Seven must-have accessories for landscape photographers, from as little as HK$10

If you love shooting landscapes or just want something more than souvenir snapshots from your travels, these practical gear options will help take your photography to the next level

PUBLISHED : Monday, 19 June, 2017, 5:16pm
UPDATED : Monday, 19 June, 2017, 5:16pm

1. Black Diamond Spot Headlamp 200LM

If you’re planning on hiking to shoot a sunrise or are thinking about night photography, a hands-free headlamp is essential. You can change the brightness of this maximum 200-lumen spot headlamp (HK$349) just by tapping it. It also has a red mode for helping preserve night vision. Available from gonerunning.hk

2. Manfrotto 290 Xtra MK290XTA3-3W tripod

A sturdy tripod is critical for shooting landscapes, and they don’t get more sturdy or flexible than the aluminium 290 Xtra (HK$1,380). It extends to a height of 171.5cm, enough for most photographers to be eye level with their camera’s viewfinder. Available from manfrotto.hk

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3. Zkin Bag Raw Yeti

Along with side-entry compartments for a DSLR camera with a mid-range zoom lens attached, this water repellent retro-style pack (HK$2,864) will also store a tripod, a 13-inch laptop and even a couple of extra lenses. Available from z-kin.com

4. Focus Universal Hot Shoe Spirit Level

It’s surprisingly hard to keep straight horizons, especially if you’re shooting at night or sunrise. Compatible with Nikon and Canon DSLRs, this spirit level (HK$10) is smaller than most, meaning it is more portable. Find it on price.com.hk

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5. Lowepro Pro Roller X200 AW

Aimed at professional photographers carrying a couple of DSLRs and up to eight lenses, this roller (HK$3,090) has adjustable dividers, protective padding and accessory pouches galore. However, it’s only really practical for road-accessible locations. Available from Concept Digital, Room 1401, 14/F Yiu Kee Commercial Building, 5 O’Brien Road, Wan Chai, tel: 2574 8827.

6. Canon Timer Remote Controller TC-80N3

Great for automating time-lapse sequences, an intervalometer like this one from Canon (HK$1,320) is a vital part of any landscape photographer’s kit bag. You can save money by going one of the many generic brand names. Available from canon.com.hk

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7. Pacsafe Camsafe V25

This 25-litre anti-theft camera backpack (HK$1,350) has a zippered side compartment that can store most DSLR cameras with a mounted lens plus two extra lenses. It’s also got a pocket for a smartphone, a padded sleeve for a 15-inch laptop, and a built-in rain cover. Available from fortress.com.hk