Canon XSi/450D

My Canon XSi camera accessories

There are numerous accessories available for digital single lens reflex cameras, and many are expensive. I’m going slowly, making sure I actully need an accessory or lens before buying.

There are lots of accessories available for digital single lens reflex cameras. I’m going slowly and will gradually add to my accessory arsenal. Here’s what I have to date:

Canon lenses

18-55mm IS kit lens
55-250mm IS lens
50mm f1/8 II lens

Ultraviolet filters

I consider UV filters a cheap insurance to help protect the front element of lenses. I bought two 58mm Canon coated UV filters, one for the kit lens and one for the Canon 55-250mm IS zoom lens.

The filters absorb ultraviolet rays as well as help prevent haziness and foggy effects in distant landscapes. Except when using a polarizer, I leave the UV filters on the lenses at all times to protect the front elements from abrasions, dust and moisture.

Polarizing filter

I use a Tiffen polarizing filter, which reduces or eliminates glare from reflective surfaces such as glass and water. Overall color saturation, especially outdoors, often significantly improves. I simply love the way a polarizer deepens the color of skies. Lenses with rotating front elements make using polarizing filters a bit tricky, but it can be done [Learn how].

Lowepro Nova 170 AW camera bag

The Lowpro Nova 170 is well made, and is lightweight and roomy enough to hold my XSi, two lenses and several small accessories. It has an indispensable all weather cover.

Sandisk Four Gig Extreme III SDHC card with MicroMate card reader

Holds about 173 RAW + JPEG images and over 700 JPEG only. A new card reader may be required if you buy a Secure Digital High Capacity memory card [Learn why].

Aquapac SLR Camera Case with Hard Lens

This relatively inexpensive 100% waterproof case, protect smy XSi from the elements at the beach and when in a boat. It even floats if I should, heaven forbid, drop my camera overboard. Can be used for snorkeling too.

Tripod and monopod

They are inexpensive, but sturdy and suitable for the lightweight lenses I own. I’ve had them for a long time but they are barely used. However, with a DSLR I may need to use a tripod or monopod more often than I like.

Related reading: Top ten accessories for DSLR users

About the author

Gail Bjork

Gail Bjork, who is passionate about digital photography, is the owner and editor of Digicamhelp.Gail is the author of three illustrated ebooks about digital photography. A number of her photos and digital photography related articles appear at other websites.In 2006, a series of her photos, People in the Louvre, were exhibited at the Underground Photo Gallery
in Iisalmi Finland. Eight of her photos taken in the Florida scrub are on permanent exhibition at Parrish Medical Center in Titusville, Florida.Gail served twelve years as an elected member of The School Board of Palm Beach County, Florida, one of the largest school districts in the U.S. She has also been the editor of a small town newspaper and a free-lance writer. Gail and her husband owned and ran several small businesses.

6 Comments

  • Karen, Hoya makes excellent UV filters. The better ones are coated on both sides with anti-reflective coatings. The next step up, multi-coated UV filters, typically exceed the optical quality of most higher end camera lenses. Unless you have a very expensive camera, the double coated should be fine. Tiffen and Cokin also make excellent filters.

  • I just discovered your blog and I was wondering if you have used any other UV filters.  The Canon filters that I have researched received a low rating and some have even suggested a brand called Hoya. Have you had any experience with this brand?

  • Yes, the XSi fits inside with the kit lens on. I can also fit the 55-250mm IS lens and a 50mm prime lens. It’s a little tight, but very doable. If I bought it again, I’d probably buy the next larger size. But if you don’t have a lot of accessories like an additional lens or external flash, it should serve you well. Lowepro bags are very nice!

  • Hi Gail,

    I know this is an older post an you probably don’t use the same accessories but I have a question.

    You mention you used the Lowepro Nova 170 AW camera bag. Did the XSi fit inside with the kit lens on, or you had to take it off first ?

    Thanks,
    Stefan

  • Being new to digital camera’s I’m finding your info very helpful, thank you.  As little as I know I love my XSI with the 18-55 lens and the 250 IS lens. Now I have to figure out what I need to take quality pictures of my nephews art work to make large prints of.  Some are large paintings and have to be large prints, hoping my existing lenses will work. Thanks again.