When it comes to Canons lineup of cameras, its fair to say the Canon 80D is one of their best in a big lineup of heavy hitters. Coming out in mid 2016, the Canon 80D has become a massive crowd favourite amongst intermediate and professional photographers, Vloggers, YouTubers and video creators.
As the Canon 80D has had so much acclaim plus the huge community behind it. I decided to find some of the best accessories for Canon 80D, so you can make the most of your camera!
Below you will find my personal favourites that I use on a daily basis with my Canon EOS 80D. I have included items such as SD cards, flashes, batteries, straps, tripods and heaps more. Ok, lets get stuck in!
Top 10 Best Accessories For Canon 80D
1. SanDisk Extreme Pro 64GB SDXC UHS-I Memory Card
Have you even been to a spectacular location where you just couldn’t stop taking photos or videos? Then you realise that you have maxed out your SD card, but don’t want to delete any of the photos…
This has happened to me multiple times, which I’m not proud to say! But eventually I learnt my lesson and invested in some more SD cards which I always keep in my camera bag. Never again have a run out of storage, or the opportunity to take some more photos.
As for the SD cards that I choose for my Canon 80D, I opt for the SanDisk Extreme Pro which has a read speed of up to 95MB/s and write speeds of up to 90MB/s. This is more than adequate for UHD or even 4K video recording.
But what I really dig about this SD card, is that it is temperature-proof, x-ray-proof, shock-proof and even waterproof. In other words, its the terminator of SD cards. Best of all, it comes with a life time warranty.
2. Inspire In Time 100% Genuine Leather Camera Strap
Next up is a little addition that I like to add to any new camera that I purchase. This is more of a stylistic accessory than a functional one. But I still think it is a great pick for anyone who wants to go against the grain and change up the default Canon camera strap.
This particular Inspire In Time strap is the one I originally got with my Canon 80D in 2016. Fast forward two years and it is still going strong. I have also had many compliments on this strap as well!
When is comes to the materials, it is made of 100% genuine leather and has thick canvas stitching that helps make it even more secure.
Also with any good strap, this one is adjustable in height and is compatable with pretty much any DSLR or mirrorless camera brand. It also holds up to 20lbs! Overall, an awesome strap that I highly recommend!
3. Canon Battery Pack LP-E6N
Ok, I’ll admit that this one is pretty boring! But this touches on the same issue that I had with the above SD cards. Whenever you seem to need one, they are not there! Well, the same applies for spare batteries.
As I record a lot of videos for my YouTube channel, it tends to have more demand on the battery. So to fix this, I simply opt for some extra batteries that I can quickly swap out in a moments notice.
Also if you are out on location, there is nothing worse than missing out on that sunset, all because your battery is flat :(.
The Canon 80D uses the LP-E6N battery packs which are quite inexpensive which makes them a great pick! Currently I have three of these bad boys in my kit.
4. Neewer TT560 Flash Speedlite for Canon
Moving onto the next pick on my best accessories for Canon 80D is the Neewer TT560 Speedlite. I have been using Neewer products for some years now, and I have yet to be disappointed! This flash continues that tradition.
While this TT560 is compatible with all DSLR brands, it worked seamlessly on my 80D hot shoe mount. Once attached, my camera picked it up instantly. From there I was able to control the settings on the back of the flash and go to manual mode.
As for the performance, it has a flash duration of 1/300s-1/20000s and a color temperature of 5600K. This is on par with the genuine Canon flash. This model also has a swivel head so I was really able to control the flash direction.
There is also a small diffuser attached which was a nice touch!
5. Vivitar Camera Backpack Bag For DSLR Camera
Want to keep your new Canon 80D safe and secure while on the go? Well this Vivitar camera backpack is a great pick. I picked up one of these a couple years back for my Canon 600D. But it fits equally well with my 80D.
As for the dimensions of this pack, it comes in at 16 x 11 x 6 inches which I find gives me ample room for all my gear. At the moment, I have my camera, 15-85mm lens, 75-300mm lens, 50mm lens, 2 x batteries, flash and an LED light mount.
