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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 (opens in new tab), 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 (opens in new tab)

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Polaroid Hi-Print 2x3 Pocket Photo Printer (opens in new tab)

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

£79/$84 www.uk.polaroid.com (opens in new tab)

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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 (opens in new tab)

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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 (opens in new tab)

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Nikon D3100

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

£79/$110 bit.ly/2021mpb100 (opens in new tab)

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 (opens in new tab)

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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 (opens in new tab)

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Benro MSD46C SupaDupa Monopod

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

£130/$160 www.benroeu.com (opens in new tab)

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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 (opens in new tab)

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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 (opens in new tab)

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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 (opens in new tab)

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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 (opens in new tab)

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Canon EF 50mm f/1.8  (opens in new tab)

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

£144/$199 bit.ly/2021mpb150 (opens in new tab)

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 (opens in new tab)

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Godox Ving V860III (opens in new tab) flashgun

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

£195/$229 www.godox.com (opens in new tab)

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Lensbaby Spark 2.0 (opens in new tab) (with Sweet 50 lens)

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

£179/$199 www.lensbaby.com (opens in new tab)

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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 (opens in new tab)

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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 (opens in new tab)

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Morally Toxic Wraith (medium) (opens in new tab)

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

£179/$199 www.morallytoxic.com (opens in new tab)

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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 (opens in new tab)

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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 (opens in new tab)

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 (opens in new tab)

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

£219/$200 www.canon.co.uk (opens in new tab)

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Laowa 100mm f/2.8 2:1 Ultra Macro APO (opens in new tab)

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

£469/$499 www.venuslens.net (opens in new tab)

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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 (opens in new tab)

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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 (opens in new tab)

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GoPro Hero9 Black (opens in new tab)

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

£369/$400 www.gopro.com (opens in new tab)

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DJI Mini 2 (opens in new tab)

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 (opens in new tab)

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Tamron 35mm f/2.8 Di III OSD M 1:2 (opens in new tab)

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

£239/$249 www.tamron.eu (opens in new tab)

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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 (opens in new tab)

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