Gift Guide 2013: Gifts for the digital photographer

Gift Guide 2013: Gifts for the digital photographer

Summary: It's the time of year when gift guides are all the rage, and since I'm an avid digital photographer it's only reasonable that I pull together a cornucopia of gifts aimed at the 'tog' in your life.

TOPICS: Hardware

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  • Topaz Labs plugins

    A bundle of 13 awesome plugins, ranging from practical stuff such as de-noising an image and masking, to professional black and white conversions and color adjustments.

    Really powerful tools that I turn to and use all the time.

    All the plugins are available separately.

    More info | Price: $380

    (Image: Adrian Kingsley-Hughes/ZDNet)

  • Wacom Intuos Pro (medium) tablet

    For most applications, a keyboard and mouse are all you need to drive a computer, but when editing photos a pen can make things a lot easier.

    The Wacom Intuos Pro tablets offer 2048 levels of pen pressure sensitivity and tilt recognition that gives you a high level of accuracy and precision in your work. Not only that, but the surface is touch-sensitive, allowing for multi-touch gestures to navigate your work intuitively.

    Add an optional wireless kit and you have all the advantages that a tablet offers, with none of the wire hassles.

    More info | Price: $349

    (Image: Wacom)

  • Kirk Enterprises L-bracket

    Right angle, quick release "L-brackets" that fit to the bottom of a range of digital or film camera, allowing easy access to both the battery compartment and I/O ports.

    Quickly release, turn, and remount your camera for either a horizontal or vertical shot with no need to flip the tripod head on its side or changing your shooting position.

    Must be used in conjunction with Arca Style Quick Release Platforms

    More info | Price: varies depending on type

    (Image: Kirk Enterprises)

Topic: Hardware

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  • not recommended

    this is the fallacy of xmas: it is improper to presume to know what a dedicated hobbyist would need for his/her equipment.

    and in the interests of getting special gifts for xmas a lot of money gets wasted on stuff people don't want and can't use

    it doesn't matter if the person is a photographer, fisherman, woodworker, -- whatever. don't try to guess what they want.
    • Cheer up, mate

      Key Lime
  • Gallery

    Who can be bothered to trawl through 26 gallery items. Make a new year's resolution to kill the idea!
    David M. Senior
    • yup

      didn't read past the first page
      • Horrible content

        I did read after the first slide, most of the items after slide 10 are absolutely useless.
    • Gallery format - hate it

  • Thanks Adrian

    Don't love the 1-item per page but I love the items! Thanks for the list.
    I really like the Advanced Stacker for star photos, and the custom filters for landscapes... want want want!
  • Great list!

    I don't get the negativity... Bunch of stuff here I'd love to have.

    Thanks Adrian (-:
  • You might not know what's best!

    As a pro photographer I can tell you that if someone got me off brand batteries I would never put them in my camera! No way would I risk my $2k camera on a cheap version of something that I trust to be there for every time I need it to be. The other stuff is ok I guess but photographers are very picky and it might be better to just hit them a gift card to B&h photo or a local photography store.
  • G-Technology...

    I quibble with picking G-Technology. I have a dead G-Technology drive on my desk. Lasted about 3 months before it died. The drive managed to scramble the catalog contents. Support's response was "that's not a hardware problem, that's a software problem" as though that distinction matters! Underlying G-Technology is Hitachi and not surprising, the only portable drive I own that didn't survive at least a year was, yep, a Hitachi.

    I've had GREAT success with LaCie, however.
    Steven Christenson