Must Have Canon 70D Accessories 2017

Canon 70D AccessoriesThe Canon 70D is an excellent camera for the photography enthusiast. It produces high quality images and video, and offers a whole range of customizable settings. The myriad features and benefits of this camera make it a great system around which to build a strong photography set up. From lenses to bags to memory cards, there are a range of accessories that are essential when talking this camera out and about. We’ll take a look at some of the most useful accessories and our favourite products in those categories.

Essential Canon 70D Camera Accessory 1: Camera Bag

A sturdy and practical camera bag should be the number one additional extra you purchase for your camera. It will be the protection, transportation and organization of your camera set up. Get this right and you’ll make life a whole lot easier.

1. Vanguard The Heralder 33 – Best Budget Camera Bag for Canon 70D

Why it’s great:

  • 13 inch messenger bag capable of fitting 1-2 DSLRs and 5-6 lenses.
  • Weather proof, with additional rain cover.
  • Built-in tripod sling.

This handy messenger bag is perfect for a Canon 70D set up. It’s spacious enough to fit 1-2 DSLR cameras plus 5-6 lenses (up to 70-200mm). It also has a 13” laptop compartment, tripod sling and protective rain cover. The polyester material is sturdy enough to protect all your gear, and is weather resistant. It’s easy to get your equipment in and out thanks to a detachable inner case and top zipper. The strap is comfortable and non-slip, meaning it’s secure and easy to access. Best of all, it won’t break the bank.


  • Interior dimensions: 33 x 16 x 28cm
  • Exterior dimensions: 42 x 27 x 35cm

2. Lowepro Pro Runner x450 AW—Best Overall

Why it’s great:

  • 4 inch backpack with capacity for DSLR and attached lens, plus 4-6 lenses.
  • Weather resistant polyester material with padded interior.
  • Tripod/monopod mount and SlipLock attachment loops for additional accessories.

Lowepro’s Pro Runner x450 AW is a close second in terms of laptop bags. Although quite a bit pricier than the above Vanguard bag, this rucksack has everything you need to comfortably and securely transport your Canon 70D setup. The padded interior will house your 70D with attached lens, plus an additional 4-6 lenses. There’s also a 15.4” laptop sleeve and a tripod or monopod mount. Although there’s plenty of room inside for everything, you can also add additional accessories thanks to the SlipLock attachment loops. This is the perfect bag for a serious travel photographer.


  • Interior dimensions: 32.5 x 16 x 44.5cm
  • Exterior dimensions: 35.5 x 32 x 51.5cm

Essential Canon 70D Accessory 2: Additional Lenses

Although it’s likely you purchased your Canon 70D with a kit lens, you’ll no doubt be itching to add some more glass to your repertoire. Depending on the type of photography you’ll be undertaking, the ideal lens will differ. Below are some of our suggested favourites:

1. Canon 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM – Best Wide Angle Lens

Why it’s great:

  • Affordable and high-performing wide angle lens.
  • STM autofocus technology.
  • Image stabilization.

If you’re looking to add an affordable wide angle lens to your setup, you can’t go far wrong with the Canon 10-18mm f/4.5-5.6 IS STM. It produces excellent quality images and is suitable for a range of applications and photography styles. It’s quick and quiet to autofocus, thanks to the STM (Stepping Motor) technology, and the image stabilization gives users more clarity when shooting in low light. The construction is lightweight, meaning you can carry it with you without it being too much of a burden. It’s our favourite lens to couple with the Canon 70D.

2. Canon 55-250mm f/4-5.6 IS STM – Best Telephoto Zoom Lens

Why it’s great:

  • Long 55-250mm zoon range.
  • Fast focusing with image stabilization.
  • Lightweight yet sturdy design.

Canon’s 55-250mm f/4-5.6 lens is the perfect entry into telephoto zoom lenses. It has all the features you need to get started and takes wonderfully sharp pictures. Despite its impressive zoom range, it’s a surprisingly lightweight and sturdy model. STM and image stabilization make this lens quick, quiet and accurate while focusing, and maintains image sharpness even in low light settings.

3. Canon 17-55mm f/2.8 IS USM – Best Everyday Lens

Why it’s great:

  • Constant f/2.8 aperture
  • Excellent image stabilization.
  • Optimised lens coating reduces lens flare and ghosting.

This is a really versatile lens, effective as a wide angle at 17mm and a short telephoto at 55mm. What’s more, the aperture is constant throughout the zoom range at f/2.8, making it perfect for low light photography. Image stabilization and autofocus are up to Canon’s usual high standard, making it a joy to take our and about.

Essential Canon 70D Camera Accessory 3: Tripod

A good, sturdy tripod is another on the list of essential accessories for even a budding photographer. For landscape and night photography, you can’t manage without one. They secure your camera so you can use longer shutter speeds without experiencing motion blur.

1. Vanguard Alta Pro 263AB 100 – Best Overall

Why it’s great:

  • Maximum load of 7 kg
  • Weighs only 2.44kg
  • Easy-release buttons for quick setup.

Vanguard have produced an extremely lightweight and durable tripod with their Alta Pro 263AB 100. Weighing only 2.44kg, yet being able to support 7kg worth of equipment, it’s a travel photographer’s dream. It’s only 71.5cm when collapsed yet can extend up to 1.73m and still be just as sturdy. The aluminium alloy legs can be adjusted to 25°, 50°, and 80° with ease, thanks to the easy-release buttons. The Alto Pro is so adjustable; the central column can be adjusted from 0° to 180° making macro or wide angle shots easy. The spiked rubber feet are non-slip, meaning that no matter the terrain your tripod and equipment will be sturdy and secure. This is our top choice of tripod for the Canon 70D.

