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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Essentials the Location Shooter (1 of 10)ISO 1001-100 sec

Photographers often fixate on the big-ticket items such as the big camera or lens. And while those items can make a big difference in our photography, there are some more affordable items which can prove just as important for our photography. Whether you invest or all of these items, they can undoubtedly make a difference with your photography.

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This is a massive list, so just let your loved one or anyone thinking about getting you a gift know just what you want. Here are 30 gifts that every photographer would appreciate this holiday season.

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The Phoblographer and MeFOTO are INCREDIBLY excited to announce our latest giveaway together. We’re giving away a Sony A7 kit and a MeFOTO Roadtrip tripod in any color of your choice. We’ve got a really simple contest and one lucky winner will have an even brighter holiday season with these two fabulous products in their hands.

So how do you win? Head on past the jump to see.

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Chris Gampat The Phoblographer Fujfilm Instax mini 90 product photos (2 of 7)ISO 4001-30 sec at f - 4.0

When Fujifilm first announced their Mini 90 camera, folks everywhere either gawked at the expensive price or looked at it alluringly with lust and heart palpitations. Then we tried it, and actually kind of liked it. It’s totally a hipster camera, but that doesn’t mean that you should sit there and turn your nose away from it. In fact, the Mini 90 has a couple of cool features that will force you to think within a box and put an huge emphasis on unleashing your creative side by getting rid of the technical stuff.

And more than anything, it will be a pricey learning tool.

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While the above title obviously has a case of Inception going on, a recent product called the Lollipod is looking to fill the void in your life by basically trying to nudge itself into many different situations. At its core, the Lollipod is basically a light stand/monopod. But the company is pitching it for, “selfies, travel, cinemagraphs, video blogging, low light photography, film making, time-lapse, strobists, landscape and stop motion photography, even video monitoring your baby or dog!” They’re stating that it can hold your phone, GoPro, etc.

Coming in at320 grams (inc. bag) and measuring 32 cm, they’re also really trying to push the portability factor. And if you don’t want to sit there holding it still during the windy seasons (like this year’s Fall in NYC) then you can use the little basket system that is placed near the bottom. This system essentially is a small hammock that lets you put stuff like rocks in there to act like a sandbag; sort of.

According to their page, the Lollipod will set you back around $55.66.


We’ve just recently covered some of Manfrotto’s new bag line. Over the last few weeks I had the chance to test Manfrotto’s new Backpack 30. Now, Manfrotto set out to reinvigorate its bag line with a much-needed new look and design. I must say I really warmed up to the charms of the design of what it has to offer.

Editor’s Note: This is a guest blog post by Matthew D’Alessio

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