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RAW Christmas Gift Guide 2012

RAW Christmas Gift Guide 2012

This post isn’t for the photographers that read this blog. This is for the girlfriends, boyfriends, wives and husbands of photographers. I understand that chances are your partners won’t be reading RAW or they may not have even heard of the site so to get this post in front of them is up to you but here are a few recommendations.

  • Leave the post open on your ipad or laptop.
  • Share it on Facebook or any other social network.
  • Go the direct route and say “I want you to get me something from this list”
  • OR be more creative, I’ll leave that to you

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Budget Conscious

Photography is expensive. So these are the perfect gift ideas for a new flame, to fill a stocking or to buy yourself :) Everything here is well below the $100.00 mark most coming in under $50.00

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Giottos Rocket Air Blower Large

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Giottos Rocket Air Blower – (Large) 7.5″

I’ve personally just ordered one of these and am eagerly awaiting the delivery man. No matter how careful you are eventually dust will get inside the camera and onto the all important sensor. Before you have to attempt to clean the sensor yourself or send it to the camera store for a clean try blowing some of the dust of with this. It works remarkably well. Oh and it gets dust of a lens pretty good too.
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Holga 144-120 120N Medium Format Camera

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Holga 144-120 120N Medium Format Camera (Black)

Film is not dead. In fact film can be a creative tool and help you develop your photography eye. Plus through in the extremely low entry cost you really should give it ago. Holga’s have a bit of a cult status for creating beautiful low-fi images. Embrace it!

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Kodak Professional Tri-X 120 Black & White Film (ISO-400)

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Kodak Professional Tri-X 120 Black & White Print Film (ISO-400)

You’ll need some film to go with that Holga. It’s kind of important, no point giving someone a film camera without and film and Kodak Tri-X 400 is a beautiful film to play with.

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Cokin Graduated Neutral Density Filter Kit

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Cokin Graduated Neutral Density Filter Kit for “P” Series (3 Filters and Filter Holder)

Heading away for the holidays. Well everyone likes to play around with filters GND’s are a must if you want to shoot landscapes, without the need for bracketing shoots and blending in Photoshop..

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Remote Controls

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Remote Controls

Timelapse is the new black. Everyone is doing it or at least trying it and it’s a lot of fun. Perhaps a remote control is the perfect choice, allowing not only timelapse but also long exposures, night photography. The applications are endless. If you need help picking a remote or no absolutely nothing about which one is the right choice comment below or contact me and I’ll help you out.

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Just a little more expensive

These choices are definitely  for the special someone in you life. These gifts are all above the $100 mark.

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Lomo Diana F+ Deluxe Kit

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Lomography Lomo Diana F+ Deluxe Kit

Like in the budget section of this post we had a Holga, this time round you can go all out with a complete kit. It comes with lenses a flash the choice between 120 and 25mm film the creative possibilities of this cult icon are endless.

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Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM Pancake Lens

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Canon EF 40mm f/2.8 STM Pancake Lens

Every photographer want’s more glass. Although only suited to the Canon photographer the 40mm pancake lens is a cute lens that won’t draw attention. It’s small quite and the perfect gift to get someone if they have everything.

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Nikon D600

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Nikon D600 Digital Camera (Body Only)

Better value if your partner already shoots Nikon but still the Full Framed low cost option from Nikon is bound to be under a few people’s tree’s this year. I shoot Canon and wouldn’t mind one.

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Olympus OM-D E-M5 Micro Four Thirds with 12-50mm

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Olympus OM-D E-M5 Micro Four Thirds Digital Camera with 12-50mm Lens (Black Body, Black Lens)

One of the most exciting cameras this year was the Olympus OMD. I don’t think I know of anyone that wouldn’t want this under their tree. Coupled with the 12-50mm it’s a travelers dream being dust and water-resistant there is no reason to worry about this camera while your out and about.

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Kata Pro-LIght Bumblebee 220

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Kata Pro-Light Bumblebee-220 PL Backpack

It’s impossible to find the perfect bag. I have quite a few and all of them are amazing. In fact I would recommend any of the bags that I use to anyone but this Bumblebee from Kata has caught my eye of late. Depending on how much gear your partner has this might be the perfect bag.

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Photoshelter Subscription

Photoshelter is AWESOME! It’s the easiest way to share your work, create a profile, deliver to clients and sell prints. If you use the coupon “RAW2012″ you’ll get a 14 day trial plus 10% off the annual subscription.

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Hopefully this will help you with your gift purchasing. Any photographer would love anything on this list, just make sure you don’t double up. There are plenty of other accessories to purchase. Hit me up if you need help.

2 comments
 PBX
PBX

I would love to get the D600, if not, the blower is fine. haha.

tristanjud
tristanjud moderator

@ PBX lol, I'm still waiting for my blower. Hopefully my arrives before my next photo trip in a couple of weeks.