2014 Gift Guide Our annual holiday gift guide; unique ideas on what to buy photographers, from a GoPro steadicam and a lens-shaped koozie... By American Photo Editors | Published Nov 24, 2014 9:02 PM Gear Picasa SHARE POCKET POWER Canon PowerShot G7 X A snazzy little camera that helps return Canon’s PowerShot G line to its truly compact roots, the new G7 X has a 1-inch 20.2-megapixel CMOS sensor, 24–100mm (equivalent) f/1.8–2.8 lens, the powerful Digic 6 processor, tilting 3-inch LCD, manual focus capability, and Wi-Fi. BUY IT $700; usa.canon.com WORKHORSE Apple Mac Pro This was the year Apple finally updated its Mac Pro, long the tool of choice for the professional digital darkroom. The radically redesigned tower (shown here without its shell) is just under 10 inches tall and comes in 3.7-GHz quad-core and 3.5-GHz six-core configurations. BUY IT From $3,000; store.apple.com HANDSOME & HANDY Ona Prince Street This classic satchel contains padded compartments for an 11-inch notebook or tablet, a DSLR, and one or two lenses. Ona also makes it in black leather, as well as waxed canvas with leather trim. BUY IT $270; onabags.com HANDSOME & HANDY Domke Next Generation Chronicle Domke redesigned its famously understated camera bag line adding modern flourishes. But input from pros kept the new Chronicle line practical, down to the expandable side pocket and the easy-access double zipper on top. BUY IT $320; tiffen.com LIGHT CHANGER Spinlight 360 Gel Collection Whether to provide a different color light to match a scene or to accent it, these gels work with the Spinlight 360 system to adjust the tone of a hot-shoe flash. Comes with 20 gels, two clear disks, and a case that doubles as a modifier. BUY IT $37; spinlight360.com Yishai Shapir THREE TO GO Manfrotto Pixi, LED Light Mini-24, and Klyp+ Trick out a smartphone or compact camera with the sturdy Pixi tripod (it folds into a handle), LED panel (in a range of sizes), and, for an iPhone 5/5s, Klyp+ case and accessory system to hold it all together. BUY IT $28 (Pixi), $95 (Mini-24), $34 (Klyp+); manfrotto.us STRAPS OF ALL STYLES Vulture Equipment Works Variant A4 Built tough for extreme photo shoots, Vulture’s A4 (top left) sports “military- grade” quick-release adjusters and mountaineering carabiners. BUY IT $180; vultureequipmentworks.com BlackRapid BackPack Strap For outdoor photographers who like to keep a camera hanging at the ready while hiking, BlackRapid (right) invented a way to attach its zippy R-strap to your backpack’s shoulder straps, keeping the weight off the neck and avoiding unwelcome entanglements. BUY IT $35; blackrapid.com Capturing Couture Camera Straps Shown here (bottom left) in the 1.5-inch width, Capturing Couture’s decorative straps come in a tremendous variety of fabric patterns—so many, it’s kind of mind-blowing. Go wild! BUY IT $35 (Chevron Orange); capturingcouture.com BETTER BACKUP Western Digital My Passport Wireless With an SD card slot, a built-in battery, wireless functionality, a dedicated app, and FTP connectivity, this hard drive from Western Digital lets you back up anywhere. Plus, this mobile star is available in 500GB, 1TB, and 2TB sizes. BUY IT from $130, street; wdc.com SMOOTH SHOTS Steadicam Curve For capturing stable footage on the move, Steadicam is one of the originals; its counterweights help to smoothly capture furious action. Now there’s one for a GoPro— and it comes in five colors too. BUY IT $100; steadicam.com WELL ROUNDED BODY Sony QX1 In last year’s Editors’ Choice awards we hailed Sony’s revolutionary Cyber-shot QX10 and QX100 cameras for their lens-shaped bodies and built-in sensors that can use an Android or iOS device as a viewfinder and controller, whether attached or shot remotely. Now the QX1 takes things one step beyond, with a larger 20.1MP APS-C-size CMOS sensor and the ability to use interchangeable E-mount lenses. Wow! BUY IT $400, body only; store.sony.com Picasa LENS CRAZY Out of Focus CAN-ERA Lens Drink Kooler Freak out any photography fan with a drink cooler that bears a striking resemblence to a famous family of lenses. BUY IT $12; alwaysfits.com FILTER PACKS Lenscoat Filter Pouch 2 Keep lens filters clean and organized. This neoprene pouch holds two filters up to 77mm. BUY IT $10, lenscoat.com FILTER PACKS Mindshift Gear Filter Nest For bigger collections, check out the Nest, which holds eight filters up to 82mm. BUY IT $45; mindshiftgear.com POINT & PRINT Fujifilm Instax Mini 90 The perfect party camera for photographers whose subjects don’t want their shenanigans shared all over Facebook, the Instax Mini90 offers a range of exposure modes for more control over Fujifilm’s business- card-size instant prints. BUY IT $150; fujifilmusa.com Our annual holiday gift guide; unique ideas on what to buy photographers, from a GoPro steadicam and a lens-shaped koozie to an interchangeable lens system that clips onto a smartphone and more. American Photo gear Gift Guide MORE TO READ RELATED The DJI Action 2 may be the most modular 4K/120p capable action camera yet The most impressive feature? Magnets. READ NOW RELATED Fujifilm to discontinue Velvia 50 sheet film and Fujicolor 160NS Pro 120 Medium and large format analog photographers will soon have fewer film options to pick from. Pour one out for the two Fujifilm stocks. 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