Best 2018 Holiday Gifts for Photographers
Buying the right gift for a photographer can be difficult.
Every year I wish someone will get me something related to photography, but at the same time, knowing myself I’m scared to receive something I don’t really like or need.
I bet there are many others like me!
There’s a lot of gear out there, more expensive or less, that can be a perfect holiday gift for your photographer friend (and in case you are my friend and were thinking of getting me something I really like the Mavic 2!).
I put together this super useful list of camera gear and accessories from which you can choose very practical gifts for your photographer friends.
I’d like to have all of this stuff! No jokes.
1. Olympus TG-5
The small waterproof camera from Olympus has a 12 megapixel sensor that delivers great results even in the most difficult weather conditions. Thanks to the Waterproof, Dustproof, Crushproof, Shockproof and Freezeproof build this compact camera is a very reliable tool for travellers that love taking photos even in the most extreme condition while using an affordable still high performing camera.
2. Olympus Underwater Housing PT-058 for TG-5
The underwater case for the Olympus TG-5 compact camera is designed to withstand pressure to a water depth of 45m. Built to prevent unwanted reflection the PT-058 allow full access to the camera control. Made by Olympus for an Olympus camera, it includes optical cable adapter, body cap, LCD hood, antireflective ring and strap. Must have if you own an Olympus TG-5!
3. Manfrotto Be-free Live
The Italian made Manfrotto Befree is a video tripod kit built for travel performance.Dedicated to videographers and vloggers, it fulfills the high demand for an easy-to-carry, versatile and stable tripod. It comes with Easy Link attachment to mount accessories, fluid video head and leveling ball joint. Take amazing smooth footage with this new generation tripod from Manfrotto.
Super popular among vloggers, the GorillaPod Tripod has rubberized foot grips and wrappable legs to secure your gear. Easy to adapt to many different surfaces to capture beautiful images and footages at the most difficult angles. It’s super easy to set up, very lightweight and built with high quality material, it’s made for wear and tear for your everyday life or your most extreme adventures.
5. DJI Mavic 2 Pro
One of the best drones on the market at the moment. The DJI Mavic 2 Pro features a 20 megapixel professional camera from Hasselblad. It has a flight time of 31 minutes. Designed with the Swiss Hasselblad it’s very portable, entirely foldable and very easy to operate also for non pro users. Super fun to fly, it reaches a max speed of 45 mph (72km/h)!
6. Olympus OM-D EM-1 Mark II
This gift is for someone really special. The flagship camera from Olympus is a real treat for an outdoor photographer that needs compactness and high portability. Unbelievable in-body image stabilization and completely weather sealed the OM-D E-M1 Mark II is the best micro four third camera currently on the market.
7. Olympus M. Zuiko 40-150mm f/2.8 Pro
One of the best lenses in the Olympus Pro line. Built like a tank, yet not as heavy as a full frame counterpart, the Olympus M. Zuiko 40-150mm f/2.8 Pro is completely weather sealed and works seamlessly with the Olympus OM-D E-M1 Mark II, but also with Panasonic bodies and other micro four thirds systems. A real monster that delivers high quality and sharp results.
8. Olympus MC Teleconverter
The really well made teleconverter extends the focal length by 1.4 times. It’s really sharp from center to corners. Perfect as a gift for those who own the 40-150mm lens from Olympus and want to get that extra reach. With the teleconverter mounted the 40-150mm becomes 0 112-420mm full frame equivalent and still delivering true to color and sharp images. Not bad at all!
Every photographer needs a cleaning system. The LensPen kit is perfect for babying lenses without ruining the lens coating or scratching the glass even after several uses. It comes with 3 pens, one for lenses, one mini pen for the viewfinder and one for filters. The caps are screw off so you won’t lose them!
10. Xenovo camera lens iPhone X
Small wide angle lens for your new smartphone. Ideal for traveling, to shoot people and lansdscape the Xenovo lens can be very fun to use and it’s of very solid build. It delivers good quality for the price you pay. The best camera is the one you always have with you. Now you can take it to the next level!
11. iPhone Xs case
Designed to comfortably adapt to the curves of your new iPhone without adding a ugly bulk. Made of leather, they feel pretty soft to the touch and will develop a natural patina over time. On the inside a microfiber lining helps protect your iPhone from scratches. Great gripping surface will avoid accidental drops while retaining the beautiful feeling of a thin smartphone.
12. Social Media Photo Printer by HP
HP is synonym with reliability when talking about printers. This is a special one, you can connect your social media account to the free app and instantly print them with this portable printer. It uses Bluetooth connectivity, so that your friends can use it too during a party! You can take it anywhere and print off your social media photos from your smartphone in a breeze!
Many photographers these days need to record video. This lavalier mic is perfect for recording on an iPhone or Android used as audio devices. Compatible with the latest phones, it can be placed at reasonable distance to reduce the noise of recording without losing quality. Very compact and small it comes with its deluxe pouch to comfortably fit it in your pocket.
14. Rode Microphone
Need to record a podcast? This versatile Microphone from Rode is fully compatible with the most popular recording softwares for Mac OS and Windows. A professional grade mic that comes with pop-filter to reduce noise and desktop tripod stand to sit comfortable at your desk. The on-mic mix control allow to adjust the monitoring level and mix between the recorder audio and microphone input.
