be a useful accessory and this one is priced at a very reasonable £26.99. By carrying two spare fully-charged batteries you, essentially, triple your camera's runtime and this charger is compatible with various battery types (please see the specifications to see the full list). 

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AmazonBasics DSLR Gadget Messenger Bag

AmazonBasics DSLR Gadget Messenger Bag

 

This messenger style bag has room for a tablet, DSLR and up to 3 lenses. It's available for under £20 and also features adjustable straps on the exterior to attach and carry a tripod.

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AmazonBasics 50-Inch Lightweight Tripod

 

At under £15, this tripod is definitely a bargain. It's constructed from aluminium and the 3-way head allows for tilt and swivel motion. There's also a quick-release plate, 3-section, lever-lock legs and a zipper storage bag is included. 

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Waterproof Anti-Shock DSLR Camera Bag

Waterproof Anti-shock DSLR SLR Camera Case Bag

 

Not a brand you may know but this shoulder bag, which has room for a DSLR, lens and accessories, will keep your kit snug and dry for just over £20. Zips keep gear secured inside the main compartment and an adjustable shoulder strap makes it comfortable to carry. 

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Joby GorillaPod SLR-Zoom Tripod For SLR Cameras

Joby GorillaPod SLR-Zoom Tripod for SLR Cameras

 

These might be smaller than the usual tripods but this doesn't mean they're not as useful. The flexible, wrappable legs allow you to secure your camera almost anywhere and the ABS plastic leg joints bend and rotate 360-degrees. At just under £40, it's reasonably priced but there are alternatives available should you want to spend even less money. 

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LED Light Panel 

 

The Neewer CN-160 features 160 super-bright LED lights and is equipped with a dimmer switch so you can adjust the intensity while shooting. It's portable and can also be used as a continuous light source for video. It's currently priced at £27.99. 

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AmazonBasics 67-Inch Monopod

AmazonBasics 67-Inch Monopod

 

The AmazonBasics 67-inch, lightweight monopod is more portable than a tripod and is ideal for sports and even photography. The 1/4-inch universal thread lets you mount most digital and still cameras, video cameras and scopes weighing up to 6.6 lbs. 

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Accessory Organiser

BUBM Double Layer Travel Gear Organiser

 

These are really useful when going on holiday but they're also as equally handy at home for storing cables, memory cards and other photography accessories all in one place. The interior compartments all have zips so your items won't fall out and there's even room for a small tablet device. We think it'll be £15 well spent. 

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5-In-1 Reflector

Neewer® 32-Inch 80CM Portable 5 in 1 Translucent, Silver, Gold, White, and Black Collapsible Round Multi Disc Light Reflector for Studio or any Photography Situation

 

Reflectors are incredibly useful tools and this one is a silver, gold, white, black and translucent reflector in one. It's fully collapsible, fits a 15" carry pouch and the frame is constructed from durable and flexible steel. 

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AmazonBasics Tripod With Ball Head

AmazonBasics Tripod with Ball Head 62 Inches Aluminium

 

The AmazonBasics 62-Inch Aluminum Ball Head Tripod is lightweight and compact. Rotating leg locks control four adjustable leg sections and the tripod comes with both rubber and metal spike feet as well as a quick release plate, ball head and built-in bubble level. 

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PIXI Mini Tripod

Manfrotto PIXI Mini Tripod

 

This mini tripod from Manfrotto is suitable for CSC cameras and it can also be used as a grip when the legs are folded in. A push-button mechanism enables you to position and lock the ball head and it features rubber feet so it won't slip. 

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AmazonBasics High-Speed HDMI 2.0 Cable

 

Cables are always handy to have for the 'just in case' scenario and this one's only priced at £3.99. It's 3 feet in length and is also available in multi-packs. 

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Memory Card Reader

 Anker USB 3.0 Card Reader

 

When you have a memory card full of images to transfer to your computer, a card reader is the best, and quickest, way to get them from A to B. This is the number 1 best-selling memory card reader over on Amazon UK and it's an 8-in-1 card reader which means it's compatible with SDXC, SDHC, SD, MMC, RS-MMC, Micro SDXC, Micro SD and Micro SDHC Cards. It's currently available for £8.99.

