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2019 Holiday Gift Guide for Photographers

2019 Holiday Gift Guide for Photographers

We know how difficult it can be to find the perfect gift for anyone at Christmas, let alone a photographer! So, we have done the research and hard work for you, and put together this gift guide for photographers. It has a range of gifts to suit all budgets and all photographers!

We've included some pros and cons of each, along with some info on the products, and where applicable, a link to dPS reviews so you can get further insight.

So, take a look, and happy shopping!

2019 Holiday Gift Guide for Photographers

Fujifilm X-T3 Mirrorless Camera

A great camera for street photography and portraits

  • Cool retro design and great jpegs straight out-of-camera
  • Fujifilm’s famous film simulations, including the newest Eterna
  • Wireless and Bluetooth connection
  • Timelapse recording
  • Not full-frame, so may not suit printing really large images.
  • The old-school aperture, ISO and shutter speed dials may be hard to get used to.
2019 Holiday Gift Guide for Photographers

This popular mirrorless camera in the Fujifilm X-Series line of cameras is perfect for those photographers who like to shoot great photos straight-out-of-camera, as well as shoot video.

The Fujifilm X-T3 is the newest Fuji camera to date, using a brand new sensor and processor and longer battery life than it's predecessor, the X-T2. It also has a tilting screen and 20fps continuous shooting.

Fujifilm also added a slew of video features such as 4K60p, a higher bit rate (400mbps), and a headphone port. All in all, the X-T3 is made to entice today's hybrid photo and video shooters.

For more information on this great camera, read Suzi Pratt's review here.

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MIOPS Capsule 360

World’s most versatile and compact motion box ever created!

  • Single box, multiple functions. Motion Time-lapse Modes, Video, 360° Product Photography, Panorama and more.
  • Smartphone controllable for easy operation
  • One touch face tracking for taking self videos
  • Award-winning design
  • Gives you a freedom for creating pan and tilt moves easily
  • Centered load capacity up to 15lb (7kg) in pan mode & up to 4,5lb (2kg) load in tilt mode
  • Needs multiple products for multi-axis movement at the same time
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MIOPS Capsule 360 is a miracle motion box that combines multiple operating modes in a single unit. Your imagination and Capsule 360 together can do anything. There are no limits what you can do with this amazing product.

• Thanks to the unique design of Capsule 360 taking Motion Time-Lapse has never been
so easy.
• You can enjoy 360° Product Photography by using Capsule 360’s special features.
• Capsule360 has the ability to take 360-degree Panorama just in a few minutes
• With One Touch Tracking feature Capsule 360 can track your face or an object with
a single touch on your smartphone
• Capsule 360 offers Cable-Free Automatic Setup and saves you from the cable clutter

You can get high-tech MIOPS products and new features from www.miops.com

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Pixelstick Lightpainting LED Tool

Great for light painting tips and tricks

  • Programable to create any light pattern you want
  • Can import BMP files onto an SD card, which can then be slotted into the pixelstick’s operating system
  • Endless creative opportunities
  • It's long length is not ideal for traveling
  • Only works well at night or in dark areas
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The Pixelstick can change the way you do photography if you let it! Perfect for the photographer who wants to experiment with creative ideas. Great for long exposure photography and for light painting

The Pixelstick can be used to frame a model, and/or create leading lines towards the subject making it a powerful tool for portrait photographers.

The customization available with the Pixelstick makes it a fantastic choice for product photography. One of the main niche genres is car photography, where the ribbon lines or checkered flag designs can be used.

Read this full review by Simon Bond.

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Lensball

Great for alternative creative photography

  • Offers a unique creative perspective
  • Allows the photographer to take refraction photos
  • Endless creative opportunities
  • They can be heavy to carry
  • You need a macro lens to shoot these
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Lens ball photography, or also known as crystal ball photography or refraction photography, is a fun and creative way for any photographer to take photos.

Use a lens ball in your landscape photography for a unique perspective on a scene.

