Gifts for Photographers Under $50.00 and Under $150.00

As you may have noticed, it's getting to be that time of year again. And if you're like me, you may have procrastinated in picking up a few of your holiday gifts this year.
Fear not! We have some last minute gift ideas for the special photographer in your life (or possibly your own stocking!).
Gifts Under $50.00
Gaffer's Tape
Gaffer's tape is an item I simply couldn't live without. I've used the tape to affix colored gels to my flash heads, hold up posterboards (used as backgrounds), mark the floor where my subjects should stand, and even hold together DIY light modifiers. The tape holds firmly but doesn't leave a residue when removed making it perfect for the temporary (and not so temporary) needs of photographers.
Canon Center Pinch Lens Caps
The new Canon Center-Pinch Lens Caps are a product that should have been introduced years ago. They make life so much easier for those who use lens hoods a majority of the time. I highly recommend them.
LenzBuddy Rear Lens Caps
Most of the products in this list are very practical. This one's all about creating a smile when gazing at the contents of your camera bag. While some of the LenzBuddy Rear Lens Caps can be used to quickly identify a specific lens in your bag, most are just plain fun.
Giottos Rocket Air Blaster
This is a product that every photographer should own (and use regularly). With every lens change, dust particles have the opportunity to find their way into your camera and onto your sensor. For most of particles, a simple burst of air can save you hours of cleanup in post-processing.
Expoimaging Rogue FlashBender Large
Generally speaking, I'm not really a fan of direct on-camera flash (though bounce flash is great). Whenever on-camera flash is optimal, I use the Rogue FlashBender to increase the size of the on-camera flash's light source as well as increase the distance between the light and the camera lens's axis. Both help create more flattering portraits.
Memory Cards
If one thing is absolutely certain with digital photography, it's that you can never have enough memory cards. Without them, your shots don't make it home. Faster memory cards are ideal, but even a slower backup memory card is better than none at all when you fill up the card that's in your camera.
Gifts Under $150.00
BlackRapid RS-Sport Extreme Sport Strap
This is by far my favorite camera stap. The over-the-shoulder method of carrying the camera means that my neck isn't aching after a long day of shooting. The BlackRapid RS-Sport is comfortable to wear and the added underarm "Brad" helps keep the strap in place through those odd-angled shots.
Eye-Fi Mobi 32GB Wireless SDHC Memory Card
Want to publish your DSLR-taken photos to Facebook, Google+ or Instagram within minutes of capture? If your camera doesn't have built-in WiFi but features an SD memory card bay, then the Eye-Fi Mobi wireless memory card is for you. Works with iOS or Android enabled devices.
Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM Lens
The Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM "Pancake" Lens (review) is diminutive in size and price – but certainly not in performance. The lens features suprisingly good image quality and deserves a permanent place in most photographers' camera bags (especially since it doesn't take up much room!).
Canon PIXMA PRO-100 Professional Photo Printer
If you're anything like me, you enjoy veiwing your images on a computer screen. However, nothing beats the impression of a big, traditional print. The PIXMA PRO-100 offers excellent print quality up to 13x19" and features built-in WiFi for easy connectivity. The printer comes with free photo paper and qualifies for a $300.00 mail-in rebate dropping the total investment below the $100.00.
Camera Backpack
If you want to venture out in the world with your camera and more than a single lens, then a camera backpack is a necessity. Camera backpacks come in all shapes, colors, sizes and price ranges – meaning they can be as personal as they are practical. Some of our favorite brands include Think Tank Photo, Lowepro, KATA & Gura Gear.
Posted: 12/16/2013 9:25:59 AM CT   Posted By: Sean
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