This list of camera accessories is a little different from many lists you see of camera straps, bags, tripods etc.\n\n\n\nI\u2019ve been doing research on camera accessories that I need\/want personally, so I thought that it\u2019s probably something you\u2019d want to know about too.\n\n\n\nBecause photography is fun, I\u2019ve added in a really fun camera accessory at the end that will impress your friends and family!\n\n\n\n1. Camera raincoat\n\n\n\nEven though I\u2019m a portrait photographer, when I unwind with my camera and photograph just for fun, I love photographing in the rain. Luckily, I live in England, so I never have to wait long for a rainy day.\n\n\n\nEven though I have a high end camera with great weather sealing, I\u2019m not keen on testing just how well it\u2019s weather sealed. So rain is always a worry and a plastic bag is just not going to do the job (I have actually used a plastic bag in an emergency).\n\n\n\nIf you have a mid-range camera, chances are it also has weather seals. But it\u2019s still not worth the risk. Entry level cameras are definitely not built for anything other than a pleasant, dry, dust free day.\n\n\n\nIt doesn\u2019t matter how great your camera\u2019s weather sealing is, changing lenses, memory cards or batteries when your camera is dripping is just asking for trouble. If you feel the need for a raincoat, then so does your camera.\n\n\n\n(PS- Buying something through one of these affiliate links won\u2019t cost you anything extra, but we may get a small commission.)\n\n\n\nCamera coat tips\u2026\n\n\n\n1. Use a lens hood\n\n\n\nA lens hood does more than just shield the front of your lens from direct sunlight to prevent hazy photos. It protects the front of your lens from rain.\n\n\n\nPlus, if the camera coat is fitted around the lens hood, rather than the actually lens, you\u2019ll protect the lens better.\n\n\n\nObviously, a torrential downpour in gale force winds is no competition for a humble little lens hood. But in normal light rain conditions, a lens hood is your second best friend. Your best friend is a camera cover.\n\n\n\nFurther reading: What is the purpose of a lens hood?\n\n\n\n2. Get the right cover size\n\n\n\nCamera covers are made for bigger, pro cameras and longer lenses generally. So they ideally suit a pro DSLR fitted with a 70-200mm lens.\n\n\n\nIf your camera and lens are smaller in size, make sure you look for a smaller sized cover so that it doesn\u2019t get lost in the excess material as this will be cumbersome and make camera operation difficult.\n\n\n\nIf you use longer lenses, you can get covers that fit. Just make sure to look for a bigger camera cover that will protect the lens adequately.\n\n\n\n3. Watch that camera strap\n\n\n\nIt helps to get a cover that is fitted with a camera strap so that you can tuck your camera strap inside the camera cover.\n\n\n\nA dry camera with a wet strap attached to it isn\u2019t going to stay dry.\n\n\n\n4. You need a window\n\n\n\nIt seems obvious to me that you\u2019d need a clear plastic window on the back of the camera cover so that you can see the controls and LCD screen. But that\u2019s not always the case.\n\n\n\nMake sure you get a camera cover with a window if you want to actually see what you\u2019re doing when photographing in the rain.\n\n\n\n5. It's not a tank\n\n\n\nDon\u2019t expect too much of your camera cover. Make sure that it can handle the conditions you\u2019re photographing in. Some are better at keeping out the rain than others.\n\n\n\nMy choice of camera coat is\u2026\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nManfrotto Pro Light E-702\n\n\n\nBecause:\n\n\n\nIt\u2019s really lightweight, so is an unnoticeable item in your bag.It has a large clear window so you can see what you\u2019re doing.It has a slot underneath with a velcro fastening for a tripod to fit through.Drawstrings ensure a tight fit around the camera for better protection.\n\n\n\n2. Camera cleaning\n\n\n\nDust specks are unavoidable. No matter how careful you are, at some point, you\u2019ll end up with dust specks on your sensor.\n\n\n\nLuckily, most instances of specks on the sensor are not a great big expensive deal to fix.\n\n\n\nBut before we get into what to use to clean dust from the sensor, you need to know...\n\n\n\nVery important tips for avoiding and cleaning dust on the sensor\n\n\n\nWhen changing lenses, hold your camera so that the lens opening is facing down.Don\u2019t change lenses in windy conditions.If at all possible, don\u2019t change lenses in dusty conditions or at the beach.If you have to change lenses and the conditions aren\u2019t ideal, do it inside a lens exchanger bag, or step inside if you can.Cleaning dry dust specks from a sensor is going to be much easier than wet or greasy specks.With DSLRs you\u2019ll have to lock up the mirror before you can access the sensor, so make sure the battery is well charged before doing this.The more light the better, but you don\u2019t need a fancy kit with a torch fitted. Use a head torch. A magnifying glass with help too.Never open your camera up for cleaning when outside or in a dusty environment.Be very, very, very careful any time you go anywhere near the sensor - your movements must be extremely gentle so that you don\u2019t damage the sensor.