See a lens ball in action in this article by Simon Bond.

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Tamron 100-400mm Di VC USD

A great camera for street photography and portraits

  • Lightest weight, 39.3 oz lens in the ultra-telephoto zoom lens class
  • On crop-sensor camera, get super telephoto reach to approx. 620mm
  • High-speed Dual MPU control system delivers quick AF and 4-stops image stabilization
  • Superb image quality in an ultra-telephoto zoom lens
  • Moisture -resistant construction and front-element fluorine coating
  • On full-frame camera may not have the reach for small distant birds
2019 Holiday Gift Guide for Photographers

Experience heavyweight performance in a compact lens with the Tamron 100-400mm Di VC USD, the ultra-tele that boasts the lightest weight in its class. Dual MPU system provides precision AF for shooting instantaneous movement with the utmost clarity and 4-stop image stabilization. Both combine to provide vivid images with amazing clarity. Close-focusing, moisture resistant construction and fluorine coating round out this impressive telephoto zoom.

Optional accessories include Tap-in Console, 1.4X and 2X, and Arca-Swiss compatible tripod mount. For Canon and Nikon mount for DSLR cameras and mirrorless cameras with the manufacturer’s adapter. $699 after $100 Holiday Instant Savings thru 1/5/20.

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Lensbaby OMNI Creative Filter System

Large, for 62-82mm Filter Thread

  • Produces flare and creative reflections including ethereal light streaks
  • Easily attaches to any lens in the 62-82mm filter range
  • Easy to use, ready right out of the box
  • Great for interesting portraits and band photos
  • There is also an expansion pack available for more effects
  • You need to disassemble and reassemble for most camera cases and packing situations
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The Lensbaby OMNI Creative Filter System is a fantastic set of wands that attach to the front of your lens. When the light shines through the various-shaped wands, it refracts the light to create light streaks, rainbows and colors onto the lens wherever the wands have been positioned.

The great thing about this set is that it attaches to your lens via a its filter system, and each wand is moveable, and can be swapped around.

There are also extra wand that can be added to this via the expansion pack.

See these in action in this review by Anabel DFlux.

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Annie Leibovitz: At Work

A book for any budding portrait photographer

  • Fantastic photographs to be inspired by
  • Includes details of gear Liebovitz uses
  • Discusses portrait techniques
  • An opportunity to be inspired by one of the great portrait photographers
  • Being a hardcover book, it can be heavy
2019 Holiday Gift Guide for Photographers

Annie Leibovitz is one of the classic portrait photographers of our time. 

This in-depth book includes many of her famous celebrity photo shoots of just about everyone from the Queen of England to Arnold Schwarzenegger and the Rolling Stones.

She also discusses many of the photos themselves and explains what gear she uses to achieve her work.

An inspiring book for photographers of all genres and levels.

Read a review on the book here.

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Neewer Flash Accessory Kit

with Barndoor, Conical Snoot, Mini Reflector, Sphere Diffuser, Beaty Disc, 8x12inches Softbox, Honeycomb, Color Filters, Universal Mount Adpater

  • A great set to give your flash photography more diversity
  • Perfect for portrait photography outside a studio because of its portability.
  • Allows the photographer to have more control over lighting their subject.
  • May not get much use if you don't do much flash photography
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This great Universal Strobist set has many accessories so any photographer can experiment with light!

It comes with a universal adapter that you can use with any camera flash that has a max width of 85mm and height of 34-58mm.

The set comes with seven strobist accessories including a softbox, diffuse sphere and mini reflector, honeycomb, conical snoot and barndoors.

The Softbox, Diffuse sphere and Mini Reflector offer a more diffuse light, while the Honeycomb, Conical Snoot and Barndoors make you able to aim the light more directly.

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Lens Cleaning Kit

Something every photographer shouldn't be without!

  • Removes dirt, dust and fingerprints from lenses
  • Ensures clearer pictures 
  • Easily fits into any photographer's camera bag
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A lens cleaning kit is a must for every photographer.

