If you’re shopping for camera accessories or gifts for a photographer, you’ve come to the right place! I’ve put together a list of my essential camera accessories I never leave home without. From filters to tripods, batteries to storage, there’s something for everyone here, plus some bonus coffee action at the end! And best of all, most of the items are priced in the affordable double-figures.

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Rode VideoMic Me-L review

02 Oct 2018 Ben Harvey

The Rode VideoMic ME-L is a small microphone designed for iPhones with Lightning ports. It's aimed at vloggers, interviewers and musicians who want to capture higher quality audio than the phone's built-in microphone. Hear the difference in Ben's review!

Rode Podcaster review

20 Aug 2018 Gordon Laing

The Rode Podcaster is a high quality USB microphone optimised for spoken vocals and ideally suited for podcasts and voiceovers. With an audio and physical design that mimicks the sound of classic radio presentations, it's become a popular choice. In my review I'll compare it to the NT USB.

Rode NT USB review

13 Jul 2018 Gordon Laing

The Rode NT USB is a broadcast-quality USB microphone designed to capture a wide range of sound from vocals to musical instruments. The condenser design captures a broader range of frequencies than dynamic mics like the Podcaster, allowing it to deliver more transparent audio. Check out my review!

WD My Passport Wireless SSD review

20 Jun 2018 Gordon Laing

The WD My Passport Wireless SSD is a smart drive that lets you backup SD cards in the field without lugging around a laptop. Built-in Wifi lets you browse or share the drive with phones or tablets or even stream content to a smart TV. Find out if it's your ideal backup in my review!

BenQ SW271 review

24 Apr 2018 Gordon Laing

The BenQ SW271 is a high-performing 27in 4k monitor, aimed at photographers and videographers who desire better colour accuracy than budget displays, but at a more affordable price than rival pro monitors. Check out my review!

WD My Passport Ultra review

21 Mar 2018 Gordon Laing

WD's My Passport Ultra is a portable drive that's powered by your computer or console over a single USB cable and provides plenty of storage for backup, data transportation or simply expanding a system that's stuffed to the brim. In my review I compared an older 1TB model against a new 4TB version.

Retro Cameras book review

20 Mar 2018 Gordon Laing

Retro Cameras is a compact and stylish hardback book that tells the story behind 100 vintage film cameras. Pitched as a guide for collectors but equally appealing to any classic camera lover, it presents each model with a short history and original product shots. Find out more in my review!

In Camera book - perfect photos out-of-camera

18 Dec 2017 Gordon Laing

In Camera is a book by Cameralabs' Gordon Laing. It celebrates the art of JPEG photography with 100 of his travel images, all presented out-of-camera. No filter, no Photoshop, just pure photography! A great gift for beginner or advanced photographers!

Manfrotto MT190XPRO3 tripod review

24 Nov 2017 Gordon Laing

The Manfrotto 190 is a flexible and solid tripod designed to suit photographers seeking a serious, stable platform. A significant step-up from budget models, the 190 series strike a compelling balance between price and performance. I tested the latest MT190XPRO3 in my review!

Instax Share SP-3 review

13 Nov 2017 Gordon Laing

The Instax Share SP-3 is Fujifilm's first instant photo printer to use its Instax Square format. It'll wirelessly print photos stored on your phone or via a variety of social networks, or if you have a compatible Fujifilm camera you can print direct. Find out if it's for you in my video review!

Canon SELPHY CP1300 review

01 Nov 2017 Gordon Laing

Canon's SELPHY CP1300 is a compact wireless photo printer that produces 6x4in postcard-sized lab quality prints from phones, tablets, laptops, computers or cameras via Wifi, direct USB or by inserting SD cards or USB storage. Find out more in my video review!

Oppo UDP-205 review (for audio)

29 Sep 2017 Gordon Laing

The Oppo UDP-205 is a high-end 4k UHD Blu-Ray player with audiophile credentials. I tested it as a local network streamer, USB DAC, surround processor and even pre-amp connected direct to my power amps! Find out why it's my ideal front-end in my review!

Manfrotto XPRO BHQ2 ball head review

10 Sep 2017 Gordon Laing

The MHXPRO-BHQ2, or XPRO for short, is Manfrotto's top ball head, designed to quickly and smoothly adjust substantial loads before locking them securely in place. Weighing half a kilo and supporting loads up to 10kg, it's a substantial and reliable option without costing the Earth.

Feisol TT-15 Mark II mini tripod review

22 Aug 2017 Gordon Laing

Feisol's TT-15 Mark II is a high-end table-top tripod, boasting surprising stability, strength and weather-resistance thanks to its anodized aluminium frame, carbon fiber legs and rubber feet. Find out why it's become my favourite accessory in my review!

Manfrotto XPRO Geared Head review

10 May 2017 Gordon Laing

Geared tripod heads let you fine-tune your camera's position in three axes with a twist of the appropriate knobs, but have traditionally been large, heavy and expensive accessories. Bucking the trend is Manfrotto's XPRO, the lightest and most affordable geared head to date. In my review I compared it against the Junior 410 geared head.

Fujifilm VPB-XT2 review

05 May 2017 Gordon Laing

The Fujifilm VPB-XT2 Vertical Power Booster is a dedicated battery grip for the XT2 body. It goes beyond basic grips by tripling the life, extending movie clips, boosting AF, shortening lag and accelerating the top mechanical burst speed from 8 to 11fps while also providing a headphone jack and AC power. Find out why it's the must-have accessory for (almost)…

Tamron TC-X14 / TC-X20 teleconverter review

17 Mar 2017 Thomas

With their second generation telephoto zooms Tamron also offers two new 1.4x and 2x teleconverters (dubbed TC-X14 and TC-X20) which are specifically designed¬†to work with the SP 70-200/2.8 VC G2 and the SP 150-600/5.0-6.3 VC G2. I had the chance to extensively test the Tamron SP 70-200/2.8 VC G2 (model A025) with the TC-X14 and TC-X20.¬†They let this zoom-lens reach…

Digital Retro - The Evolution and Design of the Personal…

16 Mar 2014 Gordon Laing

Digital Retro is a coffee table book by Cameralabs' Editor Gordon Laing that tells the story behind 44 vintage computers of the 70s and 80s: a unique period in the history of computing when a bewildering array of machines battled for supremacy in a melting pot which would shape the industry.

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