Perfect Gifts For Your Photographer Friend

Perfect Gifts For Your Photographer Friend

Due to how Christmas has developed over the years, the holiday has become more about giving presents than anything else. But that’s not necessarily a bad thing – you can easily show how much someone means to you with a thoughtful and meaningful gift. You don’t have to spend millions; a smaller budget can actually make you think more about the meaning behind the gift that you’re giving.

It’s also a great opportunity to slyly slip forward your wish list for gifts that you hope will turn into reality. And for people with slightly more expensive hobbies, like photography, it can be a rare chance to get something you really really really want. Like some of the following:


A lens can cost anywhere between fifty and five hundred dollars easily. And it really depends on the camera you have, the quality of the lens you want, and the type of lens you’re after. If you ask for a lens, maybe ask for a case for one, too. You wouldn’t want any breaks to happen immediately after you get your gift!


Speaking of cases, a new case could really change the game for you. You might need a waterproof one, and that might just be for the camera while in use or for storage. You can get a branded case, which is designed to fit your particular camera or a generic one which is designed to house a range of sizes.


Ranging from large and traditional to small and versatile, a tripod is a great way to take your photography to the next level. Plus, they aren’t that expensive. Most tripods can fit a bunch of different cameras, so you don’t have to get the branded one. If you’re going to be shooting off in the wild, you might want to look a bit deeper into the specs before choosing.


And then, there’s an actual camera. We all know how costly a good camera can be, and it’s likely that you’ve been saving for a while so you can get one yourself. Rather than asking one person to get you one this Christmas, why not ask it of multiple people? It will spread the cost, and it’ll be more likely that you can get the one you’d really like. Or you can always offer to go halfsies.

When looking for the camera you’d like, don’t just go for the flashiest model. Think about what you actually want the camera to do. Are you shooting outside or in? Will you be using a tripod more than going free hand? Do you need the best low light camera or the best portrait camera? Or even one that’s decent at doing both? There are many things to consider, and if you’re just starting out, it’s worth getting one that covers a lot of different options. As your skills develop, you’ll know exactly what kind you need when you get around to upgrading. Maybe next Christmas?

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4 responses »

  1. $50-$500 for a lens? At least!! As you say, depends on the camera.
    So when buying a tripod you want to put it almost all the way up, leaving each section of the leg not fully extended.Then try to twist the thing. If it is flimsy, it’s not going to be that great. You also need to know what you are using it for. A very lightweight tripod can work for small cameras, but when you add a long lens (165 mm, 200 mm or bigger type of thing) then the tripod might not be strong enough to hold the camera where you want it. If the camera has a hole in the bottom with a screw thread it will fit any tripod for a camera. If the photographer has more than one camera you might want to make sure the tripod has something that is detachable from the tripod and you can get more of them – one for each camera. Then you can have each adapter on each camera body and switch them easily to and from the tripod.
    Bags and cases are a great idea.
    What about filters? One can have a lot of fun with filters before you get the images into photoshop or PaintShopPro etc. especially if the camera is a film camera.
    I think cameras are like musical instruments in many ways. But one to think about is you want to find one you will want to use, one you want to play with. if you get it because of budget you might end up sitting it down and never picking it up again because it stopped giving you pleasure. When I was a wee lad my parents bought me a nice camera but I was not a huge fan of it, so I downgraded to Pentax Spotmatic F, a camera that was ten years old at the time I bought it, but I loved it, loved using it and got another body and a slew of lenses. The multiple body allowed me to have different lenses to use at the same time, or, different types of film for the same shoot – black & white, and colour, or transparency – slides! I also had an Olympus Trip for quick and nasty shots – my pocket camera!
    I have found Sony do some VERY nice cameras with some VERT nice lenses and features.
    Just a few additional thoughts!

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  2. I am taking more photos for the blog now and don’t have a smartphone so I am browsing for a cheapish small camera I can keep in a jacket pocket. Looking at Canon Ixus as my SLR is a canon and I like it a lot. Debating, given i take a lot of closeups if I want to splash out the extra money for one with a small minimum focussing distance.

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