8 Hanukkah Gift Ideas

Hanukkah 2017 will begin in the evening of Tuesday, December 12, here are some gift ideas for your photo family or friends.

1) HoodLoupe 3″ Glare Free LCD Loupe, this helps the photographer see the back of his/her LCD screen, especially in the bright sun.

2) LensCoat brand camera and or lens covers. These covers help protect your gear from wear and tear. I once had a 5D fall off the back of my truck onto the pavement. It was fine because I had a LensCoat cover on it.

3) Consider giving an Infrared conversion through Kolari Vision or Life Pixels. It makes a great gift. You can contact either reputable company and get a gift certificate for a conversion. Infrared conversions are a great way to make use of old cameras that are laying around.

4) A Creative Adventure gift certificates always make a great gift. Customers can choose between eBooks or workshop credits and we can customize a gift certificate that is perfect for the holidays. Scroll down to the blue one.

5) Women’s Sweater Hooded Jacket by Dickies– $36.99. I own 3 of these. I like that they incorporated a scooped rear for additional coverage when sitting on cold rocks, etc… I also like the hood. They are warm, comfortable and much less expensive than LL Bean or Patagonia’s sweater jackets. I wish the pockets were zipper pockets but for $36.99 they are a bargain.

6) Mindshift UltraLight™ Dual 36L – This versatile backpack is on sale for $159.99. This bag was sent to me by request as I had so many people asking about it. I love it! It is extremely lightweight, durable and collapsible-if you take the camera compartment out, it folds flat. It’s a perfect travel backpack! (Mindshift is part of the Think Tank brand).

7) Sony Alpha a7R III Mirrorless Digital Camera *. This is the one item I am putting on my holiday list. I think for a landscape photographer you cannot go wrong with this camera. With a touch screen, 42 megapixel full frame sensor, 5 axis image stabilization (you know that sold me) and of course the high dynamic range that Sony is so famous for. The price tag of $3,198.00 hurts a bit but not for long. It’s like pulling off a band aid-do it quick before you think about it!! I’m also hoping that their 24-105mm lens due out shortly will get good reviews too.

8) Extension Tubes, if you love Macro photography like I do you will want a set of these. Be sure to get the ones that are made for your camera brand. This link is for Kenko Auto Extension Tube Set for Canon. I like Kenko extension tubes (there is no glass involved, they are essentially spacers) and have been using the same set for over 10 years with no replacement or destruction.

*I love my Olympus gear for travel photography and flower photography. For night photography and landscape photography I choose Sony. For birds and wildlife I choose Canon because of the autofocus and lens line up.


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