Want to buy some accessories for the amazing Nikon D500?
Since the camera is aimed at wildlife, sports and heavy photo use, we’ve made sure to include accessories that complement those shooting styles.
In our guide, you will only find the items that fully work with the D500! These 7 accessories are perfect regardless of what type of photography you are into, since they’re so versatile. You can also consider these as great gifts for a fellow photographer!
The 7 Best Accessories for Nikon D500
1. Memory Card: Lexar XQD 64GB Card (440MB/s)
2. Battery: Nikon EN-EL 15
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
7. Battery Grip: Nikon MB-D17 Grip
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1. Memory Card – Lexar Professional XQD 64GB 440MB/s
The D500 features 1 x XQD and 1 x SD slots. Nothing beats XQD cards, which is why we recommend the Lexar Professional 64GB XQD. It’s so fast that you can easily shoot with the 200 JPEG buffer limit of the D500 and never experience any lag or delay.
Same goes for 4K videos or just general burst shooting at 10fps. This camera is a beast, and the Lexar memory card is just as well! It’s got a writing speed of up to 400MB/s, and reading up to 440MB/s.
You’ll find it number 1 in our Best memory cards for Nikon D500 post, so there’s really nothing else you should get if you are looking for the best option. If it’s not in stock, then check out the Sony XQD cards with 99% identical speeds.
2. Battery – Nikon EN-EL 15
The Nikon D500 uses the Nikon EN-EL 15 battery that allows you to take around 1240 shots before charging it.
Why would you want to have more than 1 battery? Because they can fail; it’s not common, but if it happens you have no other to take pictures.
For long sports or outdoors events you’ll want at least 1 more extra battery. 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. Plus, it’s good if you get those random bursts of motivation to take pictures, but can’t wait 2-3 hours in case your only battery is empty at the moment.
3. Flash – Neewer TT560
There’s no need to spend hundreds of dollars on a flash if you’ve never owned one before! 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 Nikon, Canon, 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.
However, if you already have this one and are looking for something with more features, check out the Nikon SB-700.
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 are going to use the D500 with extremely heavy telephoto lenses, you should check out the tripod tutorial at TechRadar. The one we recommend holds a maximum of ~11Lb (always take this with a grain of salt and assume it’s slightly less).
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-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). Here’s a Youtube tutorial on using both modes.
It’s compatible with the D500 since you simply attach 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.
7. Battery Grip – Nikon MB-D17
Nikon makes a battery grip for their more mid-range cameras, and the D500 is compatible with the Nikon MB-D17.
These are the 3 most common reasons why people get a grip:
- 2 x Battery slots, meaning you can double your shooting time (or 8 x AA batteries)
- If you find the D500 too light/small and want better overall grip and stability
- If you often shoot vertically and want to have a 2nd shutter button on the grip (better for vertical photography)
The grip also sports a few buttons you can find on the back of the camera. There are cheaper third-party versions but there’s a much higher risk of damaging your camera. The MB-D17 is definitely worth it, for any of those 3 reasons we provided.