Fstoppers Holiday Gift Guide 2014 - Best Photography Gifts Under $75

Fstoppers Holiday Gift Guide 2014 - Best Photography Gifts Under $75

It's that time of the year again, where your loved ones ask what you'd like for Christmas, Hanukkah, or any other celebration you may partake in. Rather than fumble around trying to make a list of things you might need to further your photography career, I thought I'd break down the absolute best gifts for photographers under $75.

This list is just one of three being released, with the best gifts under $200 released tomorrow, and the best gifts under $500 released on Friday. So if you're looking to up your game, and give more lavish gifts, stay tuned for the upcoming days to get a better idea of things all photographers need and should have. But without further ado, here is the best gifts for photographers and videographers for under $75 -

Fstoppers Flash Disc

It wouldn't be a Fstoppers list of gifts unless we listed our own, right? The Fstoppers Flash Disc is a pocket-able softbox for your speed light, developed my Fstoppers founders, Lee Morris & Patrick Hall. If you frequent Fstoppers, you've seen us promote them, and upon reading the reviews, you'll find that it's one of the very best portable modifiers for speed lights. Best of all, they're no longer sold out, and orders and be made directly from Amazon.


Sandisk 16GB Extreme Pro Compact Flash Card

A question I get asked often is "Have you ever used ______ brand memory cards?" Certainly you've probably been asked this question as well, and my response is to always pay a little more, and stick with a brand you can trust, as the risk isn't worth saving a few dollars for. That is why I recommend Sandisk cards exclusively. They're fast, work well, and have a great lifetime warranty with them. And being photographers, we can never have too many memory cards.


1 Year of Crashplan

Data management is always a concern for photographers, and I cannot stress enough how it's important to have a 3-2-1 backup system. The final step of that popular backup system suggests having a backup of your work offsite, which is why I love Crashplan. Crashplan is a secure cloud based service that allows you to store unlimited data on their servers for only $60 a year. Using their easy to use software, you're able to have it backup all your work automatically, and from multiple computers and drives. While it's not the most glamorous gift, it's an absolute necessity for all photographers and videographers.


LowePro Event Messenger 250 Bag

I have my favorite bag for photography, but it's unnecessary to carry every lens and piece of gear with me to every single shoot; which makes having a second bag so great. Having a smaller bag to lighten the load on your shoulders makes a world of difference when shooting for a couple hours. For me, I personally love the LowePro Event Messenger 250. It's lightweight, carries enough gear for most jobs, and looks nice. My ProRunner 450AW will still be my forever favorite bag, but practicality has purpose, and my Messenger 250 is exactly that.


Black Rapid Camera Strap

If you've ever slung a DSLR around your neck, you've probably noticed how the standard strap can quickly cut into your neck and shoulders. One of the first things photographers often do is replace their straps with an aftermarket one, and among the best is Black Rapid. Not only are their straps sleek, comfortable and practical, their customer service is incredible as well. Using their sling design, you're able to get the camera off of your neck, and resting on your side. After a few hours, this can make a huge difference to your overall comfort. Pair that with all the little pockets for batteries and memory cards, it makes for one really nice and practical strap.


Yongnuo YN 560 III Camera Flash

If you've looked at the prices of Canon or Nikon flashes, you've probably had to catch your breath at some of the prices they have for their larger units. A $400 flash can be a costly investment, so Hong Kong based Yongnuo has made it a little cheaper. Yes, these are Chinese knock offs of Canon and Nikon flashes, but all reports from pros everywhere say that they're just as good as their Canon and Nikon counterparts. With the power comparable to a Canon 580EX or Nikon SB800, it's hard to say no to these Chinese knock offs at 1/4th the price of their respected clones.


The Cheapies

Below is a short list of things under $30 dollars, that we all need at one point or another.

Eneloop AA Rechargeable Batteries

Eneloop makes the best rechargeable batteries on the market, and if you're using flashes, triggers or other photography peripherals, you'll need plenty of batteries. Fortunately, eneloops are cheap, and hold their charge for longer than most other rechargeable batteries.

Lexar Compact Flash Card Reader

It never hurts to have a backup card reader, and in this day and age, you're going to want one that is USB 3.0 supported to speed up your transfer rates considerable. Lexar makes a sleek and simple card reader that looks good on anyone's desk.

Wireless Remote For Camera

While I personally don't use a remote for my camera when I'm shooting, I'm certainly happy to have one when I need it. Wireless remotes for virtually all cameras can be found for reasonably cheap, and should be in every photographers camera bag.


 

Have more suggestions for great gifts under $75? Feel free to contribute in the comments below. And check out out $200 and less gift guide for photographers and videographers.

 

 

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10 Comments

David Justice's picture

Yongnuo actually just came out with their IV's. It's like $76, but you can lie and say it's only $75!

Ian Johns's picture

I like the idea of having a Yongnuo for a cheaper option, particularly for some kicker lights, but I seem to see conflicting reports on whether they can do high-speed sync. Do they, in fact, do HSS? I have added the Phottix to my wish list because it's somewhat of an SB-910 equivalent, but wouldn't mind going the cheaper route in the interim until I can build up a budget to get bigger and better things.

Robert Mcilroy's picture

I am sure this version does not, but the YN-568EX claims a maximum shutter sync of up to 1/8000, though it's almost twice the price of this one.

Pat Black's picture

I am not sure about Nikon compatibility but i know for sure, with Canon the YN-600EXRT does in fact do HSS RCS and it supports the Radio feature of the Canon 600.

My YN-568EXII has high speed sync and I believe the YN-500EX does as well.

Zach Sutton's picture

Sadly, if I posted something that was $76...someone would rush to the comments to complain.

Daniel Lee's picture

I originally bought a Canon 430ex ii then later on when I started to need a second flash, I got a Yongnuo 560 ii. I pretty much only shoot in manual and I actually prefer the Yongnuo in every way except for one. I like the Canon's mechanism for securing the flash better, it's much faster and more convinient compared to the Yongnuo's screw mechanism.

Jason Ruggiero's picture

Been looking into these Yongnuo flashes. I have a Sigma flash now that I love but often need an extra and I don't have it. The price is right!

Who had one of these and what would you rate it?

Vr DUBIFONK's picture

Hi ! I used Two sigma flashes (EF-500DG Super which is dead + EF-530DG Super which is almost dead) and a Yongnuo 568-EX. Both are fragile (espacially the battery door) and I changed the Yongnuo a few days later because hazardous behavior. New one works great. Buy them at a real store to avoid changing issues. But Low prices = bad quality. I bought two Canon flashes (580EX II + 430 EX II) and never had any trouble with them. Even after half a dozen falls on the ground, they've been working flawlessly and never let me down.

Jason Ruggiero's picture

Great info thanks so much!