Best Canon Gifts for Canon DSLR Owners and Canon Photographers
Suitable for all Canon SLRs – full frame or APS-C the Rokinon 14mm is a popular choice for those looking to bring a bit of super-wide angle capability to their camera bag. Its wonderful wide f/2.8 aperture is a great for low-light and night-time photography applications such as star-trail shooting. For those Canon shooters with an APS-C sized sensor, keen to get that super-fisheye view check out the Opteka 6.5mm f/3.5 which is on an amazing offer at the moment! For those after a super wide angle zoom the Sigma 10-20mm is the standout lens, for the mean-time at least until Sigma roll out the ART treatment to a super-wide zoom lens! If you’re looking for a gift for a canon photographer that opens up a whole host of new shooting styles and shots this would make a great gift for them….
An essential item for everything from studio shoots to long-exposure, landscapes to also of course those tricky group shots of the family at home where you need to get everybody in! Farewell 10 second timer, you’re awkward services are no longer required! This is a great gift for any Canon photographer that’ll sure to come in handy if they don’t already have one…
Have you ever seen those incredible shots of star-trails? Or beautiful light-painting images? Wire-wool spinning? Or even timelapse videos of streets, or construction sites? This is your simple, one stop key to mastering all of them. On a budget? Not a problem – there are plenty of much cheaper, non-official alternatives from manufacturers such as is made by Neewer. Whether you opt for the official Canon version, or a cheaper alternative, we can’t reccomend an intervalometer enough if you’re looking for a gift for a DSLR photographer keen to open up the capability of their camera and take awesome new pictures!
Add an L-Series to your friend’s collection with this comedy Canon L-Series mug sure to raise eyebrows and a few laughs if they use it around the office!
For long days out shooting comfort is key – the BlackRapid RS7 may not be the cheapest but it’s certainly one of the favourite carriers out there that permit quick-grab accessibility to fire a shot off whenever is required. One of the best features is its great swivel mount allowing the camera to sit freely, upside down, for top carrying comfort. If your looking for a gift for the certain photographer who likes walking in the great outdoors, or shoots weddings, or impromptu shots around town there’s no better quick access, comfortable sling than the BlackRapid RS7.
Sometimes in life the simple things are often the most effective… If you’ve never experimented with shaped apertures we thoroughly recommend trying – they’re a seriously quirky and easy-peesy way to add a splash of something new to your photography. Check ’em out! A great value photography gift for a photographer friend who likes experimenting with new types and methods of photography.
If you’re wanting to push the boat out with a real gesture for a loved one the Canon 70-200 f/2.8 ISII is the telephoto zoom lens of choice in the pro-photography world and will work its magic on any Canon DSLR. It’s a real big boy and probably one of the ultimate Canon gifts out there! On a slightly tighter budget? The Tamron 70-200 f/2.8 VC is a beast of a lens for not far off half the price; it matches similar performance from the more affordable lens maker Tamron.
The Domke F2 was carefully designed and crafted in 1976 and was an overnight success. 40 years on it’s still as popular as ever and one of the classiest, simplest and most functional camera bags on the block. If you’re looking for a photography gift for a trendy photographer who oozes style this is the gift for them.
The saying in racing goes ‘you’ve got to look fast to go fast’. The same holds for photography – you’ve got to look the part to play the part. Have a photographer friend who takes their photography a bit seriously; who thinks their work should be on cover of National Geographic? Well… if they don’t have one already they’ll probably love a waist camera holster for safely and comfortably carrying your camera at hip level when walking. One of these would make a particularly good gift for a photographer friend shooting their first wedding, or just at a family gathering, or photography walk when quick access to get the money shot is key.
If you’re brave enough to risk you’re prized gear underwater but not keen on shelling out thousands of dollars for a rigid polycarbonate case the guys at DiCAPac have done a pretty good job at filling the mid-ground with this affordable and fully waterproof case for the masses! If you’re after a photography gift that’ll literally add a whole new world of possibilities to their photography this may be the gift for you…
Especially in the portraiture world a ‘nifty-50’ as they’re affectionately known is the single most valuable lens you can have in your bag. If you’re looking for a really special gift for a Canon photographer this is certainly a lens you should consider; the Sigma 50mm f/1.4 ART has wowed critics the world over since its launch just over 2 years ago. A mark of it’s calibre? It was awarded the highest rating ever by highly respected DPReview.com when it was tested, a crown it still holds to this day. This really is one of the best lenses in the world at the moment, the best bit? It’s not the most expensive – and represents incredible value for money against the nearest alternative lens from Canon; the 50mm f/1.2 L.
Fed up with the awkward, uncomfort and clumsy carrying of an SLR by its top-mounted strap? So were we until we discovered this great little swivel mount! It’s one of those real ‘Why didn’t I think of that!?’ goods that’ll fix an age old problem in an instant -a great gift for any Canon owner.
Light, surprisingly versatile and compact Gorrilapods have grown from being a weird item owned by few into a photography must-have just as useful for complex planned shots out in the field as for impromptu family group shots in the yard.
Not all lenses and camera bodies are waterproofed, in fact, unless you’ve got a nice piece of L-Series glass hooked up to a 7D, 1D or 5D the chances of your set-up being safe from the elements should not be taken for granted! It’s not worth the risk, a rain cover is a great gift for any Canon owner who doesn’t have one! You never know when you’ll need one next…
If you’re after a cheap and easy gift for a Canon owner a LensPen will certainly go down a treat; keeping your glass in top condition is a must if you want to take your photography seriously and something many new DSLR camera owners don’t pay enough attention to! This trusty lens cleaning pen will help them with that.
Best Canon DSLR
This is a tricky one at the moment! We’ve been long awaiting the arrival of the Canon 5d Mark IV this year, as have many photographers! We’re yet to get our hands on one yet but by the sounds of it it’s a phenomenal camera by all accounts and probably should take the title of Fantastigift’s Best Canon DSLR Camera 2016. However; we think there are nearly as deserving Canon DSLR cameras out there that deserve mentioning as well hence our category winners below:
The Best Mirrorless Canon Camera at present we award to the the Canon EOS M3, for its incredible versatility and value for money.
The Best APS-C Canon Camera is awarded to highly impressive Canon 7d Mark II. We’re bowled away by it’s performance, as we were when the original 7D came out. For the best mid-range APS-C Canon DSLR we would recommend without doubt the brilliant Canon 70D – which has taken an enormous step on from its older model, the widely acclaimed Canon 60D whilst still positioned safely under the $1,000 mark.
And the Best Full Frame Canon Camera is, as we’ve already eluded, the brilliant Canon 5d Mark IV. These are our top 4 recommendations if you’re looking for the best canon camera available at present to buy for a photographer friend.