Holiday Shopping for a photographer in your life? Are you making your list and checking it twice? A few of these things would certainly be nice! Self-gifting is totally allowed…
4V Design ALA Top Leather Camera Neck Strap ($99.95 in Carbon/Black | $80.75 in Brown Leather) are as sweet as camera straps get. These Italian-Made Tuscany vegetable tanned “Cuoio” leather camera straps with suede lining feature a comfortable ergonomic shape that follows the natural curves of your neck. Adjustable from 42.1 – 51.6″ depending if you prefer the over the shoulder or cross-body strap style. I fell for the carbon fiber black version, but the brown leater is equally sweet!
Elliott Erwitt: Home Around the World ($65 from Amazon). This is a great new book about my FAVORITE photographer Elliott Erwitt! With a legendary career spanning seven decades and one of the most prolific photographers ever! He’s also a rarity among photographers – he’s a photographer who hates to talk about himself. But an unprecedented series of interviews with the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas at Austin, which held his major retrospective exhibition, finally gives the world a glimpse into the mind of the wittiest photographer ever.
From the Heart: The Photographs of Brian Lanker ($50 at Amazon). Pulitzer Prize-winning photographer Brian Lanker seamlessly transitioned from photojournalism to celebrity portraiture to shooting for Sports Illustrated swimsuit issue. Lanker was a natural talent and a larger-than-life photographer who left us far too young, yet his extraordinary images will inspire any photographer for years to come
‘Air’ by Vincent Laforet ($44.95 at Amazon) came out last Christmas – but I left it off last year’s list since the first run sold out before landing. But if you missed your chance then, grab one now. Nobody shoots better night aerials than Vincent. This is one beautiful book!
Sony MDR-XB90EX In-Ear Extra Bass Headphones ($86 at Amazon) If you spend as much time on a plane as I do, a good set of earbuds are a MUST! I’ve gone through an endless steam of earbuds over the years until I hit on these. Don’t let the Extra Bass turn you off – think of it as full open sound that even makes in-flight audio sound good! The tangle-free flat cord design ensures they won’t turn into a tangled jumbled mess in your bag!
Great Value Gifts
There’s no better deal in mirrorless cameras than Sony a6000! Get the latest Graphite color – just in time for the Holidays! Best of all – it’s on Sale for the Holidays in the USA!
FREE $100 Gift Card with Sony Cyber-shot RX100 V Digital Camera ($998 at B&H Photo). Get a $100 Gift Card with the latest version of the camera the New York Times calls the Best Pocket Camera Ever! Super-charged with a new LSI for more processing power, RX100 V now cranks out 24 Frames Per Second with lightning fast continuous Hybrid AF with 315 focal-plane phase-detection points!
DJI Mavic Pro ($999 at B&H Photo) Here’s a drone that fits in your camera bag so you’ll actually take it with you… It features a Gimbal-Stabilized 12MP/4K Camera, OcuSync Transmission Technology, with up to 4.3 Mile Control Range and up to 27 minutes flight time.
Think Tank Photo Airport Security V3.0 Carry On ($430 at B&H with FREE Road Warrior Kit) My roller bag of choice is the third-generation of Think Tank’s award-winning rolling bag series. Based on input from professional photographers, this bag redefines the gold standard for photo transport cases. The updated rollers feature an improved handle, greater durability, and dedicated laptop and tablet compartments. Need something bigger or smaller? (Check out more Options Here)
Worth the Spurge
If you’ve been searching for a finely crafted Italian leather camera bag that’s as soft as a pair of Gucci loafers – wait no longer! Barber Shop Medium Messenger Bob Cut Borsa Camera Bag ($599 in Black Grained Leather | Brown Grained Leather) features the finest Italian craftsmanship, gel-padded leather shoulder strap and a glove-soft Alcantara interior. It can hold a pair of a7 Series mirrorless camera bodies and up to 4 lenses.
FREE $200 Gift Card with Sony RX10 III camera ($1,598 at B&H Photo) is the perfect all-in-one compact travel camera. Despite it’s compact size, RX10 III features a large 20.1MP 1″ Exmor RS CMOS sensor, which utilizes both back-illuminated and stacked technologies and a Zeiss Vario-Sonnar T* lens offering a whopping 24-600mm equivalent.
FREE $200 Gift Card with Sony a7RII Mirrorless Camera ($3,198 at B&H Photo). My workhorse camera, Sony a7RII features a back-illuminated 42.4 mp sensor offers high resolution along with clean high ISOs. This baby hass all the bells and whistles: 5-Axis Image Stabilization, Silent Shooting Mode and 399 Phase-Detect AF Points for lightning fast AF.
If I could only own one Lens, it would be the Sony FE 24-70mm f/2.8 G Master lens ($2,198 at B&H Photo). It’s the perfect focal length for everything from portraits to travel to reportage. This G Master 24-70 offers both best-in-class sharpness and lovely bokeh so the eye goes to the subject – not the background.
Big 5 African Advenure (Details Here) Here’s your chance to take an Africa Adventure through Five Countries (South Africa, Zimbabwe, Zambia, Botswana & Namibia) while learning shooting tips from Sony Digital Imaging Guru El-Deane Naude!