It is impossible to keep lenses and sensors completely clean all of the time. Dust and dirt can easily make their way onto the front of the lens and sometimes onto the sensor when changing lenses (especially when out in the elements).

Includes things like a lens brush for sweeping away dust from a camera or lens; air blower for removing dirt from a camera body, lens, mirror, or DSLR sensor and 50 sheets of lens-cleaning tissue paper—safe for all multicoated lenses (no scratches or residue).

So, a lens cleaning kit like this can be a photographer's savior when out on a shoot!

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KUVRD Universal Lens Cap

Fits most camera lenses!

  • Protects your camera lenses
  • Covers more of your lens than a conventional lens cap 
  • Easy to use and weatherproof
  • May make it more difficult to immediately see what lens you are using
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The KUVRD Original Universal Lens Cap prevents water, mud, and the finest dust and sand from entering your lens.

The cap stretches from 60mm to 120mm and can be used as both a front and rear lens cap, for extra lens protection.

The caps are also shock absorbent, meaning bumps to your lens are less of an issue!

They also compress down to fit in your pocket, or wallet when you are using the lens.

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Sony Alpha A6400 Mirrorless Camera

APS-C sensor with 16-50mm lens

  • Compact and lightweight
  • Great for travel photography 
  • The rear flip screen makes it great for street photography
  • A wide range of E-mount lenses available
  • The flip screen stands directly in the way of the hot-shoe mount
  • Offers only 2-axis stabilization if you use a stabilized lens
2019 Holiday Gift Guide for Photographers

This Sony Alpha a6400 mirrorless camera, is a great compact system perfect for travel photography and street photography.

It is a 24.2mp APS-C camera with AI assisted autofocus.

It allows for high dynamic range capture, plus interval recording for time-lapse video.

It also has rear LCD screen that can flip up 180-degrees. This is ideal for vloggers or those who want to monitor footage while in front of the camera. However, when in this position, it does cover the hotshoe area, making it difficult to attach a light or microphone.

Access to Sony E-mount range of lenses.


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Thinktank Vision 15 Camera Bag

A stylish and function camera bag for on the go.

  • Fits a DSLR mounted on a long lens
  • Great organization for extras with expandable bottle holder
  • It can handle a portable office
  • Can't easily attach a full-size tripod
  • Can't fit a drone inside
2019 Holiday Gift Guide for Photographers

ThinkTank’s Vision 15 camera bag is one in a line of stylish camera and computer shoulder bags built for photographers who want a functional bag that looks good walking down the street. It’s designed for someone who wants easy access to their gear and isn’t looking for a backpack.

Inside the spacious main compartment is space enough for a few lenses and speedlights. 

While the generous top flap of the bag keeps the elements at bay, a secondary zippered flap will help keep prying hands away.

It has a generously-padded strap and easily fits under the seat of a plane for those photography travel trips.

Read Peter West Carey's full review here.

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Capture One Pro 12

Imaging editing software, Single-User 3 Seats

  • Superior tethering capabilities
  • Ability to edit using layers 
  • Fantastic color management capabilities
  • May be a steep learning curve if switching from another image-editing program
  • Fewer third-party presets and plugins available
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Capture One Pro is Phase One's photo editing software. Designed for professional photographers, it offers top quality color management, file management and editing capabilities (including multi-layer editing).

For the professional photographer who needs superior tethering capabilities, Capture One Pro is the best in its class.

For more information on the true capabilities of this fantastic software, see this article Capture One Pro - Should You Make the Switch by Darina Kopcok.

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Joby GorillaPod 5K Flexible Mini-Tripod with Ball Head

Grip it. Wrap it. Stand it.
Handy travel-size, flexible tripod

  • The wrappable legs allow you to secure professional camera equipment to virtually any surface
  • The ball head allows you to control the angle of your camera
  • Super strong: Holds devices weighing up to 5 kg (11 lbs)
  • Rubberized ring and foot grips stabile in difficult terrain
  • Precision-engineered ball head with Arca-Swiss® compatible quick release plate
  • May not be suitable where there is nowhere to grip it to
  • Fewer third-party presets and plugins available
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This flexible mini-tripod with ball head is an ideal photographer's companion.

