Looking at what to get the photographer in your life for Christmas? Â 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. Â Take a look below.
Canon EOS 7D Mark II Digital SLR Camera with 18-135mm IS STM Lens
It was the announcement that everyone was waiting for this fall and it is now here. Â 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
People I know who have one (sports and wildlife shooters) have all said that it is everything that Canon said it would be already and feel that once they master the just shipped camera, it would be even better.Â
Nikon D750 FX-format Digital SLR Camera
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.Â
Here are the Nikon D750â€™s highlights.
- Full frame 24.3 megapixel CMOS image sensor and EXPEED 4 image processor
- Full HD 60/50/30/25/24p video
- Built-in Wi-Fi connectivity
- Shoot up to 6.5 fps at full resolution
- Pro Video feature set including: Simultaneously record uncompressed and compressed, Manually control ISO, shutter speed and aperture while recording – even use Power Aperture control for smooth iris transitions and Auto ISO for smooth exposure transitions.
- Compact, lightweight and slim unibody (monocoque) body design with tilting Vari-angle LCD display
Â The big news is that while its price is closer to the Nikon D610, its feature set is closer to the Nikon D810.
Pentax K-3 w/ 18-135mm lens
I have long been a long time Pentax user and for me, this camera personifies everything that is right with Pentax right now. Â
- 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)
It has remarkable build quality that features a weather sealed camera and an increasing number of weather resistant lens that allow you to shoot in any weather conditions. Â If you are wondering about Pentax DSLR lens, check out my Pentax lens guide
that I put together this summer.
Olympus OM-D E-M10 Compact System Camera
- 6 MP Four Thirds CMOS sensor with 3-axis sensor shift image stabilization
- Up to 8 FPS continuous shooting
- ISO 200-25600
- 1080/30 fps HD video (H.264/Motion JPEG)
- Raw and Raw + JPEG shooting
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. Â Both using the Micro Four/Thirds mount and have in body stabilization. Â The combination means there are countless lens from Olympus, Panasonic, and most recently Sigma that can all be used.
Sony RX-100, RX-100 II & RX-100 III
Sony has three current Sony RX-100 cameras, all at different price points. Â All of them are 20 megapixels, compact, and great in low light. Â 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 CTVâ€™s Tom Podolec who have captured amazing images with the RX-100â€™s over the last year or so. Â The Wall Street Journal and the New York Times have raved about the camera. Â Basically if you donâ€™t Sonyâ€™s RX-100, you didnâ€™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. Â Wonderful. Â Now you have to wait till March. Â
There is another solution and that is the Thinsulate Freehands photography gloves. Â 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 Corporationâ€™s Photosynth. IOS and Android free apps for viewing and capturing images.
Black Rapid Camera Strap
There is a better way to carry your camera and it is a Black Rapid strap
Â Vintage Multi-Color Neck Strap
A great stocking stuffer for the photographer on your list. Â It features an old school colourful design which is a lot more exciting then the strap that came with your camera.
No matter how good your camera is, it’s the actual shot that matters–and sometimes that means needing to time things just right, especially if the photographer also plans to be in the shot. While most cameras have a built-in timer, using the wireless remote lets you pick your moment–its 16-foot wireless range gives you the flexibility to snap the shutter right when you need it, even if you’re not behind the camera.
Often the most affordable lens in any camera lens lineup
, it is a great gift for anyone still using their kit lens.
This frame features a hi-res SVGA screen with LED back lighting. Importantly the frame will also play your MPEG-4 / .AVI video, JPEG photos. When the frame activates after sensing movement it can play either your photos (from where it left off in the slideshow) or videos. It has a generous 4GB memory, housed in a very small and portable USB thumb drive so you can conveniently move photos from your computer to your frame. Combined with a simple, clear remote control, itâ€™s a breeze to get started and with a 12 inch screen, your photos will stand out in every room.
Everyone needs another memory card (or two). Â Just make sure you know what kind they need.
They are backing up their photos arenâ€™t they? Â Thatâ€™s what I thought. Â They will need one of these asap.
I Shoot People
Perfect gift for the portrait photographer on your list.
Adobe Lightroom 5
Best photo editing software on the planet and you can get it for PC or Mac. Â Amazing gift if they are still using Picasa or iPhoto.
CowboyStudio Photography/Video Portrait Umbrella Continuous Triple Lighting Kit
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. Â 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.
The Optex Portable Photo Studio Kit is a bright photo tent with diffuser screens and dual concave reflectors that provide soft, daylight balanced light. A double-sided backdrop provides a background choice of blue or grey for optional contrast with light or dark objects.The portable kit includes a photo tent (16â€ cube), double sided backdrop (blue/grey), 2 light fixtures, bulbs and mini tripod.
Panasonic Lumix DMC-TS25 16.1 MP Tough Digital Camera with 8x Zoom
Sometimes itâ€™s best you not take your DSLR with you (like into the pool or ocean). Â I personally love this camera. Â Small form factor, ruggedized and it takes great photos.
This 1080p Full HD camera is only an inch by an inch. Â Designed to go everywhere that you go, it is only $99. Â After reading itâ€™s specs, you understand why it is the bestselling underwater camcorder on Amazon (beating out the GoPro and Sony rivals)