PetaPixel Photography Gift Guide 2012

With Christmas and the holiday season just around the corner, here’s our annual roundup of the latest, greatest, and phototastic-ist gift ideas. The items are listed by price, so there should be something to fit every budget.

Camera Stickers — $5 for 273 stickers

Tiny stickers featuring pixelated illustrations of various camera equipment, including cameras, lenses, and even memory cards! Use them to decorate your gifts or give them as gifts themselves.

Leica Look-Alike Skin for the iPhone 5 — $6

A protective vinyl skin that makes your iPhone 5 look like a Leica M rangefinder camera. We also sell an identical iPhone 4/4S version.

The f/60 Lens Kitchen Timer — $14

A working kitchen timer that’s designed to look like a zoom lens. Twisting the zoom ring starts the countdown, and it doesn’t require any batteries.

Joby GripTight — $20

A compact and easy-to-use camera mount that lets you connect any smartphone to any tripod.

Gizmon iCA Remote Shutter — $23

A Remote Shutter Release for iOS Devices That Masquerades as a Roll of Film iphoneshutterrelease

A simple remote shutter release for iOS devices (e.g. iPhones) that looks like a roll of film.

Dodge & Burn T-Shirts — $29

Photography inspired T-shirts with stylish designs based on vintage cameras. There are 12 designs to choose from.

Printstagram Calendar — $40

A tear-off calendar in which each sheet is a “Polaroid picture”-style print of one of your Instagram photographs.

Lensbaby Spark — $80

An affordable plastic toy lens that lets you shoot selective-focus photographs using your Canon or Nikon DSLR.

Canon PowerShot S100 — $249

This powerful little compact may have been succeeded by the S110, but it’s still the #1 best-selling camera over on Amazon.

Sekonic L-478D/L-478DR Light Meters — $389/$469

The world’s first LCD touchscreen light meters. The L-478DR also includes a built-in Pocketwizard wireless flash trigger.

Sony DSC-RX100 — $648

A large-sensor tiny-body camera that has been shaking up the compact camera market since it was announced back in June. Some reviewers are calling the camera the best compact camera of all time.

Fujifilm X-E1 — $1000

A mirrorless camera that features a large sensor and a gorgeous design that’s inspired by old rangefinder cameras.

Olympus OM-D E-M5 — $1200

A powerful and stylish mirrorless camera that’s inspired by film SLRs.

Canon 6D/Nikon D600 — $2099/$2000

Heavyweight camera makers Canon and Nikon both announced “entry-level” full-frame DSLRs this year, making it much cheaper for photographers to jump into the world of full frame from smaller sensor sizes.

Image credit: Presents Under the Tree by nerdcoregirl

  • Felix

    Well that escalated quickly.

  • Michael Zhang

    :) We’re keeping our eyes open for gifts that would fit nicely in the gap.

  • Jonathan Maniago

    I recommend adding an actual Leica to this list. They make great fashion accessories.

  • Vlad Dusil

    Great guide, thanks Michael.

  • Charlie Boucher

    Cool list. lol I did have to laugh towards the end of the list,…….when it jumps from 80 bucks, to 648 and so on :) Thanks for the list though :)

  • russianbox

    I’d say a BlackRapid strap is a good gift! i got one last year, I never have the normal strap on because its a pain on the neck. This is a great fit!

  • photosforus

    You can use your supplied headphones as a remote trigger by using the volume up button if you want to save the $23 on the Gizmon iCA Remote Shutter

  • photosforus

    guess that’s not really a gift though.

  • Mute

    There are good, small sensor compact cameras that would fit into that gap. The Sony RX100 is a great camera but there are options for people with a budget under $300 say.

  • Mute

    The Dodge and Burn t-shirts are wonderful, great customer service too.

  • Michael Zhang

    Good point :) Adding great gift ideas as we find them. Just included the S100

  • Igor Ken

    the sony rx100 is just wonderful. I never want to use the 5D again!

  • IanJ

    Surprised not to see the now classic lens mug. One can be found at Thinkgeek for $14.99.

  • Michael Zhang

    Did feature those a couple of years ago :) We generally only feature cool products in our gift guides once in the year they come out

  • Ano

    Anyone else saw what just happened here? #_#

  • Jason Zeis

    How about the GoPro HD Hero 3?


  • F200

    Camera bags would also be nice addition, maybe from ThinkTank or even Guragear

  • Photoretouchpro

    Mke sure you give ‘em a sensor cleaning kit with that D600!

  • DafOwen

    I often get asked what would be a good, affordable gift for other photographers by their friends/family – they almost always already have a camera. So the more affordable end of the scale is better.
    E.g. Nifty fifty, reflectors, Sensor swabs, etc