Accessories made in China
I really like the iShoot Quick Release plate. It adds a certain level of protection helping to minimize any wear and tear plus a little bulk that is welcomed for a more stable grip. The 39mm AS standard interface is compatible with the majority of available tripod heads from manufactures such as RRS, ARCA-SWISS, KIRK, Wimberley, MARKINS, BENRO, and others. The only downside is that in its L-shaped configuration it can be a bit fiddly to pull out the screen if you have fat fingers like I do. My solution so far is to leave the L part off for the most part, and put it in place only during the rare times I will be shooting in portrait mode.
I have two bodies, one with the iShoot L-plate and the other with the Fujifilm battery grip. One modification which I recommend to anyone who has the iShoot L-plate is to cover the grip part with rubber. Here in Europe I have found SUGRU which does a great job at offering a better grip.
Screw-on Metal Lens Hood
100mm Rail with Quick Release Clamp
At this point, most of you are probably wondering where is the nodal point for your favorite lens. I’m no expert and I don’t know the right way to determine nodal points, but I have a few links to share that you may find useful: LOVEGROVE, DPREVIEW and SMUGSMUG.
For best results I would suggest manual settings for WB, exposure and focusing. Choose a shutter speed 3x the focal length and avoid moving objects such as people and waves. Lastly, make sure the tripod is level.
Remote shutter release
Remote switches are a great tool to prevent camera shake when using a telephoto or macro lens or for when shooting long exposures on a tripod. The Remote Switch works just like a shutter button, enabling halfway or complete pressing. It also has a shutter-release lock.