10 great gifts for the budding photographer

Stuck for inspiration this Christmas? Not sure what to get the budding photographer in your life? Here are ten great gift ideas for photographers.

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We all want to make someone happy this Christmas, and for the budding photographer a genuinely useful piece of kit is a great way to do just that. Maybe you're considering something to complement existing equipment, or perhaps a brand new toy. Or maybe you've run out of ideas and need some fresh ones! To help you out, we've gathered together ten great ideas to suit a range of budgets:

LaCie 500GB Rugged Mini Portable Hard Drive

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Ideal for those who need access to their images on the move, the Lacie Rugged Mini is not only protected against rain, pressure and shock, but with password protection it'll also prevent any unauthorised access to your files. It's also backward compatible with the USB 2.0 protocol, which means it can be used with older and newer machines alike. Click here for more information on the Lacie 500GB Rugged Mini Portable Hard Drive

Canon EOS M

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A competent yet affordable choice for those looking to dip their toe into the world of interchangeable-lens photography, the Canon EOS M manages to boast a number of advantages over its peers, such as a sturdy, magnesium-alloy construction, a high-resolution 18MP sensor and a detailed touchscreen on the rear. Right now you can also get £50 cashback through Canon, making it an even better bargain. Click here for more information on the Canon EOS M

Wacom Intuos Creative Pen and Touch Graphics Tablet

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Many photographers swear by graphics tablets for image adjustments, although they can appear somewhat intimidating to first-time users. The Wacom Intuos Creative Pen and Touch is designed for those looking to get started without any fuss, with a simple design and four ExpressKeys for quick access to functions, together with support for multi-touch gestures so you can zoom into and rotate images as you would on a tablet. Click here for more information on the Wacom Intuos Creative Pen and Touch Graphics Tablet

Nissin Di700 Flashgun

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With coverage over 24-200mm, a guide number of 54m (at ISO 100) at the telephoto end and tilt-and-swivel functionality, the Nissin Di700 already gets off to a fine start against much pricier flashguns. On top of this there's a power socket, which makes the flash compatible with an optional battery pack for even speedier recycling, and also the option to use it wirelessly. Click here for more information on the Nissin Di700

Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 5

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Despite being a fraction of the cost of Adobe's full Photoshop CS6 program, Adobe Lightroom has become a hugely popular alternative for image processing and file management among enthusiasts and professionals. The latest iteration includes location-based image organisation, a range of new editing functions and better integration with Photoshop CS, as well as support for a range of recent cameras and lenses. Click here for more information on Adobe Lightroom 5

Nikon 40mm f/2.8 G AF-S DX Micro

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Lots of lenses claim to have macro capabilities, but only those with a 1:1 magnification ratio are 'true' macro objectives. The Nikon 40mm f/2.8 G AF-S DX Micro is one such lens. The fact that it's designed for DX-format bodies allows it to be smaller and lighter than conventional macro optics, and it's also significantly cheaper too. Click here for more information on the Nikon 40mm f/2.8 G AF-S Micro

Datacolor Spyder 4 Express

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Calibrating your monitor isn't the most interesting of tasks, so something which can at least make it effortless is always welcome. The Datacolor Spyder 4 Express is just that, with the option of a simple wizard interface for beginners and profiling and calibration within minutes. You can even use it to profile the display of an iPad or iPhone, allowing you to check accurate colour through a dedicated app. Click here for more information on the Datacolor Spyder 4 Express

Manfrotto 679B Monopod (with free 234RC head)

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Monopods are one of the most versatile photographic accessories, coming handy when panning birds or sports, or when in tight and crowded spaces where a tripod would be impractical. This option from Manfrotto is impressive enough on its own, with a maximum load of 2.5kgs and maximum height of 157cm, but with the free 234RC ball head the camera can be effortlessly alternated between portrait and landscape orientations and released easily with the quick release plate. Click here for more information on the Manfrotto 679B monopod

Lowepro Photo Traveler 150 Backpack

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A good backpack that can contain all your kit needn't cost much, as this offering from Lowepro proves. It'll happily hold your DSLR and kit lens, as well as three or four further lenses (or up to three lenses and a flashgun), while the zipped pocket at the front has been designed specifically for a tablet and smaller accessories. And, if you ever want to expand its carrying capabilities, you can do just that by adding further pouches and cases through the two SlipLock loops. Click here for more information on the Lowepro Photo Traveler 150 

Kenko Extension Tubes

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p>Extension tubes are a popular and inexpensive way of forcing your lens to focus closer to a subject than its minimum focusing distance would normally allow. With no optical elements in their construction they don't stand to degrade image quality, and you can use them with both standard and macro lenses, either on their own or in combination with each other. This set also maintains TTL metering and, providing there's enough light, autofocus too - a great way to get closer without the expense of a new optic! Click here for more information on the Kenko Extension Tubes

 

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