27 Photography Gifts Under $65

27 Photography Gifts Under $65


27 practical gift ideas for photographers all costing less than $65. All of these are my personal recommendations and this video is not sponsored in any way. I chose these items either because I own it myself, have used it before, or know it’s a good buy from my many, many years of working in a camera store. If you found this video helpful, go ahead and click the thumbs up. Also, there are Amazon links in the description below for all of these products and if you purchase through those links, it does help out my channel without costing you any extra. So if you do that, thank you so much. I really appreciate it. And if not, that’s cool, too. I just hope you find this video helpful. I’ve divided this video into sections and here are the timestamps if you want to jump to a particular section. Starting with gift ideas for people who are interested in film photography, is the Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 Instant film camera. These cameras are a lot of fun. They are especially popular with teenagers, especially teenage girls. So if you have a teenage daughter, she will go nuts over this gift. I swear I don’t know why. I think it has something to do with the novelty of film. Young people, they grew up in in the digital era. So they’ve never seen it before. But it’s definitely an easy gift to recommend. You want to make sure to remember to get some film for it. The regular Instax Mini film costs about 14 bucks a pack, or you can get the variety pack. I personally prefer the rainbow film. I think it looks pretty cool, but that’s just me. If you know someone that’s a little more serious about getting involved in film photography who wants to try it out for themselves, but you don’t want a high price tag, disposable cameras are the way to go. You can get this 3-pack for about $49. Developing will cost about 10 to 12 dollars per camera. There’s 27 shots in each camera, so there’s plenty of opportunity to get creative. And don’t hesitate to use the built-in flash in low light. If you know someone that already shoots film then 35mm film itself is always a great idea. A film photographer can never have enough film. There’s quite a few different ones that I can recommend. I would say go ahead and get a bunch of different ones sort of like a bouquet of film. So Porta 800 is a great one because it’s a high-sensitivity film. It’s got a small grain size, great color reproduction. I would also recommend films like Fuji Acros, Fuji Provia, Cinestill 800T, if you can find any, as well as Kodak Tmax 3200. And if you’re buying for someone who shoots film on a regular basis, they’re going to need to store that film. I personally use Print File brand archival storage sleeves. They’re meant for very long-term storage of many years. They’re acid-free and they’re relatively inexpensive. Two packs of 25 for 24 dollars. Another great gift for someone who shoots film is a light table. It allows them to easily view their film photographs to be able to know which ones to scan or print from. This particular table has a working area of 9 inches by 12 inches and goes for about $19. Anyone who shoots film is eventually going to need a film retriever. This allows you to get the film back out of your canister without breaking it open. It can be extremely handy if you accidentally wind your film in there or maybe you shoot half a roll, wind it up and want to shoot the second half later. You can get one for about $14. And moving on to things that all photographers can use: All photographers use lenses and all lenses need microfiber cloths to clean them. You can get an entire 6 pack for $9. Virtually all digital cameras these days use SD cards and the prices are actually pretty good. These cards are fast enough to be able to record 4k video. You can get a 64 gigabyte for about $19 and 128 gigabyte for about $40. Since virtually all photographers use SD cards it’s really nice to have an SD card holder. And this one is water resistant and shock resistant and can hold up to 12 SD cards, and you can get it for just $8 Gaffers tape is special to photography because it is light tight, meaning light cannot get through it. So it’s great for sealing up light leaks in cameras or bellows. It’s also great for just general purpose use within a photographic studio and not only leaves no residue, but you can get it in a bunch of different colors and you can get yours for about $17. Stepping rings are a way for you to adapt a filter of one size to a lens thread front of a lens of a different size. So this is an entire set of step up and step down rings that are extraordinarily useful and their utility can’t really be replicated. So for any photographer who shoots with filters of any kind, these can be a vital piece of equipment. You can get yours, a whole set, for about 21 dollars. All photographers need rear lens caps, all of them. They all need body caps. They’re a great way to protect the glass elements and the inside of your camera. And all you need to know is the manufacturer of that camera and you can choose the right ones. You can never have enough these caps. I lose them all the time. You can get a pair of both rear lens caps and body caps for seven dollars. This is the power 2000 universal battery charger. I personally own two of these. I have one in the house and one in my car because it does come with a car adapter and