Gifts For Father's Day: Photography Style

Father’s Day is coming up soon and you’re probably still searching around for a great gift for Dad. If your father is a photographer or loves to take pictures, here are some things to get him without breaking the bank.

Canon G11

I recently finished the Canon G11 review—and it was awesome!

The Canon G11 is an excellent point-and-shoot. Canon is close to creating the almost perfect small-sensor compact targeted towards higher end users. While the camera has some flaws it still is a good product. However, consumers have been rightfully asking for things like HD video in the camera.

For still images though, you won’t really get much better in the higher-end compact line of cameras. As a tip, try to constantly shoot at the widest aperture, which means not zooming in at all. Therefore, use it as if it has a prime lens.

Canon S90

As perhaps the only small sensor camera I’d ever use, the S90 delivers spectacular image quality for the size and also offers a bagful of great features. Though the sensor is just a bit larger than other point-and-shoots, it is large enough to really matter. Complete with an F2.0 lens at its widest focal length (unzoomed) it will let users take great photos in low-light. Coupled with RAW image output and great high ISO output, it can deliver some great images for almost any occasion and is pocketable.

Outstanding features include the wheel ring around the lens as well as the dial on the back of the camera that allows for ease and quick access to settings.

If you’re looking to get a gift for someone, this could be the camera.

Panasonic ZS-7

The Panasonic ZS-7 is really quite easy to use for professionals, techies and enthusiasts. For the technophobes in your family, they will probably be intimidated by all the buttons. These people are best left shooting in auto mode. They’ll get great use out of this camera when doing that as I’ve seen one of my students actually struggle with it after he used his Panasonic LX-2 (the predecessor to both the LX-3 and D-LUX 4) and they really aren’t very much different.

Canon T2i

From the Complete Canon T2i Review

“Party Photographers: as a backup and coupled with the 430 EX II. It could be used as a primary but requires better lenses like those listed above.

Wedding Photographers: I’ve seen lots of weddings shot with Rebels that have delivered fascinating results. Though it isn’t recommended, your 2nd shooter or assistants can probably make good use of the T2i providing that good lenses are in front of the sensor.

Travelers: By all means, this is the camera for you. Just shoot in RAW.

Videographers: If you’re trying to justify the purchase of the costly 7D, look to this instead.

Hobbyists: The Rebel line was meant for you.”

50mm Lens

Where would photographers be without their 50mm lenses? To be honest, nowhere. The 50mm lens is one of the most essential pieces of equipment that a photographer can have. Here’s a list for your Dad.

Canon- 50mm F1.4 for a cropped sensor camera (7D, 50D, T1i) and the 85mm F1.8 for Full frame (5D Mk II). An alternative can be the 50mm F1.8.

Nikon- 50mm F1.4 for cropped sensor camera (D300s, D90) and 85mm F1.4 for Full Frame (D700)

Sony/Minolta- 50mm F1.4 for cropped sensor (A230) and 85mm F1.4 for Full Frame (A850)

Pentax- 50mm F1.4 For all their cameras.

Olympus/Panasonic Four Thirds- 50mm F2 For all their digital cameras

Olympus/Panasonic Micro Four Thirds- Panasonic Leica 45mm F2.8 For all their cameras.

As an alternative, check out my posting on the best budget lenses.

Digital Foci Picture Porter

This little product is capable of not only displaying RAW photos but also the EXIF data if needed.

A Flash

Nikonians use the SB-900 typically. I use the Canon Speedlite 430 EX II, but most people use the 580 EX II. I also use the Gary Fong Lightsphere.

Domke F2 Bag

Inside this bag I am able to put:

Canon 5D Mk II with Battery Grip attached.

– 80-200mm F2.8 L

24-105mm F4 L IS

85mm F1.8 with the 50mm F1.8 on top of it

Gary Fong Lightsphere (broken down into two different compartments)

Canon 7D with Sun Sniper strap attached

– USB cables

Canon 430 EX II

– Memory Cards

Rode Videomic

Seriously, what else more could one want to stuff in there. In addition to that, there is still room to comfortably pack more items in. Now that doesn’t mean that photographers that purchase this item should go and try to stuff everything they have in there, on second thought, go for it.

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Chris Gampat

Chris Gampat is the Editor in Chief, Founder, and Publisher of the Phoblographer. He also likes pizza.