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Hoya 67mm Pro-1 Digital Circular Polarizing Filter

Hoya 67mm Pro-1 Digital Circular Polarizing Filter

 

Filters might be small but they're pretty mighty tools to have in your kit bag. Polarising filters are great for adding more pop to colours and for also cutting down on reflections. Hoya offers this particular filter in fits from 52mm up to 82mm at varying prices. 

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Lowepro TLZ 30 II Adventura Toploading Bag

Lowepro TLZ 30 II Adventura Toploading Bag for Camera

 

You don't always need a large camera bag when heading out of the door and this top-loading camera bag has just enough room for a DSLR and lens, plus small accessories. It also features a removable strap should you wish to use the bag as a case to store kit in, too. 

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Adjustable & Portable Studio Backdrop

Adjustable Portable Heavy Duty Photo Studio Backdrop

 

For just under £35, you can set up your own studio backdrop in your house or on location. It's big enough for portrait shoots as well as small group shots and comes with a carry case so it's easy to transport. It can support backdrops (not included) up to 3m in length. 

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Op/Tech Rainsleeve - Twin Pack

Op/Tech Rainsleeve - Twin Pack

 

Usually slightly less expensive than waterproof housing, a rain cover protector is designed to protect your camera from any unexpected weather conditions. They're handy to have in your camera bag, especially if you don't have kit that's splashproof. 

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Anker 6ft Nylon Braided USB iPhone Cable

Anker 6ft Nylon Braided USB iPhone Cable

iPhoneographers will definitely need a lightning cable for charging and connecting their iPhone to a computer. It doesn't hurt to have spares either as they're easily misplaced and this one by Anker is 6ft long and rather reasonably priced at a penny under £7.

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Hoya 58mm Pro ND 1000 Filter 

Hoya 58 mm Pro ND 1000 Filter

 

Another useful filter is the ND type which reduces the amount of light entering your camera by a specific number of stops. This one from Hoya reduces the light entering your camera by 10 stops and as a result permits wider apertures and slower shutter speeds to be used. It's priced at £37.99 for the 58mm size but other diameters are available. 

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Neewer TT560 Flash Speedlite

Neewer® TT560 Flash Speedlite

 

Speedlites are another useful accessory to have in your kit bag just in case you need it and at just under £30, this particular one isn't overly expensive either. The flash unit has 8 steps of power output control and is compatible with a wide range of DSLRs. 

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AmazonBasics DSLR and Laptop Backpack

AmazonBasics DSLR and Laptop Backpack with Orange Interior

 

This rucksack has space for 2 DSLRs, 3-4 lenses, a 17inch laptop and accessories. It features a customisable padded interior and side straps to secure a tripod. You'll get just short of a fiver change if you purchase this backpack. 

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Cokin P Series Landscape Filter Kit

Cokin P Series Landscape Filter Kit

 

If you like to get a little creative with your colours, this filter set should be of interest. In it you get a Gradual ND8 filter (P121S) with 3-stop density and soft transition, a Gradual Blue filter (P123S) with soft transition and a Gradual Tobacco filter (P125S) with soft transition.

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APEMAN E-TTL Speedlite Flash For Canon Cameras

APEMAN E-TTL Speedlite Flash for Canon

 

We know we've already mentioned a Speedlight but this one is Canon specific and has quite a sizeable chunk of cash knocked off its RRP currently. It was originally £119.99 and now it's £49.99 so just fits our list by 1p. 

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Umbrella Kit

Umbrella Kit

 

This kit includes 2 Translucent White Soft Umbrellas, 2 Black & Silver Umbrellas, 2 B-Type Brackets, 2 Light stands and a carrying bag. It's perfect for shooting with speedlight flash units and is priced at £34.99. 

