Sometimes, budget is not an issue. Sometimes, you just want to make someone smile no matter how much it costs. If this sounds like you, I tip my hat because as a photographer I know how expensive it is to be in this profession. Every little bit helps. We have compiled the best 10 gifts you can get that might break the bank, but will make someone’s holiday the best in recent memory.

Lexar 128GB Class 10 UHS-I 600x Memory Cards– From $154

Lexar Memory Cards

Depending on the camera, you’ll need to get the SD or CF version, but luckily ┬ámost cameras take SDs now, the cheaper of the two options. Why does anyone need 128GB of storage at a time? Video or timelapse. If the photographer on your list shoots in 4K or does a lot of timelapsing, this is an indispensable item.


Pelican 1514 Waterproof Hardcase– $175

Pelican hard Case

Bags are great, but sometimes you just want to be able to throw gear in the back of a truck and not worry about it. The Pelican is simply the best option on the market, and every traveling video/photo guy or gall will love to have this to help store their gear.

Lacie Rugged 250GB SSD Thunderbolt/USB 3.0– $300

Lacie Rugged

When traveling, there are fewer more important things than keeping data safe. Traditional hard drives have a penchant for disagreeing with the jostling and motion that comes with travel, but Lacie’s new updated Rugged is not only shock resistant, the internal SSD doesn’t freak out when it gets moved around, making storage of data safer.

Lowepro Pro Roller X200– $330

Lowepro Pro Roller

This is an excellent roller bag that is actually a considerable advancement over the previous version. Better, smarter inserts, thicker exterior and better wheels, Lowepro pulled out all the stops with this one. I have it and I never leave the house without it.

Manfrotto BeFree Compact Carbon Fiber Tripod– $350

manfrotto befree

Tripods need to be stable and secure when you are using them, and small and portable when you’re not. Manfrotto’s BeFree line fits that bill, and any traveling photographer will love to add this tripod to their lineup of stabilization options.

Zacuto GH3/GH4 Viewfinder– $375

zacuto viewfinder

Speaking of video and the Panasonic GH4, if someone you know is shooting video with the GH4, they will love the option to keep the sun out of their eyes with this Zacuto viewfinder. It’s not cheap, but it’s very high quality. Guaranteed to please!

RODE Stereo VideoMic X– $799

rode videomic x

If making cinema quality video is on their radar, then that videographer in your life will want to start capturing ambient or Foley sound. The VideoMic X is a new player in this category, and it is very capable of capturing some of the best ambient sound to give videos that little bit more atmosphere to finish the mood.

Sigma 50mm f/1.4– $949

sigma 50mm f:1.4

Sigma is absolutely killing it with their products lately, and the 50mm is one of 2014’s best additions to any lens lineup. If I unwrapped this on Christmas day, I would be a happy camper.

Canon Mount | Nikon Mount

G-Tech G-Speed Studio– $2,199

g speed studio

As capturing in digital has advanced, the need for reliable storage options has only grown. G-Tech is one of the best when it comes to storage, and their G-Speed studio line is outstanding. Fast, reliable and with multiple RAID options, photographers rest easy knowing their data is safe.

DJI Inspire One Quadcopter– $2,900

DJI Inspire One

We have to admit, we all love the latest toys. DJI’s new Inspire One quadcopter is a far more professional option than any consumer-level drone that DJI has made in the past. It’s truly magnificent and anyone in this industry would love to have one.