The Canon G1X is a top end point and shoot digital camera which is simply awesome. I’m not going to bother going through the entire spec, because you can get that information from a million and one websites and I am sure you are already aware of the key features of the Canon G1X digital camera.
All I will say is the useful 28mm – 112mm focal range, 14MP sensor (that is larger than that of micro four thirds cameras and only slightly smaller than that found in entry level dlsr cameras), noise capability and full manual controls lead to some professional looking images that are commercial and very saleable.
We all know that the Canon G1X is an excellent camera however if you want to get the most out of it there are a handful of accessories you simply have to have. Okay, there are loads of accessories available for the Canon G1X however not all of them will enhance your photos. In fact, only a few of them will enhance your photos and these are the accessories that should be on your shopping list. The only accessories you need to get the most out of your Canon G1X digital camera are as follows:-
1. CANON G1X ACCESSORIES - FILTER ADAPTOR
Unfortunately, there is no standard filter thread at the end of the lens of the Canon G1X and the only way of using filters on the Canon G1X is to buy an optional filter adaptor. If you buy a filter adaptor a whole world of creative photography opportunities opens up to you.
Canon obviously makes their own filter adaptor however, for what it is, it is overpriced, very expensive and a total rip off. There are third party alternatives that are made out of plastic (just like the Canon adaptor), sturdy, well made and a fraction of the cost of the Canon branded adaptor.
There really is no need to spend the extra on the Canon filter adaptor so get yourself on Amazon and buy a cheap third party filter adaptor.
There are metal filter adaptors available, however I would never use one on my Canon G1X and I would advise against them. Screwing a metal ring in to a plastic mount is only going to lead to damage and this is likely to prove costly because you are going to damage the plastic camera mount as opposed to the metal filter adaptor.
2. CANON G1X ACCESSORIES - 10 STOP ND FILTER
Long exposure photography is great and to get the longest exposure times you need a 10 stop ND filter. Once you have the filter adaptor you can then screw in a circular 10 stop ND filter and have a go at long exposure photography.
When it comes to buying a 10 stop ND filter you don’t want to buy the super cheap ones because the quality of the filter will be rubbish, and it will reduce the image quality too. There is no need to spend a fortune on a 10 stop ND filter either and just because you pay a lot for an ND filter it doesn’t mean it will be any better than costing far less.
There is an optimum quality level that cannot be breached and the key is to find this level at the best price.
I use Zomei 10 stop ND filters which are pitched mid-market and I have to say that I am very impressed with them. The build quality is superb, the effect is awesome, there are no noticeable colour casts and they are well pried too. If you don’t know what brand of 10 stop ND filter to buy I recommend you take a look at Zomei filters.
3. CANON G1X ACCESSORIES - CIRCULAR POLARISING FILTER
A circular polarising filter will remove glare from water, glass, metal and other highly reflective surfaces. A circular polarising filter also improves saturation and makes blues bluer and greens greener, which means you can capture photos with bright blue skies and vivid grass. When using a circular polarising filter you do need to take care when using the camera at its widest settings as the effect will be uneven and likely to look unrealistic.
If you use a circular polarising filter correctly I can guarantee you will see an instant improvement in your photos. I use my circular
polarising filter to great effect photographing water and coastal scenes as well as cars, motorbikes and other motor vehicles.
The price of circular polarising filters varies a lot and you can spend a small fortune on one, or spend virtually next to nothing. You do need to stay away from super cheap circular polarising filters because they will be poorly made, terrible to use (the action won’t be smooth) and the loss in image quality will be noticeable.
There is an optimum quality of _a circular polarising filter and the key is to find the cheapest filter at this level. There really is no need to spend a fortune on circular polarising filters and the top end brands aren’t any better than the mid-market brands. Just because the top end brands cost more it doesn’t necessarily mean they are any better. I use B&W circular polarizing filters and I have to say I am very impressed with them.
4. CANON G1X ACCESSORIES - WIDE ANGLE CONVERTER
The Canon G1X’s lens is 28mm at its widest, and whilst this is wide and can capture a fair amount in the frame it isn’t exactly super wide. I have to admit that I like wide angle photography and if you’re like me, you need a wide angle converter.
A wide angle converter is simply a small lens that screws in to the filter adaptor. The wide angle converter increases the field of view and can more than double it. Using a 0.45x wide angle converter will give the 28mm setting the same field of view as a 13mm lens, which is pretty impressive.
A wide angle converter will reduce the image quality a little however the image will still be usable. The adverse effect of using a wide angle converter can be mitigated by shooting in RAW and then using a decent bit of photo editing software, such as Photo Elements.
There are loads of wide angle converters available in different strengths from 0.7x to 0.3x and everything in between. There are some wide angle converters that are very expensive and cost a few hundred bucks. Spending this much money on a wide angle converter is ludicrous and a total waste since you can pick up decent wide angle converters for little money. The wide angle converter I use on my Canon G1X is here, and it cost very little. I have to say that I am very impressed with this wide angle converter since there is little loss in image quality, it is up to the job and does what it says on the tin, and has enabled me to capture some great wide angle photos.
If you shoot a Canon G1X a wide angle converter is a must have accessory.
5. CANON G1X ACCESSORIES - FISH EYE CONVERTER
A fish eye converter is simply an extreme wide angle converter that will give your images the full fish eye effect. To get the circular fish eye effect you need to use a lens with a focal length of around 8mm. The fish eye converter results in some interesting and quirky images, and whilst they are not to everyone’s taste a fish eye converter is a fun accessory.
The fish eye converter I use is a 0.17X version you can find here. The fish eye converter does reduce the image quality and it can be a bit hit or miss whether the photo is usable or not. Even after editing the photo with a decent editing software program it may not be usable. That said, I have managed to capture some high quality images with my fish eye converter that I have sold many times over on a particular print on demand store I use.
Capturing commercial photos that are likely to sell with a fish eye is down to luck rather than judgement, and whilst this may seem like a waste of time you will have fun with a fish eye converter trying to capture those stunning images. Fish eye converters are a cheap accessory and because of the fun factor a fish eye converter is an accessory I think all Canon G1X owners should have.
6. CANON G1X ACCESSORIES - CLOSE UP MACRO FILTERS
The macro mode on the G1X is notoriously poor, and it is well recorded that close up photos are not possible. Fortunately there is a work around this, provided you have a filter adaptor of course. With the filter adaptor you can use close up filters for proper macro shots. A close up filter is basically a magnifying glass you screw in to the front of the lens to make the subject bigger.
Canon have their own branded 250d and 500d close up filters but I wouldn’t recommend buying them. These filters are stupidly expensive and there are other close up filters that are the same quality and do exactly the same job for a fraction of the cost. I would recommend buying one of the cheaper close up filters.
Close up filters are a great accessory for the Canon G1X and I highly recommend them.
There we have it, 6 essential accessories that will help you get the most out of your Canon G1X and enable you to capture a whole variety of different professional looking photos that will impress your friends and family, and may even make you a bit of extra cash too.
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