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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  • Vanguard Supreme 53F case

    There's no point having a ton of awesome camera gear and then being too scared to take it into the outdoors. When traveling it's a great idea to have a hard case to put camera bodies and lenses into, and the more gear you have, the bigger the case you need.

    The Vanguard Supreme 53F is huge – 24.75 x 20.5 x 9.5-inches – and is built to last.

    The Vanguard Supreme cases are O-ring sealed and waterproof up to a depth of 16.5 feet. They are also airtight, and built to withstand the most extreme conditions (-40°F/-40°C to 203°F/95°C), and are great for airline travel because they feature an automatic pressure equalization valve. And, to keep things civilized, it has wheels.

    These cases can support up to 265 lbs/120 kg of exterior weight and have anti-slip rubber feet and a solid carrying handle offer extra durability. Thick, quick-release latches lock in place and steel-reinforced lock holders are great for use with pad locks for added security.

    Inside is a dense, customizable hexagon-shaped foam for an extremely tailored, custom fit for gear. There's also an option to have dividers fitted.

    More info | Price: $250

    (Image: Vanguard)

  • Duracell batteries

    Genuine Nikon or Canon camera batteries are expensive, and if you buy online there's a good chance that you might be paying top dollar for a fake (I've had counterfeit batteries sold to me by a number of prominent retailers). This is why I tend to buy Duracell-branded batteries.

    In my tests they seem to be just as good as the genuine batteries, lasting just as long, and being just as resistant to cold and heat, while at the same time being significantly cheaper.

    More info | Price: varies depending on type

    (Image: Duracell)

  • Think Tank Photo Hydrophobia 70-200 rain cover

    If you're going to take your camera into the outdoors then you have to be prepared for rain! Wile some high-end cameras claim to be "weather-proof," it's not something I like to push my luck with too much, which is why I recommend a rain cover.

    There are countless kinds of rain covers on the market, ranging from simple polythene bags to sophisticated covers designed to take the worst that Mother Nature can throw at a photographer.

    The Think Tank Photo Hydrophobia falls into the latter category.

    Sized to fit most DSLRs with a 70-200 f/2.8 or similarly sized lens attached, the Hydrophobia 70-200 protects expensive – and delicate – photo equipment from the elements, including rain, snow or blowing sand.

    Note that the Hydrophobia requires an eyepiece element, which is sold separately.

    More info | Price: $150

    (Image: Think Tank Photo)

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