2. BONFOTO B671A – Best Budget

Why it’s great:

  • Inexpensive yet sturdy.
  • 8kg load capacity.
  • Collapses down to 39cm.

This aluminium alloy tripod is really handy to take travelling. Its compact yet sturdy design collapses down to just 39cm, and it can hold a total weight of 8kg. The ball-head design is accurate and manoeuvrable, complete with compass and spirit level; excellent for use outdoors or on rough terrain. Two of the BONFOTO B871A’s legs can be removed and can be used as walking poles, whilst the remaining one is the centre of a monopod. For the price, there are few better tripods than this.

Essential Canon 70D Camera Accessory 4: Extra Battery

There’s no worse feeling than your battery dying mid-way through a trip. If you don’t have a charger handy, you’re going to miss so many photo opportunities. You’re always better to be prepared and bring a spare battery.

1. Wasabi Power Battery – Best Canon 70D Battery Replacement

Why it’s great:

  • A cheap alternative to the Canon own brand.

Wasabi’s alternative to the Canon LP-E6 that the 70D claims to be at least as powerful as Canon’s. At a fraction of the price of the manufacturer’s own, this serves as an excellent replacement. It also comes with a manufacturer 3-year warranty.

Essential Canon 70D Camera Accessory 5: Wireless Remote Control

A wireless remote gives you the power to take a photo without being right next to your camera. This is ideal if you’re looking to take a group shot, or if you want to minimise shake from pushing the shutter manually whilst the camera is mounted on a tripod.

1. Canon RC-6 Wireless Remote Controller

Why it’s great:

  • Easy to set up and use.

Canon’s own model is ideal as a wireless remote. It’s compatible with all Canon models including the 70D. There are two modes available, a 2-second delay and an instant shutter. With a 16-feet range and support for bulb mode, this is a great choice.

Essential Canon 70D Camera Accessory 6: External Flash

Although the Canon 70D comes with a built-in flash, it’s often not powerful enough for shooting in many low light settings. If you’re planning on doing a lot of indoor photography, an external flash is a must-have.

1. Canon Speedlite 430EX III-RT or 600EX-RT

Why it’s great:

  • Powerful, compact and easy to set up.

The Canon Speedlite 430EX III-RT or 600EX-RT is more than adequate choices as an external flash for the Canon 70D. The flash is powerful and the unit is compact, making it ideal for carrying around. The controls are intuitive and easy to use, and there are a number of options available.

2. Neewer TT560 Flash Speedlite

Why it’s great:

  • Affordable alternative to the Canon models, above.

A slightly cheaper alternative to the Canon range is the Neewer TT560. It’s almost as versatile and fits both Canon and Nikon models.

Essential Canon 70D Camera Accessory 7: Super Fast SD Card

Storage is another key element, particularly when travelling. Making sure you have enough storage space and a high-performing SD card is crucial, particularly if you’re shooting a lot of video or a lot of bursts.

1. SanDisk Extreme PRO SDXC Class 10 UHS-3 95MB/s

Why it’s great:

  • Up to 95 MB/s read and 90 MB/s write speeds, perfect for bursts and HD video capture.

SanDisk reign supreme in the SD card world, and for good reason. Their cards are well-made and high performing. For the Canon 70D, this is our top pick. This card is shock-proof, x-ray proof and waterproof.

2. SanDisk Extreme SDHC Class 10 UHS-3 90MB/s

Why it’s great:

  • A more affordable option, still with excellent performance.

Although slightly slower in terms of speed (Up to 40 MB/s read and 90 MB/s write speeds, vs 90 MB/s and 95 MB/s on the SDXC, above) performance is still very good. It’s also a much cheaper option.

Essential Canon 70D Camera Accessory 8: UV Filters

A UV filter reduces the amount of UV light that enters the lens. It can reduce chromatic aberration, as well as protecting the surface of the lens from bumps, scrapes and dirt. Many photographers swear by them, choosing to have one fitted at all times.

1. Tiffen UV Protection Filter

Why it’s great:

  • Well-made and easy to fit.

Tiffin have long been one of the market leaders in UV filters. Their products fit well and offer a good level of protection for lenses, without distorting the distorting the optics of the lens.

2. AmazonBasics UV Protection Lens Filter

Why it’s great:

  • A cheaper alternative to the Tiffen range.

For the budget-conscious, AmazonBasics filters are an inexpensive way of protecting your lens and reducing the bluish cast sometimes produced by UV light.

Essential Canon 70D Camera Accessory 9: Camera Cleaning Kit

Once you have your camera and additional lenses, you’ll want to be taking good care of them. A camera cleaning kit provides everything you need to keep your equipment in the best working order.

1. Vanguard CK6N1 Camera Cleaning Kit

Why it’s great:

  • Contains a power lens cleaner, soft tip graphite dispenser, microfiber cleaning cloth, 60ml of cleaning solution, and pre-moistened and dry lens cleaning wipes.

The Vanguard CK6N1 cleaning kit contains all you need to keep your camera and lenses clean of dust and dirt. It’s small enough to throw in your camera bag without a second thought.

Essential Canon 70D Camera Accessory 10: External Microphone

If you’re going to use your Canon 70D to capture video, you’ll want to be sure that the associated audio is also up to scratch. An external mic is just the thing you need to capture the ambience of your shot.

1. Rode Videomic Pro

Why it’s great:

  • Compact design that easily fits the Canon 70D.

This mic captures broadcast-quality audio. It’s easy and discreet to mount on the 70D and supresses external and unwanted sounds and hisses, giving a clean and natural sound.

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