So as you can tell, there is more than enough room for those you like to travel with a bit of gear. I also attached my Manfrotto tripod to the side compartment via the tripod strap.
But how does it perform in protecting the gear? In my experience, very well! I put this down to the soft nylon cushion material which hugs the outside, front and back of the bag. A great pick!
6. Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 STM Lens
Moving on! Next up is an accessory that I believe any photography of any level or camera brand should have. I’m talking about the “nifty fifty” or a 50mm prime lens.
For being such an inexpensive lens, this Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 lens is awesome for a wide range of uses. Frequently I use this lens for street photography, cinematography, bokeh photography and also long exposure images.
Having such a wide aperture and tight focal length makes this an uber versatile lens in low light settings as well. It also puts you out of your comfort zone as a photographer as you have to get more creative with framing. The continuos auto focus is also blazing fast and is very silent!
7. Rode VideoMic Pro Compact VMP Shotgun Microphone
Another great piece of kit that is one of the best accessories for Canon 80D is an external microphone. More precisely the Rode VideoMic Pro which is considered the gold standard of audio equipment.
Unfortunately, onboard microphone for DSLR cameras really haven’t evolved along with the rest of the camera. You can always tell instantly by the tinny audio response in video playback.
But when you use a microphone like the VideoMic, it removes that tinny response and instead provides buttery smooth audio. I currently use this microphone for my Vlog, and have been wrapped with the results.
Just keep in mind that this microphone uses a 9V battery, so its best to keep one on standby. But I got about 70 hours of use from each battery which is pretty good! You can check out this video on how to set up your mic.
8. Canon Battery Grip For EOS 80D Digital SLR Camera
Another battery product!? As you can tell, I really like my batteries! But the battery grip has some great advantages when compared to a traditional battery setup.
First being the added grip functionality which I find makes shooting with my 80D a lot more comfortable. Instead of always gripping it from one side, I can now grip from the bottom which is great for portraits and landscapes.
Another awesome benefit is the prolonged battery life as this grip takes 2 x Canon LPE6N batteries. There is also the option to use 6 x AA batteries as a last resort as well. While this particular grip is made for the 70D, it is also compatible with the Canon 80D.
One last advantage, if you can call it that, is that you will look like an absolute professional when taking images with a battery grip ;).
9. Manfrotto MKCOMPACTACN-BK Compact Action Tripod
One item I always recommend to beginner photographers to improve their images is the hummable tripod. Such an inexpensive product really can open so many doors to new photographic opportunities.
Some of these include astrophotography, long exposure, sports, wildlife, landscape, portraits and the list goes on! Currently I’m using the Manfrotto Compact Action Tripod with my Canon 80D which I have taken to New Zealand and Cuba.
This tripod is incredibly light which makes it ideal for taking on trips or that next hike. Also surprisingly, it is quite sturdy, even when using a telephoto lens. Just be aware that it can get a little wobbly at full extension.
What I also really dig about this tripod is the ball head/pistol grip with friction wheel. This allows me to orientate from landscape to portrait orientation in an instant! A must have! You can also check out my guide on the best budget tripods for more options.
10. AmazonBasics Wireless Remote Control for Canon Digital SLR Cameras
Last but not least on my list is the ultra versatile wireless remote from AmazonBasics. First off, this remote is ridiculously cheap, coming in under the price of a fast food meal.
While I don’t use this remote one a daily bases, I sure am glad that I have it in my kit for when the occasion arises. I go through phases of doing long exposure and milky way photography where this remotes comes in very handy!
For a while I was using a wired remote shutter, but I still found that standing close to the camera would cause even some subtle softness for exposures of 10 seconds.
So using this remotes allows me to stand 10 feet away and not have to worry about that issue. Overall a great pick!
Thats it folks! Hopefully I have helped you find some great accessories for your Canon EOS 80D. The items above are my personal favourites. But if you feel like I have left something else, please let me know as I’m always on the look out for new and awesome gear.