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Various (cheap) accessories

Discussion in 'Accessories' started by Danny_SWE, Jun 23, 2013.

  1. Danny_SWE

    Danny_SWE Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 30, 2013
    Sweden (Gothenburg)
    Last months I have done some eBay shopping and bought cheap accessories. Today I had big clean day and found some of my old purchases I don't even have tried :) So I was thinking of writing something about them to let you know.

    Have in mind that I haven't been trying most of this stuff so much so consider it a first impression quick review.

    If anyone wants to know more about some of the items, please let me know and I will gladly write more.
     
  2. Danny_SWE

    Danny_SWE Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 30, 2013
    Sweden (Gothenburg)
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  3. Danny_SWE

    Danny_SWE Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 30, 2013
    Sweden (Gothenburg)
    Bicycle holder

    The idea is nice. BUT... this item is quite low quality, not made for bigger cameras like the OM-D and the straps is, fiddly. I haven't tried it live but I believe the camera will not be in position for long time. NOT recommended!!!
    (there should be better mounts with some decent clamp to the steering bar or something)

    Bicycle Bike Moto Cycling Handlebar Mount Holder Tripod for Camera DV Black | eBay

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    Bicycle holder by Zarako, on Flickr

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    Bicycle holder by Zarako, on Flickr

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    Bicycle holder by Zarako, on Flickr
     
  4. Danny_SWE

    Danny_SWE Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 30, 2013
    Sweden (Gothenburg)
    Lens cap holder

    Just mounted this. Self-adhesive button to the cap and a hook for attaching to the camera. Maybe it would be nicer to attach the thread on the lens instead of the camera body in case you switch lenses. Well. I don't know. Good idea maybe, I will try this one on my trip next week.

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    Lens cap holder by Zarako, on Flickr
     
  5. DanSullivan

    DanSullivan Mu-43 Regular

    63
    Jun 21, 2010
    Colorado
    Dan Sullivan
    Bicycle holder

    Looks scary; maybe for a GoPro but I wouldn't be brave enough to hang an OMD on that :eek:
     
  6. Danny_SWE

    Danny_SWE Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 30, 2013
    Sweden (Gothenburg)
    Rubber lens hood

    There are different sizes of these rubber lens hods which are collapsible. Plastic thread so you screw them on. There are internal threads also so you can attach a filter afterwards also. Quite nice, but if you use it as some kind of lens protection it doesn't protect the front element as good as a hard plastic hood.

    58mm 3-Stage Rubber Lens Hood for Canon EF-S 18-55mm IS

    46mm Rubber Lens Hood Collapsable 46mm | eBay

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    Rubber lens hood by Zarako, on Flickr

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    Rubber lens hood by Zarako, on Flickr

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    Rubber lens hood by Zarako, on Flickr
     
  7. Danny_SWE

    Danny_SWE Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 30, 2013
    Sweden (Gothenburg)
    Lens caps

    The front lens cap is very similar to my original Lumix one, the grip when you shall remove it is slighty worse but no problem anyway. There is also a thread for attaching it somewhere.

    The back cap and body cap is good. The back cap is the lower kind that doesn't extend so much like some of the caps that come with the lenses.

    58mm Snap on Front Lens Cap for Canon Pentax Olympus OM | eBay

    New Rear Lens Cover Camera Body Cap for Micro 4 3 M4 3 Olympus Lumix Panasonic | eBay

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    Lens cap front by Zarako, on Flickr

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    Lens cap by Zarako, on Flickr
     
  8. Danny_SWE

    Danny_SWE Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 30, 2013
    Sweden (Gothenburg)
    Filters and Step up ring

    I use only the two filters in the hard cases and they work nice. Bought the ND-filter set just to get that soft case.

    The 58mm circular polar filter (CPL) works good but I don't know how good :) good enough for my small needs I believe.

    The ND8, same comment as above :) it darkens quite a bit, sometimes you want more, sometimes you want less. But I thought ND8 was a good compromise.

    The step-up ring from 46mm to 58mm is great if you buy filters for your 12-35, the 40-150 or whatever and wants to use it on the smaller lenses like the 14/2.5 the 20/1.7 or the 60/2.8 (just example that I know of, better to step up than down :) )


    More comments above the photos.


    58mm CPL Circular Polarizing Filter Polarizer 58 Mm | eBay

    ND2 ND4 ND8 58mm ND Filter Set for Canon 1D 650D 500D 50D 450D 1000D 1100D LF62 | eBay

    http://www.amazon.de/GRAUFILTER-ULT...D+550D+1000D+5D+Mark+II+7D+NIKON+D300+D300S+D

    46mm to 58mm Step Up Ring Adapter 46mm 58mm | eBay


    The Siolex ND8-filter (from Amazon.de) and the CPL-filter. Together with the three ND-filters which I just bought to get that handy case :)

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    Filters by Zarako, on Flickr

    The CPL-filter for 58mm (12-35 or 40-150) attached on the step up ring to the 46mm 14/2.5 lens.

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    Step up ring & Polar filter by Zarako, on Flickr
     
  9. Danny_SWE

    Danny_SWE Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 30, 2013
    Sweden (Gothenburg)
    Macro / Wide converter

    This 0.45x wide converter which uses a macro converter also works not so good I think. The FOV gets a little wider, but I didn't think it was 0.45x (?) and the result was quite bad with ugly distorsion and blurriness in the corners. NOT recommended!
    The macro lens though, which you can use on it's own, is actually quite good. It makes your lens focus closer, the AF works fast and nice and the corners are quite good and IQ overall is acceptable I think. A cheap way to take macro photos. The minus is that you cannot focus far away without removing it, but that's just the way it is and it's easy to remove when you need to take a "normal" photo again.


    58mm 0 45X Macro Wide Angle Lens for JVC DVL2000 HD10AC XA10 XF105 Sony DCR LF37 | eBay

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    Macro / Wide Converter by Zarako, on Flickr

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    Macro / Wide Converter by Zarako, on Flickr
     
  10. Danny_SWE

    Danny_SWE Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 30, 2013
    Sweden (Gothenburg)
    Neoprene bags / case

    I wanted to protect my 400/5.6 so I bought some neoprene bags, the biggest one works really well. It is just a tad to small but you can stretch it like 20 mm and then it will work :) they have strap and hook.

    The body bag is made for DSLR but fits the OM-D with bigger lens just perfect. Good when you don't have the body in your camera bag but maybe stowed away in your other luggage or something.


    http://www.ebay.com/itm/4-Size-S-M-...ouch-Case-For-Canon-Nikon-DC5S-/180806581244?

    http://www.ebay.com/itm/New-Neopren...4?pt=US_Camera_Cases_Bags&hash=item27c7bf1cac

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    Neoprene bag by Zarako, on Flickr

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    Neoprene bag by Zarako, on Flickr


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    Neoprene case by Zarako, on Flickr

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    Neoprene case by Zarako, on Flickr
     
  11. phrenic

    phrenic Mu-43 All-Pro

    Sep 13, 2010
    Nice thread! I love looking at the various cheap accessories available on ebay. Alot of these things are simple and should be cheap if you go right to the supplier.
     
  12. Danny_SWE

    Danny_SWE Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 30, 2013
    Sweden (Gothenburg)
    Hot shoe level bulbs, bracket and mount

    The level bulb is nice when your tripod don't have it.

    The rubber small bulb is not on photo here but above, eg the post with the neoprene bag. Check ebay link also. Ok, the OM-D has digital levelers, but maybe your camera doesn't :) it can also be nice to have it in old fashioned analog way.

    The hot shoe bracket is good when you need additional hot shoe things, like in my case. A flash AND the remote. Originally used for only the flash I think. Works great and good quality except the threads, little short but I used a washer, one seems a little damaged also but works good anyway.

    The hot shoe mount screw can be used for... ehm... I don't know. An external microphone!? :)


    Hot Shoe Bubble Spirit Level Cap F Canon 650D 600D 550D 1100D T4i T3i T2i T1i | eBay

    Hot Shoe Tripod Mount | eBay


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    Bulb by Zarako, on Flickr

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    Hot shoe bracket by Zarako, on Flickr

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    Hot shoe holder by Zarako, on Flickr
     
  13. Danny_SWE

    Danny_SWE Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 30, 2013
    Sweden (Gothenburg)
    Lenses

    There are many many strange lenses on eBay, I have found many but bought only two CCTV lenses and one Tokina RMC 400/5.6

    • CCTV 35/1.7 - C mount, comes with MFT-adaptor and two extenders for even closer focus.
    • CCTV 50/1.4 - See above (that's what was included in the deal I got (!))
    • Tokina RMC 400/5.6 - Mine was Pentax K mount and I bought an adaptor from Amazon.de (Siolex)

    I don't know if I can recommend the CCTV-lenses. They are riddiculously cheap but they demand good light even though they have big aperture. Fully manual and gives quite funky results and could be fun. But I don't know. Only used them first weeks, no big money wasted anyway so it doesn't hurt, can be really fun to use. The 35mm has three extenders mounted on the photo, really close focus.

    The Tokina RMC 400/5.6 is great! bought it for $140 and it is in great condition with tripod mount also. When you step down to f/8-11 it is actually really sharp.

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    CCTV Lenses by Zarako, on Flickr

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    CCTV Lenses by Zarako, on Flickr

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    Tokina 400/5.6 by Zarako, on Flickr
     
  14. Danny_SWE

    Danny_SWE Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 30, 2013
    Sweden (Gothenburg)
    Straps - Black Rapid and DIY wrist-strap

    I have the Black Rapid strap from the DSLR, but I don't think it is so good on the MFT-system. The body w lens is just too light and it hangs too loose, it just bounces around when you walk. Didn't like it.

    So... I made an own wrist-strap. After having used the included Oly-strap around my shoulder I began to think it was in the way sometimes and I use bags also so now I have it in the bag or in the wrist. A simple key ring and nice kevlar rope I bought at a marine supplier with an advanced knot! :)


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    Black Rapid by Zarako, on Flickr

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    Wrist strap by Zarako, on Flickr
     
  15. Danny_SWE

    Danny_SWE Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 30, 2013
    Sweden (Gothenburg)
    Battery bank

    Ok this is slightly OT but anyways. For using on a GoPro or something this works great. And your cell phone as well.

    A battery bank that is used for emergency charging your device through USB. Comes with six (!) different connectors that are used with the same standard USB base-cable. When charging the device itself, reverse the cable, see photo.
    5600mAh is quite alot, you could make a really long time-lapse with your GoPro (or cell phone) with this one attached.
    Bonus feature is built-in LED flashlight :)


    http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItemVersion&item=200838969583&view=all&tid=865837692010

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    Battery bank by Zarako, on Flickr
     
  16. Danny_SWE

    Danny_SWE Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 30, 2013
    Sweden (Gothenburg)
    Ok, that was it! I hope I shared some light over the eBay djungle :)

    Feel free to post your own good buys (or bad)
     
  17. usayit

    usayit Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    I use the same lens keeper but for my VF-2 on my E-PL1. Saved it from getting lost a couple times already.
     
  18. usayit

    usayit Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Forgot to mention. There is also a lens keeper II version that has elastic on one end instead of a clip. It is designed to go around the lens, instead of attaching to the camera. Best when you switch lenses.

    Sensei Cap Keeper Lens Cap Holder CK-L B&H Photo Video

    The one pictured is what I use with my VF-2 though... since the VF2 in case stays with the camera.



    I see two people with spirit bubble levelers on their OMDs. I simply use the OMD built in levels instead... Kinda wondering why
     
  19. Danny_SWE

    Danny_SWE Mu-43 All-Pro

    Apr 30, 2013
    Sweden (Gothenburg)
    alright!! that one seems just perfect, will try it next time I order some bling :) thanks
     
  20. BigTam

    BigTam Mu-43 Top Veteran

    773
    Mar 19, 2012
    Dortmund, Germany
    Ron
    Thanks, Daniel: you've just saved me some time and money!