15. Lumu Light Meter for iPhone
The LUMU POWER light meter transforms your iOS device into a professional too to measure color temperature, illuminance, spot, ambient and flash exposure. By just downloading the iOS app you are ready to start using it. You can set the correct color temperature in any light situation and get the perfect exposure every time without any additional hardware needed!
16. Black Diamond HeadLamp
Very bright and durable for those who spend a lot of time in the outdoors. It emits the fundamental colors for hikers and campers. One Triple Power LED, one Single Power white LED and a Single Power red LED emit 200 lumens (max setting). It’s water proof and can be submerged down to 1m (3.3ft) for 30 minutes. Probably one of the best headlamp for most people.
17. GoPro Hero 7
Very robust and small, the super portable GoPro Hero 7 is made for travellers and people who wants a really versatile shooting device. You can take videos, photos, time lapses and it has a new stabilization system of great power. Waterproof, it makes you share experiences you can’t capture with your phone. With the GoPro app it makes you share amazing moments in real time.
18. Peak Design Slide lite
The Slide lite has great versatility in a small size. Thin and ultra resistant, you can wear it as a neck strap, shoulder strap or sling strap. Made of seatbelt style webbing, it’s smooth on one side and presents grip on the other to perfectly adhere to clothing and avoid accidental drops of your camera. It uses the new amazing anchors from Peak Design, smaller and thinner for an easy of use with a tripod.
19. Moment Rope neck strap
This stylish neck strap is useful for carrying either your phone or a big camera. It’s fully adjustable thanks to the leather slip knots for use as a neck or cross-body strap. Very easy to use, it can also hold heavy DSLRs. American made of premium materials and high quality at a very reasonable price comes with 12 months warranty.
20. Peak Design Cuff Wrist Strap
Made of premium nylon webbing material, the Peak Design Cuff Wrist, comes in two colors. Can be weared as a bracelet for easy storage and it carries small mirrorless and heavy DSLRs. The new design from Peak Design, with improved padding it’s a very comfortable hold and elegant solution for your camera. I’ve recently bought one and I’m very satisfied!
21. Manfrotto Street Medium Backpack
A camera backpack adapt for city and outdoors. The Manfrotto Street made of high quality materials had many compartments that allow for a great storage of your camera gear and accessories. It has a removable insert with velcro dividers that can be configured according to the shape of your gear. It’s really awesome for travelling and it stores “more than it shows” for its size!
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22. SLR Camera Bag, Evencase
The Vintage Canvas Messenger is a spacious bag to carry big DSLRs with pro heavy lenses. It can also be converted for time off and travel use. The removable camera insert is made of padded cells and soft cotton to protect the internal space. This bag is very versatile and can keep up with adventures and trips!
External hard drives are a must have for a photographer. A lightweight compact solution that can be very useful for travel photographers in need of a lot of extra space. The Seagate Backup Plus transfer files fast with USB 3.0 and it’s backward compatible with USB 2.0. Very easy to set up through a USB port and it’s ready to use. No need for an external power source since it’s powered from the USB cable!
24. SanDisk Extreme Pro
Get one of the most powerful SD UHS-I memory card, for maximum speed and reliability. The uncompromizing image quality of this memory card, combined with its speed makes it a real must for professional photographers and videographers, but also for those who like quality and performance. At 95MB/s move your data fast for an smooth post production workflow.
Be confident of the high quality and excellent performance and quality of this memory card. The very resistant microSDHC UHS-I card, works seamelessly with your smartphone, tablet, or camera. Use it with your drone for recording breathtaking footage from above and transfer fast to your computer and quickly start editing your work.
26. MacBook Air
A rejuvenated classic, with brilliant, crisp display and modern ports. The MacBook Air with its familiar aluminum frame is an elegant gift for a special person. Powerful, small and extremely light, you can bring it everywhere. The build quality is top notch and it has a great balance between power and battery life. Capable of functioning for an entire day without seeing the power cable!
27. Usb-c Dock
A must have for owners of new MacBooks line of laptops. The Hub includes 1 Ethernet/RJ-45 Port, 1 USB Type-c Female PD Charging Port, 1 HDMI Port, 1 TF SD Card Slot, 1 SD Card Slot, 1 USB 2.0 Type A Port, 2 USB 3.0 Type A Ports. It allows effortless data transfer from new MacBooks thanks to the USB 3.0 ports while the USB 2.0 port can be used for mouse and keyboard.
Sleek and elegant, the great quality of the noise cancellation headphones from Bose have no rivals. Great listening experience and you can use your voice to access to music, information, weather condition and more thanks to the Alexa integration. Very easy to pair to your devices through Bluetooth these headphones are a real treat for travellers!
Thin and light with its new design, the Kindle Paperwhite is waterproof and it has plenty of storage. You can play audio through Bluetooth and with the option of 8GB or 32GB you can store hundreds of books, magazines and audiobooks. Always easy on your eyes and with no screen glare even in full sunlight. With a single charge you can literally read for weeks!