Photography by J.D. Magers

Who Wants What for Christmas

Added on by J.D. Magers.

Over the last couple of weeks, we have been bombarded with list after list of what to get the photographer in your life for Christmas.  What's one more?  But instead of creating my own list (of what I want really), I thought it would be cool to link to everyone else's list and make it easier on everyone. So here we go:

  1. Scott Kelby's Annual Gonzo Gear Guide has been a cool read for me over the last few years.  I have always liked the way it is structured, and the rules Scott puts in place for recommending the gear.  I'll take the Tether Tool strap please.
  2. This list from Improve Photography has a nice mix of stuff from stocking stuffer on up to the expensive items.  I liked this list because it looks like a bunch of selections from a variety of people over all the categories. It isn't just one photographer's opinion in this list. I am intrigued by that X-rite ColorMunki display for $150.00.  That is something I have needed for quite awhile, and it's now in my Amazon cart.
  3. These two lists from American Photo Mag and are actually quite similar.  It even looks like the same media company produced them. Both of these lists contain the Peak Design Messenger Bag that was designed by Trey Ratcliff. That thing must really be awesome, because it is being recommended everywhere.  So I'll take that.
  4. has a really long list with 130 or so items on it.  Most of them seem to be gadgety type stuff, including about every version of iPhone camera case, or iPhone camera accessory, or camera lens coffee mug you can think of.  I already have a camera mug thanks.  Still, there were a couple of pretty cool gifts on here.  I'll take the Vintage Camera Bookends at Number 48 please.
  5. Last, but most definitely not least, I came across this post from one of my favorite photographers, David DuChemin.  The gift guide is perfect.  You just have to read it for yourself.

There is your information overload for the day.  There are an infinite number of other lists anyway.  Whether you're shopping for someone else or yourself, we need to remember that there are a variety of reasons for the season.  Me?  It's about spending time with my family and celebrating our baby's first Christmas.  We'll be tearing open all of her - I'm about to be spoiled rotten - gifts.  I encourage everyone to read David's post linked above.  It was awesome, and definitely something to think about.