Buying Gifts for Photographers

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I don’t mind getting socks! Or Beard Oil! But, I have a cupboard full of these unused gifts.  Often my partner would say “I just didn’t know what to get you”.  If your partner is a photographer and you struggle to think of gifts that will be useful, then this article is for you.  I have selected a number of Camera gifts from the B&H store, so you know you are getting high quality and top service.  If you act now, you should get a delivery just in time for Christmas.

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Mini Tripods

A tripod is the creative photographers best friend.  This hand selected collection of tripods would make ideal gifts for any photographer.  For the beginner, these tripods will open a whole galaxy of creative photography.  This gift could inspire long exposures, low-light and night photography.  Being small they will complement any camera bag.  Even pros can appreciate having a smaller tripod sometimes.  All these tripods will support a medium DSLR.  Browse the full collection of tripods on B&H Photo Video.

Magnus TR-13 Travel Tripodwith Dual-Action Ball Head (under $80 USD) Magnus TR-13 Travel Tripod with Dual-Action Ball Head Key Features
  • Load Capacity: 13.2 lb
  • Maximum Height: 62.5"
  • Minimum Height: 16.5"
  • Folded Length: 18.2"
See all Travel Tripods.
Oben TT-100 Table Top Tripod

(under $40 USD)

Oben TT-100 Table Top Tripod
Key Features
  • Load Capacity: 6 lb
  • Max Height w/Head: 4.2"
  • Min Height: 2"
  • Folded Length: 7.5"
Browse all Table Tripods.

JOBY GorillaPod 3K Flexible Mini-Tripodwith Ball Head Kit (Under $50 USD) JOBY GorillaPod 3K Flexible Mini-Tripod with Ball Head Kit
Key Features
  • GorillaPod 3K Stand
  • BallHead 3K
  • Load Capacity: 6.6 lb
  • Jointed Legs for Diverse Support Options
View all Joby Flexible Tripods.

Camera Bags

Camera bags are so useful for the camera enthusiast.  The larger backpacks are are for serious photographers who want to keep their camera and lenses well protected and organised.  The backpack is a serious purchase and you really need to know the size of cameras and lenses.  The hand-selected camera bags below are useful for all photographers.  Having a smaller bag for 1 camera and just a couple of lenses is ideal for the travel photographer or anyone who likes hiking or climbing with their camera gear.  The Holster Bags are perfect for travel or just walking around with a single camera and lens.  Slingshot bags are a fantastic alternative to the backpacks.  They allow you to hike and climb and they have really easy access to your camera.  Fashion bags are for the Female photographer who doesn’t want to look like she is going to boot camp.

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Holster Bags Lowepro Photo Active TLZ 50 AW

Top-Loader Camera Bag (Black) (under $60 USD)

Lowepro Photo Active TLZ 50 AW Top-Loader Camera Bag (Black)
Key Features
  • Flexible, Compact, and Built for Speed
  • One Mirrorless Body & Attached Zoom Lens
  • Two Ways to Wear It for Max Comfort
  • Padded Water-Resistant Nylon
Browse all Holster Bags

Slingshot Bags Lowepro Slingshot SL 250 AW III

Camera Bag (Gray) (under $60 USD)

Lowepro Slingshot SL 250 AW III Camera Bag (Gray) Key Features
  • Versatile, Multi-Compartment Sling Bag
  • Holds a DSLR or Mirrorless & 3-4 Lenses
  • Fast Access to Camera with Attached Lens
  • Side and Front Access Camera Compartment
Browse all Slingshot Bags.

Fashion Bags Jo Totes Gracie Camera Bag

(Butterscotch) (under $100 USD)

Jo Totes Gracie Camera Bag (Butterscotch) Key Features
  • Holds DSLR System
  • Interior Zippered iPad-size Pocket
  • Two Front Magnetic Accessory Pockets
  • Front/Rear Zipper Pockets
Browse All Fashion Bags.

