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5.0 out of 5 stars Sure needs more to go with it!, 11 Jun. 2010
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This review is from: Nikon D90 Digital SLR Camera with 18-105mm VR Lens Kit (12.3MP) 3 inch LCD - (Discontinued by Manufacturer) (Camera)
I recently bought the D90. Rather than repeat what others have already mentioned, I'd like to suggest a few accessories:

1. An SDHC card. For some reason, the D90 kit does not come with an SD card. My fingers were itching to try out the D90 but I had to wait a few days for the SD card to fetch up. Nikon should have supplied a low capacity one at least! I would urge you to buy an 8GB SanDisk SDHC Extreme III, which is a fast card (133x). It is optimized for continuous shooting and for video, and writes to the card very fast. In contrast, lower speed cards take some time to write to the card, and you may miss that moment... See SanDisk Extreme III SDHC 8Gb High Performance Card - 20Mb/s 133x edition. Note that the Extreme III cards are rebranded to Extreme HD Video

2. A remote control - for taking self portraits, long exposures, etc.. Dont buy the Nikon ML-L3 (see Nikon ML-L3 Remote Control or its equivalent) as these are not very functional. Though it is highly rated, do read the 3-star and lower rated reviews to understand its limitations before you decide. Instead, try out the Nikon MC-DC2 Remote Cord For D90 or the Hama NI-3 Wireless Remote Control Release for Nikon Camera. Both these work with the D90 and D5000 and not others

3. A UV filter to protect the lens. Note that the 18-105mm VR lens that comes with the kit is 67mm dia, so buy a suitable filter

4. Nikon SB-400 flash - I was pretty impressed with Ken Rockwell's review of the SB400 (Google for it) and I just went ahead and bought it. The flash head can be swivelled upwards 60/75/90 degrees and the bounced light photos are very pleasing. In contrast, the onboard flash does not swivel, and can produce washed-out pictures. See Nikon Speedlight SB-400 External Flash

5. An SD card reader - from the reviews in this topic, I see that the D90 will not be recognized as a USB device and you need the clunky Nikon software to transfer images, etc. The Integral SD card reader (See Integral USB 2.0 Single Slot SD Reader) enables your computer to treat the SD card as a USB pen drive. It is a snap to install.

Hope this helps!

Update 12/12/2011: Another must-have accessory

Nikon's plastic screen protector BM10 for the D90 gets scratched very easily, and ruins the photo displayed on the screen. So I bought a glass screen protector kit (See GGS LCD Glass Screen Protector For Nikon D90) which comprises two tough and slightly flexible glass protectors, one for the main D90 display and the other for the smaller display on the top. Both the protectors are shaped exactly like the screens and have a thin line of adhesive around the edges. Very easy to stick them onto the camera display screens (be sure to clean them first!), and afterwards they blend so easily with the camera, you cant even make out you've stuck anything! I've used it for the past 6 months or so, and the screens have held up pretty well so far (they dont scratch easily). The only disadvantage I see is replacing the screens can be tough (the adhesive is strong), but if you dont break it, you dont need to replace it :).
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Initial post: 30 Dec 2010 19:18:58 GMT
schultzrik says:
Great review and very helpful. Answered all my concerns about accessories and saved my lots of time! Thank you!

In reply to an earlier post on 18 Jun 2012 14:07:09 BDT
I agree - this is so helpful. Thank you for taking the time to share this - it has helped me a lot! :)
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