Holiday Gear Guide: Gift Ideas Up to $500

Holiday Gear Guide: Gift Ideas Up to $500

If you're like me, you still haven't decided what the perfect gif tis for the photographer in your life. Well if you've got a little to spend, we have compiled the best gifts between $200 and $500. Speedlights, softboxes, tripods, tablets, lenses, and more, you're bound to find something here that will really impress.

Over the next few weeks we will be releasing updates to our Holiday Gear Guide, first starting with the lower-cost items and working our way up to the premium stuff.

Up until the end of the holiday season, Fstoppers will be posting the raging-burning-explosivly-awesome deals that we find online that you just can't afford to miss. If there is anything we all love, it's saving money on the stuff we really want.

You can get to the complete list of products between $200 and $500 by clicking here, but below are a few of the standout ideas that we think you should consider for that special photographer in your life.

The Art Behind The HeadShot DVD The Fstoppers original DVD will make any portrait photographer better at what they do. Both pros and amatueurs alike are raving over this video because it works. It's being called "an instructional DVD that is virtually flawless from A-Z. The DVD is bursting with well planned instructional content." Once they harness what is taught on it, the photographer in your life will thank you from sunrise till sunset for the gift. [PeterHurley.com]

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Google Nexus 7 by Asus I know, the iPad is pretty much king when it comes to tablets, but hear me out. The Google Nexus 7 is an awesome piece of hardware and it's compact. The whole reason the iPad Mini even exists is because a 7-inch tablet was already proven popular by the Kindle Fire and the Nexus 7. If you're averse to Android, remember that this is pure Android. Zero bloatware. It's awesome, and really affordable. Note: Yes, it is cheaper on the Google Play store, but after shipping and tax, not so much. [Amazon.com]

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NEC E322 32" Display If the photographer in your life is struggling with a tiny monitor, they will really appreciate a screen with some size. Swoop in and relieve their eyeballs with this 32 inch screen. [B&H]

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Gitzo 4-Section Carbon Fiber Tripod A great tripod purchase will last a photographer for years. Some of us have been using the same tripod for most of our careers. If you really want to impress the photographer in your life, you'll get him or her the best tripod you can find. One fantastic option is this Gitzo tripod. Carbon fiber, 4-section, screw lock legs, and all around one of the sturdiest and most trusted brands. A really great tripod that will last a photographer for at least 10 years. [Amazon | B&H]

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