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Cheap alternatives to expensive photography gear

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Photography can be an expensive business. Never mind the cost of the cameras and lenses, even photography accessories are often expensive. Thankfully, for many photography accessories there are cheaper alternatives available.

They might not look so good, and might not even work as well. But if they can do 90% of the job for 10% of the price, they can be very handy if you can't afford to shell out for the 'proper' product. It can also be a good idea to try out a cheap version of an accessory, to see how useful it actually is for your photography, before you decide to splash out on the full price model.

So, in this post, we'll look at a few different cheap alternatives to popular photography equipment.

Cheap alternatives to expensive photography gear

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May 1st, 2016 at 8:45 pm

Why use a lens hood?

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If you own an interchangeable lens camera, you probably will have noticed that a lot of lenses sold for these cameras come with a plastic lens hood included. And for those lenses that don't include a lens hood, there are a wide variety of aftermarket designs available that you can purchase to add to your lens.

In this article we'll look at the benefits of using a lens hood, the different types of hood available, and also some disadvantages of hoods.

Why use a lens hood?

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February 15th, 2015 at 5:12 pm

5 Inexpensive Tools To Help You Improve Your Photography

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Photography can be quite an expensive hobby. Cameras, lenses, filters, and all the other accessories that go with it can cost a lot. So, in this article, I want to look at five relatively inexpensive items (under $30) that can bring a big improvement to your photography despite their low cost.

5 Inexpensive Tools To Help You Improve Your Photography

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January 18th, 2015 at 9:09 pm

Tips for buying cheaper cameras, lenses, and accessories

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Digital photography gear can be quite expensive, so it makes sense to save money if you can. Even a relatively small saving, like 10% could result in smaller dent in your wallet.

Buying online

For purchasing new photography equipment, it is often cheaper to purchase online than in a bricks and mortar store. This is because online shops don't have the overheads of having to pay the high rental costs for a shop front.

There are a lot of websites selling cameras and lenses online, so how do you find out which is cheapest? Camera price buster US and Camera price buster UK both gather prices on camera equipment from a range of retailers, and then list the cheapest on their website. You can also view prices of an item on a graph, to see whether the price has been dropping or increasing lately.

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Camera Price Buster UK website showing current cheapest prices and graph of previous prices for the Canon 5D MkII camera

Another good comparison website is Google shopping. Though Google is not quite so good as you will often find their listings filled with hundreds of accessories and unrelated items. If you are searching for a camera or lens, sort the items by price. Then flick through the pages until you find where the listings for the item you want actually start.

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