Welcome to our guide of the best accessories for your Sony A6500.
We looked through a ton of items and removed the ones that didn’t work, or may cause too many issues.
These 7 accessories below 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 Sony A6500
1. Memory Card: SanDisk 64GB Extreme Pro 95MB/s
2. Battery: Sony NP-FW50
3. Flash: Neweer TT560 Flash
4. Tripod: Zomei 55″ Tripod
5. Light Reflector: Neewer 43″ 5-in-1 Reflector
6. Wireless Shutter Release: Foto & Tech Wireless Remote Control
7. Battery Grip: Meike MK-A6500 Grip
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1. Memory Card – SanDisk 64GB Extreme Pro 95MB/s
The SanDisk 64GB Extreme Pro is hands down the best memory card available right now, and has been for more than a few years. The Sony A6500 supports 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 4K 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 Sony A6500 to see the full selection, but this one easily sits on top.
2. Battery – Sony NP-FW50
The Sony A6500 uses the Sony NP-FW50 battery. Since mirrorless cameras are known to have around 300-400 shots battery life on a single charge, it’s not surprise that the majority of their users own more than 2 batteries. We seriously recommend you to have at least 3 batteries if you’re serious about photography.
For traveling, weddings or any long photo shoots, having more than 1 is a must. 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, you’ll allow yourself to worry less when taking pictures when you won’t have the time to wait 2-3 hours for a full charge.
3. Flash – Neewer TT560
There’s no need to spend hundreds of dollars on a flash, especially if you have no experience with one yet! 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 Sony, Canon, Nikon 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. The A6500 is so small and light that these two items are perfect together.
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 Shutter Release – Foto & Tech Wireless Remote Control
The Foto & Tech Wireless Remote is a cheap, small accessory that allows you to spice up your photography style.
How? You don’t have to be next to the camera to take a picture. For photographing fireworks, sky, light trails or anything where you need to use a shutter speed that’s longer than a few seconds, you will want a wireless remote.
Why? Because it’s nearly impossible to hold the regular shutter button for seconds to hours without your finger getting pain/annoyed/cold (if shooting during the night). Using a wireless remote boosts your creativity and removes the “annoying” part of standing there for minutes, as well as the vibration caused by pressing the camera’s shutter button.
7. Battery Grip – Meike MK-A6500
Meike makes a battery grip for almost all Sony cameras, and the A6500 uses the Meike MK-A6500.
These are the 3 most common reasons why you should get a grip:
- 2 x Battery slots, meaning you can double your shooting time (or 6 x AA)
- If you find the A6500 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. Normally, we don’t recommend third-party versions, but since Sony doesn’t make grips for their cameras, the Meike is an excellent alternative.