25 things you can use to save a photographer

The topic of saving has always been and will be relevant, especially when the matter requires solutions and quality, and your pocket is empty.It’s so good that Aliexpress has appeared in our life, with the help of which, you can still save a lot on accessories and more serious things. I have put together a big package for you here that can save you both time and money. At the end of the article there is an Excel file that contains all the links from this article, plus a lot of other useful things. So let’s go.

We save on lenses. Adapters

A very useful purchase, which, in principle, you can carve yourself – old lenses are very cheap, information and specifications are available on the Internet. However, for example, my skill in this area is quite low, and therefore I preferred to take advantage of the suggestions of our Chinese counterparts. I approached the choice of the camera proceeding from the maximum compatibility with common Soviet optics, and did not regret it. Despite all the nuances, most cameras allow the installation of old lenses through the appropriate adapter. The easiest way is to put old lenses from old SLR cameras on Canon and mirrorless cameras, for which there is an adapter. Lenses from rangefinder cameras can be put on mirrorless cameras without any problems.

For example, lenses

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They have M42 threads and were installed on SLR cameras . They, for example, on cameras with Canon EF mount, can be installed through the thin adapter M42-EF.


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Although it can be installed on SLR cameras, they will have a limited focusing distance, since these glasses were designed for rangefinder cameras without a mirror, which had smaller dimensions. Such lenses are usually M39 threaded and can be installed through the M39 adapter on the corresponding mirrorless camera (Sony NEX, EOS M, Nikon 1, Fujifilm X-A2 b, and others). They will work one hundred percent on mirrorless cameras, but even if we pervert and put M39-M42 through the adapter ring, and then from M42 to a SLR camera, then nothing worthwhile will come of it without global alterations of the lens itself.

This does not apply to SLR cameras like Nikon – for DSLRs, you still need to redesign the lens, and in principle, the cameras themselves are sharpened more for electronically controlled optics. Well, or look for an adapter with a lens for these cameras. On cameras of the D5100 type, it will be possible to shoot only in M ​​mode. In other modes, the camera says “Lens not attached”. Canon is much simpler in this regard.

By the way, if you have a Canon EOS R system, you can use an adapter to attach Canon EF lenses to it. It is not clear how much more is allotted to this bayonet, but most likely, EF will soon be replaced by EOS R, because the main problem of rangefinder cameras has been solved a long time ago.

In general, the alignment is extremely clear, and I bring to your attention the list of adapters below:

– Canon EF / EF-S adapter M42-Canon EOS (without a chip or with a chip ).
– Canon EF-M adapter M42- Canon EF-M .
– Nikon DX / FX, as well as Fujifilm and Kodak with Nikon F mount, M42-Nikon F adapter with and without lens . – Nikon 1 adapter M42-Nikon 1 . – Pentax K adapter the M42-the Pentax the K . – Pentax Q adapter M42-Pentax Q . – Sony / Minolta A adapter M42-Sony A ( without or with a chip ). – Sony NEX and Sony Alpha E-mount adapter M42-Sony E (M42-Sony Nex) .
– Four Thirds, aka 4/3 (Olympus, Panasonic) M42-4 / 3 adapter
– Micro Four Thirds – Olympus, Panasonic, Kodak, Xiaomi with Micro 4/3 bayonet (Micro 4: 3) M42-Micro 4 adapter / 3 .
– For cameras with Fujifilm X mount, M42-Fuji X adapter .
– Samsung NX M42-Samsung NX adapter . – Leica M adapter M42-L / M .
– For the Leica T-mount adapter the M42-of L / T .
– The adapter ring M39-M42 can be purchased here . – Adapter М42-EOS R

The adapter ring from M39 to M42 can be used together with the M42 adapters for your system for lenses of early SLR cameras, such as Tair-11.

We save on lenses. New lenses (cheap)

The Chinese entered the photography market very well, throwing out their advantages to everyone. And the advantages, as you know, the Chinese have cheap and functional, however, not quite high-quality in performance. Despite the fact that, for example, even the old Helios will be good both in the quality of optics and in tactile sensations, if you really want autofocus and background blurring for an inexpensive price, then go and buy autofocus lenses Meike, Yongnu ( Meike , Yongnuo ).

There are also non-autofocus lenses from manufacturers such as 7artisans, Kamlan and other noname brands. Here, of course, felt-tip pens are different for everyone. However, I prefer a 60-year-old German rather than a modern Chinese from the assembly line, even if this Chinese looks like a German in appearance.

Save on flashes

Flash is a separate story – with the current dollar rate – the prices for the original in the Russian Federation are simply stitched. Again, the Chinese come to the rescue. There are a lot of flash models, and every cheap one practically has TTL / manual mode. For that kind of money, I don’t mind them. In addition, the flashes can be used in pairs / separately to illuminate halls during events and banquets. At the same time, you yourself can also walk with a flash. The main thing is to have a synchronizer.

There is another category of flares – ring flares. The original costs a lot of money, but in fact it is an LED ring sealed in a diffuser. A very useful thing for macro photography.

We save on lids

Lens and camera caps are a long-standing trend, dating back to the days of general shopping on Ebay. Original at the price of gold, copies, although not always good, for 10% of the original price. You can lose at least every day, and this will not reduce the money in your pocket.

Inexpensive straps and lateral hand support

Belts. Lots of belts. From granny style to leather, neoprene and heaped up. Very nice and often pretty replacements for a greasy native belt. Plus, at a delicious price. For example, grandmother’s style (this is when a belt is cut out of a carpet) – only 130 rubles.

I highly recommend purchasing a wrist strap . There is no need for a neck strap almost immediately! And there will be no pain at all after a long shot from 2kg of weight on the neck.


