12 Stocking Fillers for Photographers


Looking for the perfect gift? Here are 12 budget stocking fillers for the photographer in your life


PrimaPhoto Small Travel Tripod 

The extremely portable PrimaPhoto Small Travel Tripod offers excellent stability for loads of up to 4Kg and provides a maximum working height of 127.5cm. Shipped with its own carry bag and weighing just 1.2kg (Arca Swiss compatible ball head included), it’s an ideal choice for those wanting to explore new places, while travelling light.


PrimaPhoto Small Travel Tripod - Silver


LowePro Adventura SH 120 II Shoulder Bag

Spoiling someone with their first DSLR or CSC this Christmas? If so, The Lowepro Adventura SH 120 II is designed to fit a camera and attached kit lens, with room for a spare memory card and small accessories in additional pockets. The bag’s durable, custom-moulded base protects gear from moisture and abrasion, while a padded shoulder strap ensures comfort. 


Lowepro Adventura SH 120 II Shoulder Bag



Think Tank SD Pixel Pocket Rocket SDHC

We probably spend as much time searching for misplaced SD cards as we do taking photographs! Fortunately, Think Tank’s SD Pixel Pocket Rocket SDHC acts as a useful little storage wallet for up to nine SD cards. Not only is it small enough to fit inside a pocket, but it comes with a handy lanyard so you can attach it to a belt loop or kit bag.


Think Tank SD Pixel Pocket Rocket SDHC



Black Rapid Street Breathe

If you’re tired of throttling yourself in the heat of the moment with a conventional neck-strap, then the Black Rapid Street Breathe might be for you. This cross-body strap allows an attached camera to rest upside-down in an easy to reach position (alongside the hip). In addition, a thin, moisture-wicking shoulder pad provides comfort, while a durable locking carabiner ensures your camera remains safely by your side.


Save £10, RRP £50

Black Rapid Street Breathe - Black/Yellow



WexPro 110cm 5-in-1 Reflector

There’s a reason why just about every professional owns a good reflector, it can be the difference between an image that’s a hit or a miss. Our 110cm 5-in-1 reflector features a translucent white deflector for soft and even shadows, a white panel for bright, natural-looking light, and a textured golden panel that adds a warm glow to skin tones. There’s also a black absorption panel to reduce unwanted reflections and a silver panel to increase contrast and fill-in shadows. If that isn’t enough, it folds down to a mere 39cm for easy transportation/stocking stuffing…  


WexPro 110cm 5-in-1 Reflector


Lastolite Strobo Gel Starter Kit - Direct to Flashgun

The Lastolite Strobo Gel Starter Kit includes everything you need to start using coloured gels with your flashgun. The included bracket is also compatible with other Lasolite light modifiers (available separately), such as honeycomb grids and barn doors for even greater control of your lighting. 


Lastolite Strobo Gel Starter Kit - Direct to Flashgun


Manfrotto PIXI EVO Tripod 

If you want to carry a tripod, but need to travel light, Manfrotto’s PIXI EVO weighs only 260g and is only 20.5cm in length, when closed. Boasting a ball head and two-section legs (adjustable to five steps and two leg angles) this miniature tripod will provide stability for loads of up to 2.5kg — the perfect pint-sized solution for the photographer on the go.


Manfrotto PIXI EVO Tripod - Black



Hahnel HRN 280 Pro Remote Shutter Release

Pressing your camera’s shutter button can cause camera shake, even when using a tripod. If you’re serious about long-exposure or landscape photography, then a shutter release like the Hahnel HRN 280 Pro is essential. Thanks to its textured anti-slip finish, the HRN 280 Pro is simple to use, even when wearing gloves! Nikon, Canon, Sony, Olympus and Panasonic compatible products available.


Hahnel HRC 280 Pro Remote Shutter Release - Canon



Hahnel Unipal Universal Charger

Never get caught with a flat battery again! The portable Hahnel Unipal Universal Charger is compatible with practically all lithium-ion, lithium-polymer, and AA/AAA batteries. If that wasn’t enough, it can charge devices with USB ports too (12V DC input with car lead included). 


Hahnel Unipal Universal Charger


Visible Dust EZ Cleaning Kit Plus

If you’ve ever spent hours removing unwanted smudges during post-production, courtesy of a dusty sensor, then you’ll know that a good cleaning kit is worth its weight in gold. Visible Dust’s EZ Cleaning Kit Plus includes 1.15ml of Smear Away fluid, a sensor cleaning brush and five MXD-100 Vswabs, everything you need for crystal clear images.


Visible Dust EZ Cleaning Kit Plus - 1.15ml Smear Away Sensor Brush and 5 Green Swabs (1.6x)



Ilford HP5 Plus 35mm Film

Just like vinyl records, film cameras are experiencing something of a resurgence. If 2018 is the year that you dust off your aging analogue camera, then HP5 Plus might be worth considering. The high-speed, medium contrast film is especially suitable for action and press photography, and general purpose photography too. Nominally rated at ISO 400, it yields negatives of outstanding sharpness and fine grain, under all lighting conditions.


Ilford HP5 Plus 35mm film (36 exposure)



Kenko Air UV Filters

If you’re getting a new lens for Christmas, you might want to consider safeguarding it with an Air UV screw-in filter from Kenko. Shield your precious optic from dust, moisture and scratches so it remains in pristine condition (available in sizes ranging from 49 to 77mm).


Kenko 52mm Air UV Filter



About the Author

Matt Higgs has worked for Practical Photography and Digital Photo magazines, and his live music images have been featured in numerous respected music publications including Rock Sound, Guitarist, Guitar Techniques and Akustik Gitarre. www.matthiggsphotography.co.uk.


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