Got a photographer in your life? Are you making your list and checking it twice? Here are a few of these things that would certainly be nice!
Photography Gifts Under $50
Manfrotto PIXI EVO Mini Tripod available in Black, Red & White (Order Here for $49.95) can hold up to 5.5 lb while weighing only 9.4 oz. It has two leg sections that are adjustable in five steps, allowing it to extend from 2.4″ up to 7.7″ high. The legs can be set at two different angles via the sliding selector. Easily enabling you to place your camera in portrait orientation, a 90Â° notch is built into the integrated ball head.
Sony 64GB UHS-I SDXC Memory Card (Class 10/U3) (Order Here for $40.99) are my SD cards of choice. They enable XAVC S recording at the max record speed of Sony cameras at a very good price. Want to upsize your gift? Put a few Sony SDXC cards in the next item…
Nothing’s worse than searching around your camera bag trying to find a tiny SD card. Digital card cases can make quick order out of that chaos. Pelican 0915 SD Memory Card Case (Order Here for $17.99) will snugly hold up to a dozen SD cards in the removable, shock absorbing liner. The water resistant seal ensures that your cards will be safe from moisture, even if the case is submerged in water. To keep track of which cards I’ve shot, I turn the cards face down once I’ve used them.
Miniature replica Sony a7II 24-70mm SE 16GB USB Flash Drives (available on eBay). Sony produced highly detailed a7II Minis as gifts to dealers and press. Now, you can score your own for about fifty bucks!
Lomography Diana+ Zone Focus Film Camera with 75mm Lens (Order Here for $43.99). With its fixed plastic 75mm manual focus lens, extremely limited camera settings and lack of image-playback, Diana cameras are a great tool to get to learn how “see”. Be sure to pick up a few rolls of 120 film – it doesn’t take SD cards…
Anker Astro E6 Ultra-High Capacity 20,800mAh 3-Port 4A Compact Portable Charger External Battery Power Bank – $39.99
Anker Astro E6 Ultra-High Capacity 20,800mAh 3-Port 4A Compact Portable Charger External Battery Power Bank (Order Here for $39.99) uses PowerIQ Technology to deliver its fastest possible charge speed up to 3 amps per port or 4 amps through three ports. Charges the iPhone 6 over eight times, the iPhone 6 Plus over five times or the iPad Air 150%. Safely recharges with a 2 amp or higher output charger (most phone chargers have only 1 amp).
Photography Gifts Under $100
Cecilia Gallery Leather Camera Straps (Order Here for $80) are one of the cool new products I saw at this year’s PhotoPlus Expo. Nothing beats the smell of a fine leather camera strap. Featuring 1.5″ wide full-grain Argentinean cowhide for maximum comfort with a matching suede patch an the underside to keep them from slipping off your shoulder. They’re adjustable from 26-52 inches and the triple-layer strap ends are rated for 250 pounds, so they’ll accommodate the biggest and heaviest lenses. Despite that rating, I suggest you resist the dangling your Canon EF 1200mm f/5.6L USM Lens from your Sony a7RII.
Check out the Elliott Erwitt Bookstore (Here) to be inspired by the visual wit of legendary Magnum photographer Elliott Erwitt. If I could only own one photo book – it would be one of these!
If you follow my lighting tips you know that one of my favorite lighting modifiers is a Elinchrom Octabank, but if can’t afford its $1,100 price tag, you can get a similar results from from this Westcott 7′ Parabolic Silver Umbrella with Umbrella Diffuser.
Photography Gifts Under $200
SKB iSeries 1309 Waterproof Case for Sony A7 (Order Here for $119.99) is the perfect gift for photographers who will appreciate a military-grade case for water, impact, dust, corrosion, UV and solvent protection. Interior foam cutouts hold and cushion a Sony A7 series camera with an attached 70-200mm zoom, two additional lenses, and accessories such as memory cards, batteries, cables, and a small flash unit. For water protection the case has a complete gasket seal and an automatic ambient pressure equalization valve which conforms to military standards.
