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While you’re sitting at home with nothing better to do, why not start researching for your next camera gear upgrades?
Online shopping quickly passes the time, and there are so many camera gear upgrades available for under $100, so you don’t need to totally break the bank.
While the camera gear upgrades on this list are going to be a little more expensive, they’re going to save you a ton of money in the long run because once you make these camera gear upgrades, you’ll never need to make them again.
An Upgraded Camera Strap
The Holdfast Classic Strap is the perfect example of how camera gear upgrades don’t need to break the bank.
This camera strap is made of high-quality leather in a variety of colors to make you look like a professional while remaining comfortable during long shoots.
You can tell that the Holdfast Classic Strap was made by a photographer from the details. All of the rings are made of stainless steel so they will never rust, and your camera is protected from the steel by an additional strip of leather to keep it protected.
My favorite part about this camera strap is that it is fully customizable. You can choose the color, the width of the leather and the length of your strap so your camera falls precisely where you want it to.
The Holdfast Classic Strap is available for just $95, which I’ll consider inexpensive camera gear because you’ll only ever need to buy it once. Holdfast features a lifetime guarantee on all of their products.
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A Tripod Built Like a Tank
When you start to think about camera gear upgrades, you’re probably thinking about buying new lenses, new filters or additional batteries. Tripods never get any love.
But, once you try Ikan’s E-Image EK50AAM Tripod, you’ll wish you had purchased it years ago.
This tripod can carry up to 13.2 lbs of equipment while remaining fluid. It features 360-degree panning and can tilt 90-degrees down and 75-degrees up.
It has a working range of 31” to 64”, folds down to 32” and comes with foot spikes so you’ll never need to purchase them separately.
For $180, the Ikan E-Image Tripod is definitely one of the best camera upgrades you can make in 2020.
A Nifty Fifty Lens
Is it time for you to upgrade from your kit lens? If I had to guess, I’d say yes.
Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM Lens
The Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM lens is one of the most lightweight nifty fifty lenses on the market at just 5.5 oz.
It features an impressively low minimum focusing distance of just over 13”, and will ensure your photos are bright and sharp, with beautiful bokeh-filled backgrounds.
Plus, you can use this lens for still portraits or video because it is optimized for both.
For $125, this lens will pay for itself in no time. Besides, what’s the point in making camera gear upgrades without ensuring you have the basics.
Nikon NIKKOR Z 50mm f/1.8 S Lens
If you prefer Nikons to Canons, we have the perfect nifty fifty lens for you as well.
The Nikon NIKKOR Z 50mm f/1.8 S lens is definitely not beginner camera gear, but it is a lens you will keep for a lifetime.
It features an incredibly quiet stepping motor, to ensure your autofocus is unwavering, and a 9-blade rounded diaphragm to create incredible bokeh. This lens will also work just as well for video as it does for stills and works best when paired with Nikon cameras that are optimized for low-light shooting.
The Nikon NIKKOR Z 50mm f/1.8 S lens also features a fluorine coat which repels dust, water droplets and grease and will help you maintain the quality of the lens for decades to come.
At $600, the Nikon NIKKOR Z 50mm f/1.8 S lens isn’t inexpensive camera gear, but it is a wise investment in your future.