Looking at what to get the photographer in your life for Christmas? Here are some ideas that are sure to make every photographers Christmas season.
Well a camera is a pretty big gift but there are some spectacular options from Canon, Nikon, Olympus, and Pentax in 2014. Take a look below.
It was the announcement that everyone was waiting for this fall and it is now here. The Canon 7D Mark II features:
- 20.2 MP CMOS sensor and ISO 100-16000
- High spped continuous shooting up to 10.0 fps
- 65-point all cross-type AF system
- Stunning Full HD video with Custom Movie Servo AF (speed and sensitivity)
- Dual Pixel CMOS AF enables you to shoot video like a camcorder
- Body Only is $1799 & Canon 7D II with 18-135 lens is $2149 at Amazon where it is their best selling DSLR
While Canon has their hit camera with the Canon 7D Mark II, Nikon has their own hit with the Nikon D750 which is the successor to the famous D700.
Here are the Nikon D750’s highlights.
I have long been a long time Pentax user and for me, this camera personifies everything that is right with Pentax right now.
- 24MP APS-C CMOS sensor, selectable on/off of anti-aliasing filter
- 8.3 frames per second continuous shooting
- 27-point AF system with 25 cross sensors and 3 low-light AF sensors
- ISO 80-51,200
- 1080 60p/50p/30p/24p HD video (H.264)
If you are considering making the switch to a mirrorless camera, then you really need to look at the Olympus OM-D lineup, especially the E-M1 and the lower priced E-M10. Both using the Micro Four/Thirds mount and have in body stabilization. The combination means there are countless lens from Olympus, Panasonic, and most recently Sigma that can all be used.
- The body only version will set you back $699 while the kit with the included 14-42 lens will cost you $799
Sony has three current Sony RX-100 cameras, all at different price points. All of them are 20 megapixels, compact, and great in low light. The reason you want one is that they are a remarkable camera to have you at all time and are being used by photographers like Bryan Scott (publishes Winnipeg Love Hate) and CTV’s Tom Podolec who have captured amazing images with the RX-100’s over the last year or so. The Wall Street Journal and the New York Times have raved about the camera. Basically if you don’t Sony’s RX-100, you didn’t want a compact camera in the first place.
So you get the perfect lens or camera on Christmas morning and then realize that it is -22 degrees Celsius out where you want to try it out. Wonderful. Now you have to wait till March.
There is another solution and that is the Thinsulate Freehands photography gloves. Keeps your hands warm while giving them the freedom to take the photos you want.
The Theta from Ricoh is a compact and lightweight (3.3 oz.) camera that has a lens on both the front and back, allowing you to take full 360 Degree spherical panoramic images in with one shot and 3 minute videos. The device is synchronized with smartphones, where images can be immediately transmitted via Wi-Fi and viewed with a dedicated free app. The app also allows images to be pinched, swiped or rotated to edit size, shape and composition. Images uploaded to theta360.com can be shared on social networks such as Facebook, Twitter and Tumblr, as well as Microsoft Corporation’s Photosynth. IOS and Android free apps for viewing and capturing images.
There is a better way to carry your camera and it is a Black Rapid strap
A great stocking stuffer for the photographer on your list. It features an old school colourful design which is a lot more exciting then the strap that came with your camera.
Tripods that can do this are surprisingly useful.
I Shoot People
Perfect gift for the portrait photographer on your list.
Best photo editing software on the planet and you can get it for PC or Mac. Amazing gift if they are still using Picasa or iPhoto.
This kit provides 375 Watts of continuous lighting and it is a very good start for beginners. Entire kit sets up in minutes, and very easy to operate. An incredible gift to someone who is thinking of setting up an in home or portable studio, a documentary project or just wants some good lights at their disposal.
Sometimes it’s best you not take your DSLR with you (like into the pool or ocean). I personally love this camera. Small form factor, ruggedized and it takes great photos.
You can pay a lot for a camera bag from ThinkTank, Kata, or LowePro or you can get this bag from Amazon for $30. Your choice.
You can also find all of the rest of the 2014 Christmas Gift Guides online here. There is a lot of great ideas for all of the important people in your life. Good luck with your shopping and have a great holiday season! Oh yeah, if I missed anything or you have any thoughts, let me know in the comments.