Photography Gifts Under $500
ONA Brixton Camera and Laptop Messenger Bag – Black Nylon (Order Here for $279.00) is handcrafted from premium 1050D ballistic nylon and features Italian leather accents and solid brass hardware in a gunmetal finish. Stylish yet understated, each of these bags is designed with materials that are lightweight, highly durable, and water-resistant. ONA makes beautiful bags and I think these are their nicest bags ever. Photographers wishing to seamlessly navigate the urban environment with a DSLR or mirrorless camera with 2-3 lenses, related accessories and a 13″ laptop at their sides will appreciate the luxurious yet stealthy, black The Nylon Brixton Camera and Laptop Messenger Bag from ONA. Made of 1050D ballistic nylon with tasteful leather accents, and dressed with solid brass, gunmetal finish hardware, the Brixton is both well-appointed and durable. The bag’s front flap helps protect the bag from inclement weather and utilizes a hidden tuck-lock closure that is discreet and provides quick and easy access to gear. Leather straps with buckles facilitate incremental adjustments to the bag’s depth. Fully-featured, the bag has a padded insert with four, touch-fastening dividers for protecting and organizing gear to one’s specifications. Located under the ample front flap, are two, adjacent accessory pockets. Carry your Brixton with the top handle or adjustable shoulder strap with a sliding pad.
ONA Camps Bay Camera and Laptop Backpack – Black Nylon (Order Here for $409.00) Store, protect and transport your photography gear in the beautiful, handcrafted, black The Nylons Camps Bay Backpack from ONA. This pack has a main compartment with padded touch-fastening dividers for storing DSLR or mirrorless cameras with attached 70-200mm f/2.8 lens, up to 7 additional lenses and related accessories. The Nylon Camps Bay will also accommodate up to a 17″ laptop. The pack features a 4 – 7″ space for personal items, and an exterior, zippered accessory pocket. Carry The Nylons Camp Bay Backpack with the padded shoulder straps or top handle. For comfort and to wick away moisture, the pack has an air mesh back panel. Made of 1050D ballistic nylon with leather accents and solid brass, gunmetal finish hardware, this pack is both attractive and durable.
Think Tank Photo Airport Security v2.0 Rolling Camera Bag (Order for $414.75) Still the best rolling bag on the market, it holds 2-3 DSLR or mirrorless cameras with a bevy of lenses. It’s deep enough to hold hold 70-200mm F2.8 and 70-400mm F4-5.6 zooms standing up. It fits in the overhead compartment on US domestic flights. If you regularly fly out outside of the US – you may prefer the slightly smaller Think Tank Photo Airport International v2.0 Rolling Camera Bag (Order Here for $389.75)
Oben CT-3481 Carbon Fiber Tripod with BE-126T Ball Head (Order Here for $309.95) This sturdy yet lightweight tripod with 4-section legs that fold upward 180Â° to create an extremely compact package for transport. With the included head attached, folded length is only 18.9″ – yet with the four leg sections and center column extended, the maximum height of the tripod with the head is 68″. For further versatility, one of the legs unscrews from the chassis and attaches to the head & center column to form a working-height monopod. With a system load capacity of 26.4 lb, the tripod and head ensure a stable base for DSLR or mirroless cameras.
Lensbaby Velvet 56mm f/1.6 Lens ($499.95) (Sony E | Sony A | Canon EF | Nikon | Pentax K | Fuji X mounts) produces a uniquely soft, glowing image quality, reminiscent of classic 20th century lenses, that is well-suited to making expressive and ethereal portraits. The overall softness can be controlled by stopping down the lens while still retaining the smooth tonality of a soft focus lens. Its 56mm focal length pairs with the fast f/1.6 maximum aperture to excel in difficult lighting and achieve a shallow depth of field with controllable sharpness. Additionally, for increased creative versatility, the lens also offers a 1:2 maximum magnification and a minimum working distance of 5″ for macro shooting. Housed within a black metal barrel, this lens also features smooth, dampened manual focus control to further benefit creative flexibility. Consistent with Lensbaby’s aim of purveying selective focus capabilities and a unique velvety image quality, the Velvet 56mm f/1.6 is a versatile tool that marries classical looks with contemporary control.
