Under $600: 18 of the Best Photography Gifts for Dad This Father’s Day

These photography gifts will make Dad snap happy this Father’s Day.

If your dad is the photographer (or wants to be the photographer) of the family, and you’re struggling to come up with ideas on what to get for him this Father’s Day, look no further than this post. Whether your dad is a newcomer to the craft, or he has been around the shutter a few times, these items will make this Father’s Day even more special for him. Head on past the break to see all the incredible deals we found on photography gifts.

The gift of photography is one of the best you can give. Being able to capture, edit, and print images that can last a lifetime is priceless, and there is no doubt that Dad will love any of the photography gifts we have listed here for that reason. Check out all the great deals on photography gifts below.

Photography Gifts – Accessories

Haida Red-Diamond 10 Stop ND 100x100mm Filter

In our review, we state:

On numerous occasions, we had accidentally knocked the filter into low hanging branches while we were traversing from one shooting location to the next with our camera and tripod slung over our shoulder. Luckily, the filter’s coatings withstood the abuse and no scratches formed on the filter’s surface. Fingerprints, dust, and other blemishes from handling the filter also wiped away easily with a lens cloth.

Reviews Editor – Paul Ip

Buy Now: Around $160

Loupedeck+

Photography accessories

In our full review we said:

“Loupedeck’s original photo-editing console was first crowdfunded on Indiegogo back in 2016. Taking user feedback on the original Loupedeck into account, they’ve now released the upgraded Loupedeck+. Think of Loupedeck+ as a DJ’s mixing table, but designed with photographers and photo editors in mind, helping to speed up their post-processing workflow.”

Reviews Editor – Paul Ip

Buy now: $249

Datacolor Spyder Checkr

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Spyder Checkr delivers light color and intensity data from a scene, which can be used to adjust camera settings such as in-camera white balance and color temperature. The included software analyzes the results of your test photo and instantly creates an HSL-Preset to apply to your workflow for automatic color correction. It’s a must-have for any dad who is serious about photography. See how John Walrathfrom Datacolor used his time at home with his daughters to incorporate a photography lesson with a Spin Art project using Spyder Checkr here.

Buy now: Datacolor – Save 20% on Spyder Checkr and Spyder Checkr 24. Just enter the code FATHER when you check out. Valid thru 6/30/20

Lensbaby OMNI Creative Filter System

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In our full review we said:

“The process of using most optical modifiers can be rather bothersome; you have to hold your camera with one hand while manipulating these modifiers with the other. Lensbaby’s OMNI Creative filter System aims to simplify this experience and make creating these in-camera effects less complicated and a more manageable affair. The new Omni system uses prisms and their lens’ filter mount system to give photographers the ability to create some cool in-camera effects with ease.

Reviews Editor – Paul Ip

Buy now: Size Small – $99.95

Buy now: Size Large – $99.95

Breakthrough Photography X4 Circular Polarizer

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In our full review we said:

“The X4 CPL is marketed as having the sharpest and most color neutral glass of any circular polarizer. While I appreciate technical quality and occasionally pixel peep, clients pay most attention to image content. I don’t have any specialized equipment to test small quality differences and, in print, I can’t discern a tangible difference in the sharpness of the glass. However, at about half a stop faster than my older polarizers, a faster shutter speed certainly does equate to sharper pictures.”

Editor in Chief – Chris Gampat

Buy now: $129 – $159

Western Digital My Passport Wireless SSD

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In our full review we said:

“The My Passport Wireless SSD is a unit that we can highly recommend to photographers, videographers, and other creatives who need to backup and access their data while on the go and in locations not conducive to bringing/using a laptop. As well, when you are in those places where you can connect the unit directly to your computer, you will enjoy speeds that blow away any standard external drive that you have been using, likely reaching or exceeding the speed of the drives in your laptop (on the PC side anyway).”

Buy now: $179.99 – $599.99

Vi Vante Tread Classic Camera Strap

In our review, we state:

“The Vi Vante Tread Classic is special. Where most similar styled straps are thinner, the Vi Vante Tread Classic aims to be broader. This helps provide comfort for heavier cameras or heavier lenses. Along the entire stretch of the strap is both black leather and red threading.”

Buy Now: $150

Photography Gifts – Lenses

Tamron 18-400mm F3.5-6.3, 17-28mm F2.8, 28-75mm F2.8

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This Fathers’ Day put a smile on Dad’s face and take advantage of up to $200 Instant Savings on three Tamron lenses. Get $100 off on the world’s only 22.2x zoom, 18-400mm Ultra-Telephoto All-in-One. And from our latest E-Mount series, save $50 on each the 17-28mm f2.8 and 28-75mm f2.8 zoom lenses for Sony full-frame mirrorless cameras: each providing magnificent image quality without compromise, despite being very fast and super compact. Each Tamron lens comes with a lens hood and a Six-Year Limited USA Warranty. Give your dad the gift he’ll never expect and forever cherish.

