It’s that time of year again – and I’m starting to see holiday gift guides pop up around the web – which means it must be time for our annual photography gift list! As for the other lists? Well, there are a lot of really good ones out there – so swing on by here in the next couple of weeks – and I’ll try to cobble together a large list for ya’ll to check out.
As for this year – I’ve decided to mix it up a bit – and give myself some ground rules:
- I really wanted 20 gifts under $100. So – I gave myself “4 More” – just for fun to stretch the $100 budget.
- No Scott Kelby or David duChemin… OK – just kidding. I could fill an entire Christmas list with only super cool stuff from both of these guys.
I have tested, used, and love all of the gear on this list.
I tried (I really did) – but I just don’t buy that much gear in a year. When I first tried to cobble together the list with that self-imposed rule – it included things like parachute cord just to keep the list up around 20 items (regardless – you should have some in the bottom of your bag for your next trip – seems innocuous until you really need it). That said – I’ve actually used most of the gear here – but there’s some fun stuff on here I just haven’t had a chance to try yet.
So – in no particular order – here’s the 4th Annual 20 Photography Gifts Under $100:
- Cowboy Studio Radio Triggers. If your favorite photographer is thinking about taking their hot shoe flash off camera – this is a great tool at a great price to get them started.
- Leatherman Squirt PS4. On the very first list I had the P4. But now there’s no reason to choose between pliers or scissors – they’re both on the PS4.
- REI Sahara Tech shirt. A great shirt at a pretty good price. Works both in the (casual) office and while traveling.
- Diana F+ lens. It’s plastic, inexpensive, and fun. Just make sure to get both parts – the lens and the adapter to the correct camera brand.
- Timex Expedition watch. I was looking for something in non-descript black that had an alarm and this watch has done very well in the field.
- Domke insert. Turn a favorite messenger or backpack into a favorite camera bag. I used one of these in Uganda (you can read my review here).
- Photojojo is always a place to go shopping for your favorite photographer. This year they’ve added the Ring Flash Adapter.
- Lastolite TriGrip 1 Stop Diffuser. Great for those out-and-about portraits.
- Another Photojojo cool gift: The 360 Spinner from those Lomo folks.
- A Million Miles in a Thousand Years. OK – so it’s not a photography book – but it’s a great read for trains, planes, or automobiles. And it will probably do well in coffee shops or in that overstuffed chair next to the fire. Highly recommended.
- Scott Kelby’s new book – Light It, Shoot It, Retouch It. Working on my full review of this book now.
- Hello Somebody watch. OK – you can actually give this one to just about anybody on your list. And while you’re stuffing your stockings with watches – you’re helping to feed kids in Africa.
- People Pictures by Chris Orwig. If your photographer takes photos of people – even if it’s just at family birthday parties – this is a great book.
- Elements 10. Is there a better value in photography software?
- Wacom Bamboo Capture Pen Tablet. This is one of the new tablets from Wacom. The Capture allows for both pen and multi-touch input – and it includes some cool software, too – all for under $100.
- BlackRapid. What’s a list without BlackRapid? Check out their new RS-Sport 2. If they already have a BlackRapid strap and would like to make it more sporty – check out the Brad mod.
- A year in the Craft & Vision community. A gift that simply keeps on giving. Great member only blogs, a monthly ebook, and a discount on the rest of the Craft & Vision library.
- Cowboy hat. Odd item? Not if you’re going to get serious about shooting rodeos.
- Costco canvas. If your favorite photographer hasn’t yet printed a photo on canvas – treat them to one. Now a lot of folks print photos on canvas these days – but it’s tough to match the Costco value.
- Lowepro memory card wallet. I can carry 4 compact flash cards with cases. OK – so I modified it a bit by cutting out some parts – but it works great in the field for those big bit-burning days.
- The LomoKino. If experimenting with silent analog movies is your photographer’s thing – here’s the tool. If you want to learn more about this camera – check out the LomoKino Vimeo Channel.
4 more for just a bit more:
- The North Face Base Camp duffel. From yaks to airplanes. This is a great bag. There are a few sizes and colors to choose from. I like the medium and large versions for their versatility.
- Zoom H2 recorder. This is a great little tool.
- Lensbaby Sweet 35. The best Lensbaby optic yet? Still working on my review.
- For $1200 you can buy a Canon tilt-lens or for just about 1/10 of the price you could just head on over to Photojojo and you could pick up this tilt-shift camera!
Item I wish I could have put on this list:
Hope that helps – but if your photographer has all of this (or wants none of it) – get ‘em a Hawaiian shirt!
(Disclosure: Camera 47 is an Amazon.com affiliate.)