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Photography Christmas gift ideas 2013

Photography Christmas gift ideas 2013

It’s never too early to start shopping for Christmas. I always plan on having my shopping done by Thanksgiving. I’m not sure why this doesn’t happen. It’s such a simple plan. Maybe because it always seems like the busiest time of the year, especially as the days get shorter. To make it a little easier shopping for your photography enthusiast, I have come up with a few suggestions. Here is my 2013 Christmas list. Have a great holiday.

red-wrench175pxPro GoTough SharkBite Wrench - If you know someone with a GoPro, this is a perfect gift. The SharkBite Wrench makes tightening those unique GoPro screws a snap. When you mount the camera to a motorcycle or action vehicle, it needs to be tight so your camera doesn’t move. Of course this tool also makes it much easier to loosen your GoPro when you’re done. The wrench also doubles as a bottle opener. It’s available in a variety of colors at a list price of $19.95.

GoPro175pxGoPro Hero3+ – It’s advertised as the most advanced GoPro yet. It’s hard to argue with that statement. It’s not exactly what I wanted to hear after purchasing a GoPro Hero 3 earlier this year. The GoPro Hero3+, priced at $399.99, is the perfect under-the-tree gift for your favorite action videographer. The new features include: 20% lighter and smaller, still photos at 12 megapixels up to 30 frames-per-second, SuperView (wider angle), more battery life, and faster WiFi.

Sony Cyber-shot Digital Camera RX100 II - No Christmas list is complete without a nice compact pointsony175px-and-shoot. My top pick this year is the Sony RX100 II with its Carl Zeiss f/1.8 lens with 3.6x zoom (28-100mm 35mm equivalent). It features WiFi, which I want in any new camera I buy. I’m a believer in the theory that the best camera is the one you will carry with you— and I would carry this camera. You can take this camera to the next level with its multi-use hot shoe, which lets you connect an electronic viewfinder, flash or stereo microphone. Plenty of options are available with this camera, including RAW image capture, HD video recording up to 1920 x 1080 at 60p, 20.9 megapixel sensor, exposure bracketing, image stabilization, and up to 10 frame-per-second of continuous shooting. The camera is priced at $749.99

70d-175pxCanon EOS 70D – This pick is great for a Canon shooter who is looking to update their camera or move into the latest technology. The new Canon 7D, priced at $1,199 (body only) is an update to the 60D. The new Dual Pixel CMOS AF brings  some of the best auto-focus technology to DSLR video. Other features include a variable-angle 3.0-inch touch screen, DIGIC 5+ image processor, up to 7.0 frames per second continuous shooting, 19-point auto-focus system, built-in WiFi, and full HD 1080 video. This camera combines the best in video and still photographs in a professional-style camera at reasonable price.

Nikon D5300 – There’s certainly plenty of great features in this new model by Nikon. d5300-250pxThe D5300 features built-in WiFi, DX format 24.2-megapixel image sensor and a variable rotating 3.2-inch LCD screen.  Priced at 799.95, (body only) it’s a great gift for the Nikon enthusiast looking for a moderately priced, high-quality DSLR (digital-single-lens-reflex). The camera also features built-in 2-frame HDR (high dynamic range) photography, 5 frames-per-second continuous shooting, and HD 1080p video up to 60 frames per second.

walking_bag175pxWalking Man Shoulder Bag - This lightweight camera bag is designed for carrying your gear for travel or an afternoon photo excursion. The Walking Man Shoulder Bag from the Nimble Photographer will handle a tablet and your compact or four-thirds camera gear. This 13-x-10-inch shoulder bag made from 95% recycled material has extra pockets for pens or small items and should be the perfect solution for your trip around town and is priced at $29.95.

light175pxPocket spotlight – Trying to get nice, natural-looking photos at night can be a problem with your iPhone. The cellphone camera flash doesn’t always give you a pleasing effect. A nice solution is the Pocket Spotlight from Photojojo. This mini-USB light source has two mounts which attach to either the phone’s headphone jack or a standard camera hot shoe. This tiny continuous light source measures in at 2.5 x 1.5 inches can easily be held by a friend to give you a nice off-camera light to improve your artistic creations. It is priced at $30.

mugs175pxGet Into Focus lens mug – Don’t buy your photographer friends or family any old mug this year. Certainly a good choice would be the Get Into Focus Lens Mugs from Photojojo. These ceramic, dishwasher-safe mugs are shaped like a camera lens. The mugs, which are available in black or white, are priced at $15.

olloclip175pxOlloclip 4 in 1 -  This nifty lift gizmo just clips onto your iPhone 5 or 5s and has been updated giving you four lenses: fisheye, wide-angle, 10x and 15x macro. The Olloclip is reasonably priced at $69.99 when you consider the nice quality lens and construction. It includes: a bag, caps, and adapter and is one of my favorite gift ideas for your friends and family members toting the iPhone 5/5s.

dryzone175Lowepro DryZone Duffle 20L -  This new bag from Lowepro is perfect for the outdoor adventure photographer who wants to keep gear dry when working by the water or in the rain. Priced at $149.99, the compact Lowepro DryZone Duffle 20L is designed to carry a DSLR with zoom and a couple of lenses and flash, and has a splash-proof rating of  IPX-6. It’s actually two bags, with one fitting inside the other.

crumplerbag175pxaCrumpler Combram Outpost bag – This stylish photo-messenger bag made by Crumpler is designed to carry camera gear and a 15-inch laptop. The bag, priced at $200, features a tripod holder flap, padded laptop internal sleeve, adjustable strap, external pockets, 10 storage zones and a rain cover.

stylus1-175pxOlympus Stylus 1 – This new camera from Olympus should be available for Christmas. It’s expected to be ready for shipping in the middle of December. The Stylus 1 is a compact-style camera that looks like a mini DSLR. It features a 10.7x (28-300mm 35mm equivalent) i.ZUIKO zoom lens with a continuous fixed f2.8 aperture. It’s really unusual to see a fixed aperture in a compact-style zoom which gives you the ability to shoot in low-light situations. It also includes built-in WiFi, which works with the Olympus OI.Share app. The camera, priced at $699.99, is a great gift for someone who wants to downsize to a compact-style camera, but want the feel of a DSLR with its 3-inch touch LCD and an additional electronic eye-level viewfinder.

robert.lachman@latimes.com

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