The perfect gift ideas for… The well-equipped photographer who’s looking for something different

These unusual items take the already geared-up shooter beyond the basics

Sony Cyber-Shot DSC-RX100 IV

Twelve-hundred bones isn’t exactly chump change, but don’t let the RX100 IV’s size fool you – this class-leading pocket shooter packs drool-worthy features like 4K video, 20 megapixel raw photos and a bright Zeiss lens into its compact frame. ($1,199, Downtown Camera, 55 Queen East, 416-363-1749,


Olloclip 4-in-1 Lens

Make their iPhone 6 snaps stand out from everything else on Facebook with this multi-lens adaptor. With four optics to choose from, they’ll be switching from fisheye to 10x macro faster than Tim Cook can tell you there’s an app for that. ($99.99, Henry’s, 119 Church, 416-868-0872,

Lomography Konstruktor DIY 35mm 

The Konstruktor is like a Kinder Surprise camera, perfect for the crafty photographers in your life. Once they shoot a roll of 35mm film in one of these Lomos, they’ll be adding #FilmIsNotDead to all their tweets. ($52, Urban Outfitters, 235 Yonge, 416-214-1466, and others,


Ricoh Theta S 360 

No matter what gear your snap-happy friend shoots with, nothing looks crazier than the kaleidoscopic, 360-degree photos she’ll shoot with this quirky camera. The Theta S even lets her live-stream 360-degree HD footage online. ($449.99, Henry’s)



Even if you’ve been shooting instant film for decades, the photos from this camera look crappy every time. Unlike with the Instant Lab, you needn’t refrigerate your TP before loading. ($28.95, Outer Layer, 577 Queen West, 416-869-9889,


Adobe CC Photography subscription 

Is a loved one still using a pirated copy of Photoshop CS2? Time to upgrade. Not only is $10 USD/month a steal for Lightroom and Photoshop (and seven other mobile apps), but Adobe consistently updates the plan with new features. Just remember, friends don’t let friends do HDR. ($10 USD/month,


Fuji Instax 

Leave the DSLR and Gary Fong diffuser at home this year and take one of these to that ugly-Christmas-sweater party instead. The mini-instant prints double as great icebreakers, too ($99.99-$199.99, Downtown Camera)


Impossible Instant Lab 

Suffering from Instagram fatigue? Couple the Instant Lab with the smartphone in your pocket and you’ve got a mobile Polaroid printing lab, #NoFilter necessary. Just remember to refrigerate your film! ($279.99, Henry’s)


USB 3.0 SD reader/writer 

Sure, your new 36-megapixel camera lets you see every whisker on your puppy’s face in ridiculous detail, but the file transfer times are killer! Speed up those import times so you can get back to shooting portraits of your pup wearing those reindeer antlers it loves to hate. ($12.99, Canada Computers, 366 College, 416-927-1487, and others,


Joby Gorillapod 

When your tripod is as flexible as a circus contortionist, you’ll find all sorts of creative nooks where you can hang your camera. Available in various sizes to hold everything from a GoPro to a 5D Mark III with a heavy L-series lens. ($24.95-$189.99, Downtown Camera)

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