It's becoming that time of year again, and we photographers are difficult to buy for. There is just so much in the market, it's hard to know what we will love. Not to worry, Fstoppers is here to help. Not only are we compiling a list of the best stuff for photographers, we break it down by price so you don't break the bank. 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. This week, let's look at the best ideas under $100.
Also, 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 under $100 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.
Spinlight 360- Event Modular Often, we don't have time to set up an elaborate lighting arrangement, but we still need the light to not look like it came off a disposable Kodak. For times like those, a quick and easy system is key, and that's where the Spinlight comes in. A brand new product to 2012, this compact kit is sturdy and modular- two important factors to the most discerning of photographers. [B&H Video]
Paper Towel Film Canisters We loved these last year, and that hasn't changed this year. If your photog friend has been looking for a stylish way to store his paper towels, now you have the solution. Ok, so they're cheesy, but cheesy in a good way. I guarantee you'll get a laugh out of everyone, especially whomever you gift this to. It's hilarious! [Gadget.Brando.Com]
Lowepro Event Messenger 250 AW I personally like this bag for those smaller projects when you don't want to, or need to, carry around more than one body and a lens. It's also great for mirrorless/ILC cameras since the bodies tend to be so compact. For mirrorless cameras, these can carry a body and two lenses easily. [Amazon| B&H ]
PocketWizard AC3 Zone Controller Many photographers will already have a PocketWizard, but if they don't have a Zone Controller, this is a great gift for them. When you add the Pocket Wizard AC3 ZoneController to your on-camera MiniTT1 Transmitter or FlexTT5 Transceiver, you instantly have three zones of flash control. Whether in E-TTL II or Manual mode, you have control over all your flashes from your camera position. Put your flashes wherever you want, without worrying about having to access them during a shoot. [Amazon | B&H]
Stay tuned next week for our top picks for gifts between $100 and $200. If you've got a great suggestion, let us know in the comments below!