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13 Gift Ideas for Photographers

Colin
November 13, 2017

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 your life smile (hint, hint, nudge nudge).

Mindshift Backlight

 

Mindshifts Backlight is the perfect pack for the adventure photographer. The back panel access pack comes in 26L and 36L sizes and has plenty for Pro size DSLR bodies and lenses as well as room for extra layers, snacks, and even dedicated compartments to carry a 15in laptop and full-size tablet.

Mindshift Backlight 26L US$249 / AU$362

Mindshift Backlight 36L US$289 / AU$379

DJI Mavic Pro

Drones are all the rage at the moment and they allow for some truly unique imagery. The Mavic Pro is pretty much the end all be all with a three-axis gimbal stabilized 12mp / 4k camera, follow me modes, collision avoidance and so much more a whirlybird from DJI will put a smile on any giftee’s face.

DJI Mavic ProUS $999 / AU$1,599

Fstoppers Flash Disc (FS FlashDisc) Portable Speedlight Softbox

 

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Portable light modifiers that don’t suck are few and far between. Because of their size quite often modifiers that will fit in 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 which 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.

Fstoppers Flash Disc US$50 / AU$66

Vortex Media Pro Storm Jacket Rain Cover

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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 is 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 – I’ve even used them to cover off camera lights too. They’re not the ideal solution when it’s raining cats and dogs, but for inclement weather, you’ll be glad you have them

Vortex Media Pro Storm Jacket Rain Cover starting at US$50 / AU$65

Think Tank Pixel Pocket Rocket

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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.

The Think Thank Pixel Pocket Rocket is a small card wallet designed to stip cards from disappearing into the deep dark depths of your bag. 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 rainstorm 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

Think Tank Pixel Pocket Rocket US$19.95 / AU$21

Giottos AA1903 Rocket Air Blaster Large

Nothing can ruin an awesome shot faster than a dirty lens, and camera lenses seem to be a magnet for dust and dirt.

The best way to get rid of these pesky particles is to blow them away with a sharp blast of air, and the best tool for the job is the Giottos AA1900 Rocket Air Blaster. There are plenty of these handheld air puffers available, but what sets the Rocket Blaster apart is the one-way valve which prevents it from inhaling dust and puffing it back onto your gear.

Giottos AA1903 Rocket Air Blaster Large US$12 / AU$20

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

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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!

Pricing varies depending on lens and color

 Data Color Spyder5Pro

 

If you’re printing photos, having a color calibrated screen is extremely important otherwise it’s a shot in the dark as to what your photos will actually look like.

The Spyder5Pro is a relatively inexpensive way to make sure the colors on your computer screen are true. I use the exact device,  and it’s as simple as having it from your screen pressing play and following a few prompts.

Data Color Spyder5Pro US$189 / AU$220

Lexar Professional USB 3.0 Dual-Slot Reader

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Some card readers make you want to bang your head on our desk. They usually 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 and the pins and contacts will fail after only a few uses.

Lexar’s Pro USB reader is an inexpensive and extremely reliable alternative to these fury inducing units. It 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 favourite part).

Lexar Professional USB 3.0 Dual-Slot Reader US$45 / AU$59

 Bose Quiet Comfort 35 Noise cancelling headphones

I think everyone should have a good set of headphones. Between travelling and working and sometimes you need to be able to drown everything else out and focus.

I myself have a set of these noise cancelling headphones and they are the first thing I stuff into my camera bag when I’m headed to the airport. They are super comfy and I’ve worn them the entirety of international long-haul flights and long days at the computer working to a deadline.

 Bose Quiet Comfort 35 Noise cancelling headphones US$349 / AU$499

Phottix Odin II TTL Flash Trigger

Camera Hacks: Phottix Odin Wireless Shutter Release

The Phottix Odin II 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. They are also backwards compatable and will work with the older Odin triggers.

Phottix Odin TTL Flash Trigger for Canon US$210 / AU$365

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

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Lenses are super expensive, and for the most part, you get what you pay for. However, Sigma’s 35mm F1.4 ART has proved to be a workhorse lens, and at half the price of the Canon version, it demonstrates a fantastic performance to price ratio.

It’s sharp, fast focusing and does a pretty good bokeh and has accompanied me to everything from the Tour Down Under to the One Hit Wonder Big Air.

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

Sigma 35mm F1.4 ART DG HSM Lens US$899 / AU$942

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

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On the extravagant side of the spectrum is the Canon 5d Mark IVCanon’s 5D series of cameras are workhorses for photographers the world over, and the Mark IV is the latest edition the range. Taking 30-megapixel images and a burst rate of 7fps is ideal for landscape and action photographers alike. It’s also got built-in Wifi, a touch screen, dual pixel focusing and majorly improved dynamic range.

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Full Frame Digital SLR Camera Body US$3,599 / AU$4,788

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