It’s December 7th and Christmas is just around the corner. If your organized you’ve probably already got all your Christmas shopping out the way, but if your more like me you are yet again about to the run the rat race that is holiday season shopping. I have some good news for you all. If you order these products in the next few days no matter where you are in the world they should arrive just in time for you to wrap them and get them under the tree.
So with out further a do here is the RAW Christmas Gift Guide for 2011 perfect for the photographer in your life.
Light is the most important tool for any photographer. Start the 2012 year off with a bang by picking up 2 lp160’s and get shooting with your outdoor studio. Two lights provide a ton of creative options and these lp160’s are an amazing unit that I personally use for my commercial work. While your picking that up why not get yourself a couple of light stands. Also if you use the coupon TRISTANJUD at the checkout from MidWest Photo Exchange you will save yourself $10.00. Read the my review.
Lowepro PhotoSport 200 AW
Everyone loves to get out doors and shoot. It doesn’t matter if you mainly do studio work, the fact is that getting out into the wilderness and shooting a landscape or portrait will open up your creativity to try new things. Not to mention that we all like to go on holiday and take our cameras with us. The Photosport 200 AW is an amazing backpack. It’s more like a hiking pack with a camera compartment, which means it’s very comfortable. Check out my review of it.
Cokin P Filters
These are fun, they come in all forms so for the portrait photographer or landscape photographer there is something for you. Turns out since getting a few of these, I have found myself shooting quite a few landscapes. The best thing about these is that they are transferable. So if you have different lenses you don’t need to get a whole new set of filters. A simple adapter ring is all you’ll need to pick up. When you get bored of a certain effect there is always something new to try and play with. Read my review.
Aputure Trigmaster Plus
If you picked up a LumoPro lp160 or two then it’s probably best you get yourself a reliable trigger/receiver set. The best affordable trigger/receivers I’ve come across are from the Aputure Trigmaster and Trigmaster Plus family. These are perfect and have been my choice when shooting out on location and even in the studio. With 100mm range and the ability to trigger the cameras shutter as well it’s the perfect gadget to get someone who has everything. Read my review.
Tamron SP AF10-24mm F/3.5-4.5 Di II B001
My review isn’t ready for this just yet. Expect to see it in the next few days, however this is a great lens. It’s nice a wide and with that extra little bit at the telephoto end gets you out of a few situations when your walking around and need that little extra reach.
The beauty of third part lenses is they already come with lens hoods. Anyway, I actually am really liking this lens and have sold quite a few prints of photos that I’ve taken with it. Ultra Wide Angles are just so much fun to play with and this one won’t break the bank. Update: Read the review
Velbon 603R Sherpa
Tripods. To be honest if you would have asked me about a tripod 6 months ago I would have said why bother. However this has all changed recently. A good tripod that allows you to get low and steady as well as nice and high is so much fun. It’s not to heavy it’s nice a sturdy even during some pretty strong wind and it does what I want it to do. I have a more in-depth review coming soon.
It’s expensive and time consuming but they say there is something special about taking a photo on film. Not to mention it puts some very high quality equipment into the hands of people that maybe haven’t been able to afford some of the newer digital versions. Something related to film like a 35mm or Medium Format camera would keep almost any photography buff busy over the holiday break.
Still need help
Not sure about any of the products listed in this guide, Shoot me an email or comment below. Finally if you are looking for stocking fillers, you can’t go past more CF or SD cards. This is the one item that photographer can’t have enough of. Have a great Christmas and I look forward to seeing some of your holiday photos.
Special thanks to Jack Chauvel for the film gear photo.