Digital SLR users are among the easiest folks to shop for during the holidays. Either they’ve spent so much on their cameras that they can’t afford more accessories, or they have an insatiable appetite for shiny new toys to feed their gear habit. Either way you can’t miss with one of the products below. (Click here for a slideshow with larger images, or here for gifts for point-and-shoot users.)$96), 2.0 ($150), and 3G ($270). I chose the Lensbaby 2.0 because it was a significant improvement over the Original (with better optics and a higher maximum aperture of f/2.0), but still well priced. If you splurge for the 3G version, you’ll be able to set the focus more precisely and lock the settings while you adjust camera controls. With the two earlier versions, the process is much more variable, but then that is part of the Lensbaby charm as well.
SanDisk Extreme USB 2.0 Card Reader$30 SanDisk Extreme USB 2.0 is a relatively speedy option, offering about 18MB/second read/write speeds. It includes two slots that can accept CompactFlash, SD, and Sony’s MemoryStick Pro Duo cards. Compact enough to drop into a pocket, the SanDisk reader supports USB 2.0 for both Macs and Windows PCs and requires no external power source. $19) protects cards against impact, dust, humidity, and electrostatic charge. There are four card compartments that are each compatible with five different types of flash memory (CompactFlash, SD, Memory Stick, and more). A connector lets you attach the rugged case to a belt or camera case, and it comes in three neon colors as well as plain black for your less flashy gift recipients.
Ewa- Marine U-A Series Underwater Housing$260 for the U-A (pictured here), which is compatible with SLRs that have a built-in flash or are being used without a flash (i.e., it’s not big enough to fit a top-mounted external flash). To get a better idea of what these housings are like, check out this hands-on review from Photo.net of the U-AXP 1000, which does fit an external flash (and runs about $380). $95) is not only cool looking, but it’s also ergonomically designed and functional. It’s designed to hold a SLR with lens attached in a quick-draw position. You can carry this sling style bag in front or on your back or easily switch between both positions. With nice touches like the well-positioned cell phone pocket, it’s actually a very adjustable, modular bag, that works as part of Kata’s EPH bag system (e.g., you can attach it to a backpack or waist pack for carrying more gear. Check out this hands-on review of the pack from ShutterTalk.