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Best Nikon D500 Accessories

The Nikon D500 is the best APS-C DSLR on the market, ready for wildlife, sports and 4K video.

Here’s a list of our best Nikon D500 accessories that will either affect the quality of your photographs or help you at taking pictures (remote control, tripod etc.)

We’ve only selected accessories from reputable brands, and made sure they’re compatible with the D500 (some work on almost all Nikon DSLRs) and aren’t overpriced. You don’t need to start photography with everything available, but as you grow and learn, it helps to have items that will allow you get even better shots!

Best accessories for Nikon D500:
1. Nikon EN-EL15 Battery
2. Neweer TT560 Flash
3. Lexar XQD 2933x 64GB 440MB/s
4. Dolica AX620 62″ Tripod
5. Newer 5-in-1 (43″) Collapsible Reflector
6. Pixel RW-221 Wireless Shutter Remote
7. Nikon MB-D17 Battery Grip

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1.  Battery

nikon-d3300-batteryNikon EN-EL15 Battery – The Nikon D500 uses the same EL15 battery as plenty of other Nikon cameras, so if you’re upgrading you might not even need some extra batteries. However, if you have only 1, it’s really recommended to get at least another, especially if you will shoot for long periods without any access to a charger. Worst case scenario, a battery dies when you need your camera the most and you luckily have your extra battery with you.

  • Non-Nikon batteries are usually low quality and can damage your camera
  • If you record videos or shoot weddings, concerts, an extra battery is a must
  • You can get up to 2500 with two batteries

You can buy it on Amazon.

Also: Vivitar EN-EL15 2 x batteries for D500

2.  Flash Speedlite


Neewer TT560 Flash – Works perfectly on all Nikon DSLR cameras (Canon as well), comes with a built-in bounce card and a diffuser, and is easy and simple to use regardless of your skills. Number one selling flash on Amazon because of its low price and good results.

  • Works perfectly on Nikon and Canon DSLRs
  • Vertical Rotation: 0-90 degrees | Horizontal Rotation: 0-270 degrees
  • Guide Number 38 (at ISO 100)
  • Features 8 steps of power levels (from 1/128 to 1/1)
  • Slave mode so you can use it with other flash units

You can buy it on Amazon.

Also: If you need a better flash, check out the

3.  Memory Card

Lexar XQD 2933x Card (440MB/s) – The D500 has 2 memory card slots, 1 for SD and 1 for XQD. The XQD is by far more useful if you want the best buffer performance and more than enough 4K video speed. Nothing beats the Lexar 2933x card and it’s actually slightly cheaper than the fastest SD card (but still slower than this XQD).

  • Read up to 440MB/s + Write up to 400MB/s
  • You can easily take 200 JPEG or RAW shots before the buffer fills, then continue almost instantly
  • 4K Video is a piece of cake for this card
  • You can store over 7,000 shots on 64GB (assuming you shoot at 20MP, JPEG)

You can buy it on Amazon.

Also: Lexar Professional 2000x

4.  Tripod


Dolica AX620 62″ Tripod and Ball Head – Hands down the best tripod for any DSLR under $100 (this one costs $50). You shouldn’t get the cheapest tripod because they’re usually aimed at lighter cameras like a point and shoot.

  • Supports a maximum weight of 13.2lbs (Nikon D500 body weighs 30.2 oz)
  • Weighs 2.5 lbs and is 22.5 inches tall (when fully collapsed)
  • 62 inches maximum height
  • Ball head plate and a bubble level

You can buy it on Amazon.

Also: Manfrotto MT055XPRO3 Aluminium Tripod

5.  Disc Light Reflectors


Neewer 5-in-1 (43″) Collapsible Light Reflector – Light is the most important factor for any photograph, and the more you can control/affect it, the more chances you have of truly getting professional shots. Sometimes that’s by using an external flash, and sometimes that’s by simply reflecting the available light (or with a flash) to specific areas of your subject.

  • 5 light reflectors in 1 (43 inches diameter when opened)
  • Gold, black, silver, white and translucent, 5 most popular colors
  • Perfect for both studio and outdoor photography, easy to carry
  • This is the cheapest but most effective accessory to really make your shots look better, but is mostly for portraits/studios

You can buy it on Amazon.

6.  Shutter Remote Control


Pixel RW-221 Wireless Shutter Remote – If you’re into night photography, fireworks, stop motion or any type of photography where you use longer shutter speeds and can’t have your finger constantly on the shutter button, a remote control really makes your life easier and allows you to be more precise with long exposures (there’s also no shake from you pressing the shutter button on the camera itself).

  • Works with the Nikon D500 and almost all cameras on the market
  • Also features a delay shooting function for group shots
  • Uses 2xAAA batteries and works for 400 hours.

You can buy it on Amazon.

7.  Shutter Remote Control

MB-D17 Battery Grip – If you already have two batteries, it’s a good idea to get a battery grip. It introduces an addition shutter button for vertical photography (much more stability) and your whole setup will be much more stable. This is assuming you already don’t find the D500 too heavy, or it will have a negative effect on the weight.

  • Double battery life (around 2400 with 2 batteries inside)
  • For shooting vertically, the extra button will allow you to get sharper images
  • The grip can be used with 6 x AA batteries

You can buy it on Amazon.