Here are what I think are some cool ideas for gifts this holiday season either to others or to you from Santa.
- When travelling one faces the danger of needing a portable device charged and no facilities are present or without lineups for the job. A portable Charger/Power Bank is the answer. There are several on the market; I’m just listing one for reference. This is the Anker Powercore 21000 mAh, which sells for $44.99 at Amazon.ca. It has both lightning and micro USB cables, so it charges both IOS and Android devices.
- Rather than carrying batteries loose, better to keep them together in a protective case such as the Neewer DSLR Battery Case, $8.99 at Amazon.
- Tired of having to deal with lens caps in your pocket or loose in your bag? I recommend a lens cap clip buckle, at $12.99. This clips to your belt, camera strap, shirt, whatever is convenient. A dangling cap is an annoyance in my view.
- In winter, camera gloves can be a life saver. Choose open fingers, or special smartphone touch sensitive fingers, etc. Prices vary from $12 to $70.
- One very convenient add-on to your camera is a battery grip, which adds a second battery to your camera, plus more convenient shooting options in terms of hand-holding it. I was surprised to see prices in the $40-$90 range for the Neewer Battery Grip line. These grips are commonly in the hundreds of dollars range, I thought.
- We are usually discouraged from shooting with a flash gun mounted directly on top of the camera in the flash mount. There are a host of alternative uses for that mount. If you want to mount a flash gun, you can use a bracket to keep the gun some distance from the direct aim of the lens. These flash mount brackets can be as low as $12 to $15 dollars. Other things you can mount on the camera are microphones starting at about $70, levelling devices for about $10, and LED lights for between $20 and $70. You might want to combine the last one with a bracket to move the light off to the side and up higher or both.
- I tend to cringe a little when I see people use a selfie stick with their smartphone to take pictures of themselves. Nevertheless there are times when we want pictures of ourselves with loved ones or special scenes behind us. The answer of course is a tripod. For a smartphone? Yes, in fact. And small enough that it will fit into a purse, pocket, or camera bag that is being used for other devices. These can be purchased for between $20 and $40. They come with a remote control for you to fire as you join your family around that holiday dinner. And, yes you can use them as a selfie stick as well.
The prices I’ve listed are from Amazon.ca. I’m not trying to promote Amazon, just making sure my prices are Canadian and available. I encourage shopping at local neighbourhood stores, such as Henrys which are friendly to our club. In fact they offer a discount if you mention our club, (Mentioning CAPA works for sure.)
Enjoy this great holiday season, and may Santa be good to you.