Perfect for traveler's who need a tripod but don't want to use too much space in their camera bag or pack.

The Gorillapod's flexible legs allow you to wrap it around objects such as a tree branch, so that you can give your camera stability, when taking photos or video.

See a video review of the Joby Gorillapod 5k tripod here.

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Sekonic L-308X-U Flashmate Light Meter

Great for portrait photographers

  • Allows you to quickly get your exposure light readings correct
  • Perfect for use with flash photography
  • It's great when using multiple light sources
  • Perfect companion for the studio photographer
  • Landscape photographers may not find as much need for one
2019 Holiday Gift Guide for Photographers

Using a light meter like the Sekonic L-308X-U Flashmate, can save any photographer loads of time in getting the correct exposure. Sure, you can do this with lots of trial and error, and looking at the back of your camera screen each time you take a shot. But light meters really save you loads of time and that is time better spent taking the actual photos.

It is a perfect studio photographer's companion or can be taken on location when shooting portraits.

See the advantages of using a light meter in this article by John McIntire.

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Olympus TOUGH TG-6 Camera

The rugged, take-everywhere camera that even the kids can use!

  • A perfect adventure companion for photographers of all ages
  • Microscope and Underwater Modes
  • Waterproof, dust-proof, shockproof and freeze-proof.
  • In-camera focus-stacking
  • 4K video capabilities
  • A lot of noise at high ISOs
  • No control over shutterspeed
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The Olympus Tough TG-6 camera is built so tough that even the kids can use it! But this camera isn't just for kids – this camera is built for all adventurous photographer-types. It's also a perfect size for just throwing in your pack or putting in your pocket.

You can use this camera in the water, with it's dedicated underwater mode. Alternatively, you can use Microscope mode to capture macro shots of bugs in the grass!

Check out this full review by Mat Coker.

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2019 Holiday Gift Guide for Photographers

NISI Filters

Great for the avid Landscape Photographer!

  • Great all-in-one system including holder, adapters and filters
  • Great for doing long exposures when the sun is bright
  • The graduated ND filters allow you to tone down bright skies
  • Fits lens sizes from 49mm-82mm
  • Very little color cast
  • May be out of some people's budget
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Neutral Density (ND) and Graduated Neutral Density (GND) filters are an ideal companion for the avid landscape photographer who wants to use longer shutter speeds to get those soft, dreamy seascapes and waterfall images.

They are also great when shooting in the harsh daylight so that you can tone down highlights. The GND filters are great for balancing the exposure between your landscape and harshly lit skies, allowing you to tone down the skies.

Want to learn more about these filters? See this article by Christian Hoiberg.

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Sandisk 256GB Extreme SD

A high-speed, high-capacity extreme SD card

  • Great for writing large RAW files quickly
  • Large 256GB storage for lots of photos or video
  • Better write capapbilities for video with the high transfer speed of 150mb per second
  • Lock feature so that you don't overwrite your images
  • May not need such a high-performance card
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The SanDisk 256GB Extreme SD card has a high-speed transfer rate of 150 mbs per second, making it ideal for photographers who shoot RAW and in continuous shooting mode. It transfers the files quickly, and the big 256GB size means you can fit loads of photos.

The high-speed transfer rate also makes this card great for those shooting video with their cameras, meaning you don't get lag when shooting and the camera won't cut out.

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Caz Nowaczyk
Caz Nowaczyk

– the dPS Managing Editor, lives in Wollongong, Australia and has worked as a photographer, filmmaker, and designer in her business, Exposure Arts and Media, for 15 years. Her background extends to Digital Content Management, and Editorial Design. In her spare time, she composes music as Dreamgirl and the Motorist. Since the age of 12, she knew she would be a photographer – the other stuff came as a surprise!