The 2014 Holiday Gift Guide
Happy Holidays from Photo.net!
Here is our guide to photography gifts for the holiday season to help you check all the photographers you hold near and dear off your shopping list. You may even find a few items to add to your own wish list—we sure did! Happy shopping! Click the right arrow to begin.
This mirrorless, compact, interchangeable lens camera is brilliantly designed, perfect for any serious hobbyist on your list. In fact, some professional photographers even use this as their primary camera! With high-quality image capture that rivals that of full-frame cameras, an auto-focus speed of 0.08 seconds, functional layout of dials and buttons, and additional features and enhancements through periodic firmware upgrades, this camera will soon be a favorite.
Click here to visit the Fujifilm website.
Tamron 16-300mm f/3.5-6.3 Di II VC PZD MACRO Zoom Lens
$629 (Current promotion through Dec 1st: $579 after $50 mail-in rebate)
This lens is the world’s first 18.8x all-in-one zoom for APS-C sensor cameras. Perfect for those who want to travel light with a single lens, it can be used for anything from wide-angle scenics to photographing people, wildlife, and sports.
Click here to read photo.net’s review of the Tamron 16-300mm.
Click here to visit the Tamron website.
Lexar Professional SDHC/SDXC UHS-II cards
$31.99 – $546.99
Just in from Lexar, memory cards can’t get much faster than this! The 2000x offers read transfer speeds up to 300MB per second and the 1000x offers transfer speeds up to 150MB per second. A range of sizes are available: 2000x — 32GB ($105.99) and 64GB ($184.99); 1000x — 16GB ($31.99), 32GB ($55.99), 64GB ($97.99), 128GB (174.99), and 256GB ($546.99).
Canon PowerShot G7 X
Shopping for the photographer who wants a small camera but doesn’t want to compromise image quality? Here is the answer. New to the market in October, this top-of-the-line point-and-shoot is Canon’s first in this class to have a one-inch sensor, delivering high quality and ultra-portability in a single package.
Sigma 150-500mm F5-6.3 APO DG OS HSM
Current promotion through December 2nd: $769
Then, instant savings through December 31st: $869
The combination of super telephoto reach with zoom versatility in a lightweight lens means it will be easy to carry around all day! The lens is designed for full frame sensors but may also be used with smaller APS-C size sensors. An Optical Stabilizer (OS) allows for handheld photography even in low light scenarios, while a Hyper Sonic Motor (HSM) ensures quiet, high speed, and accurate autofocusing.
Click here to read photo.net’s review of the Sigma 150-500mm.
Click here to visit the Sigma website.
Spider Holster SpiderPro Hand Strap
$65 (black leather) and $75 (colored leather)
In a world of uncomfortable, useless hand straps, Spider Holster comes to the rescue with the perfect solution: the SpiderPro Hand Strap. Made of durable materials, this hand strap has a universal design that allows sturdy and comfortable control of your camera. Spider Holster’s Tilt campaign has already surpassed its goal to get this strap into production. However, you can still contribute here to preorder the SpiderPro Hand Strap, which will ship in January 2015.
Click here to visit Spider Holster’s Tilt Campaign.
$2299.95 (body only) – $3599.95 (currently $2999.95, with 24-120mm VR Lens Kit)
This past September, Nikon announced the much-anticipated D750. As part of Nikon’s full-frame line-up, the D750 boasts a newly developed 24.3-MP FX-format CMOS sensor, an articulated screen, built-in Wi-Fi, and more. Advanced enthusiasts and professional photographers alike will agree that this baby was worth the wait.
Click here to read the product announcement.
Click here to visit the Nikon website.
ZEISS Otus 1.4/85
If cost is no object, this is the ultimate gift for the photographer who demands the very best of the best. The 1.4/85 is the newest addition to the Otus family, named for a genus of owls with sharp-eyed and farsighted vision. This short tele lens is ideal for portraits but also has spectacular low-light capabilities.