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CamKix Wireless Bluetooth Camera Shutter Remote Control

CamKix Wireless Bluetooth Camera Shutter Remote Control

 

Wireless controllers are a great accessory to have as they can be used to capture group shots you can actually be in front of the camera for as well as to fire the shutter when you don't want to be near the camera, such as when photographing shy birds in your garden. This particular remote is a best seller on Amazon and at just over £6, it's easy to see why. 

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Lexar Memory Card & Reader 

Lexar Professional 32 GB Class 10 High Performance 1000x microSDXC UHS-II Memory Card with Card Reader

 

We've listed memory cards and memory card readers separately but for just over £30, you can have a memory card and reader combo. The memory card is a Lexar Professional 32 GB Class 10 High Performance 1000x microSDXC UHS-II.

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Giottos GTAA1900 Rocket Air Blower

Giottos GTAA1900 Rocket Air Blower - Black

 

Dust can get into your camera which can create dark patches on your photos and even though most cameras now feature anti-dust features, you'll still occasionally need to remove the dust manually. One of the easiest and most effective ways is with a Hurricane Blower. You just squeeze the bulb which forces a jet of air out of the nozzle to blow any dust away. It's also handy for getting dust/sand out of other photographic equipment as well as keyboards. 

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Rechargeable Li-ion Battery For Canon Cameras

2x LP-E6 LP-E6N Rechargerable Li-ion Battery for Canon

 

Canon users will find these 2 LP-E6 LP-E6N batteries useful accessories to have at home. They're compatible with a wide-range of Canon cameras and are priced at just under £13. 

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Cokin P Series Gradual ND Filter Kit

Cokin P Series Gradual ND Filter Kit with Holder

 

We've already sung the praise of ND Grads so we won't bore you with that again! Instead, we'll bring this filter kit to your attention that features 3 ND Grads along with a filter holder. It's priced at £47.99.

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Studio Backdrop

Professional Photography Background Studio Backdrop 100% Cotton Muslin 3M x 6M – White

 

This backdrop is an essential item for a home studio. Simply hang the backdrop from your support stand or from a wall and you will be ready to take your photos. It's priced at £19.99 but you do get a lot of material for your money. 

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Lenspen Elitepro Cleaning Kit

Lenspen Elitepro Cleaning Kit for DSLR Camera

 

Here's a cleaning kit containing 3 of Lenspen's most popular products to keep your viewfinder, lenses and filters clean. Plus, the included Microfibre pouch doubles as cleaning cloth for other cleaning purposes.

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3-in-1 White Balance and Grey Cards 

Kaavie GC-2 Pocket Size 3-in-1 White Balance and Grey Cards (Pack of 3)

 

The Kaavie 3 in 1 pocket size grey cards is a colour correction tool that won't take up too much room in your camera bag.  Simply take a picture of the card in the same lighting your subject is (or was) in and then you can either use the resulting picture as the basis for a custom white balance setting, or you can use the White Balance Card Set picture during post processing for a custom white balance.

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Memory Card Storage Pouch 

22 slots Memory Card SD card Storage Carrying Pouch Holder Wallet Case Bag

 

Memory cards are easily lost so having a case you can keep them all together in is handy. This one has room for 22 memory cards and it features an anti-static inner. It's one of the less-expensive items we've featured as it comes in at just over £1! 

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Camera Strap

Eggsnow Camera Shoulder Neck Strap Vintage Belt for All DSLR Camera(Nikon Canon Sony Pentax etc) - Multi

 

The camera strap is an important part of the photographer's kit but if you don't want to spend too much money on one, this cotton option is available for under a fiver. It's also available in a variety of colours so you have plenty of style choice. 

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Photography Clamps 

Photography Clamps

 

You're going to need something to fasten your backdrop to your background support and that's where these useful grips come in handy. Available in a pack of four, they're a best seller and come in at just under £6. 

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Microfiber Cleaning Cloths

Extra Large Microfiber Cleaning Cloths

 

A microfiber cleaning cloth will remove streaks and marks from camera lenses so smears don't spoil your shots. The super soft microfibre which will gently clean any surface and leave no damaging scratches. You can purchase quite a few for not much money, too. 

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