Well, it’s that time of year again. The time for family, friends, hot drinks, and hearty food. The time to relax and take stock of the truly important things in life. The time for generosity and giving thanks. The time when retail shopping could make for a commentated sport.
Yes, it’s time for Pro Photo Supply’s annual photography gift guide! Whether shopping for yourself or another photographer in your life, we’ve compiled a list of gifts that we think are worth a closer look. So grab a cup of hot chocolate and read on!
For the cautious (or clumsy) photographer:
Clik Elite Lens Wraps
Price range: $9.99-29.99
Clik Elite Lens Wraps offer extra protection for your favorite lens, and eliminate the need to wrap your lens in your fleece jacket or hat. The Lens Wraps are simple by design, and fit nicely in your favorite pack, duffle, or bag. They are also perfect for those times when you don’t have a dedicated camera bag with you.
For the action hero:
GoPro 3+ camera
Starting at: $299.99
Introducing the smallest, lightest, most powerful GoPro yet. Capture and share your life’s most meaningful experiences with the HERO3+. 20% smaller and lighter than its best-selling predecessor, it delivers improved image quality and powerful new features geared for versatility and convenience. SuperView™ is a new video mode that captures the world’s most immersive wide angle perspective, while Auto Low Light mode intelligently adjusts frame rate for stunning low-light performance. Combined with 30% longer battery life, 4x faster Wi-Fi, a sharper lens and compatibility with all GoPro mounts and accessories, the HERO3+ is the most advanced GoPro yet.
For the discerning amateur:
Fujifilm X-A1 Mirrorless Digital Camera with 16-50mm Lens
Starting at: $599.99
You don’t need to spend a great deal to bag a decent camera these days, as Fujifilm proves with the X-A1. This entry-level X-series interchangeable-lens camera features the same lens system, APS-C sensor, and retro style of its higher-priced siblings.
For the Top Gun graduate:
Personal Phantom Drone
DJI brings professional-level multi-rotor flight control to the masses. The Phantom is compact, featuring a highly integrated design that makes it easier for you to backpack it in and out of remote locations. The Phantom accepts a GoPro or other small, lightweight camera to shoot amazing aerial footage which will bring you a new and unique travel experience.
For iPhone photographer:
Olloclip 2x Telephoto lens + CPL for iPhone
iPhone and iPod touch photographers who want to get twice as close to the action and get clear close-ups now have a solution with the new Olloclip telephoto lens and circular polarizer (CPL). Perfect for capturing a crisp, close-up photo or video at half of the effective distance, the Olloclip telephoto lens continues to take mobile photography further than ever while bringing your faraway subjects closer to you. Flip the Olloclip around to use the CPL filter to reduce reflections, increase contrast in the sky, and improve color rendition.
For those seeking instant gratification:
Fuji Instax Cameras
Price: from $69.99 + 15% off film with Instax camera purchase
Bring back the fun of instant photos with the Fujifilm Instax Mini 7S & Instax 210. The compact ultra-hip, point & click cameras use Instax film cartridges to produce near-instant, credit card-size images that are pocket-friendly.
For creative photographers with shaky hands (which is everyone):
MeFoto Compact Tripods
Price: $119.99 – $189.99
From the Daytrip ‘peewee-pod’ to it’s full-size siblings, MeFoto by Benro offers a variety of travel-ready tripods. Choose the size and color that meets your needs and preferences.
For anyone tired of only seeing their photographs on a computer screen:
Price range: $26-427
Plywerk is a high-quality, attractive way to mount your best photographs. The sustainable bamboo or maple panels are hand-made by tofu-eating, bicycle-riding Portlandians! Each panel has a keyhole slot for easy hanging. You can even upload your image and order online at www.prophotosupply.com/p-lab.htm.
For the professional Instagram photographer:
Joby GripTight smartphone Mount
Attach your smartphone securely to any tripod with the sleek, ultra-portable GripTight Mount. The GripTight Mount is foldable and super compact, and it quickly attaches to your tripod via ¼-20″ screw. Because it doesn’t require a special case or mounting mechanism, it’s a breeze to set up. Stretch the clamp and insert your phone. That’s it!
For the hard-to-buy-for friend or family member:
Personalized Metal Ornaments
Price: $14-20 each
We can create custom photo gifts from your own pictures. Our Metal Photo Ornaments are made with dyes that are infused onto specially coated aluminum, for a durable memento that will bring joy for many holidays to come. Metal Photo Ornaments are single or double-sided with a High Gloss Surface, and sure to earn the response of, “Oh, you shouldn’t have!” from their recipients.
For the part-time photographer:
Crumpler Haven Case
Price range: $38-$60
Love photography but loathe lugging around a dedicated camera bag? Keep your gear in the Haven. A portable padded protector for all things photographic, it instantly turns any bag into a camera bag. Three sizes are available, with the medium Haven designed to hold a DSLR twin lens kit.