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The $$$ Christmas List

So, you’re ready to spend some money, but you want to make sure you’re getting that photographer in your life the good stuff… You’ve come to the right place! Here’s the IPS recommendations for this Christmas’ Best Photographer Gifts.

Lenses
It seems like no matter how many you have, there is always another one. Each of the lenses below is fantastic, but the Canon 70-200 f/4 is really a winner. The 50mm lenses listed are a must for every photographer.


Canon 50mm f/1.8

Canon 70-200 f/4L

Canon Fisheye

Canon 17-40 f/4L

Nikon 50mm f/1.8

Nikon 50mm f/1.8
Better auto focus

Nikon Fisheye
 

 

Computers
A good display, lots of RAM and an updated processor are critical for a photographer’s computer. We’re pleased to recommend any of the systems below.


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21.5″ iMac
Starting at $1120

13″ MacBook Air
Starting at $1235

13″ MacBook Pro
Starting at $1034
Upgrades available

15″ MacBook Pro
Starting at $1579
Upgrades available
       

15″ Dell XPS 15z
$1050

Dell XPS 8300 Desktop
$799 (monitor separate)

21.5″ Dell LED display
$153

27″ Apple display
$950

 

Accessories
Here are our favorite tripod, a most excellent calibrator for making sure the colors on your screen are accurate, and a great kit for using an off-camera flash. All of these products will work with Canon or Nikon, Mac or PC.


Manfrotto Tripod Kit
$245.94

Spyder3Pro Color Calibration
$154.99

Photoflex LiteDome Kit
$118.95
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The $50 Christmas list for Photographers

Congratulations! You found the Ultimate $50 Christmas List for the Photographer in your life! If you are not one yourself, photographers can be quite a challenge to buy for. This list contains some of the hottest items of this holiday season. Happy shopping!

Books
Whether they are on the shelf or on the Kindle, books are still a great way to push forward into the New Year with some new skills. While we cannot guarantee that there will not be offensive images, we are pretty confident that these books are among the cleanest on the market.

 

iPhone
Here are a couple of quick fixes to help you take even better photos with that iPhone camera!


iPhone Lens kit

Mini Gorilla-pod for iPhone

iPhone tripod adapter

 

Lens Mugs
Ever since they hit the U.S. Market about 2 years ago, Lens Mugs have been one of the hottest selling photo accessories. Here’s where to get yours cheap.


Canon 24-70

Canon 70-200

Nikon 24-70

 

Cards & Batteries
You can never have too many of either!


16GB SD Card

16GB CF Card

AA Batteries & Charger

AA Rechargeable Batteries

 

Have ideas for more great stuff? Comment below, and we’ll do our best to include it!

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Jungle Inside a Cave

In today’s world it seems as though there are few amazing things left to discover. Then I read about places like Vietnam’s Infinite Cave and realize that I could spend my whole lifetime and still not see and experience all of the incredible things God has put on this planet. National Geographic has a fantastic photo story on this cave and a team that went to explore it. Hopefully I’ll be on one of those teams someday!

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The King James Bible

National Geographic has an interesting photo story on the Bible of King James and some of the surprising places it is still in use.

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Street Photography with Steve McCurry

Like street photography? So does photo legend Steve McCurry. Here’s what he has to say on building relationships with people so you get better pictures and give them the respect they deserve.

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