The Best Photo Accessories of 2016
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Build the dedicated shooter’s everyday kit.
Pointed, swiveling stakes keep the Pakpod steady where lesser tripods struggle—sand, snow, shale. At less than a pound, the plastic body won’t weigh you down but is sturdy enough for a DSLR with big glass.
Kodak Professional Tri-X Film
This might be the most versatile black-and-white film ever, courtesy of its wide exposure range, exceptional sharpness, and the ability to deliver pristine detail in the shadows.
Levi’s 501 Original Fit Strong Jeans
Perspective is everything, which is why you find yourself snapping while on your stomach or up a tree. With inches of articulation and tough Dyneema fiber woven through the legs, these pants won’t give out on you.
Under Armour Roll Out Sunglasses
These shades are made from titanium and grilamid plastic (the stuff found in most ski boots). Read: they can take a beating. We dig the round lenses, which provide plenty of sun protection and a touch of style.
Vasque Sundowner GTX Boots
With a Gore-Tex liner surrounded by bomber 2.4-millimeter leather, these hikers handle whatever terrain or weather you encounter in search of the perfect Insta shot.
Outdoor Research Axiom Jacket
Weighing 14.5 -ounces and packing down to about the size of a grapefruit, the Axiom hides unobtrusively in your pack but is still fully waterproof and breathable.
Moleskine Classic Pocket Notebook
The best photos need good captions. Jot down names, places, and quotations in this slim journal.
Western Rise Eureka Shop Shirt
The Eureka’s muted colors and pearl snaps make it fancy enough to wear to dinner. But it’s plenty functional, with a breathable nylon-polyester blend and sneaky reflective hit under the collar.
F-stop Lotus Backpack
The 32-liter Lotus handles spicy couloirs and airport terminals with equal aplomb, thanks to a lightweight yet burly suspension system and sleek cut. The water-resistant ripstop-nylon outer layer keeps gear safe and dry.
Leica M-A Camera and Summilux-M 50mm f/1.4 ASPH Lens
The M-A has no light meter or automatic focus. It’s not made for dashing off quick shots for social media. But if you long for über-rich photos, you need a mechanical machine with a sharp lens that rewards patience and hard work. And yes, that means you’ll need to adjust everything yourself.
Price $4,250 and $4,750