Holiday Gift Guide for Photographers 2011
Find the perfect gift for the photographer in your life for Christmas, Chanukah, Kwanzaa, Festivus, or whatever you celebrate.
By Tony Donaldson | November 23, 2011
If you have a photographer in your life, you may have a tough time finding the perfect gift for him or her for the holidays. Never fear, we have a useful list to help in your search and help them enjoy photography and take it to the next level.
1. EYE-FI SDHC Wi-Fi CARD
We've been playing with these, and they are AMAZING. The cheapest one is $40, offers 4GB of storage and BUILT-IN Wi-Fi. Yes, that's right, inside the card, there's a wireless transmitter. And what can you do with it? It allows you to have photos transfer to your computer instantly as you shoot. Or your Android or iPhone or iPad. It can also upload them, all or ones of your choosing, instantly to Facebook or Flickr. The pro version of the card, around $85, can also handle raw files and movies, and can shoot ad hoc into the computer (no network required).
They are all class 6, which means that they'll handle fast transfers and HD movies of all flavors. It makes shooting SO MUCH FUN! Seriously, great for pros, amateurs or even snapshooters. They're VERY easy to set up, even the smartphone/tablet apps. You can just pull it out of one camera and put it in any other camera that takes SDHC cards and it just simply works.
For more information or to purchase an Eye-Fi 4GB Connect X2 SDHC card, visit Amazon.com.
For information or to purchase an Eye-Fi 8GB Pro X2 SDHC card, visit Amazon.com.
2. Think Tank Pro Speed Belt and Modular Component Set V2.0
We recently used one of these sets (review coming soon) on a shoot, and it's the easiest way to carry your gear on location. If your photographer shoots weddings, birds, outdoor portraits, landscapes, or anything else outside, this system is an incredible choice. The belt is to the person's waist size, padded and comfortable, with positive locking loops that allow the components to be attached in the most comfortable and convenient way. They're on there solidly, too. A padded case for long zooms even expands to fit longer ones by just unzipping it. The padding is fantastic and confidence-inspiring, build quality is among the best of any camera bag, and they use YKK zippers for performance and wear. Many of the components are water resistant AND have an attached, hidden rain cover for heavy rain just in case.
The full set covered most of my own camera bag and allowed me to shoot jobs with ease and speed without lugging a large bag with me everywhere. Kept the weight off my back completely. If your photographer has valuable and expensive cameras, shouldn't he have the best protection and easiest kit possible?
3. Dedicated Flash
We all have to shoot with flash sometimes. Modern DSLR cameras have amazing flash capabilities. If your photographer is using the one that pops up on the camera and not one that mounts on the hot shoe, there are a lot of situations where that bigger flash will make all the difference in the quality of the image. Get the one made for her camera, so a Nikon SB900for Nikon or a Canon 580ex for Canon, or whatever brand she uses. And if she already has one, a second one will talk to the first one and create lighting possibilities she'll love.
4. Rain or Camouflage Cover
If she shoots outdoors, sooner or later it will have to be in the rain. Especially true for sports and nature. A good, inexpensive all-weather cover like the Vortex will protect her investment and allow her to keep shooting. And The Photo Buddy makes a camouflage rain cover that will even cover the flash to keep the camera dry and invisible to wildlife.
Photography is nothing without lenses. If your photographer has a DSLR or one of the new compact mirrorless cameras, expand his horizons with a new lens. Popular ones for Nikon include the 17-35mm and 28-300mm.
Popular lenses for Canon include the 16-35mm and 18-200mm. Other systems have other lenses, make sure you know which one to look for. If you're going to buy him a really long, really expensive lens, like a Nikon 600mm f/4, make sure you buy two and send one to yours truly!
Oh, there's more... Check out page two!
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