Click here to read the product announcement.
To read about the Otus 1.4/55 lens, please visit ZEISS Lens Ambassador and professional photographer Harold Davis’ review Otus & Me.
Click here to visit the ZEISS website.
WD My Passport Wireless
$129.99 for 500GB
$179.99 for 1TB
$219.99 for 2TB
An incredibly powerful drive, the My Passport Wireless lets the photographer on your list connect to storage on the go without any wires or Internet connection. The drive broadcasts its own wireless network that allows up to 8 devices, including smartphones, tablets, computers, and other Wi-Fi enabled devices, to connect at the same time and access any content stored on the drive. What better way to know your photos are safe and sound?
Click here to visit the Western Digital website.
Epson Stylus Photo R2000 Inkjet Printer
$699.99 (currently $499.99 with $200 mail-in rebate)
Known as a leader in high-quality printing, Epson has introduced the Stylus Photo R2000 printer, which produces beautiful archival prints with an unprecedented glossy look and feel. The 13"-wide printer works both wired and wirelessly to make it easy for your photographer to print from any device in any room of the house.
Click here to visit the Epson website.
Manfrotto BeFree Aluminum Tripod with Ball Head
Featuring a light (a mere 3 pounds) and compact (15.7 inches long fully-collapsed) design that still supports a wide range of camera setups (maximum payload of 8.8 pounds), the new additions to the BeFree tripod line are Manfrotto’s answer for travel photographers and those looking for lightweight solutions while not compromising functionality. The aluminum tripods come in 4 colors: red, green, blue, and grey.
Click here to visit the Manfrotto website.
$399.99 (silver) and $499.99 (black)
Does your thrill seeking photographer need a hands-free camera for their action-packed life? Look no further than this brand new, top-notch GoPro HERO4 camera. With stunning pro-level image quality and capture and so many creative ways to go hands-free, this camera is always up for an adventure.
Click here to visit the GoPro website.
Think Tank Photo Pixel Sunscreen V 2.0
This collapsible sunshade completely blocks peripheral light so your photographer on the go can process photos on location outdoors.
Click here to visit the Think Tank Photo website.
Adobe Creative Cloud Photography Software Package: Lightroom 5 and Photoshop CC
$9.99/month or $119.88/year
Lightroom develops and perfects your digital photography with advanced controls for color, exposure, tone, sharpness, and so much more. It also organizes your photographs and creates a workflow, allowing the photographer on your list to say goodbye to masses of unorganized digital files. Lightroom also works on an iPad and syncs with your desktop.
Lightroom has taken my photos to an entirely new level as a semi-pro photographer and mother of four. It gives my images a depth and professionalism that I can’t get anywhere else with the ease of nothing I have used in the past. — Rebekah Gough
Click here to visit the Adobe website.
WhiteWall Photo Prints
Starting at $2.90 for Fine Art Papers
Starting at $8.90 for Canvas prints
Starting at $6.90 for Acrylic and Aluminum prints
The WhiteWall Photo Lab in Frechen, Germany, just outside Cologne, offers affordable gallery quality prints for your own four walls. The easy-to-use website, WhiteWall.com, lets you create customized prints in various formats and materials, from fine art papers and canvas to acrylic and aluminum. Unsure what to print on? No problem. Just order the FREE sample pack of materials (scroll to the bottom of the homepage). After you pick your materials, there is a range of framing options and you can even download the ICC profile to make sure your print is nothing short of stunning.
Click here to visit the WhiteWall website.
$1499 (body only) – $2799 (with 16-50mm f/2-2.8 S ED OIS Lens)
The NX1 is the first and (to date) only camera to be built around a 28.2 megapixel BSI (back side illuminated) sensor. But there’s a lot more to the NX1 than meets the eye, including the ability to shoot up to 15 frames per second (with AF tracking) and its in-camera 4K UHD video capture. The NX1 is equipped with Wi-Fi, NFC, and Bluetooth and has a few other tricks up its sleeve too, including a top deck LCD panel. Samsung’s new flagship mirrorless camera is bound to make jaws drop this holiday season!
