[the_ad id=”20″]With the Nikon p900 being such a popular yet unique camera we are always seeing large numbers of people who own the camera reaching out with various questions about different camera accessories. Now, rather than make one individual post for each of the camera accessories that we see people reaching out about, we have decided to just publish our ultimate list of accessories for Nikon p900 cameras that we feel hope can help improve the level of image quality that our readers will be able to capture with their p900 during use.
Now, there is no need to go out and purchase all of these camera accessories. Some of our recommendations may be totally useless for your particular photography niche while others may be essential. We also have some great general camera accessories that are highly recommended for anyone who owns the p900 too that we would recommend you seriously consider adding to your collection.
If you are a more advanced and established photographer then there is a good chance that you will likely already own many of our suggestions. Additionally, the majority of the camera accessories that we will be recommending can be used with a large number of other popular cameras too meaning you can use them with any other camera bodies you may own too. Anyway, we hope that our readers who already own a p900 or are at least thinking of purchasing it will find our article helpful and get some value out of it.
Some Solid Reading
Since its release, the book’s sales have increased with each passing month at an almost exponential level. In addition to this, since its release, it has also managed to earn itself an excellent reputation amongst the community that is just getting better as more and more p900 owners purchase it.
The book is extremely easy to read and understand and has around 350 full-color images to help explain everything as easy as possible. The book goes over optimal autofocus, manual focus control, HDR (High Dynamic Range) photography, ISO settings, flash modes, and a ton of additional information. Considering that the kindle version of the book is less than $10 and can be read on your smartphone, we would highly recommend you make this cheap, yet very effective investment.
A Quality Tripod
Now, in our opinion, there are a ton of great tripods on the market right now that can be a solid choice. We feel that the Manfrotto MT055CXPRO3 is a solid option to go with and on top of this, the tripod is available with either a carbon fiber build or an aluminum alloy build depending on your needs. In our opinion, for the level of image stabilization that it can provide as well as its level of image stabilization it is an excellent option.
We have seen some photographers using cheaper tripods like the Zomei z669c and although it is an excellent entry-level tripod, we would not specifically recommend it for use with the p900. Not only is the camera heavy but it also changes its center of gravity while it expands through its various zoom ranges making cheaper tripods a risky option. That said though, the risk can be offset by our next camera accessory suggestion.
A Long Lens Support
Long lens supports are popular in niches ranging from astrophotography, to wildlife photography, to bird photography, to sports photography as well as pretty much any other niche you may use your p900 in, especially at its higher zoom ranges with the lens extended. Although the video below shows our recommended, go-to lens support in action, it is being used with the Nikon p1000 rather than the p900. That said, the basic functionality of the accessory is the same for both cameras and offers a solid demonstration of how easy it is to use.
A Gear Head
If you are using your p900 for something like astrophotography and are at the maximum zoom ranges focused in on a planet then this can be a great feature. It allows you to easily adjust the positioning of your camera without having to touch it with your hands. This drastically reduces the margin for error by controlling the movement of your camera in pre-set stops.
On top of this, the Manfrotto XPro has been specifically designed for optimal use with heaver, long lens camera bodies that some compeating tripod heads may not be able to support. If you are in any photography niche where you need small, accurate adjustments to the position of your camera then we would highly recommend that you seriously consider investing in a solid gear head for your p900.
A Gimbal Head
Thankfully, unlike the options available for gear heads, there are a number of more budget-friendly gimbal heads that are suitable for use with cameras like the Nikon p900. That said though, if you do want the best image quality possible from a gimbal head then we would highly recommend something like the Wimberley WH-200 but it is a pricey bit of kit.
That said though, a cheaper gimbal head fits into the consumable category of your camera accessories as they will likely need to be replaced every few years. An expensive gimbal head fits into the investment category of your accessory as something like the Wimberley WH-200 can potentially last you decades. If you know for a fact that you will be using your gimbal head for years to come then we would highly recommend you folk out for something like the Wimberley WH-200 as it will be cheaper in the long run.
If you usually work in the astrophotography or some other niche but just want to try your hand at something like birding then a cheaper gimbal head may be a better option. You will still get a few years use out of it and if you feel that you will be sticking with using a gimbal head on a regular basis then you can invest in a more expensive option when the time comes.
A UV Lens Filter
Any damage to the forward lens element on your p900 can result in a very costly repair bill that can often be easily avoided with a UV filter. An additional benefit of a UV filter over a lens cap is that your UV filter can remain mounted to your lens providing its protection during use too. The Nikon p900 comes with a 67mm lens filter so any decent UV filter with a 67mm lens thread can work.
That said though, we would highly recommend that you check out the Gobe 67mm three peak UV filter. At the time of writing, the Gobe range is cheaper than their competition while still offering high quality, German Scott glass as standard that has been filtered sixteen times for additional protection. They offer the same protection as the often more expensive competition from Hoya or Tiffen while also saving you some money.
Now, the image below is not of a p900 but does show the importance of using a UV lens filter. As you can see, the lens filter on the camera lens is totally destroyed but the forward lens element under the filter is fine and totally serviceable. Something that can often be picked up for between $30 to $50 depending on retailer can really save you so much grief and cost on potential repairs.
Now, the advantage of picking up a wireless remote control is that it totally removes the need to source your p900 camera body to capture your photography. When working at the higher zoom capabilities of your camera even the slightest vibration through the camera body when pressing your shutter release can have a direct effect on your image quality. Although the slow roll technique can help reduce this, it does not remove it completely.
Using a wireless remote control allows you to focus right in on your subject at the highest possible zoom levels and then remotely activate your shutter release. This has no risk of causing any vibrations to your camera body and can help improve the image quality of your photographs. Considering that even a sub-$10 remote control offers these benefits, we feel it is well worth picking up.
If you are using your p900 in a niche like wildlife photographer where you may be out and about hiking to remote locations for days at a time without a power outlet, a decent USB Power Bank can provide a quick and easy way to recharge your batteries and other devices while out and about.
A High-End Optical Viewfinder
Offering benefits such as additional magnification of your display screen as well as some shade from the sun, an optical viewfinder can help make your life so much easier in some photography niches. Additionally, this article goes into the benefits of using a p900 as well as how you can mount it to your camera body for optimal performance during use.