Wednesday, December 5, 2012

Top 9 Holiday Gifts For The Photographer In Your Life

We just got asked for our Holiday Shopping List, so we thought it was time to provide our avid readers a list for their beloved photographer!  If you can't afford to get them a new Canon EOS 5D Mark III or a shiny new professional L series lens, then you will have fun with this list!  And even better for you, we're not getting paid to promote any of these products.  We are promoting them as gift ideas because we use them ourselves.  See our disclaimer page for more information.

Pssstttt!  (Hint...Hint...)  We really like item #8 or a new L lens...  (Hey - we need have needs too, OK?!)

Pelican 0915 Black SD Memory Card Protective Case - Under $25


Pelican offers a water resistant seal, stores 12 SD cards, 6 mini cards, or 6 micro cards.  There is an insert liner that absorbs shocks and protects your precious photography memories.  The case is made out of tough, Polycarbonate resin.

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 Zeiss Ikon Complete Optics Cleaning Kit - Under $50


Included in this lens cleaning kit is a brush for removing debris, optical cleaning fluid, moistened lens wipes, a microfiber cloth along with professional cleaning instructions (especially helpful for beginning photographers to properly clean their investment).

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Joby GP3 GorillaPod SLR-Zoom Flexible Tripod + BH1 Ball Head - Under $75


This is a great "in-the-bag" go-to for the serious photographer.  The GorillaPod SLR-Zoom can support 6.5 lbs yet remains lightweight so you can always have around, even in environments that do not allow tripods.  The BH1 Ball Head has a 3/8" thread and a 1/4" adapter screw.  It allows for 360 degree pan and 90 degree tilt. 

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Oben 2400 4-Section Aluminum Monopod - Under $75


63.2" maximum height with all anodized aluminum for maximum stability.  It collapses to 21.4" with a wrist strap and belt clip.  It weighs only 1.65lb for extreme portability while still supporting up to 26.4 lbs of equipment for real work. 

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Giottos AA1903 Rocket Air Blaster Large-Red - Under $25


Large red Rocket Air Blaster easily removes dust and debris from cameras, lenses, and filters with it's powerful blast.  Made of rubber and 'red' instead of those blah black ones that everyone else has.  Includes a one-way valve to prevent breathing in of dust and spreading back to your precious equipment.

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The Strobist Collection by Rosco, Strobist 55 Piece Cinegel Filter Kit with Lumiquest Gel Filter Holder (1.5 x 3.25 inches) - Under $25


You don't see this one on too many lists, but it is a great addition for light painting or artistic portrait photography.  The size of these gels fits most Speedlites.  You have a strobist friend?  They will love these filters.

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The Digital Photography Book, Part 4 by Scott Kelby - Under $25


Tired of just "OK" shots and ready to really make them pop?  Then this book is for you.  There are over 200 secrets of digital photography contained in this paperback.  What we love about Volumes 1-3 and the latest Volume 4 is these are written in every day language, not techno-jargon.

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Rogue FlashBenders Small Positionable Reflector - Under $50


For anyone who uses speedlites, the Rogue FlashBender is a must have accessory.  It can be used to either bounce light onto a subject or steer it away - all with just a bend.  With the 2 positional rods on the sides, it can be positioned in any direction.  For this price, it should be in everyone's bag.

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Polaroid Hot Shoe Three Axis Triple Bubble Spirit Level  - Under $25


Been looking at their photographs and always having to lean one way or another?  Give this gift for the perfectly aligned horizon.  This bubble spirit level works on 3 axis for precise leveling.  Great for those who like to shoot panoramas as well. 

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Hopefully this helps you pick out the perfect gift for your special photographer!  If you have any ideas we missed, please leave them in the comments below.  So PIN, SHARE, TWEET, OR LIKE this article with the social media buttons below and help us make this Christmas happy for all photographers! 

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