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12 Gift Ideas for Photographers

Colin
November 23, 2016

With the US celebrating Thanksgiving on Thursday, it’s finally ok to start talking about the holidays! Photographers are a hard bunch to buy for because we lust after gear that costs thousands of dollars. What’s worse is there’s so much photography speak involving dynamic range, bokeh, F-stops, chromatic aberration, and it all sounds like gibberish to the uninitiated.

To help you cut through all the BS I’ve put together a short guide of gift ideas for photographers that are sure to make the shooter in you life smile (hint, hint, nudge nudge). All of these products are either things that I use regularly, or are on my personal wishlist.

Fstoppers Flash Disc (FS FlashDisc) Portable Speedlight Softbox

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FStoppers Flash Disc

Portable light modifiers that don’t suck are few and far between. Because of their size quite often modifiers that will fit it your backpack just are not big enough to defuse the light from a flash very well, but an exception to that rule are the FStoppers Flash Discs. I have two and never leave my bag because they’re lightweight, pack down to just about nothing and work surprisingly well. They have their limitations but can be put onto any Speedlight and are extremely portable.

Click here to buy the Fstoppers Flash Disc from Amazon

Vortex Media Pro Storm Jacket Rain Cover

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Vortex Media Pro Storm Jacket Rain Cover

Like with flash modifiers, rain covers for cameras are extremely bulky. You could argue they should always be with you, but sometimes there just is not enough room in your bag for something that packs down to nearly the size of a telephoto lens. The solution are the Vortex Media Pro Storm Jacket Rain Covers! Made from rip-stop nylon it’s essentially a tube your camera and lens goes inside that you cinch down on either side. Weighing all of 70g, they come in a variety of sizes and colors, I have two a medium and XL and that covers all of my lenses. They’re not the ideal solution when it’s raining cats and dogs, but for inclement weather you’ll be glad you have them

Click here to buy the Vortex Media Pro Storm Jacket Rain Cover from Amazon

Think Tank Pixel Pocket Rocket

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Think Tank Pixel Pocket Rocket

Keeping memory cards organized is a royal pain in the ass, and they have the uncanny ability to find every hard to reach nook and cranny inside your bag. Thanks to Think Tank, I no longer have this issue with the Pixel Pocket Rocket. It can hold up to 10 cards (SD and CF) and the outside is made with DWR treated ripstop nylon, so even if you get caught in a rain storm your media stands a chance of staying dry. What’s better is it comes in bright color combos that you can easily spot in even the messiest camera bag. There’s also a strap which can be clipped to your belt or the inside of your camera bag for a bit of added peace of mind.

If you  to buy the Think Tank Pixel Pocket Rocket, and you spend $50 or more you’ll receive free shipping and a free gift courtesy of Think Tank

 If you click through to Think Tank with as THIS LINK, you’ll get to choose a free gift at checkout when you spend more than $50

Click here to buy the Mindshift Rotation 180 Professional Backpack Waist Pack Combo from Think Tank

Peak Design Black Slide Camera Strap SL-2

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Peak Design Black Slide Camera Strap SL-2

This is my favorite camera strap! It’s made from soft webbing about the width of a seat belt and is length adjustable depending on how you prefer to carry your camera. What sets Peak Designs straps apart are the Dyneema-corded Anchors which interface with all of Peak Designs straps and are claimed to hold well over 90kg (200lbs). I have these anchors mounted to literally everything and what I love about this system is the strap can be moved depending on what you’re carrying. So if I’m using a short lens like the Sigma 35mm ART I can have the strap mounted on the body anchors, but if I’m using something longer and heavier like my Canon 100-400, I can attach one end of the strap to the tripod shoe, which not only takes some stress off the lens mount but also lets the camera hand in a more comfortable position.

Want to take 10% off any Peak Design Product? Click here and use my coupon code ‘clevphoto’ to take 10% off in the Pead Desing store.

ZEISS Portable Tube Lens Cleaning Kit
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ZEISS Portable Tube Lens Cleaning Kit

Nothing can ruin an awesome shot faster than a dirty lens, and when your out in the field the front element is like a magnet for dust dirt and other debris. I keep one of these Zeiss tubes in my bag at all times, and it’s saved me more than once. It comes with Zeiss lens cleaning solution, a microfiber cloth as well as a few lens ‘wet wipes.’ What’s better it comes in a tube that not only keeps everything together but also protects your cleaning gear from dust.

