Holiday Gift Guide for Photographers
If there is one thing photographers love it’s gear. You would think that would make buying holidays gifts easy, but you’d be wrong. There’s so much to choose from that we decided to give you a little help breaking down your options.
So if you have a photographer in your life, or just want to buy yourself something for fun, here are some great gift ideas that can get your shopping done in a flash.
Instant, Mirrorless & DSLR Cameras
Fujifilm Instax Mini 90 Neo Classic Instant Film Camera $121.65
It seems no matter how far technology takes us, it's always fun to go retro. This throwback camera is a great way to document the party without having everything end up on Facebook. Fujifilm Instax Mini 90 Neo Classic prints measure 2.1 by 3.4 inches making them a fun hand out at a party.
Canon DSLR EOS Rebel T7i $799.00
All these years later, Andre Agassi is still proven right. The Canon EOS Rebel T7i continues the tradition of providing an easy-to-use, entry-level DSLR to get you hooked into spending even more money in the future. This 24.2 megapixel camera features built-in Wi-Fi, NFC and Bluetooth.
Fujifilm X-T10 DSLR Camera $1099.95
If you’re looking to take a step up from mobile photography without the hassle of a DSLR, you could do a lot worse than the Fujifilm X-T10 Silver Mirrorless Digital Camera. The X-T10 features a 16-megapixel APS-C X-Trans II CMOS sensor, an EXR II processor, and looks pretty darn sweet.
Nikon D7200 DSLR Camera $1096.95
If you're looking to step up to a mid-range DSLR, the Nikon D7200 will give you a 24-megapixel sensor, dual SD card slots, and a top-tier autofocus system that will help you with even the darkest shots.
Drones & Action Photography
Olympus TG-5 Waterproof Action Camera $399.00
If bringing your smartphone or DSLR to the beach terrifies you ( the sand...it's gets everywhere), the Olympus TG-5 Waterproof Camera is a great alternative. Unlike a typical action cam, this camera is great at taking pictures first, and waterproof second. The camera features a 12MP sensor and is waterproof up to 50 feet.
GoPro HERO6 Black Action Camera $499
No matter how resilient your mobile phone is, sometimes you just don’t want to take a chance when you’re barrelling down a mountainside at top speed. This rugged action camera shoots 4K video and stills at 2MP / 30 fps to make sure you can capture the action without risking your smartphone falling victim to a nasty drop.
DJI Spark Drone Camera $599.00
If you’re looking for your drone fix but want to ease into the world of our future autonomous AI overlords, the DJI Spark is a great way to start. This drone uses gesture controls, fits in the palm of your hand, and shoots video at 1080p and stills at 12 MP.
DJI Mavic PRO Platinum Drine Camera $1,399.00
You could try and make a rational argument for why you need this awesome drone but let’s face it, it’s just really freakin’ cool. This bird can fly up to 40mph (64kmh) or for as long as 27-minutes while shooting 4K video.
Glif Tripod Mount $27.99
If you’re looking to take your mobile photography game to another level, the Glif tripod mount is what you’re looking for. The Glif features a quick-release lever, fits smartphones of almost any size, and has three trips mounts to provide lots of options.
Glif Full Tripod Set $54.99
Turn your smartphone into a mini mobile production center with the Glif Full Set that includes a wood hand grip and wrist strap. The Glif features three tripod mounts for lights, mics, and anything else you can think of.
Moment Wide Lens $99.99
Another great way to take your smartphone pics up a notch. The Moment Wide Lens attaches to your smartphone to provide up to two times more picture, great for landscapes and architecture shots when you're on the go.
Moment Telephoto Lens $99.99
For times when your DSLR telephoto is a bit too much to carry around, the Moment Telephoto Lens attaches to your smartphone to get you up to two times more optical zoom. This is a perfect way to capture depth-of-field on a smartphone camera.
The Olloclip turbocharges your both your selfies and your landscapers with a 2x optical zoom telephoto lens and an ultra-wide 155° field-of-view lens in one small portable package. Olloclip supports both iPhone 7 and 8 models.
Fujifilm Instax Share SP-2 Smart Phone Printer $129.99
Not all pictures are meant for Instagram, some look better on your fridge (or hidden in a shoebox). This pocketable printer can turn your smartphone pics into wallet-sized keepsakes, and it connects via Wifi so that anyone at the party can share their favorites.
