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Photographers Gift Guide 2012

Here you'll find everything from fun to practical items for your beloved photographer.

by Attit Patel Posted on 03 December 2012

It's that time of year again! Need to buy a gift for a budding photographer this season? Here's a list of some of the coolest gifts for photographers at different price ranges.

Photography gifts under $75

Canon/Nikon Lens Mugs

Canon/Nikon Camera Lens Mugs - $24-$35

Coming in both Canon and Nikon models, what would make a photographers morning better than sipping their favourite beverage out of these super cool lens mugs? These mugs are so realistic. All mugs are made of a plastic body with stainless steel lining, keeping your hot beverage just that, hot.
Check out the Canon or Nikon versions at Photojojo.

Camera dial cuff links

Camera Mode Dial Cuff Links - $49.95

Modeled from the dial found on most cameras, set your focus on the unique and striking Camera Mode Dial Cufflinks. A very cool gift for photographers who really enjoys getting dressed up, and still lets people know what you do.
Check out these cuff-links at Amazon.

IPhone DSLR Remote

The ioShutter Camera Remote - $70

One of the coolest ways to integrate your camera and your IPhone, the ioShutter is a must have for landscape photographers, provided you have an IPhone (other mobile devise support to come). Not only does it allow you to use your IPhone as a standard remote, but it also has many other modes that would require you spend a lot of money. Coolest feature, surely sound and motion triggers. They will have a lot of fun with this!
Check out the ioShutter remote at Photojojo.

Photography gift between $75-$150

B+W 82mm Circular Polarizer Filter

B+W 82mm Circular Polarizer Slim Filter - $89.94

If you ask many travel/landscape photographers, one of the most used pieces of gear they own may very well be a circular polarizing filter. Polarizing filters can help clear up haze in distant landscapes and provides more saturated, vivid colors. Ever wonder how some photographers get incredibly vivid skys? This is why. Make sure you get the right barrel size. If in doubt, get a larger one so that the photographer will have the option to buy step down rings so they can fit it on smaller lenses.
Check out the B+W 82mm circular polarizer filter at B and H

Kata D-3N1-33 3 in 1 Sling Backpack,

Kata 3 in 1 Sling Backpack - $115.64

A sling backpack that will hold your laptop as well? That's sweet! Designed to fit a digital SLR camera body with battery grip, long-range zoom lens attached, 5-6 additional lenses, flash, laptop computer with a screen up to 15.4" and personal gear means you can head off on photo walks with everything you need. As always with backpacks, don't over do it, save you back!
Check out this Kata sling backpack at B and H.

Blurb book printing

A Gift Card from Blurb - $150

Blurb is amazing, and a very cool gift card to get. Blurb, for those that don't know, is a self-publishing service that allows you to create some pretty amazing photo books that are of the highest quality. Easy to use, everything customizable, and some great templates that allow you (or the person your buying this for) to focus on what photos you want to put into your masterpiece. They may even have enough to print another copy.
Find out about gift cards at Blurb.

Photography gift between $150+

Western Digital Portable HD

WD My Passport 2TB Portable Hard Drive - $149.99

You can never have enough backup space when you're on the road, especially when you consider the file sizes of raw images coming out of DSLR's these days. My Passport offers massive 2TB capacity in an amazingly small enclosure, which is perfect for travelling. With this size, you can even store movies, music and any other files you may need when on the road.
Check out the My Passport at Amazon.

Singh-Ray Variable Density Filter

Singh-Ray 82mm Vari-ND Neutral Density Filter - $420

I've got one of these in my bag, and I've gotta say, it's awesome! With up to 8-stops of light control, this filter is amazing for shooting fast aperture or slow shutter photos in bright day light. Again, with all filters, try to buy larger ones so that you can use them on all your different lenses.
Check out the Singh-Ray neutral density filter at B and H.

Gitzo carbon fiber tripod legs

Gitzo Mountaineer Carbon Fiber Tripod Legs - $528.99

If you've every carried your tripod around the world, you know lighter is so much better. These carbon fiber legs are so light, yet amazingly strong, with a load capacity rating of 26.4 lbs, you could mount your DSLR with a telephoto zoom lens.
Check out the Gitzo carbon fibre tripod at B and H.

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