When I was just starting out with Digital Photography I had a tendency to want to buy everything under the sun to make my images better. I really had no clue until I started to shoot more and educate myself about equipment and what I would need to do my work. I started out with a kit package on Amazon with a Canon Digital Rebel XTI that came with two lenses and other various items. (Please note: Don’t ever buy these kits…Just a warning. They are cheap for a reason because a lot of the extras you get are just that…cheap and not necessary. Better to figure out what you will need, get exactly that and grow your gear with quality stuff and not quantity.) I really did learn a lot in that camera as it was great to learn the basics, But I have since graduated to a better model. One of the “extras” in the kit was a third-party extra battery not made by Canon.
Yes, My vote for most useless piece of equipment goes to the third-party battery. This battery was so craptastic that it lasted about 5 months before it went the way of the dodo and just gave up its charge. Having never really held a full charge to begin with I can tell you that I was not sad at all to see this “wonder of modern engineering” go. It really never passed muster, Losing charge after about thirty shots or so. I use this as a lesson because when it comes to camera gear cheaper isn’t always better. I am on a limited budget but if I buy cheap things like batteries then the work will eventually suffer. Think of it this way…I could buy two to three cheap batteries a year at about $30 bucks a piece or buy one $70 dollar battery By Canon and use it for years instead of months. In the long run I’m saving money and not becoming frustrated when I am out in the middle of nowhere in the cold and the batts die a slow death.
My question to the readers is What is or has been your most useless piece of equipment? What’s out there that you think gives no value for the cost? I look at lots of catalogues and web sites with tons and tons of camera gear. It seems like the list of gear that you can buy just grows by the second and not all of it is really necessary. I’m interested to know what everyone thinks.