Christmas Photo Gift Guide: Under £50
- Fri, 2 Dec 2011
Getting that landscape shot level isn't the simplest task in the world, especially when the tripod you're shooting from is askew. The simple addition of a bubble spirit level can insure that, even if the camera is off-centre, your images certainly won't be.
The bendable, shapeable tripod is now able to support a DSLR and zoom lens, making it capable of gripping poles and other traditionally less usable surfaces with a fair amount of weight on top. With such versatility on offer you'd be forgiven for leaving larger tripods at home.
This Lowepro bag is something of a strange beast as it offers enough padding to protect your gear and looks stylish enough to disguise the fact that a camera is held within. With a selection of colours and enough space for a DSLR this is will be suitable purchase for new photographers.
Plenty of products are listed as ‘virtually indestructible', but in the case of the Hard Case it's pretty much true. With the ability to survive being underwater, frozen and extreme heat your camera gear will be perfectly safe inside regardless of the conditions.
For a simple, well built tripod the Velbon CX-300 is an absolute steal. With a 2-way head (pan and tilt) and 145cm maximum height this surprisingly light support is a helpful extra when out walking or to leave in the car in case a photo op pops up.
When a tripod is simply too cumbersome a monopod is the next best thing, giving a single leg to support your camera instead of three. The Giottos MML 3290B goes up to 182cm, compresses down to 50cm and can take over a kilogram of weight.
What looks like a bag with a tripod support in it is actually an innovative low level support. By giving the camera a level support regardless of the surface the Kirk Omnipod provides a helpful barrier for impromptu shooting and can be carried in a bag or case.
The Vanguard BIIN 37 Sling bag adds by taking away; removing a strap allows for the gear within the bag to be accessed far quicker, giving the user the opportunity to swing the bag round and grab the goods therein. With space for other accessories and a water bottle this is an excellent carry-all for a day's shooting.
A decent Compact Flash card should be seen and not heard, silently working away in the background and ensuring your camera is running at full pace when needed. With a 30MB/sec read/write speed the average DSLR will be able to make full use of the burst mode without issue.
Transporting your images across vast distances or even just between computers? The 32GB Fujifilm USB key has the capacity to store a card's worth, leaving your precious originals at home, and the rubber coating should protect it from an unscheduled visit to the floor.
The 320GB Western Digital My Passport Hard Drive combines a slim, sleek-looking shell with a massive amount of storage making it a must have for a laptop owner or anyone with enough images to grind a desktop computer to a halt.
For occasions when the amount of light on offer is vastly different across the frame an ND filter can balance things out without loss of detail. This slide-in kit also allows for further filters to be purchased in the hundreds on offer in the Cokin range.
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