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Beginner Drones

Several years ago I declared that the next big invention in photography would be a hovering tripod.  It seemed far fetched and bizarre, but when you consider that modern drones are hovering tripods with much more scope than I could have imagined.  The only reason I never got a drone in Iceland (apart from a declining salary) was that everyone else was buying them.  You don’t have to be a photographer to appreciate a flying drone.  Drones can assist with security and rescue.  Farmers in Iceland use them to round up sheep.

See all Beginner Drones HERE.

Snaptain SP500 Foldable

1080p GPS Drone (under $120)

Snaptain SP500 Foldable 1080p GPS Drone

Key Features:

  • Up to 15 Minutes of Flight Time
  • Up to 1080p Video & Photo Capture
  • Built-In GPS & Wi-Fi Support
  • Pre-Programmed Flight Modes

Snaptain A15H 720p FPV

Foldable Beginner Drone (under $50)

Snaptain A15H 720p FPV Foldable Beginner Drone

Key Features:

  • 120° Wide-Angle
  • 720p HD Camera
  • Remote Controller Included
  • Also Operate via Smartphone or Voice FPV Video Streaming over Wi-Fi

Snaptain H823H Mini

Drone for Kids (Under $20)

Snaptain H823H Mini Drone for Kids (Blue)

Key Features;

  • Perfect Size for Indoor Flying
  • Made for Kids and Beginners
  • Safety Guards Surround Propellers
  • 21-Minute Flight Time

Random Gifts

The Crystal Hasselblad will make a surprise gift for most photo enthusiasts.  Even those who will never own a Hasselblad.

I always took a GoPro with me on most trips.  I am not an adrenaline junky, I used to set it up to do a time-lapse when I was busy with my photography.  Because it is small and lightweight, the GoPro fits into any kit bag.  These modern GoPros will even photograph Northern Lights and create a time-lapse.

I can’t count the number of times, a customer has run out of memory on a photo workshop.  Having a Portable Back-up is essential for those long trips with lots of photos.

Taking photos in windy conditions can be tricky, having a stone bag (tripod hammock) in your kit makes  difference.

Hasselblad Replica Crystal Camera (under $80 USD)

FotodioX Hasselblad Replica Crystal Camera
  • Handcrafted from Grade K9 Crystal
  • 2/3 Scale Model
  • Use as Paperweight or Bookend
  • Cushioned Display Box
See all Crystal Camera Gifts.

GoPro HERO8 Black Action Camera (under $300 USD)

GoPro HERO8 Black
  • Up to UHD 4K Video, Slow Motion, Webcam
  • HyperSmooth 2.0 Video Stabilization
  • TimeWarp 2.0 Stabilized Time-Lapse Video
  • SuperPhoto 12MP Stills with HDR Support
Browse more Sports Action Cameras.

GNARBOX 128GB Portable Backup & Editing System

GNARBOX 128GB Portable Backup & Editing System

Key Features

  • Edit 4K Video from Your Phone
  • View, Edit, and Share RAW Photos
  • 128GB Flash Storage Capacity
  • Data Transfer Rates up to 4GB per Minute
Browse all Portable backup.

Sensei Clip-On Cap Keeper

I am always losing my cap!!  (under $12 USD) Sensei Clip-On Cap Keeper

Key Features;

  • Prevents Loss of Lens Caps
  • Easily Clips to Camera or Bag Strap
  • Promotes discipline & love

Sensei 62-77mm Filter Wrench

The Sensei 62-77mm Filter Wrench can save your photo trip.

(Set of 2 under $6 USD)

Sensei 62-77mm Filter Wrench (Set of 2)

Key Features;

  • Helps Remove Jammed Filters
  • Ergonomic Design for Comfortable Use
  • Can save the day!
  • Shouldn't be used for oil filters
 

Vanguard SB-100

Tripod Hammock Stone Bag - essential for windy places!

(under $15 USD)

Vanguard SB-100 Stone Bag

Key Features;

  • Attaches to Tripod Legs
  • Enables Addition of Stabilizing Weight
  • Hook & Loop Fasteners
  • Durable Polyester

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By Tony Prower

Tony Prower spent over 15 years photographing the landscapes of Iceland. Tony Prower is a pioneer of the Magic Cloth Technique and ran thousands of photo tours in Iceland over 10 years.

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