Tis the season and photographers are just like everyone else; there are things we’d like to get as well. So here is a list of some goodies that I think would make great presents for yourself or that other photographer in your life.
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Cameras – The trend in cameras tends to be heading towards mirrorless with Nikon and Canon recently joining into the fray that already has had Sony and Fuji in the pool. I cannot speak for any brand other than Sony which DH and I have and we LOVE ours. My Sony A7Riii is full framed with 42 megapixels but it is small and light enough to fit into the pocket of my raincoat or in a medium sized purse.
What about a tripod? I can highly recommend the 3Legged Thing tripods. I have the 3 Legged Thing Punks Brian carbon fiber travel tripod. It is fantastic! Folds down and slips into it’s own bag that you can carry over your shoulder or – and this is awesome – it can fit into your carry on suitcase which is how I packed it for a recent trip. Another cool feature of it is that it has an included multi purpose tool for tightening screws on your base plate, etc. and even works as a bottle opener.
What to put your gear in? Camera bags come in so many shapes and sizes it can be difficult to pick the right one without taking your gear to the store and trying them on for size. While I have a backpack camera bag, lately I’ve been using two insert bags from Tenba with my camera. The BYOB 10 insert holds my Sony mirrorless camera with a 24-105 mm lens attached, an extra batter, media cards and lens cloth. This slides right into a regular backpack and I’m good to go.
They make these BYOB bags in various sizes like the BYOB 10 DSLR insert which will hold a DSLR camera with extra gear or in my case, two mirrorless cameras with some extra gear. Pop it into your backpack or other bag you use regularly.
Already doing off camera flash or are you using a flash beyond the pop up one on the camera? Thinking about using a flash modifier? While I haven’t tried it yet, I have heard good things about the Magmod. This one is their starter kit to introduce you to their flash modifier system.
What about where to put cables, batteries and other wires? Try the Tenba Cable Duo 4 for size. I even put my phone charger in mine when I travel. It also comes in larger sizes.
How to neatly store and carry those little media cards? Try a card wallet like this one from Tenba.
Need to blow dust and dirt from your camera body or the sensor? This little Giotto rocket blower does quite well. It’s saved me a few times when I’ve gotten something on my sensor when changing lens in less than ideal circumstances.
And of course there are always gift cards to your favorite camera store or maybe for online lessons like the ones offered at Creativelive.com They have lesson taught by renowned creators who will teach you anything like photographing babies, how to operate your new camera, Photoshop lessons and more.
There are other great gift ideas like a small flashlight for those night shots, hand warmers for those cold shoots, a small first aid kit or at least a small packet of bandages; accidents do happen. An online depth of field calculator is free and comes in handy when you want to figure that out. I have the one from www.photopills.com on my phone.
These are just my suggestions of what I use or have reliable recommendations on. What is it that you’d love to have as a gift? I hear Santa reads blogs 😉