Lensbaby Twist 60

This 60mm lens comes in several mounts and adds a lovely defocused swirl around a central subject. A nice gift for someone who likes to shoot portraits.

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Lensbaby Trio 28

Three of Lensbaby's special-effects lenses in a single mount -- it's a nice creative twist for someone who has a Sony, Fujifilm, Olympus or Panasonic mirrorlesss camera.

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DxO One

With a 1-inch sensor, this iPhone add-on camera is better than the native small-sensor cameras. It works with any iPhone that uses a Lightning connector, and DxO keeps it up-to-date with frequent firmware upgrades.

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DJI Osmo Mobile

DJI brings the same intelligent stabilization that keeps its drone cameras steady in the air to a grip made to work with your iPhone or Android phone.

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Fujifilm Instax Share SP-2

Connect wirelessly to the Share and turn your smartphone snapshots into instant film prints.

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Joby GripTight POV Kit

The GripTight's handle can be used in several positions including as a stand, and can be removed entirely letting you attach the phone grip to any GoPro mount.

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Not your average travel tripod, the Pakpod is designed to adjust and attach to surfaces other supports simply can't.

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Lume Cube

Brighten your photos and videos with this little superbright LED light that can be controlled with your phone.

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Zhiyun Z1-Smooth-C

Like other three-axis phone stabilizers, the Smooth-C takes all the shake out of handheld video. But at $180, it does it for less.

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Peak Design Everyday Messenger

A camera bag so well designed it can be used to manage your gear and be your everyday carryall.

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GoPro Seeker

Most "GoPro bags" are little more than regular camera bags with small carrying cases for the little cameras. The Seeker comes with an integrated chest mount and adjustable strap mount as well as a spot to attach the company's three-way extension pole on the side for over-the-shoulder shots.

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Lily Deanne Mezzo bag

While it's targeted at women, there's nothing in particular that's notable about it in that respect; it's just more attractive than Think Tank's typical bags, and it's possible that the strap's a little shorter than usual. It's got a comfortable padded neck strap, bright blue reconfigurable inserts and uses silent magnets on all the flaps instead of noisy Velcro. It comes in three sizes, Lucido (small, $200), Mezzo (medium, $250) and Tutto (large, $300), but I think the Mezzo, which can hold a tablet and a dSLR with lens along with two or three more lenses, is the most flexible size.

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Peak Design Slide strap

It's hard to choose one from Peak Design's excellently designed system of straps, but the combination of the $60 Slide and $40 Clutch is probably it. With tons of interchangeable attachments, including a base plate you can't see here, you can configure it as a comfortably neck or sling strap, and it's durable enough for relatively heavy cameras. I've also been using the company's latest, lightest and least expensive strap, the $40 Slide Lite, and while it won't be available until mid-December, it makes a great interchangeable-lens camera accessory. It's available for preorder from many camera specialty stores listed on this page.

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Joby Ultrafit Sling Strap

Similar to the UltraFit Sling Strap, the Pro is wider and more sturdily constructed, and comes with a secondary tether to anchor the camera to the strap -- for all you belt-and-suspenders types. I've recently taken to using a hand strap; it's great for extra stability when you need to shoot single-handed. The UltraPlate provides another tripod connector for use with the hand strap, and while you can use any plate (like the Custom SLR M-Plate Pro), Joby's is extremely compact.

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Sigma 24-35mm F2 DG HSM Art

Frankly, any of Sigma's Art series of lenses makes a welcome gift, but this model offers wide-angle coverage in a key range for full-frame photographers and useful narrower-angle coverage for folks with APS-C dSLRs.

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MeFoto Air tripods

Available in three sizes -- BackPacker, RoadTrip and GlobeTrotter -- the Air tripods are, as the name implies, lightweight. However, for phone photographers, MeFoto designed the center column to be removable to use as a selfie stick and even includes a Bluetooth remote and phone mount.

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Tamron SP 45mm f1.8 Di VC USD

Tamron's unique 45mm f1.8 lens is quite nice and a decent portrait length for both full-frame and especially for APS-C dSLRs.


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