Holiday Gifts For The Digital SLR Owner, 2012 Edition

It’s that time of year when we all shop until our credit cards drop, then shop some more just for good measure. To get into the holiday spirit, I’ve put together a few fun gift recommendations for your favorite dSLR owner.

Happy shopping, and happy holidays!

LensBaby Spark Available for both Canon and Nikon mounts, this is a great little lens for playing around. You can tilt it or squeeze it to change the focus and get all sorts of cool focusing effects.
Crumpler 5 Million Dollar Home camera bag. I love love love my Crumpler bag! It’s the perfect thing for toting around a camera and a couple of accessories. It’s water-resistant, very well padded, and exceptionally well made. The pockets are in the right places and made for the things I want to carry. For more room (and more moolah), try the 7 Million Dollar Home instead.

If you want to go completely crazy, there’s the Brazillion Dollar Home. I want one just for the name!

Giottos Rocket Air Blaster. This is a perennial SSA! favorite. It’s useful for blowing the dust off of your gear, and for cleaning your sensor. You can also use it to blow the hair out of your face, annoy your cat, or any number of things.
DGK Color Tools Gray, Black, and White Cards.It’s always useful to have an 18% gray card in your bag, for setting white balance in difficult or unknown lighting situations. This one also comes with black and white cards as well for handling dynamic range. The set is waterproof and comes with a lanyard. At 4×5 inches, it’ll slip right into your Crumpler bag.

Gary Fong Puffer Pop-Up Flash Diffuser. Pop-up flash stinks, but most digital SLRs have one. This diffuser works surprisingly well for turning that harsh on-camera light into something softer and less obnoxious. I bought one this year when I was lending a camera to a friend, and I was surprised by how well it worked.

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