For fans of macro photography – expanse. What is not there. And reverse adapters, and macro rings, and magnifying lenses. A reverse adapter is used to attach the lens with a filter thread to the camera – a macro lens is obtained. The macro rings move the lens away from the camera, thereby increasing the zoom factor. Not a microscope, of course, but you can use it.


The eyecups are second only to the lens cap that loves to get lost and deteriorate at the most unexpected moment. Once the eyecup cost 50 rubles with delivery, now it is a little more expensive. The quality is not worse than the original. Basically. For different cameras – different shapes. For example, Canon has three DSLRs. Small , for entry-level cameras, medium – the most common and large – for the missile defense segment.

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Memory cards

Memory cards are everywhere memory cards. For example, I don’t vouch for Lexar , but Extreme PRO from Sandisk is twice as cheap as ours, and the speed and characteristics are the same as those stated by the manufacturer. For those who don’t care about speed, you can buy a cheaper card.


Tripod tripod strife, but if we take the mass segment – that there’s really no difference where to take – in China, Ali, or the same in Russia at an inflated price. By the way, the Chinese twist prices on Alikha so that you can safely divide it into two or even three – you get the real cost of goods on one well-known Chinese Avito for wholesale purchases.


Batteries are a panacea. I always take 2-3 rechargeable batteries for cameras. One Chinese is like half the original. I have never had any problems with them – with charging too.


Original synchronizers are a purely specific thing. Everyone I know uses Chinese. Yeggnu (you get the idea) is a priority. The synchronizer is used for shooting with different lighting schemes. Key features are remote flash control, control of modes, power, grouping multiple synchronizers into different groups and the ability to use them separately from each other.

I liked the Yongnuo RF-605 , simple, with a display, low power consumption, many channels and few settings. Compared to very cheap ones – not bad. Too fancy I can’t even imagine where it could be applied.

Flash stands

The same story with tripods. Lightweight and durable for reasonable money can not be found, and what is not sold with us is sold there.

Flash diffusers

A very good thing . and useful. Flash on the forehead – always looks bad and flat. A flash at an angle is already better, but a flash hidden behind a diffuser diffuses hard light very strongly, and makes it more uniform, and if used successfully, it even adds expressiveness and additional volume to the photo.

The tri-color diffuser can also be used in business, however – the results are controversial. Although the price can push you to experiment.



When shooting in various lighting conditions, a reflector is the best alternative to flash . The reflector is used to further illuminate the subject’s face to add expression to the shot. Usually have a gold and silver side, shiny. The color is used depending on the lighting conditions and the idea.

Studio equipment

Lighting equipment was already worth a lot of money, for a small studio, for example, you can see equipment in China. The cheapest option is constant light . What, in principle, can be assembled with your own hands is sometimes easier and cheaper to buy. It is especially good if the purchase turns out to be long lasting.

Battery packs

High quality – only the original. All crafts one way or another have complaints. However, if you come across a good-quality specimen, then you will not be overjoyed. Mechanics are often greatly simplified, which causes confusion. But in the absence of alternatives – why not .

Action Cameras

I will dilute the list a little – action cameras are sold on every corner. What is not an opportunity to compare prices and order from there. For example, even a cheap camera has a waterproof case, and at the same time there is sufficient autonomy to capture what you wanted to shoot .


Quadrics are a fragile thing and, for example, you can look for something inexpensive to learn to fly in restricted areas . For example, the cheapest quadcopter will allow you to understand how to control a flying hummer in the air, so as not to break the more expensive one later .

We protect our equipment

Wardrobe trunks , bags! By the way, most of the things in China are really well made for their price. We just feed hundreds of people in the layer from producer to consumer. The backpack allows you to store and carefully carry your photographic equipment, and various cases and cases – to protect the delicate optics and lens mechanisms. Films are what should protect the screen from scratches . Many used camera buyers are critical of display scratches. Instead of a film, you can use a protective screen .


Having tried many light filters, I gave up on them altogether for protection. It is worth using polarizers , UV and ND as needed. A polarizing filter is mainly used when shooting in bright sunny weather, especially good at removing glare from water surfaces. ND filters – for shooting on a bright sunny day with an open aperture. Well, or for creativity.

Cleaning and maintenance of equipment

There are a lot of cool things that allow you to blow out the camera matrix, or clean the lens from dust without damaging the chemical anti-reflective coating of the glass. There are three sets for your attention. The more items , the higher the cost and applicability in various situations.

Interchangeable focusing screens

The classic of film photography on a DSLR is a Fresnel lens with a micro-raster and wedges . Available for replacement on most DSLR cameras . It helps a lot when working with optics. Better – only Live View. The removable screen is installed instead of the standard one, and allows you to more accurately hit the target without the use of additional lenses and accessories.

Image enlargers

Useful things when working with manual focus and video shooting. Image magnifiers allow you to understand how and where you are aiming during shooting, as well as to control not only the depth of field , but also to examine the dust on the objects of shooting.

Souvenir, or how to please a photographer friend

The classics of this type of goods are presented by already boring thermos mugs in the form of lenses and small key chains. But, you can still surprise your photographer friend by fitting him a toilet paper holder in the form of a roll of film .

Shooting with children

Taking pictures of children is always about getting the child’s attention to the photographer first. To do this, you can use an attachment in the form of a funny doll on the lens, or, for example, a disco ball. While the child is looking with surprise at the lights of the disco ball , you can safely photograph him.

Here is the promised file . I hope you’ve skimmed to the end not only for his sake. 🙂What else can you save? Well, apart from food, of course.

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