What are the best few Canon 60D accessories worth considering and are any of them right for you?
The short answer. It depends on the type of photography you are doing.
When it was first released, the EOS 60D was the least expensive, NON-Rebel, Canon DSLR cameras. It is even more of a bargain now that it's been around for a while.
The Canon EOS 60D is a fast camera, takes great photos and has excellent video quality with lots of options to enhance the video as well.
You can double your battery life, improve the balance of your 60D with long lenses attached and add vertical camera controls with the addition of the Canon BG-E9 Battery Grip.
Extension rings are a great way to get macro photos without having to buy a dedicated macro lens. They are also very affordable. I do have one very important caution.
I purchased a NON-canon set of tubes and ruined one of my zoom lenses because I was not extremely careful when I was removing them. It was a tight fit and I gripped the zooming ring, instead of the lens barrel itself and jammed my 24-70 lens and essentially made it inoperable.
I can't say it was because the extension tubes were not precisely engineered like the Canon extension rings, but it is quite likely. The biggest complaint with regards to these rings are the latching mechanism.
The greatest feature of these rings is that there are no glass elements within them to degrade the optics involved in taking your macro photographs.
While it's a great idea to try and use diffused lighting when you can, I find the attachable difusers for built-in camera flash to be almost worthless.
It's true these diffusers are dirt cheap to buy.
You'd be better served by buying a small Speedlite like the Canon Speedlite 270EX II.
Even an off-brand shoe-mount flash is better.
Try am accessory that either bounces or diffuses light more efficiently instead.
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The built-in flashes are so close to the lens and are so under-powered that theses diffusers have very limited value and function. Several of the models have a basic design flaw and do not securely attach to the camera very efficiently.
Good for wildlife photography when you can be close to your camera when making the exposure.
The Canon RS-60e3 is great for vibration free photography, suitable for long exposures and night photography used in conjunction with a tripod.
An AC power adapter can be valuable is very specific situations, but again I have never owned one or wished I had one to use. Perhaps if you are shooting thousands of images or many hours of video in a studio setting. these accessories make sense.
I don't like working with a camera that has a wire attached to it and high capacity batteries and battery grips allow long working shooting times.
If you've got money to blow and you like swimming, snorkeling or scuba diving, professional underwater housing for your EOS 60D could provide you lots of fun.
Not as exciting as underwater housing, but perhaps the single most valuable accessory to have for any Canon camera is its instruction manual. I know you likely don't want to pour your favorite beverage, find a comfy chair and spend a few hours studying a boring camera manual.
The truth is though, you will not only learn how to get around a couple menu system, you'll also a great deal of insight about the capabilities of your 60D that you wouldn't even be aware of.
Digital cameras have progressed so far in the last 5 years. We photographers have such great tools available to get really creative and productive. It is an exciting time to be interested in photography.
I encourage you to find out what these cameras are really capable of capturing.
Some Canon 60D accessories come in the form of a kit with your 60D. Most of these package options do not include a Canon 60D Battery Grip which lets you shoot all day long and keeps your wrists happy if you are shooting a lot of vertical compositions.
Here are some thoughts about comparing this camera with the Canon 50D and an intriguing option for an accessory kit packed with Canon 60D accessories in this article: Canon 60D Review.
Make sure you remember to make it one of your aims to stay creative. Don't get too wrapped up into equipment comparisons by focusing on the numbers.
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Written by Bruce Lovelace
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