\n\n\n\nBefore going anywhere near the sensor, gently use a hurricane dust blower to dislodge dust first. Very often this is all you need to do. Avoid canned air - the air blast is too strong.\n\n\n\nRead the sensor cleaning instructions very carefully before attempting to clean your sensor!\n\n\n\nMy camera sensor cleaning kit choice is\u2026\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nPhotographic Solutions SensorSwab Ultra kit\n\n\n\nBecause:\n\n\n\nIt\u2019s really good at cleaning dust, oil and smudges.The swabs area available in three sizes for different sensor sizes.The included liquid and lint-free cloths are also great for cleaning lenses.I like that it\u2019s supplied in a handy little case.\n\n\n\n3. Card readers\n\n\n\nI\u2019ve been using the same card reader since I first started in digital 12 years ago.\n\n\n\nWell, that\u2019s just crazy, because technology has move on (loads!) and time is still tight. The faster I can download my images the better.\n\n\n\nTips for choosing a card reader\u2026\n\n\n\n1. Connection type\n\n\n\nA USB-C connection is better than the normal USB connection.\n\n\n\n2. USB speed\n\n\n\nThe reader should be compatible with your memory cards. Although UHS-I card readers will read UHS-II cards, it will be slower, so for speed, make sure your card reader can handle UHS-II SD cards.\n\n\n\nMy card reader choice is\u2026\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nSanDisk ImageMate Pro Multi-Card Reader\n\n\n\nBecause:\n\n\n\nIt's has three card slots supports UHS-I & UHS-II SD, SDHC, SDXC, microSDHC, microSDXC and CompactFlashThe USB speed is USB 3.1 Gen 1, so it\u2019s fast for UHS-I and II SD cards, even though it\u2019s not a USB-C connection, which would be faster.\n\n\n\nIt\u2019s not a portable option as it\u2019s larger than most card readers, but I tend to download images at my desk rather than in the field.\n\n\n\n4. External drive\n\n\n\nCan photographers ever have enough storage?\n\n\n\nI\u2019m always on the lookout for better storage options and because all my work is on external drives, a fast drive is essential for me. I\u2019ve recently had several issues with Lightroom crashing when I use one of my external hard drives, so it\u2019s definitely time to replace it!\n\n\n\nTips for choosing an external drive\u2026\n\n\n\nConsider how you use your external drives.\n\n\n\nI work between two computers (an iMac and a MacBook) in all sorts of places - my desk, coffee shops, the studio and wherever my travels have taken me. So, because SSD drives are much more durable than conventional hard drives, because of the lack of moving parts, an SSD drive is much better for me.Make sure that your drive is suited to the computer you use - is it configured for a Mac or a PC?If you process photos that are stored on an external drive, you need to consider speed as it will be slower than your computer\u2019s hard drive.\n\n\n\nMy choice of external hard drive is\u2026\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nSanDisk Extreme Pro Portable SSD\n\n\n\nBecause:\n\n\n\nIt\u2019s small, portable and well priced for an SSD.It's available in 500GB, 1TB, 2TB and 4TB.Most importantly, it\u2019s fast with image read\/write speeds of 2000MB\/s. It uses USB 3.2 Gen 2 and connects with a fast USB Type-C. The speed makes up for the price tag.Oh and it\u2019s water resistant! Not that that\u2019s ever been a consideration for me before when choosing a portable hard drive, but it can\u2019t be a bad thing.\n\n\n\n5. Portable printer\n\n\n\nLast on my 2020 list of camera accessories is this fun portable printer.\n\n\n\nI\u2019m always telling people to get their photos out of the digital dungeon (aka computer and\/or cloud) and into frames or wherever they can be seen in your daily life. Share them with friends and family who will put them on the mantlepiece.\n\n\n\nIn the digital age, print is almost a novelty.\n\n\n\nMy choice of portable printer is\u2026\n\n\n\n\n\n\n\nHP sprocket plus\n\n\n\nBecause:\n\n\n\nIt\u2019s about the same size as your phone, so it\u2019s quite literally pocket sized and can go anywhere with you.It couldn\u2019t be easier - just pair it with your phone via Bluetooth, load the paper and print from your phone.Despite its small size, the print quality is high, especially for such a small gadget.You can even print a frame from a video!Photography is fun and this nifty little printer reminds us to keep it fun.\u200b\n\n\n\nMore camera accessories\n\n\n\nHere's another list I created with 21 camera accessories that make great gifts, including camera straps, tripods, memory cards, etc.\n\n\n\nFurther reading: 21 great photography gift ideas\n\n\n\nLeave a comment\n\n\n\nIf you have any questions about camera accessories, let us know in the comments.\n\n\n\nAlso, if you have any camera accessories that you think should be added to the list, tell us about them in the comments.\n\n\n\nHas this helped you decide on camera accessories?\n\n\n\nShare the learning... pin it, post it.