Here is a list of the best accessories for the Canon SL2.
We went through hundreds of items compatible with the SL2, removed the ones that don’t work/may cause issues and this guide below is the final result.
The 6 accessories below are perfect for all types of photographers, since they don’t limit you to anything. For example, it’s always good to have a big memory card, or a solid tripod. These can also be great gifts for anyone with the camera, regardless of what they shoot.
The 6 Best Accessories for Canon SL2
1. Memory Card: SanDisk 64GB Extreme Pro 95MB/s
2. Battery: Canon LP-E17
3. Flash: Neweer TT560 Flash
4. Tripod: Zomei 55″ Tripod
5. Light Reflector: Neewer 43″ 5-in-1 Reflector
6. Wireless Flash + Shutter Trigger: Altura Wireless Flash Trigger
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1. Memory Card – SanDisk 64GB Extreme Pro 95MB/s
There’s no better card for the Canon SL2 than the SanDisk 64GB Extreme Pro. The Canon SL2 supports a maximum of UHS-I speed, and since this card is UHS-I, this means that you will get the best performance out of it.
It’s super fast, reliable and has more than enough capacity for thousands of shots and Full HD videos. SanDisk has always been number one brand for memory cards and their affordable 32GB, 64GB and 128GB models are too cheap to not get. Check out our list of best memory cards for SL2 to see the full selection.
2. Battery – Canon LP-E17
The SL2 has a fairly good battery life, with around 650 shots available before you have to recharge it. It uses the Canon LP-E17 battery just like the majority of entry-level models.
For traveling, weddings or any long photo shoots, you’ll want at least 1 more extra battery. Batteries can fail (rare, but better to be safe), and you should be prepared for this. If you only take pictures once a year, then this investment is not worth it, but if photography is a big hobby/job to you, it’s a must have. You can take up to 1300 pictures with 2 batteries!
3. Flash – Neewer TT560
There’s no need to spend hundreds of dollars on a flash! The Neewer TT560 is perfect, affordable (costs under $50) and has plenty of useful features.
First, it will work with many different models of cameras, which includes Canon, Nikon, Sony and more. It can rotate vertically (90 degrees) and horizontally (270 degrees), so you’re free to use it for bouncing the light from a reflector or something similar. On top of that, it has a slave mode so it can fire simultaneously with other flash units.
4. Tripod – Zomei 55″ Compact Tripod
For landscape, architecture, studio and night time photography, you need a tripod. The Zomei 55″ is affordable and provides good height, support and max load. As soon as you start shooting with slow shutter speeds (below 1/30) you will want one, as tripods are the only way to get sharp results.
The Zomei 55″ extrends to a maximum of 4.92ft (150cm), weighs 2.6Lb (1.2kg) and supports a max weight of 11Lb (5kg). It’s made of aluminium alloy and is compact to carry around.
If you want to shoot fireworks or do some light painting, you also need a tripod.
5. Light Reflector – Neewer 43″ 5-in-1 Collapsible Light Reflector
Are you into portrait/wedding photography? Besides a good flash, you’ll want to have the Neewer 5-in-1 Light Reflector that allows you to bounce the light from white, silver, gold or black surfaces.
Even if you don’t have a flash, you can bounce the sun light nicely onto your subject and achieve much more professional looking shots, with warm colors. Alternatively, you can use it for product photography. It costs less than $20 and is truly worth it.
6. Wireless Flash + Shutter Trigger – Altura Photo Flash Trigger
Using a flash on your camera is good, but using it off the camera is even better. The Altura Photo Flash Trigger allows you to fire your external flash up to 100 feet (30m) away from the camera!
This results in much better control over light, softer shadows, nicer colors etc. It’s great for sports, portraits, studio and pretty much anything you can think of.
Extra feature: This trigger also servers as a wireless flash trigger, which means you can take pictures without being next to the camera (with or without a flash). Since there aren’t any reliable SL2 wireless shutter remotes available yet, this is excellent news. Here’s a Youtube tutorial on using both modes.
It’s compatible with every Canon DSLR since you simply attatch one part to the hot-shoe, and attach the other to your flash. You are then free to move up to ~100 feet and take pictures.