Click here to read the product announcement.
Click here to visit the Samsung website.
Online Photography Courses
$8 – $350
If your photographer already has all the “stuff” they need, how about the gift of knowledge and inspiration?
Big Picture Classes are inspirational, less technical, and very affordable (not to mention addictive). The price per course ranges from $8 to $60. There are even a few free ones sprinkled in! Read a review on photo.net here and click here for more information.
Eyeist.com allows the photographer on your list to set up a portfolio review of their work with a major photographer in the industry. Each review is $100 to $350, depending on the type of review you choose. Click here for more information.
Craftsy offers more intensive, technical classes ranging from Basics of Digital Photography to Family Photography. Each photo course is approximately $59.99. Click here for more information.
MindShift Gear rotation180° Backpacks
$179.99 – $389.99
These packs will keep all of your photographer’s gear at their fingertips, while also keeping it padded and safe, so they’ll never miss a shot. These rotatation packs feature beltpacks that rotate to the front of your body, eliminating the need to take the pack off to search for gear.
Click here to read photo.net’s review of outdoor and adventure photo packs.
Click here to visit the MindShift Gear website.
JILL-E Camera Bags
$49.99 – $474.99
JILL-E offers many different types of lifestyle bags, camera bags included. They are sturdy, great quality, and attractive. The designers clearly thought through the challenges women have when toting a camera bag around, as the many styles feature layouts and shapes that make sense, as well as bags that have tons of little pockets for incidentals.
Click here for photo.net’s review of the JILL-E Small Camera Bag.
Click here to see the full line of JILL-E bags.
Mylio Photo Management System
$100 – $250/year (Mylio also offers a Free Trial)
Is your photographer’s computer a scattered mess of photo files? If you have no idea where to even start organizing your photos, Mylio is the thing for you. This complete photo system brings all of your photos together so that you can enjoy, edit, and protect them on all of your devices.
Click here to learn more on the Mylio website.
Lensbaby LM-10 Sweet Spot Lens for Mobile
The LM-10 is Lensbaby’s first lens for Android & iPhone, recently released in Fall 2014. Like their other amazing products, the LM-10 lets you take stunning, creative shots that have a “sweet spot” of focus surrounded by blur.
Click here to read photo.net’s review.
Click here to visit the Lensbaby website.
Artifact Uprising Wood Calendar
$29.99 (Refill pack, $9.99)
Create a calendar for 2015 using your very own photos. The calendar sheets are printed on premium paper and arrive on a small, magnetic-backed clipboard handcrafted from reclaimed beetle pine (from forests local to this Colorado-based company). Then next year, order a refill pack so this beautiful and handy gift can be enjoyed year after year.
$39.99 (FREE Worldwide Shipping on all orders over 20 GBP until December 24th)
Triggertrap is a great alternative to a camera remote that will turn your smartphone into a sophisticated shutter release. With many triggering modes, this will be your photographer’s favorite new gadget this year!
Watch Triggertrap’s entertaining holiday video showcasing the motion, vibration, and sound sensors.
Click here to read photo.net’s review of Triggertrap Mobile.
Click here to visit Triggertrap.com.
CanvasPop Photo Prints
$30 and up
CanvasPop prints make thoughtful gifts for any occasion. You can print a favorite photo or give a gift certificate. Bonus: you can print directly from photo.net. Not sure which photo to print? Check out a sampling of images by photo.net photographers available for sale here.
Click here to visit the CanvasPop website.
Lumi Photo Printing Kit
For the photographer who likes to dabble in DIY, the Lumi Photo Printing Kit lets you print on fabric using the power of the sun.
Click here to visit the Lumi website.