I know, maybe it seems a bit early since it’s not even Thanksgiving yet, but the holidays sneak up on you. Seriously, Christmas, Chanukah, they’re right around the corner. Time to start thinking about what you’re going to get the photographer in your life (or what you are going to get yourself). Here at Resource, we understand that finding that perfect gift is a lot easier said than done. Even if you’re shopping for yourself, the thousands of different options for cameras, tripods, bags and accessories, make it hard to know what is considered the best bet, and at what price.
Luckily for you, the experts at Resource have you covered, with gift ideas not only culled down to the best of the best out there, but also categorized into three pricing brackets so you don’t bust your budget. Below you will find each category with a full list of products that will all be happy under the tree or stuffed in a stocking.
Today we are releasing the first of three parts to our Gear Guide, which is broken down by cost. Click here to view all our Low Cost Selections that won’t break the bank, and below are a few of the selects from the master list.
Manfrotto makes some pretty exceptional tripods, with prices to match. However, there are certainly exceptions and that’s where the 290 series fits in. Though still no drop in the bucket, at $179 these are a gift that will take a bit out of your budget. That said, photographers love tripods. Many of us have multiple. If you’re still using a Sunpak, it’s time to upgrade.
Yeah, it’s a strap, but it’s a smartly designed strap. The reason we are recommending this one is a mix of price and performance. Low cost, and the material is seatbelt-like, and is just sticky enough on one side so that it doesn’t slide off the shoulder. Great over the neck strap for a single camera and everyday use.
Though you will probably end up buying this for yourself, Filmic Pro is an excellent gift for someone looking to start making films on the cheap. Your iPhone is an excellent camera right now, and Filmic Pro will turn it into a filmmaking machine. With manual controls, increased bitrate and tons of customization, it’s our personal favorite app for making videos on mobile.
Ok, so this is certainly on the high end of what is in our “affordable” section, but it’s a great investment for a photographer who likes to travel with their camera (all of us). The Mobi Pro lets them send photos directly to their phone for Instagram while also backing them up on an included year of EyeFi Cloud (the best cloud platform for storing photos right now). This is a great product that comes with a lot of included benefits.
Tether Tools makes all sorts of nifty gadgets for the studio photographer (or any photographer actually), but their Power Grip is pretty sweet. Using a powerful suction mount, you can stick your tablet onto just about any smooth surface without fear of it falling. This is great for guys who shoot in various locations who like to tether with CamRanger.
We will be adding two more sections to this guide in the coming days, so keep it locked to Resource for all your holiday gift buying needs.