Take better pictures and make life easier with these accessories for the Nikon D3200, D3300 or D3400. You’ll also find great gift ideas for their owners.
Nikon’s D3200, D3300 and D3400 offer great quality for the money. You don’t need to buy a pricier camera to up your photographic game. Invest instead in add-ons like lenses, an external flash and a microphone or a tripod. Simple upgrades like a camera bag and the right memory card also help. Here are the best accessories for getting the most out of your Nikon.
Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G Lens
Nikon’s best lens deal is also one of our go-tos for testing its cameras. On a DSLR, this focal length (35mm) is a “normal lens,” which captures the world roughly the way we see it. It’s the most versatile kind you can have for a variety of subjects, and the huge f/1.8 aperture gives you great range for shooting in low light or with very shallow depth of field. (It takes 52mm-size filters.)
Nikon AF-S DX Nikkor 55-200MM f/4-5.6G ED Vibration Reduction II Zoom Lens
This sharp telephoto zoom picks up right where Nikon’s 18-55mm kit lens leaves off. It features Nikon’s excellent “VR” lens stabilization technology — essential at these telephoto lengths. The only caveat is the plastic lens mount. It’s plenty strong enough to hold the lens in place, but to be safe, avoid carrying the whole camera by the lens barrel. (Takes 52mm-size filters.)
Sigma 10-20mm f/3.5 EX DC HSM ELD SLD Lens
One benefit of owning a Nikon or Canon is the healthy selection of lenses by third parties — often at better prices. Sigma’s ultrawide zoom is perfect for capturing both tight indoor spaces and sprawling landscapes. It’s about half the price of Nikon’s version and roughly matches the quality. Sigma’s lens stands out for very minimal barrel distortion — an outward bowing of lines that’s inevitable, to some extent, on a wide-angle lens. (Takes 82mm-size filters.)
Nikon 4814 SB-500 AF Speedlight
Beyond filling in shadows, a DSLR’s built-in flash can’t do much. An attached flash not only covers much more territory, it also tilts, allowing you to bounce light off ceilings or walls for softer illumination. The SB-500 is not the cheapest Nikon flash, but it’s by far the best value. Upgrades include not only tilting but also rotation for more bounce options. In addition, it’s far more powerful than Nikon’s entry-level models.
SanDisk Extreme PRO 32GB UHS-I/U3 SDHC Memory Card
This card offers plenty of storage for photos and video. There are higher capacities, but that makes it too easy for you to let shots pile up forever before you download and sort them. The 95MB/s speed easily handles HD video, and is ready if you move up to a camera that shoots 4K/Ultra HD.
AmazonBasics Medium DSLR Gadget Bag
Throw your new gear in this sturdy but inexpensive bag. Measuring 11.6 x 7.8 x 4.9 inches, it can carry your camera and a few extras, such as lenses and a flash. If you need more room, get Amazon’s 12 x 9 x 7-inch Large bag for $25. Both models offer the options of orange or gray interior.
Vanguard Alta Pro 263AB 100 Aluminum Tripod Kit
A tripod is essential for long exposures in low light or at night. It’s also key for setting up a video shoot. The Alta Pro 263AB 100 is constructed of sturdy but lightweight aluminum and includes a ball head that rotates 360 degrees and holds up to 15 pounds worth of camera kit. The three legs lock at angles of 25, 50 and 80 degrees, and the tripod goes as high as about 5.7 feet.
Azden SMX-10 Stereo Condenser Microphone
The D3300’s built-in mic works fine if there’s no competing noise. You’ll need a shotgun mic to combat background sounds, especially outside with even the slightest bit of wind, and to bring out voices. The SMX-10 provides a windscreen, shock mount to limit vibration noises and a 1,000-hour battery life for a surprisingly low price.
Nikon 2716 EN-EL14a Rechargeable Li-ion Battery
The D3300 is rated to capture a generous 700 shots per charge. That’s plenty for even an intensive day (or two) of shooting. But video will drain the cells much sooner. And besides, you don’t ever want to miss a shot because you are out of juice. For a margin of safety, consider carrying an extra battery such as the EN-EL14a, which doubles the number of shots you can take.
Nikon ML-L3 Wireless Remote Control
Get yourself in the photo with this infrared remote, which triggers the camera from up to 16 feet away — either immediately or after a 2-second delay. The remote is also useful for long exposures, so you can trigger a shot without jarring the camera by pushing its shutter button.
Tiffen 52mm Circular Polarizer Filter
Bright sunlight hurts many shots, especially on water, due to glare. A polarizing filter cuts the glare for sharper images and also enhances color and contrast. This 52mm filter size fits Nikon’s 18-55mm kit lens. For other lenses, check the filter sizes listed for each that we recommend.