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2021’s gifts galore for Christmas

Digital Camera Christmas Gift Guide

It's the season of giving – and receiving, if you need an excuse to spoil yourself with a treat! But of course, with photography being such an expensive hobby, it can be challenging to find a worthwhile gift that doesn't break the bank. 

Don't worry, though – we've put together a great gift guide to suit a variety of budgets. There's something here for everyone, from bags and software to cameras and lenses.  

And to make your budget stretch even further, think about picking up some kit second-hand. Buying used kit from retailers like MPB, the world’s largest resale platform for digital photography and film-making kit, isn't just better for your wallet – it's kinder to the planet as well.

Christmas Gifts: Under £100

Giving a great gift doesn't have to wipe out your Christmas bonus! Check out these smart bargain buys with real photographic flair.

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Luminar AI Photo editing software

Powerful yet intuitive, this is a great standalone app and Adobe plug-in. 

£59/$79 www.skylum.com

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Polaroid Hi-Print 2x3 Pocket Photo Printer

Create ‘real’ photo prints wirelessly, direct from your smartphone.

£79/$84 www.uk.polaroid.com

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3 Legged Thing Ellie L-Bracket

A universal L-bracket for easy tripod shooting and adjustments.

£51/$52 www.3leggedthing.com

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SRB Photographic Elite Bundle Kit

A superb filter kit with a circular polariser and 10-stop neutral-density.

£80/$111 www.srb-photographic.co.uk

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Nikon D3100

A brilliant beginner’s camera, complete with built-in interactive tutorial. (Good condition)

£79/$110 bit.ly/2021mpb100

Christmas Gifts: Under £150

If you've got a little more cash to splash, these quality gifts see style meet substance – but still won't break the bank.

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Kenro Karoo Ultimate Travel Tripod

A small-folding yet tall travel tripod, with a pivoting centre column.

£139/$210 www.kenro.co.uk

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GVM 800D RGB LED Video Light

A versatile LED panel, with a full colour range and a neat range of special effects.

£120/$99 www.gvmled.com

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Benro MSD46C SupaDupa Monopod

A sturdy yet lightweight carbon-fibre monopod that gives solid support.

£130/$160 www.benroeu.com

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Lowepro Flipside BP300 AW III Backpack

The latest generation of Lowepro’s legendary Flipside camera backpacks.

£135/$150 www.lowepro.com

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Syrp Genie Micro Remote Controller

A clever wireless camera controller that works from a smartphone app.

£139/$159 www.svrp.com

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7artisans 7.5mm f/2.8 II Fisheye Lens

A manual diagonal fisheye lens
for various crop-sensor cameras.

£129/$139 www.7artisans.co.uk

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Manfrotto XPRO Ball Head, 200PL

Our favourite ball head, with Manfrotto’s smart quick-release plate.

£104/$175 www.manfrotto.com

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Canon EF 50mm f/1.8 

Canon’s classic full-frame standard prime, also perfect for portraiture on APS-C cameras. (Excellent condition)

£144/$199 bit.ly/2021mpb150

Christmas Gifts: Under £200

If you're looking to spend a little bit more, check out this seriously good gear that’s not just for Christmas. 

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Billingham Hadley Small camera bag

This smaller version of an iconic camera bag is perfect for mirrorless setups. 

£187/$230 www.billingham.co.uk

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Godox Ving V860III flashgun

A powerful RF-connected flashgun in a range of dedicated options.

£195/$229 www.godox.com

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Lensbaby Spark 2.0 (with Sweet 50 lens)

Get creative by combining a sweet spot of sharpness with smooth blur.

£179/$199 www.lensbaby.com

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Canon Pixma TS6350/6320 printer

The perfect choice for printing both documents and high-quality photos.

£155/$130 www.canon.co.uk

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Sennheiser MKE 400 Shotgun Microphone

Ensure the audio quality of your videos is up to snuff with this directional mic. 

£179/$230 www.en-uk.sennheiser.com

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Morally Toxic Wraith (medium)

A brilliant new messenger / sling camera bag in a range of exuberant colours.

£179/$199 www.morallytoxic.com

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Interfit Badger Beam LED Monolight

This LED monolight is a constant-light alternative to using a flash head.

£199/$219 www.interfitphoto.co.uk

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Fujifilm X-T10 

A high-performance compact mirrorless body with real retro chic into the bargain. (Good condition)

£199/$275 bit.ly/2021mpb200

Christmas Gifts: Over £200

If your wallet can accommodate it, pick out something special from this list to show how much you care.

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Canon RF 50mm f/1.8 STM

An affordable classic now produced for EOS R-series mirrorless cameras.

£219/$200 www.canon.co.uk

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Laowa 100mm f/2.8 2:1 Ultra Macro APO

Features a phenomenal 2x macro magnification ratio, and doubles up for perfect portraits.

£469/$499 www.venuslens.net

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Hähnel Modus 600RT Mk II WK

A top-end flashgun and RF wireless trigger kit in various options.

£299/$284 www.hahnel.ie

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Samyang MF 14mm f/2.4

This ultra-wide-angle prime is brilliant for interiors, landscapes and astro.

£369/$499 www.samyanglens.com

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GoPro Hero9 Black

The Hero9 Black is a real action hero. This updated version is tops for 5K 30 video.

£369/$400 www.gopro.com

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DJI Mini 2

There’s nothing ‘mini’ about its range, which stretches up to 6.2 miles away and 2.5 miles high.

£419/$449 www.dji.com

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Tamron 35mm f/2.8 Di III OSD M 1:2

Fabulous performance in a compact package for Sony E-mount cameras.

£239/$249 www.tamron.eu

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Sony Cyber-shot RX100 IV

Powerful and feature-rich, it’s a stellar pocket-sized camera – and a great buy from MPB. (Good condition)

£384/$531 bit.ly/2021mpb200plus

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