We're deep into the holiday shopping season and if you are like me, there's a bunch of neat photography gifts that you're probably wishing for. I thought I would put together a short list of some of the things I can recommend to other photographers (either as gifts or for yourself) based on my use as well as a "wish-list" of things I (and just about any photographer) would sure like to receive. I've included links to many of the products so if you want to get something for a photographer in your life, or even me :-) you can click on the links.
So, without further ado, here is the first annual "Mark's Photography Spot Guide To Photography Gifts":
Canon EOS T3i: This had to be the 1st camera on the list because it's my camera :-) The T3i was my first digital SLR and I couldn't be happier with it. I was looking for a camera that could allow me to take good images as well as shoot HD video. I did a lot of research and the camera has received numerous positive reviews. I've had the camera for 5 months and have taken about 3,000 images with it. The camera has a lot of features and you will definitely want to purchase an aftermarket guide to help you learn the camera. I'm still learning how to make the most out of the camera but am having a ton of fun in the process. Canon Rebel XSI: The Rebel XSI is an older model DSLR that was 1st released in 2008. I just purchased one of these for Pam. She has expressed an interest in learning more about photography but isn't 100% sure she'll want to be as much of a geek (or is it "geekette"?) about it as me. Based on some research this camera came highly recommended as a great 1st DSLR to purchase used. The XSI has 12.2 megapixels, an advanced autofocus and metering system and all of the features you need for learning how to take good photographs. It doesn't shoot video but it does have a live view system and a sensor cleaning system. It uses the same cards and lenses as the T3i and the controls are very similar. That should make it easy for me to help Pam learn how to use the camera. We'll be able to share lenses as well, which should save some money, especially if she enjoys "serious" photography. I found mine on Ebay. Ebay is a great place to purchase used camera equipment. Just be sure to research the product so you don't overbid and only deal with reputable sellers. Here's a link to a search for the camera: