Nikon's entry-level D3000-series cameras (the D3200, D3300, D3400 and D3500) offer great quality for the money. You don't need to buy a pricier camera to up your photographic game. Instead, invest instead in add-ons like lenses, an external flash and a tripod. Simple upgrades like a camera bag and the right memory card also help. And if you do upgrade to a higher-end Nikon DSLR, like the D5600 or D7500, all these accessories will still work. Here are the best accessories for getting the most out of your Nikon.
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With a modicum of caution, you should be able to keep your lens safe on a typical day of shooting. But if you are in rugged conditions, with a lot of mud, dust or other debris, a UV filter is a good way to protect your lens. This model fits the kit lens that comes with all D3000-series, and many other Nikon cameras. For other lenses, check the "Filter Size" spec to select the proper filter.
Using an external flash depends on a hot shoe with clean contact points, yet Nikon doesn't provide a cover to protect the shoe when not in use. This cleaver item not only fills the hot shoe; it also provides a bonus spirit level — allowing you to align the camera perfectly for critical shots.
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Throw your new gear in this sturdy but inexpensive bag. Measuring 11.6 x 7.8 x 4.9 inches, it can carry your camera and a few extras, such as lenses and a flash. If you need more room, get Amazon's 12 x 9 x 7-inch Large bag for $25. Both models offer either you orange or gray interior.
Bright sunlight hurts many shots, especially on water, due to glare. A polarizing filter cuts the glare for sharper images and also enhances color and contrast. This 52mm filter size fits Nikon's 18-55mm kit lens. For other lenses, check the filter sizes listed for each that we recommend.
Whether from fingerprints, raindrops or blowing dust, the glass on your camera's lenses, LCD and viewfinder will frequently get dirty. This kit includes an air blower and a lens brush to safely remove big bits of dirt. Alcohol-free cleaning solution, lens tissue paper and microfiber cloths finish the job. This kit also provides swabs for cleaning the delicate image sensor, in case dust gets in during lens changes.
Get yourself in the photo with this infrared remote, which triggers the camera from up to 16 feet away — either immediately or after a 2-second delay. The remote is also useful for long exposures, so you can trigger a shot without jarring the camera by pushing its shutter button.
Nikon's D3000 line gets continually better battery life, rated from 540 shots per charge on the D3200 to a generous 1,500 on the new D3500. That's plenty for even an intensive day (or two) of shooting. But video will drain the cells much sooner. And besides, you don't ever want to miss a shot because you are out of juice. For a margin of safety, consider carrying an extra battery such as the EN-EL14a, which doubles the number of shots you can take.