DJI OSMO Phone Camera Gimbal $199.00
Smooth like Billy Dee Williams, DJI OSMO Phone Camera Gimbal will keep smartphone steady as you move, eliminate camera shake, and help you take great time-lapse photos or long exposures.
Insta360 One VR Action Camera $319.99
This iOS-only 360 Camera is a great way to capture the world around you. It captures 360-degree video at 240 fps and has a bullet-time feature for your next great John Woo feature film production.
DxO ONE $469.00
While today's smartphones take some pretty amazing photos on their own, the DxO One is a great way to get near-DSLR quality pics without the DSLR bulk (and price). The DxO One turns your iPhone into a viewfinder for a 20.2MP, f/1.8 prime lens that can also capture full HD video.
Accessories for Photographers
Tiffen 52mm UV Protection Filter $6.99
A UV filter is one of the first things that should go into a photographers bag (after the camera of course). This Tiffen 52mm UV Protection Filter makes a great stocking stuffer to add to a DSLR purchase.
Anker PowerLine+ Micro USB $9.99
All the glowing things I said about the Lightning cables…that but cheaper and with support for Android phones.
Altura Photo Professional Cleaning Kit $10.99
Umm, you have something on your lens there. Is that nacho cheese? Ok well we all have our moments, and to clean up after yours try this Altura Photo Professional Cleaning Kit for DSLR cameras. It’s alcohol-free which is somehow considered a good thing.
Agloves Unisex Sport Touchscreen Gloves $11.99
If it’s cold where you live, these gloves can help keep your hands warm while still allowing you to use your precious touchscreens. If it isn’t cold where you live, just don’t say anything.
Anker PowerCore+ Mini $15.99
Sometimes you just need a little extra charge and don’t want it to take up any more space than necessary. For such occasions, the Anker PowerCore+ Mini features a 3350mAh battery that can add a full charge to most smartphones and can easily be mistaken for some fancy, if slightly heavy, lip gloss.
Anker PowerLine+ II Lightning Cable $17.99
If you’re tired of replacing your Lightning cables once a month, these Anker PowerLine+ II cables are strong, durable, and will last longer than the iPhone you bought them for.
AmazonBasics 60-Inch Lightweight Tripod $18.79
Not sure if you need a tripod? This lightweight tripod from AmazonBasics is a great entry-level option to provide you with a little more stability in your life. It extends up to 60 inches and holds 6.6 pounds.
Samsung 64GB EVO Select Micro SDXC Memory Card $22.99
If you’re looking for something small to fit in a stocking, you could probably fit about 700 of these in one with room left for a nice orange. The Samsung 64GB EVO Select Micro SDXC Memory Card features up to 100MB/s & 60MB/s read & write speeds which is faster than most people can think after a a little egg nog.
Anker PowerCore 10000 $25.99
Until we finally harness the full power of the sun, we are stuck recharging batteries, a lot of batteries. If your gear is consistently dying when you’re on the go, this Anker PowerCore 10000 features a 10000mAh battery and can charge a smartphone multiple times over.
Westcott 301 Photo Basics Reflector $39.90
This 5-in-1 reflector makes the light bounce more ways than you knew possible. The Photo Basics 5-in-1 Collapsible Reflector Kit has five covers—silver, gold, white and black— and is versatile for both indoor and outdoor use.
JOBY GorillaPod $40.00
The JOBY GorillaPod is a great, flexible, multipurpose tripod that also happens to make your camera look like some kind of alien walker. It’s durable, lightweight, and has rubberized foot grips and wrappable legs that can hold your camera inlace almost anywhere.
Marumi DHG Circular Polarizer Filter $59.95
If you're shooting at the beach, or any travel photography really, a circular polarizer is critical for reducing the glare that comes off of water or glass. The Marumi DHG Circular Polarizer Filter is one of the cheaper options and does the job as well as any.
J.B. Camera Designs Pro Wood Grip $59.95
These old school wooden grips transform a variety of popular mirrorless camera models into a hipster’s dream. Available for a variety of models such as Fuji X-Pro 2, Panasonic GX85, and Sony A7RII in wood and bamboo.
Foldio2 Folding Portable Lightbox Studio $69.95
The Orangemonkie Foldio2 brings professional quality lighting wherever you go in a package that folds up smaller than a briefcase. Just don’t use it at brunch to take pictures of your eggs benedict.
ZoMei Z818 Portable Tripod $104.99
If you're ready for the big leagues, the ZoMei Z818 Portable Tripod is lightweight, heavy duty, and converts into a monopod for greater flexibility. It is made from magnesium and aluminum alloy which makes it easy to travel with.
