1. Multicoated Ultraviolet or UV filter
A UV filter reduces the levels of ultraviolet light that reaches the sensor of your camera.
A UV filter also protects your lens from dust, fingerprints and scratches. It’s a lot cheaper to replace a scratched UV filter than a scratched lens.
A word of caution, please ensure that your UV filter is “multicoated”. A filter that isn’t multicoated will severely degrade your image quality.
Please check the “filter thread size” before ordering. The filter thread will be mentioned besides the ⌀ symbol on your lens. If not, please refer to the product’s webpage on the manufacturer’s website.
2. 50 mm F 1.8 lens
Lenses such as the 18-55 mm, 18-105 mm, 18-135 mm and 18-140 mm etc. have limited low light capabilities.
The 50 mm F 1.8 lens is a must for indoor photography and photography in low light, for example, at home and at a restaurant etc. and shallow depth of field.
Nikon’s 50 mm F 1.8 “D” lens costs almost half as much as the 50 mm F 1.8 “G” lens. However the 50 mm F 1.8 “D” lens will not autofocus on Nikon 3000 and 5000 series DSLR camera bodies.
Nikon also make a 35 mm F 1.8 G lens. I recommend the 35 mm F 1.8 lens over the 50 F 1.8 lens. The wider 35 mm focal length will be especially useful for clicking pictures of family and friends in small spaces.
3. Lens cleaning kit
Check that your lens is clean of dust and fingerprints before you start clicking pictures. Please do not use your shirt, towel or tissue paper to clean your lens or UV filter because it may create microscopic scratches.
This JJC 9-in-1 cleaning kit will cover all bases. If you have expensive lenses or want to ensure that your lens cleaning kit does more good than harm, then you can look at the Zeiss lens cleaning kit.
4. Moisture absorbent
Please store your camera in an airtight box rather than in your camera bag. Your camera and lenses are susceptible to fungus. Silica Gel will absorb moisture.
Keep some Silica Gel in an airtight box along with your photography equipment. Keep some in your camera bag when you travel.
In addition to Silica Gel, I like to keep Absorbia in the cupboards where I store my camera and other electronic equipment.
A fungus infested lens needs to be serviced. A lens that has been taken apart to be cleaned, or for any other reason, can lose its sharpness. It costs a lot of money to clean a sensor that has been infested by fungus.
So take good care of it.
5. Camera Bag
I like Lowepro more than any other brand of camera bags that I have seen.
I use the Passport Sling III for in-city photo shoots and on short trips. I prefer backpacks for longer trips. I have the Flipside AW 400. Lowepro have smaller options too such as the AW 200, AW 300 and AW 350.
For wildlife trips, I use the AW 450. The AW 450 accommodates lenses such as the 100-400 mm, 200-500 mm and 150-600 mm. It also has a dedicated laptop compartment.
I have the Lowepro Lens Trekker 600 AW III for 500 mm and 600 mm prime lenses.