DSLR Camera Accessories Haul

My big Christmas gift from Don this year was a Canon Rebel T4i, a DSLR camera (he gave me the 18-135mm IS STM lens kit).  I had been coveting this beauty since its release in the spring of 2012 and thought it would be a nice camera to learn on.  It is no coincidence that the gift of this camera coincided with the launch of this blog.  I hope to pursue the art of manual photography for blogging in the future.  For the time being I am just enjoying the auto features while I get used to the feel of the camera and play with things like lighting, angles and color contrast.  Don also gave me a special pancake lens that Canon had introduced with the T4i, the EF 40mm f/2.8 STM.  STM stands for STepping Motor and refers to the focusing mechanism of the lens, which in this case is specially deisgned to reduce auditory autofocus noise when in film mode.  I decided to purchase an additional lens and some basic accessories through Amazon a couple of weeks ago to add to my new camera.

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First thing on my shopping list was to buy a lens I have been hearing about in the YouTube community for some time now, the Tamaron AF 17-50mm XR Di-II f/2.8 LD SP Aspherical (IF) Zoom Lens for Canon DSLR cameras.  So many of the beauty gurus I love to watch who film on Canon Rebel cameras use this specific lens.  After reading myriad positive reviews on the internet about its merits for not just filming, but all-around shooting, I decided to splurge on it.  Lenses do not come cheap and purchasing one is a serious investment!  I have been playing with it for about a week now and already love it.  I’m excited to attempt filming on it as well.

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As a YouTuber, I am well informed on the importance of having a backup battery and charger for your cameras.  I have an extra set for the camera I use to vlog on, a Canon Powershot Elph 300 HS, as well as my video camera, a Sony Handycam HDR-CX150.  Having the extra batteries is crucial for long filming shoots or when I’m out all day vlogging on the go, not to mention absolutely essentiel when traveling.  I think having a backup battery and charger is worth the extra money.  The ones I already own have come to my rescue countless times over the course of my YouTube career.

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Lastly, I knew I needed a proper bag to house my new camera and keep it safe while at home and on the go.  At first I thought I should have a camera bag, and I spent a lot of time researching the many options available.  I reached out on FB and Twitter to get your input and received so many wonderful recommendations (big thanks to all who contributed!).  Camera bags come in all shapes and sizes with all sorts of bell and whistles you can customize to suit your needs.  I started to feel overwhelmed by all of the options until I followed a viewer suggestion to look into Crumpler products.  These camera pouches offer the padding and security of a camera bag without being an actual bag.  This appealed to me immediately since I am quite new the the world of DSLR cameras and am not sure what my camera bag needs are as yet.  I figured having a Crumpler pouch would be a good start, since I can easily fit it into my carryon bag and larger purses.

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I decided to go with the Haven in the medium size, described on the Crumpler website as “a portable padded protector for all things photographic, it instantly turns any bag into a camera bag – and back again – with pick up, plonk down ease.”  It comfortably holds my camera, two lenses (one big, one small), the charger, an extra battery, SD cards, and cords.  I like that the tough exterior fabric is water resistant, while the inside is lined in a soft fuzzy fleece.  It has just enough padding to cushion its contents well, while avoiding excess bulkiness & weight.  It also comes equipped with two removable velcro dividers, allowing you to customize the interior organization.  I traveled with my new Haven this past week when I was in LA & Disneyland.  It easily fit into my Vera Bradley 17″ Roll-Along Tote carryon for air travel as well as my Longchamp ‘Le Pliage’ Large Tote for daytime excursions.  The Haven suits my current needs perfectly!

I am very pleased with my new camera and the first accessories I chose to purchase for it.  I’m always interested in your input about “all things photographic” so please feel free to share your thoughts with me.

*I am not affiliated with any of the brands mentioned.  All items mentioned were purchased by me with the exception of the camera and 40mm lens, which were gifts from my husband.  All opinions are my own.*

16 comments

16 thoughts on “DSLR Camera Accessories Haul”

  1. Hi Jen! Your blog looks awesome!! LOVE it! I also have a nice Nikon DSLR, but end up using the camera on my iPhone all of the time… Lazy, I know! I am going to pull out my Nikon and accessories and focus on using it more!

    Congrats on your Disneyland half marathon! 🙂
    Jill

    1. Sweet goodies!!! So happy for you =)

      Jen, if you don’t mind me asking, would you do a review on a Tamron lens. I too have a Canon, but I stuck with Canon lenses for it. I have read things on Tamron lenses, but never got enough courage to try them out (I am a stay at home mom and don’t have a big budget to play around with). Maybe even make a video out of it? Anyways I hope you enjoy all your new accessories!

      Alona

      1. I am purchasing the EOS canon 600d and for my needs I was recommended this lens, the Sigma 18-250mm f/3.5-6.3 DC Macro OS HSM Lens for Canon, it’s a lens that will allow you to zoom enough for the swimming pool shots and the 18mm will be ok for landscapes.

  2. I’m really liking this Haven bag and will need to check it out since I need a new one for my camera. I take lots of food pictures for my blog and with the extra big lens I have, the bag the camera came with just does not work for me anymore. Plus, this Haven one looks very comfortable to carry as well. Thanks for the tip Jen! 🙂

  3. Hi Jen – I remember you posting a VLOG about a book you got to accompany your new camera. When you have time to answer, I would like to know what the title was and where to purchase. I’ve been looking for a guide to help me figure out the manual settings on my DSLR as well. Thank you!

      1. Thank you for the info 🙂 Happy picture taking! I’m starting the Project Life scrapbooking thing this year and I need all the help I can get with picture taking.

  4. Jen,
    You are a girl after my own heart, I love to organize also. It’s nice to see someone else as excited about everything having it’s own place. Keep up the good work, congrats on “30”, I’m doing “40” myself on March 3rd. 🙂 See us on your new blog! Julie

  5. Hey Jen… I have the Canon T3i and have the “Nifty Fifty” lens… Love it for my food photography on my blog. But I didn’t know you can film with it… Have you posted a video that you used the 50mm lens?

    Rainey :0)

  6. Thanks so much for the suggestion last year on the Crumpler Haven pouches. I finally made the purchase during black friday, and I know I am going to love it! Are you still using yours?

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