SpiderPro Camera Holster $122.99
If you need to be quick on the draw, the SpiderPro Camera Holder is the fastest there is. This durable system features a stainless steel clip and attaches to a belt to support cameras up to five pounds.
LumoPro LP180 Official Strobist Flash $149.99
If it's good enough for Strobist, it's great for you. The LumoPro LP180 is a manual flash that is versatile, inexpensive, and well made.
Sekonic L-308S Flashmate $189.00
Chasing the right light can be annoying. If you're serious about getting the perfect lighting, this Sekonic L-308S Flashmate handheld light meter can prevent a lot of headaches in post-production.
If you’ve ever been out in the Australian Outback and had a pack of wild dingos eat your memory cards, the Gnarbox can help. Gnarbox is a rugged, portable backup system that features tons of inputs, built-in Wi-Fi, and up to 256 Gb of onboard storage. It’s also too big for a dingo to swallow and tastes kinda like feet.
Bags & Cases for Photographers
Kelly Moore 2 Sues 2.0 Camera Bag $199.00
If you're looking for something a little more stylish to carry around your gear, this Kelly Moore 2 Sues 2.0 Camera Bag could easily head out with you after your shoot on a date without anyone knowing you have thousands of dollars of gear inside.
Think Tank Signature 10 Shoulder Bag $249.75
Add a little class to your gear with this stylish Think Tank Signature 10 Shoulder Bag. This bag can fit a standard size DSLR with a few lenses and accessories and even has a dedicated pocket to fit a 10” tablet, or a small pizza.
Peak Design Everyday Messenger Bag $249.95
This messenger bag was a Kickstarter darling that is now available to the masses. It can hold a DSLR with up to three lenses, a 15" laptop, and has a built-in tripod holder. The MagLatch closure is designed for quick one-handed, no-look access.
Peak Design Everyday Backpack $289.95
This camera backpack holds two DSLR bodies and up to six lenses while still looking stylish and keeping your lunch safe. It has a dedicated laptop sleeve, and has a ton of storage options due to the built-in dividers and pockets.
Pelican Air 1615 Case $299.98
If your confidence level in airport personnel has been shaken, this Pelican Air 1615 Case provides protection from both random drops and sticky fingers. It's crushproof, dustproof, and has a watertight seal and an automatic purge valve that balances air pressure inside the case.
b.still Leather Camera Shoulder Strap $28.95
Add a little style to your kit with this b.still Leather Camera Shoulder Strap featuring premium tanned calf hide and bronze rings. The strap is adjustable for a comfortable fit for cameras up to five pounds.
Matin Vintage Leather Camera Strap $31.30
This camera strap frees you up form having to grow a beard in order to identify as a hipster. Made from Nubuck leather, this vintage strap can handle a mirrorless camera or DSLR.
DSPTCH Camera Strap $76.05
The DSPTCH Wrist Strap looks stylish, is available in a number of colours, and is great for your point-and shoot or mirrorless camera. It is made with braided 550 Type III Paracord and a 316 gunmetal-colored stainless steel clip for 75 per cent less smashy smashy.
Stationary for Photographers
Field Notes Kraft Ruled 3-Pack $9.95
Sometimes you just need a simple, pocketable notebook to write something down, like your takeout order. Field Notes feature 48 ruled pages, a classic design, and come in a handy 3-pack.
Fisher Bullet Space Pen $16.45
This pen writes in wind, rain, sleet, snow and zero gravity. If it's good enough for astronauts surely it can handle your random thoughts.
b.still Genuine Leather Notebook $25.95
Need to remember the name of your subject, or your crew's Thai food order? Write it down! The b.still Genuine Leather Notebook is made with premium leather and features a 6-ring metal binder that is refillable.
Books for Photographers
Prince: A Private View $17.85
Photographer Afshin Shahidi met Prince in 1993 and soon one of the only people allowed to photograph him. Prince:A Private View compiles years of behind-the-scenes access into a look at one of the most creative forces of our time.
200 Women: Who Will Change The Way You See The World $37.16
This coffee table book features interviews with 200 women who are changing the world. They are photographed in front of a plain background and asked the same five fundamental questions.
Universe: Exploring the Astronomical World $37.39
Universe:Exploring the Astronomical World is a coffee table book that celebrates the beauty of the stars through 300 curated paintings, photographs, prints, sketches, and digital renderings by renowned photographers, artists, and astronomers.