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One of the primary reasons why I bought my first mirrorless camera was that I wanted to carry a smaller, lighter camera so that I could carry more camera accessories around with me all the time. I figured that if I was carrying a smaller camera, I could carry more lenses around with me during a regular shooting day, which would provide me more flexibility in the type of photography I was shooting.
While you may have originally purchased your first mirrorless camera for another reason, you can’t argue that it is a huge benefit of using a mirrorless setup.
Now the only real problem I have is figuring out which mirrorless camera accessories are worth the money. Since there are thousands of mirrorless camera accessories on the market, this is a little bit harder than you may think.
Since I’ve owned my mirrorless camera for years now, I’ve been through both the best and the worst mirrorless camera accessories. Each item on this list are inexpensive camera accessories that I don’t think I could live without. If you’re on the market for the best camera accessories, these are definitely worth your time.
Since your mirrorless camera cost you so much money, it makes sense to buy something to keep it protected. Most of my mirrorless camera accessories do just that, but none of them do it as well as the Camera Canopy.
The Camera Canopy essentially acts as a rain shield for your mirrorless camera. It screws directly onto your camera’s hot shoe and provides protection from the rain, sleet, and snow. The Mini Camera Canopy, which costs $60, was designed specifically for your mirrorless camera, while the regular Camera Canopy, which costs $88, was designed for a DSLR.
Both options come with the rain shield, a carrying case, and a rear tripod shield. The only thing you’ll need to buy separately is a retractable shield for your super zoom lens.
Camera Canopy is a small business, so they are ultra concerned about your happiness with their product. If it isn’t what you were hoping for, you have a month to return it.
Anker Power Bank
While most of my mirrorless camera accessories allow me to keep my camera protected, my camera is pretty much useless without power.
The Anker Power Bank is one of my favorite mirrorless camera accessories for people who travel a lot. That’s because the Anker Power Bank is literally only $20, so you don’t have to worry about it getting stolen (I don’t even carry mine in my carry on bag because it’s so cheap).
Plus, you get a lot of use out of something so cheap. My Anker Power Bank will charge my iPhone 12 over two times and it’ll charge most of my cameras at least once. Since I typically carry an extra battery on me at all times, this means I could theoretically go a week without needing any power to charge my cameras.
While I don’t often travel places where I literally don’t have access to any power, it has happened before and $20 is a small price to pay for making sure I can capture all of those memories.
Did I mention that the Anker Power Bank comes with a $25,000 connected equipment warranty?
Holdfast MoneyMaker Solo
If you don’t have a camera strap already, or worse yet, if you have a camera strap that you hate, then you need to look into buying yourself a Holdfast MoneyMaker Solo. It’s one of my favorite mirrorless camera accessories because it comes with a lifetime guarantee. If it falls apart at any point, you can just contact Holdfast and they’ll replace it for you for free.
That’s because the MoneyMaker Solo is built to last. The strap is made out of American bison leather and all of the hardware is stainless steel, so it won’t ever rust in inclement weather.
Unlike some of Holdfast’s other camera straps, the MoneyMaker Solo is just big enough to carry your mirrorless camera around all day. It comes with a stabilizer strap, which lets you keep the shoulder pad right where you want it, and a belt anchor, which keeps your camera in place.
If you’re looking for mirrorless camera accessories for doing some off the beaten path shooting, this is it.
It costs $175 and comes in a number of colors including tan, burgundy and chestnut. Just make sure that you pick the right size because this strap is not one size fits all.
While you’re searching for accessories for mirrorless cameras, you need to look into the OctoPad. It’s one of the weirdest camera accessories I’ve ever come across but the moment I tried it I knew I was never looking back.
The OctoPad is a tripod alternative that you can pretty much put on any surface, no matter how rough or smooth and no matter how angular, and it’ll stick to it. You will never again have to deal with a suction cup tripod coming loose.
Plus, for under $30, there’s really not much risk involved.