Buy now: Tamron – Hurry! Limited time offer. Valid June 12th thru 21st!

Rokinon 50mm F1.4 AF FE

The rokinon 50mm f1.4

In our full review we said:

“Wow, that’s really what I need to say first and foremost about the new Rokinon 50mm f1.4 AF FE. It’s sharp, contrasty, has gorgeous bokeh, no major aberrations, and is really gorgeous. The lens has a bit of character to it, but I sort of wish there was more of it such as more lens flares, etc. Most photographers who aren’t looking for that and instead want something technically pleasing they can pixel peep will enjoy this lens.”

Editor in Chief – Chris Gampat

Buy now: $449

ProMaster Close-Up Lenses

In our full review we said:

“Whether you’re just getting into macro photography, or you’re not ready to invest in a dedicated macro lens just yet, the ProMaster Achromatic Close-Up Lens is an affordable option that won’t disappoint. They’re designed to do one thing (reduce the minimum focusing distance of your lens, thus magnifying your image as a result) and they do it very well.”

Reviews Editor – Paul Ip

Buy now: +3D strength $74.95 – $149.95  52mm58mm62mm67mm72mm, and 77mm

Buy now: +5D strength $74.95 – $149.95  52mm58mm62mm67mm, 72mm, and 77mm

Canon 50mm F1.8 STM (Canon EF)

50mm prime lenses canon

In our full review we said:

“Of all the cheap 50mm lenses made, Canon’s nifty 50 has always reigned supreme as the niftiest thanks to both image quality and affordability. Very recently, however, the company chose to update its formula for the lens. The Canon 50mm f1.8 STM is a lens that, like its predecessors, is still priced rather affordably and also performs very well for the price point. In every single way, this lens is a step up and improvement from the previous version, and with that in mind it will surely serve a new generation of budding photographers very well.”

Editor in Chief – Chris Gampat

Buy now: $99

Fujifilm 35mm F2 R WR

In our full review we said:

“With nine aperture blades, a weather sealed design, a small body overall that remains low profile in real life uses and great image quality, there is very little to complain about here”

Editor in Chief – Chris Gampat

Buy now: $399

Lensbaby Velvet 28

In our review, we state:

You can’t really compare the Lensbaby Velvet 28 to anything else out there. While many lenses play the measurbation game, the Lensbaby Velvet 28 slaps that in the face and lives its best life. 

Buy Now: $549

Photography Gifts – Cameras and Prints

World Class Photo Prints From Duggal

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World class photo prints for a world class Dad! Shop Duggal is the expanded online storefront of Duggal Visual Solutions, a global leader and innovator in photographic printing for decades. Our revolutionary HD C-Prints® have more than twice the resolution of standard prints, immersing viewers in stunning color and definition.

For a gift that keeps on giving, get 35% off high-quality photography prints for your dad this Father’sDay with the code PHOBLO2020, or give him the option to choose with a Shop Duggal Gift Card!

Buy now: Duggal

Sony a6000

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In our full review we said:

“The Sony A6000 hands down has the best autofocusing system out there. While it isn’t the fastest, it’s by far the smartest and most responsive, putting some DSLRs to shame in our tests for sure. Granted, Sony did this with an APS-C sensor and have yet to do this with a full-frame sensor. If that doesn’t bother you, then you’ll have an autofocusing beast in the palm of your hand.”

Editor in Chief – Chris Gampat

Buy now body only: $398

Buy now with lens: $498

Olympus Pen E-PL10

photography gifts

In our full review we said:

“Overall the Olympus Pen E-PL10 is an excellent camera. The camera is small enough that it can be slipped into a pocket if it has a small prime lens attached, or can easily be put into a bag. This camera is perfect for those who perhaps want to do some macro photography, some everyday journaling, street photography, food photography, and even more advanced genres like astrophotography thanks to the tremendous live composition mode. The image quality is excellent, and the touch interface will make those who are used to smartphones feel right at home.”

Gear Editor – Brett Day

Buy now body only: $499

Buy now with lens: $599

Mint Camera InstantFlex TL70 2.0

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In our full review we said:

“What’s so incredible about the TL70 is the feel, look, and experience. When you get that photo perfectly exposed, then you feel joy and relief. When you screw it up, then you get heartbreak. Those emotions are important to photography–especially in a world where you can simply just shoot, reshoot, and screw up all you want.

Editor in Chief – Chris Gampat

Buy now: $389

Lomography LCA 120

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In our full review we said:

“The LCA 120 is a camera very much tailored towards street photography and street shooters–and we think that it’s one of the best–if not the best–option when it comes to so many different parameters of image quality. The reasons for this are many, but it starts with the fact that the user shoots with medium format film to begin with. Then consider how good the lens is on the LCA 120. Combine the two together and you’ve got a camera that renders images that a photographer will care about.”

Editor in Chief – Chris Gampat

Buy now: $449.90

Note: Some products within this post are sponsored.