A basic question

Prakash Illancheran 4:39pm, 20 September 2010
I just bought a brand new Nikon D5000 camera with the standard kit lens (AF-S 18-55mm F3.5-5.6 VR). What accessories are an absolute must to start with ? I do not want to buy any new lens until I get a feel of the camera. Do I need to get any filters ? If yes, what are the specifications ? What else should I look for ? Thanks in advance!
GregM35 8 years ago
You have all you need, nothing else is a must.

Here are some accessories you may want to think about.
For lens protection you could get a UV filter. I use Hoya Pro 1 series, I think your filter size is 52mm.

For enhancing color and cutting glare you may want a circular polarizer.

A tripod for shooting longer shutter speeds.

A camera case to transport the camera.
achilles_ds 8 years ago
Greg said it all! :)
Leo, Nanda & Amanda 8 years ago
++ to what Greg says. Along with the UV filter, you could also get a circular polarizer lens (CPL). I found on ebay a set of both filters for under $10. Not sure how they compare to brand-name ones, but I'll get to test it myself when they arrive (a friend has a few Hoya ones I can borrow and compare).

And the D5000 does have 52mm lens size.

I'd also get a book (I particularly like "Nikon D5000: From Snapshots to Great Shots" from Jeff Revel. He covers the basics (Aperture, exposure, composition) as well as having neat little "exercises" at the end of each chapter, were you get to apply what you've just read.
Lee Jinks Posted 8 years ago. Edited by Lee Jinks (member) 8 years ago
I'm also going with you don't NEED anything more. I always like to have two batteries and two memory cards. This way I can always keep shooting. Run out of either power or memory and you can go home. I'm not sure I would call those accessories, so I would put a tripod at the top of my accessory WANTS. You can then start looking for a camera bag once you decide what you will want to carry and how to carry it.
delightful popcorn [deleted] 8 years ago
don't go cheap when it comes to filters. if you are paying less than $30 more than likely the filter will degrade the quality of the image.

a good speed light that you can use to bounce the flash will help your pictures out a lot too.
sefoxx 8 years ago
I have to agree since buying my D5000 in August 2010 all I have added is a cleaning kit, filter, extra battery, couple of memory cards and a bag.
The bag was the most expensive a Lowepro A102w Slingshot, a fantastic way to carry your camera and accessories around.
tidy cub [deleted] 8 years ago
Same as above really. I got a tripod, bag, filters and i eventually got a new lens. I also got a black rapid RS7 strap. This was a life saver, the camera now hangs around my waist and im more comfortable taking my camera out in the street.
Josh King Photography 7 years ago
This is what I bought over the year to give you some ideas...

Ownuser battery grip, remote shutter release,tiffen cpl,sunpack cpl,hoya multi coated UV x2, tiffen ND filter, tiffen graduated ND filter, rocket air duster, lens pen, extra battery, 6 16GB class 10 sdhc cards, lowepro side kick 300, Nikon 35mm 1.8, tripod, monopod, 2 150 W/s strobes, Nikon sb-600, slave triggers, hotshoe - pc adapter, lot's of rechargeable AA batteries for the sb-600, backdrops and support, a few light stands. You will also need/want software. I use Adobe photoshop CS5 extended and Adobe Lightroom 3. If your interested in ever doing some green screening work I recommend Ultimatte advantedge I use it and it works awesome! Have fun and welcome to the debt called photography lol.
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