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Best gifts for photographers: useful photography gifts for any budget

A camera bag's worth of photography gift ideas

Best gifts for photographers: useful photography gifts for any budget
Matt Golowczynski

Our best gifts for photographers guide is packed with goodies for anyone looking to upgrade their camera kit bag on the cheap.

Not everything photography based has to be expensive. Yes, the main camera (and array of lenses) may well be out of your gifting price but there are plenty of other photography gifts out there that won't break the bank.

Whether it’s a handsome shoulder bag or a secondary camera, or even just a memory card, you can grab a tasty bit of kit for an equally palatable price right now.

UPDATE:We've added a quirky option to our best gifts for photographers list: the Lensball. You know those quirky Instagram photos that show someone holding up a transparent ball to a beautiful scene that then gets either flipped or magnified? They're not in possession of some magical crystal ball, but a Lensball, which are fairly affordable and would make a fun and special gift.

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Best gifts for photographers

Best gifts for photographers

1. GoPro White

£169
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Cameras and water aren’t exactly a good match, but the teeny GoPro HERO7 White will let photographers carry on shooting wherever they find themselves. The body can go 10m underwater without any special housings, and you can capture Full HD videos, burst of images and even time-lapses. A large touchscreen that dominates the back provides phone-like operation.

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2. Rotolight NEO 2

£199
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This second-generation LED panel does things regular flashguns can only dream of, such as offering a staggering 85,000 flashes per charge of the batteries and zero recycling times.

Handy knobs on the back allow you to regulate the output between make it warmer, cooler, dimmer or brighter, and as it’s primarily designed to be kept lit continuously, it’s also a no-brainer for any kind of video work.

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3. Lensball

£39.99
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You know those quirky Instagram photos that show someone holding up a transparent ball to a beautiful scene that then gets either flipped or magnified? They're not in possession of some magical crystal ball, but a Lensball, which are fairly affordable and would make a fun and special gift

Granted this might be more for Instagram and mobile photographers than those who are actively working in the profession and probably wish they could mess around with a crystal ball all day. But it's still a fun gift and great for those who love to travel too – imagine an already beautiful sunset through that thing?

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4. BlackRapid Curve Breathe Strap

£65
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Straps that come with cameras might be practical but they all put strain on the user’s neck. This neat, sling-type alternative makes light work of carrying around larger and heavier cameras, securing itself to the camera’s base plate and placing the weight on a shoulder instead. It lets the camera sit out of the way when not needed.




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5. Seagate 5TB Backup Plus Hard drive

£112
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Nothing on a hard drive is guaranteed to be safe, and even if you have all your images stashed in one place, the sensible idea is to have a backup elsewhere. This option from hard drive boffins Seagate arrives with a generous 5TB capacity and comes with two months of Adobe Photography Plan thrown in as an added sweetener.

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6. Manfrotto Element Carbon Fibre Tripod

£149
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Carbon fibre tripods are prized for their low weight and vibration-absorbing properties, and are more desirable than aluminium types. They do, however, tend to come with less than desirable prices. Manfrotto has the answer: a travel tripod with carbon fibre legs and a ballhead thrown in, at a price on a par with many aluminium tripods.

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7. Beeway SD Card Case

£8
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SD memory cards aren’t quite as tough as CompactFlash and XQD types, so it’s well worth protecting them inside a rugged case of some sort.

This bargain option from Beeway holds 24 cards across SD and microSD formats in individual rubber compartments, and its striking yellow case is not only tough but resistant to water, dust and other nasties.

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8. Billingham Hadley Digital bag

£129
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Billingham makes some of the smartest and most quintessentially British bags around for the discerning photographer, and this is one of its most affordable offerings.

Crafted from waterproof materials, with brass and leather details to give it a touch of extra luxury, it will happily hold a small or medium-sized DSLR for mirrorless camera with a lens attached.

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9. Panasonic Lumix TZ200

£579
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DSLRs and mirrorless cameras aren’t always practical but compact cameras can disappoint on the image quality front. The TZ200, however, is a different beast. With a huge 1-inch sensor, a 15x zoom, 4K video and even a viewfinder, it’s capable enough to stand in for a bigger camera while still being small enough to squeeze into a coat pocket.

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10. Lowepro Flipside Trek BP 350 AW Backpack

£99
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We love this stylish, outdoor-geared backpack from Lowepro. And now its price has dropped into double figures we love it that little bit more. It provides a home for a DSLR or mirrorless body along with a trio of lenses, while still leaving enough room for a 10in tablet, a water bottle and snacks. Its vented back panel will also help to keep your back dry as you play at being Ansel Adams.

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11. Lexar 64GB SDXC UHS-II Memory Card

£14
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There are stacks of budget memory cards with high capacities, but more often than not they hide pitiful transfer speeds, which slow you down when shooting and transferring your images.

This 64GB option from Lexar, however, is dirt cheap and packs highly respectable specs, including UHS-II technology (U3) support – the best there is right now – and V60 video support that makes it speedy enough for 4K video recording.

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