Photography Gifts Under $1,000
Sony RX100 IV (Order Here for $948.00 with Free $100 Gift Card) featuring a large 1″ 20.1mp Exmor RS CMOS sensor to produce high-resolution still imagery and 4K video. This sensor’s construction utilizes a stacked backside-illuminated design to improve clarity and image quality when working in dimly-lit conditions as well as to increase its sensitivity to a native ISO 12,800. By completely placing the camera’s photodiodes over the sensor’s processing structure, the light-gathering ability of the Exmor RS CMOS sensor is further improved over previous backside-illuminated devices and faster image processing capabilities are added as well. 16 fps of continuous shooting is made possible as well as UHD 4K movie recording with the option of Super Slow Motion frame rates of up to 960 fps.
Sony a7 fullframe mirrorless camera incorporates a full-frame Exmor CMOS sensor into an E-mount body thus providing the light gathering capability and detail-rich imaging of a full-frame sensor with a compact, lightweight, and versatile mirrorless, interchangeable lens camera system. The 24.3MP sensor enables high resolution images and low light effectiveness with its standard ISO sensitivity range of 100-25600. The new BIONX X image processor offers fast processing and operation speeds such as 5 fps burst shooting and front-end LSI (large-scale integration) improves the early stages of image processing resulting in more natural details and richer tones. 14-bit RAW output preserves the detail provided by the sensor.
Stellar Special Edition Digital Cameras combine Hasselblad medium format craftsmanship, fine Italian leathers and Sony camera technology to create of luxury compact cameras. Stellar Digital Cameras are beautiful point-and-shoot cameras are small enough to fit into suit jackets or handbags yet offer elegant design and long-term value.
The wooden handgrip and matte metal beg to be touched, and the Stellar rewards with a balanced feel, even for such a small camera. The camera is complemented by an Italian leather wrist strap and you get your choice of Mahogany, Olive, Padouk, Wenge, Walnut, Zebra or Carbon Fiber grips.
Photography Gifts Under $1,500
Sony RX10 Mark II (Order Here for $1,298.00) with its built-in, Carl Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* optical zoom lens provides a 35mm-equivalent focal length range of 24-200mm, covering a broad range of focal lengths to provide versatile, multi-functional shooting from one zoom lens. A constant maximum aperture of f/2.8 is effective in low light and provides shallow depth-of-field focus control. Optical SteadyShot image stabilization is also available to help minimize the effects of camera shake when working in dimly-lit conditions and with greater zoom magnifications. The lens also features 7 aspherical elements including an Advanced Aspherical lens to minimize aberrations and distortion and Carl Zeiss T* anti-reflective coating, which helps to reduce surface reflections, lens flare, and ghosting in order to produce imagery that is rich in contrast and clarity.
Photography Gifts Under $2,000
With the latest firmware update offering PDAF with Sony A, Canon EF and Contax G lenses on smart adapters Sony a7II – Body Only ($1,699) or Sony A7II Kit with FE 28-70mm lens ($1,999) is the bargain of the Sony A7 Mark II series line-up!
Damn the Price – You Deserve the Best!
Sony a7RII Mirrorless Digital Camera (Order Here for $3,199.00). Sony’s flagship camera has it all: 42.4-megapixel back-illuminated CMOS sensor, 399-point Phase Detection AF, 5-axis Image Stabilization, 4K video recording and low noise even at extremely high ISOs, makes this my favorite camera of Sony’s a7 Series line-up!!!
Hasselblad HV DSLR Camera with 24-70mm Lens (Order Here for $3,495) is the ultimate tricked-out stylish, durable, full-frame A-mount camera with a 24.3MP Exmor CMOS sensor. It is bundled with a fast and versatile 24-70mm f/2.8 Zeiss lens and includes two rechargeable lithium-ion batteries and a high performance hard case specifically designed for the camera, lens and accessories. Plus you SAVE a whopping $8,500. This is actually a pretty sweet deal because it includes my favorite lens for portraits a $2,000 Sony 24-70mm/2.8 ZA lens and a custom-fitted case.
If your dream is to photograph and visit a unique place on our planet join me in Australia in November 2016 for a Photo Workshop of a lifetime. Spend 10 days leaning tips and tricks from me and my Aussie counterpart Sony Ambassador Mark Galer (AKA Sony’s Wizard of Oz) as we guide you on this epic adventure to the hottest shooting locations “˜Down Under’. (Click here for more details)