XSories’ nifty product transforms a computer or Android or iOS device into a wireless remote control for DSLRs. Once connected, Weye Feye allows users to remotely adjust the camera’s ISO, white balance, aperture and focus from up to 80 metres away, as well as take photos and video clips. Shots and footage captured can then be directly stored in the cloud, shared on social networks or moved to a mobile device or computer. It’s compatible with most Nikon and Canon.
Polaroid Impulse AF 600
Available from The Impossible Project, a company dedicated to keeping instant analogue photography from extinction, this original Polaroid Impulse camera will educate smartphone-toting whippersnapper snappers about the true origins of ‘social sharing’ and selfies. One pack of colour film comes in the box, so your recipient can get shooting straight away.
Olloclip 4-in-1 Lens
This brand new edition of the tiny iPhone lens add-on adds an extra macro lens to the 3-in-1 line-up, meaning there’s now a fisheye, wide-angle, 10x macro and 15 x macro in your smartphone shooting arsenal – and that means a massive increase in the types of photos the phone can take. Available from the Apple Store for both the iPhone 5/5S and iPhone 4/4S, with a version that will fit the iPhone 5C launching very soon.
ThinkTank Retrospective 5
Don’t be fooled by the Retrospective 5’s handsome old-fashioned looks – it’s every bit the modern camera bag. Able to accommodate a DSLR and one to three extra lenses, or a compact system camera and four to six lenses, it sports a hook-and-loop front flap that can be opened soundlessly: ideal for anyone shooting in places where noise isn’t wanted (concert halls or the outdoors when skittish animals are about). It also rocks a removeable rain cover, which’ll doubtless come in handy all the year round.
Manfrotto 190Cx Carbon Fibre Tripod
The Rolls-Royce of tripods, especially for anyone with an aversion to lugging around heavy gear, the 190Cx is constructed of carbon fibre – a super-strong but lightweight material best known for its use in Formula 1 cars. That means that despite being able to hold up to 5kg of camera, lens and flash, it weighs a mere 1.3kg.
Lomography La Sardina and Flash DIY Edition
Lomo’s sardine tin-shaped analogue camera offers a 22mm wide-angle lens and the company’s most powerful flash to date, and this special edition adds something a little more idiosyncratic to that: a look that can be customised by the owner. Write on the case with chalk or give it a new coat of paint, or decorate it with physical embellishments like stick-on rivets. It takes 35mm film and supports multiple exposures and a bulb setting.
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Lens shot glasses
Based on Canon’s near-ubiquitous 28-135mm L lens, this pack of three shot glasses should prove a hit with anyone who appreciates (a) photography and (b) knocking back liquor. Nikon fanboys may be the exception, though...
Gerber Steady Tool
Military and outdoor specialist Gerber shows some love to shutterbugs with the Steady Tool, a multi-tool that features a tripod alongside the usual selection of stainless steel blades, screwdrivers, pliers and a bottle opener. The tripod works with compact digital cameras (up to 340g) and smartphones (up to 170g).
Personalised camera strap
Nothing says, “I’ve put more than the usual amount of consideration into your present” than having something personalised, and Ukraine-based Etsy seller Viveo has the perfect item for camera enthusiasts: a fetching hand-cut leather camera strap that can be personalised with up to five letters. The strap should fit most DSLRs, CSCs and rangefinder models, but you can get in touch to check if you’re not sure.
Lensbaby Composer Pro with Sweet 35
Lensbaby’s selective focus lenses allow DSLR and CSC users to take dream-like shots, with only a portion of the frame in sharp focus and the other areas diffracting into beautiful blurry bokeh. It’s an effect you won’t be able to replicate in Photoshop, and Lensbaby’s solution – available for most types of lens mount – is far cheaper than buying a real tilt-shift lens.
Genesis by Sebastiao Salgado
A coffee table book that will inspire your friend to get out into the great wide open and start shooting, Salgado’s collection of jaw-dropping black and white landscape shots shows just why the Brazilian is today’s answer to Ansel Adams.
Allowing you to turn any smooth surface into a solid – but temporary – mount for your phone or tablet, Goo.ey’s skins stick fast thanks to a polyurethane epoxy coating. But they’re smart enough that won’t stick inside your pockets or anything like that. Anyway, they make a nice, quick alternative to a tripod (as long as there’s a smooth surface nearby) and come in useful in lots of other ways too. Available for most Apple iOS and Samsung Galaxy devices.