a wall adapter. And I have literally charged dozens and dozens of different types of camera batteries on this charger over the years. The only ones that ever gave me an issue were Sony and even then they still charged. It can also charge AA and AAA rechargeable batteries, and it has a five volt USB port, so you can charge your phone off of it as well. You can get yours for about twenty dollars. All photographers need a cleaning kit for their camera and lenses and the one that I use is Giotto brand. So this particular kit, which cost $24, is a very easy thing to recommend. It comes with everything you need, brush, blower, cleaner, a microfiber cloth, and q-tips. Another great accessory that pretty much all photographers could use is a portable battery. This is the Anker Power Core 10,000. So it has 10,000 milliamp hours. I personally own the twenty thousand milliamp hour one. The twenty thousand milliamp hour costs about $50 this one costs about twenty six. And it’s great for charging your phone. I have several cameras that charge via USB. So it’s great to always have that battery power there. For about seven years I used a Blackrapid brand strap but eventually switched to the Peak Design camera strap, and I got to tell you this camera strap is awesome. I cannot recommend it highly enough. If you still have the original camera strap that came with your camera, throw that thing away get this strap. It’s awesome. It’s awesome. I don’t know what else to tell you. It’s wonderful. It goes anywhere between fifty five to sixty five dollars. The Tenba BYOB, or bring your own bag, is a really nice insert that can turn your shoulder bag or backpack automatically into a camera bag. Giving you enough padding for all of your equipment. You can pick up a large insert like the BYOB 10 for about fifty dollars. The Peak Design hand strap is very nice, But it is meant for a little bit larger cameras. So if it’s a smaller mirrorless camera that you’re dealing with, this strap isn’t going to work that well. But if it’s a larger DSLR, it’s gonna work great. I personally use mine on my Fuji medium format film camera. You can get yours for about thirty four to forty dollars. If you’re just starting in photography and you haven’t gotten a tripod yet, I know it can be tempting to get a tripod that cost thirty five or forty dollars. But I assure you those tripods are garbage. This one, however, from Slik, the U8000, I can’t recommend it highly enough as a beginner tripod. Yes, there are joints made of plastic, the head’s made of plastic, but I gotta tell you, it’s a nice plastic. So, spend a little bit more money. It costs $45. Pick up a Slik U8000. If you’re just looking for a regular, smaller, tabletop tripod that you can just throw in your camera bag, then the Manfrotto PIXI is definitely the way to go. It is able to hold at least one kilogram which means it can hold pretty much all mirrorless cameras and entry-level DSLR cameras. You can pick one up for about $19. The original Joby Gorillapod is a great tabletop tripod as well as great for vlogging, for wrapping the legs around a pole, or tree branch. It’s a very versatile tripod that is super easy to recommend and can go from anywhere between 30 to 50 dollars. This Benro tabletop tripod/ selfie stick is one I personally own and almost always have in my bag. It’s strong enough to hold up most cameras, and comes with a phone adapter, and is especially great for 360 degree camera shooting. You can pick one up for about 32 bucks. The Neewer speedlight is a great option that I’ve owned for many years. For anyone beginning in flash photography, and even if someone owns a few speedlight flashes, having an extra one is always nice. It’s a fully manual flash that can go on just about any camera and it is great for learning about flash. You can pick one up for between twenty seven and forty dollars, depending on the time of year. If you’re going to be using a speedlight flash, you’re definitely going to need some AA batteries. The best kind are rechargeable Eneloop from Panasonic. They come with a charger that cost about eighteen dollars. And if you didn’t know Panasonic is the same company that makes batteries for Tesla in their cars. If you really want to get fancy with your battery charging, you can pick up the LaCrosse AA and AAA battery charger. I personally own this. It’s great. It shows you exactly how many milliamps the battery’s charged to, what it’s voltage is, and it even has a feature to revive older rechargeable batteries to make them as new as possible. You can pick one up for about 50 bucks. And you’re gonna need some place to store those AA rechargeable batteries and my recommendation is this case. It’s weather resistant, drop resistant, and it’s about nine dollars. And a nice accessory for speedlight flashes, are flash gels. Though there’s two types of gels I’m going to recommend. One is the color correction, which is this one. Goes for about thirty dollars and it allows you to change the color of the flash to try to match the ambient light so the white balance is correct. The other type of flash gel is one that’s for special effects. So if you want a red light coming out of your flash, green, blue, bright yellow, you can do that with this. Also thirty bucks. Well, I hope you found this video helpful. If so, go ahead leave me a thumbs up and subscribe. Thanks a lot. Bye!

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