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Dec212011

Gifts for Photography Lovers: The UH-OH Edition

FOUR DAYS AND COUNTING.

At this point, if you're trying to buy a gift for a photography lover, you might be in a teensy bit of trouble. Time has run out on standard shipping in time for the holidays, so you're looking at expedited shipping fees. YUCK. Or, you can just spend a little more and apologize that the gift is late. Personally, I'd rather get something a little better than something on time since paying for shipping is like throwing money into the wind. But that's just me.

Anyway.

If you're still looking for a gift for a photography lover, here's a list of The Sky Is The Limit Gifts. They are certain to win you forgiveness and joy this holiday season, even if you don't hand them over until closer to New Years Day.

1. Lytro (around $400)--This is a super fun new camera that very recently hit the market. It allows you to do something that has never been possible before--you can focus AFTER you take the shot. The Lytro captures the entire light spectrum which somehow makes it possible for you to completely change the focus of the shot over and over again. Go play with the Photo Gallery and you'll see what I mean.

2. Canon EOS 1D Mark III--Got $8000 lying around? If so, I'm hella jealous right about now because I have dreams about this camera. It's the best money can buy right now, in my humble opinion. It's insanely durable, fast as lightning, and is capable of taking photographs in situations that will blow your mind. But, if you're feeling really patient, wait a little bit because the Canon EOS 1Dx is on its way and it is going to be magnificent.

3. Canon EF 800mm f/5.6 Telephoto Lens--Ever walk past a bunch of professional photographers at a sporting event and fantasize about punching one of them in the face and stealing their lens? No? Just me? OK, then. Welp, this is is the lens that might just be worth some jail time. It comes in at a little bit under $14,000 and is just plain phenomenal. It's fast as can be, great in less-than-ideal light situations, and is perfect for anyone who needs to stalk their favorite person from a safe distance.

4. Sigma 200-500 f/2.8 Ultra-Telephoto Zoom Lens--I'm biased towards Canon because we play well together, but this Sigma lens is perfect for your Nikon camera lover. It's only $25,999! Click on the link to see, but this sucker looks more like a bullhorn than a camera lens. The f/2.8 is absolutely amazing for a lens with that sort of focal range. Totally worth jail time for this one.

5. Photo Booth (around $10,000)--You know those super fun photo booths you find at the mall? You know, the ones that cost stupid money to use because you always screw up the first few shots and want a do-over? Worry no more because you can have your own photo booth! If you take approximately 3500 photos of yourself, the photo booth will have paid for itself.

6. Kodak Kiosk--With prices starting at $2500, you can have your own super fun Kodak kiosk in your home. What's a "kiosk" you ask? It's that thing you use when you go to the drug store or big box store with a memory card or CD and print photos instantly. The kiosk allows you to do some minor editing and then print professional quality photos in just a matter of minutes. Which is all to say, now you don't have to suffer through the pain of Walmart when you need to print out all of your vacation photos!

7. MiniLab--If you really want to go big, just get a MiniLab. It's the giant machine you see behind the counter that can print photos like BAM BAM BAM. Who doesn't want to have one in their home? I'd love to share a price with you, but it appears that you have to call for that sort of information. SHUCKS.

8. African Photo Safari--If your loved one is more into experiences than equipment, might I suggest an African photo safari? You choose your destination (I would pick Serengeti National Park, personally), how long the safari will be (8-12 days), and when you want to go. Africa Dreams takes care of the rest.

9. iPad 2--It's possible that I've gotten a little out of control with ideas here, so let's get back to reasonable ideas, shall we? An iPad 2 really would be a fantastic gift for a photography lover. Get the 64MG version ($700) so that it can hold a lot of photos. At minimum, it can be a great digital frame. At the most, they can do a whole lot of other stuff with it. I'm pretty sure nobody would complain if they found an iPad 2 in their stocking.

10. Adobe Photoshop CS5--Adobe Photoshop has long been known as the industry standard in digital image editing. Personally I think it's overkill for most photographers (Lightroom and/or Elements really will get a person pretty far when it comes to editing), but that doesn't mean they don't want it or won't use it. It costs around $650.

11. Gift Card--It might be cheating, but buying a gift certificate from Amazon is pretty much a guaranteed way to make a photographer happy. The best part is that you can get a gift card all the way up to the very last second.

12. Buy local--Local is a great way to go, especially if you need some help figuring out what to buy. However, our choices are very limited in Pittsburgh. You can stop by Camera Repair Services, Inc in Market Square for refurbished equipment or head over to the North Side and hit up Bernie's Photo Center. There's also Ritz, which can be found in most major shopping areas around town. (Note: Local prices don't even come close to online prices. Do a little research before you buy so that you can decide for yourself if the additional cost involved with buying local is worth it.)

Reader Comments (3)

Love all your posts! I'd like to hear more about editing softwares. I leave my pics pretty much untouched (no zombies) but am still about ready to upgrade from free Picasa and learn some editing techniques.

December 21, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterSusan

@Susan--I'll work on that soon!

December 21, 2011 | Unregistered Commenterburghbaby

I LOVE Lytro. It looks absolutely amazing. The only thing I'm not TOTALLY sold on is the photo capacity. When I do events that I'd use that kind of thing for I can EASILY shoot 700 photos in less than an hour. :(

December 23, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterKassandra
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