Click here to buy the ZEISS Portable Tube Lens Cleaning Kit from Amazon

LensCoat Lens Cover for Canon 100-400 IS II (Real Tree Max4)

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LensCoat Lens Cover for Canon 100-400 IS II (Real Tree Max4)

If you know me, you know I love camo. I can’t explain it (maybe it’s because I’m a little bit red neck), but I just do. So Lens Coat’s neoprene lens covers were a no brainer for my telephoto lenses. Not only does it look cool, it provides a bit of added protection for your $2000+ lens. The neoprene covers offer a bit of impact protection, and also insulate the lens from extreme temps and a bit of moisture and dust.

They come in a variety of colors other than camo, and just about every lens on the market. Even more, if they don’t make a cover for your lens, they’ll make you a custom cover!

Click here to buy the LensCoat Lens Cover for Canon 100-400 IS II (Real Tree Max4) from Amazon

Peak Design CapturePRO Camera Clip

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Peak Design CapturePRO Camera Clip

Like the Peak Design camera straps, I always have the CapturePro on my backpack strap. It allows you to rigidly carry any camera on any backpack strap, belt or bag. The all-aluminum, construction is bombproof, compatible with multiple tripod types and can be used as a tripod head itself. It’s claimed to hold 90kg (200lbs) and attaches directly to the 3/8in tripod plate on your camera or lens.

Want to take 10% off any Peak Design product? Click here and use my coupon code ‘clevphoto’ to take 10% off in the Pead Desing store.

Lexar Professional USB 3.0 Dual-Slot Reader

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Lexar Professional USB 3.0 Dual-Slot Reader

Some card readers make you want to bang you head on our desk. They have 70 different ports for cards that haven’t been used in 20 years, but won’t transfer more 20 photos from an SD card without dropping out. Lexar’s Pro USB reader has a slot for a CF and SD card, utilizes and fast USB 3.0 connection, and its pop-up design keeps dust out of the slots (my favorite part).

Click here to buy the Lexar Professional USB 3.0 Dual-Slot Reader from Amazon

Mindshift Rotation 180 Professional Backpack Waistpack Combo

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Mindshift Rotation 180 Professional Backpack Waistpack Combo

Having quick access to your spare lens and other gear is paramount and Mind Shift (Think Tank’s adventure and outdoor company) has come up with a unique solution. Rather than the rear access bags that most of us use, instead the hip belt rotates around and gives you access to the camera insert. This 38l pack offers plenty of storage for camera gear as well as outdoor essentials ie extra layers, rain jacket, food, water ect.

Click here to buy the Mindshift Rotation 180 Professional Backpack Waistpack Combo from Amazon

Phottix Odin TTL Flash Trigger for Canon

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Phottix Odin TTL Flash Trigger for Canon

The Phottix Odin triggers are my radio triggers of choice. The reason being, they just work! I’ve never had any issues with misfires, they’re easy to use and offer advanced features like high-speed sync and rear curtain sync. Linked above are the Odin triggers for Canon, but just in case you’re a Nikon shooter, here’s the link for you!

Click here to buy the Phottix Odin TTL Flash Trigger for Canon from Amazon

Click here to buy the Phottix Odin TTL Wireless Flash Trigger Set for Nikon on Amazon

Sigma 35mm F1.4 ART DG HSM Lens for Canon

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Sigma 35mm F1.4 ART DG HSM Lens for Canon

Sigma’s 35mm F1.4 ART is my latest purchase and I’ve been using it pretty much every day. It’s proving to be a workhorse lens, and at half the price of the Canon version, it demonstrates a fantastic performance to price ratio.

Check out my first impressions of the Sigma 35mm F1.4 ART

Click here to buy the Sigma 35mm F1.4 ART DG HSM Lens for Canon from Amazon

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Full Frame Digital SLR Camera Body

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Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Full Frame Digital SLR Camera Body

This one is on my wish list. The 5D MKiii s my workhorse body and I’m planning to bite the bullet and buy one, but I’m still holding out hope Santa may drop one off for me. With a bump to 30 megapixels, 7fps burst rate, built-in Wi-Fi, and majorly improved dynamic range.

Click here to buy the Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Full Frame Digital SLR Camera Body from Amazon

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