Photographers always have a list of things they need or wish they had for their cameras, and camera cases often top that list. At the holidays you may be looking for a great gift for your favorite photographer, so we’ve put together a few suggestions in a range of prices. Camera cases are definitely the most sought-after gift item, but not everyone has the budget to give a bag that could cost anywhere from $ 50 to hundreds of dollars.
If you’re looking for something in the stocking stuffer price range, you can’t go wrong with microfiber lens cloths. These little workhorses can be found in the camera cases of photographers around the globe. They keep lenses and flashes lint and fingerprint free and are far softer than any other material, so they prevent scratches. You can get a pack of two cloths for less than $ 15 if you shop around. Another inexpensive stocking stuffer is a light diffuser. This simply fits over a camera’s flash to soften the harshness of the light, preventing glare and giving you a more natural lighting effect.
In the $ 50 and under category, there are three good gifts any photography buff will appreciate. Camera batteries are a functional, practical gift that may at some point save the day for your friend. Not having a spare camera battery handy in your camera case can mean lost shots and frustration. It’s one of those things photographers love to have but don’t always buy for themselves. Just be sure you have the make and model of camera so you’re sure you are buying the right camera battery.
Memory cards will also need to match the camera make and model and are also always appreciated. Photographers can easily tuck a few memory cards in their camera cases and never have to worry about shooting too many pictures. It also makes it easy to load up a spare memory card with shots he or she may want to share with someone.
A portable tripod is a thoughtful gift. Some photographers have bulky, unwieldy tripods that they use less often than they want to because they hate to drag it around with them. A mini tripod bridges the gap between a high end, extremely precise tripod and simply taking hand-held shots. Mini tripods are also great for taking along on hikes or walking trips since they’re lightweight and can easily slip into most camera cases.
In the $ 50 and over price range, you can definitely find a great selection of camera cases. Find out if he or she has a holster style camera case already; these are very popular and versatile, but aren’t always the first style of case photography buffs buy, so you could be giving them a great gift they’ll use time after time. Backpack camera cases, camera cases with laptop pockets and rolling camera cases are all styles that will be a hit with your favorite camera lover, so do some shopping around. Good cases can start at around $ 50 and go up in price from there depending on the size and features.
Filters or polarizers are another simple gift. Prices are usually around $ 100 to $ 200. To find out what kind your friend needs, do a bit of sleuthing on your own or ask another shutterbug for suggestions.
A folding tripod is a great gift if your friend often needs to take wide angle shots, pictures with a slow shutter speed, or they simply want to use longer exposures to add depth to their photographs. Look for a tripod that folds easily but is extremely sturdy when in use. An adjustable head is also a nice touch.
Whatever gift you get for your favorite photographer, he or she will be touched that you understand the importance of their hobby and will certainly thank you for making it more fun and more affordable. So whether you’re looking at new camera cases or a simple diffuser, you’re sure to find a gift he or she will love.
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