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Genuine Nikon or Canon camera batteries are expensive, and if you buy online there's a good chance that you might be paying top dollar for a fake (I've had counterfeit batteries sold to me by a number of prominent retailers). This is why I tend to buy Duracell-branded batteries.
In my tests they seem to be just as good as the genuine batteries, lasting just as long, and being just as resistant to cold and heat, while at the same time being significantly cheaper.
More info | Price: varies depending on type
Think Tank Photo Hydrophobia 70-200 rain cover
If you're going to take your camera into the outdoors then you have to be prepared for rain! Wile some high-end cameras claim to be "weather-proof," it's not something I like to push my luck with too much, which is why I recommend a rain cover.
There are countless kinds of rain covers on the market, ranging from simple polythene bags to sophisticated covers designed to take the worst that Mother Nature can throw at a photographer.
The Think Tank Photo Hydrophobia falls into the latter category.
Sized to fit most DSLRs with a 70-200 f/2.8 or similarly sized lens attached, the Hydrophobia 70-200 protects expensive – and delicate – photo equipment from the elements, including rain, snow or blowing sand.
Note that the Hydrophobia requires an eyepiece element, which is sold separately.
More info | Price: $150
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3 Legged Thing Eric tripod
A tripod made by photographers, for photographers.
The Evolution X4 Eric is the most stable 26mm system. It features 4 leg sections made from 8 Core Stealth Carbon Fiber giving Eric has amazing rigidity and stability. Designed for multipurpose use, Eric folds down to a petite 500mm but is versatile enough to extend from 135mm to over 2 meters, making Eric one of the tallest and shortest carbon fiber tripods going.
That's a heck of a huge range, and you really have to see it to believe it. Not only that, but even at over 2 meters, the tripod feels solid, and the camera feels safe.
With a detachable Monopod, and a double section removable and reversible central column, Eric really is the ideal all-round tripod.
More info | Price: Starting at $400
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