Good birthday present for a photographer??

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My boyfriend is a photographer and his birthday is coming up. I'm not sure what to get him. Whenever I ask him he just keeps saying he doesn't care, but I want to get him something that he'll really enjoy. I know I shouldn't buy him any lenses or really expensive camera gear; I should leave that up to him. But, what other kinds of things could I get him? Here are some ideas I have, but don't know if he would enjoy:

-Camera sling
-Personalized camera strap (maybe with his name?)
-Wide angle lens for his phone (LG G4)
-Camera bag or backpack

I know that camera bags can be a bit expensive, but if there are any other ideas you guys might have please let me know! What would you want for your birthday? Maybe something not even camera related?
 

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Camera stuff is really "specific" (and possibly expensive for higher end stuff) for photographers.

So maybe a Gift Card to his favorite camera place (or Amazon, etc), or skip the camera aspect all together and a restaurant gift card.
 

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A piece of paper in a card that says: "One free trip with me to a camera store. Includes one free item of up to a $XXX value."

From the list you provided, does he need any of that or did he request any of it? Unless he really doesn't care, a bag/backpack/sling are "personal" choices. A personalized strap might be nice, if you think he'd like it.

I'd stay away from the phone lenses unless he specifically said he wanted them.
 

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skip the camera aspect all together and a restaurant gift card
Absolutely agree with this. My b-day is coming up, and my wife asked what to get. I told her nothing related to cameras. I want a night or two out of town to spend together. (And, hey, if I can take a few photos while on the trip, that's a bonus.)
 
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A piece of paper in a card that says: "One free trip with me to a camera store. Includes one free item of up to a $XXX value."

From the list you provided, does he need any of that or did he request any of it? Unless he really doesn't care, a bag/backpack/sling are "personal" choices. A personalized strap might be nice, if you think he'd like it.

I'd stay away from the phone lenses unless he specifically said he wanted them.

Well, when I was listing off ideas he was like "Oh, yeah I like camera slings. That would be better than a strap." Same with the camera backpack (but he wants a very specific one), except those are kinda pricey and something I can't really afford right now which he understands. Thanks for your help.
 

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A piece of paper in a card that says: "One free trip with me to a camera store. Includes one free item of up to a $XXX value."

From the list you provided, does he need any of that or did he request any of it? Unless he really doesn't care, a bag/backpack/sling are "personal" choices. A personalized strap might be nice, if you think he'd like it.

I'd stay away from the phone lenses unless he specifically said he wanted them.

Well, when I was listing off ideas he was like "Oh, yeah I like camera slings. That would be better than a strap." Same with the camera backpack (but he wants a very specific one), except those are kinda pricey and something I can't really afford right now which he understands. Thanks for your help.
What's your budget?
 
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A piece of paper in a card that says: "One free trip with me to a camera store. Includes one free item of up to a $XXX value."

From the list you provided, does he need any of that or did he request any of it? Unless he really doesn't care, a bag/backpack/sling are "personal" choices. A personalized strap might be nice, if you think he'd like it.

I'd stay away from the phone lenses unless he specifically said he wanted them.

Well, when I was listing off ideas he was like "Oh, yeah I like camera slings. That would be better than a strap." Same with the camera backpack (but he wants a very specific one), except those are kinda pricey and something I can't really afford right now which he understands. Thanks for your help.
What's your budget?


Around $50-$60 which can't buy much in the photography world I guess.
 

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Around $50-$60 which can't buy much in the photography world I guess.

It's like any hobby. Once you get past the basics, the cost skyrockets.
For $50-60 your best bet is checking out the local BestBuy Camera dept ... or an item- generic gift card.

If you do get him something camera specific, get a gift receipt.
 

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I have the first one listed below (well, an older model by about 6 years). I still use it, because it works great.

Aside from that, the Timbuk2 bag looks pretty good. Not sure if you're familiar with that brand or not, but I have a bookbag by them, and the wife has a messenger bag from them. Fantastic bags...

Lowepro SlingShot 102 AW Camera Bag LP36172 B H Photo Video - $41.95
Timbuk2 Informant Camera Sling Bag 450-2-6023 B H Photo Video - $59.95
Lowepro Classified Sling 220 AW Bag LP36080-PEU B H Photo Video - $59.95
Think Tank Photo TurnStyle 10 Sling Camera Bag Charcoal 460 - $84.75
 

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Around $50-$60 which can't buy much in the photography world I guess.

It's like any hobby. Once you get past the basics, the cost skyrockets.
For $50-60 your best bet is checking out the local BestBuy Camera dept ... or an item- generic gift card.

If you do get him something camera specific, get a gift receipt.
Yeah, agree with this. The LowePro slings/links I provided should be at a local Best Buy to see in person.
 
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I have the first one listed below (well, an older model by about 6 years). I still use it, because it works great.

Aside from that, the Timbuk2 bag looks pretty good. Not sure if you're familiar with that brand or not, but I have a bookbag by them, and the wife has a messenger bag from them. Fantastic bags...

Lowepro SlingShot 102 AW Camera Bag LP36172 B H Photo Video - $41.95
Timbuk2 Informant Camera Sling Bag 450-2-6023 B H Photo Video - $59.95
Lowepro Classified Sling 220 AW Bag LP36080-PEU B H Photo Video - $59.95
Think Tank Photo TurnStyle 10 Sling Camera Bag Charcoal 460 - $84.75

Awesome. Thanks for these links. I'll definitely keep these in mind as well as other options not related to cameras.
 

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A piece of paper in a card that says: "One free trip with me to a camera store. Includes one free item of up to a $XXX value."

From the list you provided, does he need any of that or did he request any of it? Unless he really doesn't care, a bag/backpack/sling are "personal" choices. A personalized strap might be nice, if you think he'd like it.

I'd stay away from the phone lenses unless he specifically said he wanted them.

Well, when I was listing off ideas he was like "Oh, yeah I like camera slings. That would be better than a strap." Same with the camera backpack (but he wants a very specific one), except those are kinda pricey and something I can't really afford right now which he understands. Thanks for your help.

So you're talking about a sling type strap? That's what I'm thinking here. If that's the case then take a look at Black Rapid straps. Comfortable, safe and in your budget.
BlackRapid.com Home of The Original Camera Sling
 

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I have the first one listed below (well, an older model by about 6 years). I still use it, because it works great.

Aside from that, the Timbuk2 bag looks pretty good. Not sure if you're familiar with that brand or not, but I have a bookbag by them, and the wife has a messenger bag from them. Fantastic bags...

Lowepro SlingShot 102 AW Camera Bag LP36172 B H Photo Video - $41.95
Timbuk2 Informant Camera Sling Bag 450-2-6023 B H Photo Video - $59.95
Lowepro Classified Sling 220 AW Bag LP36080-PEU B H Photo Video - $59.95
Think Tank Photo TurnStyle 10 Sling Camera Bag Charcoal 460 - $84.75

Awesome. Thanks for these links. I'll definitely keep these in mind as well as other options not related to cameras.

I also have the Lowepro SlingShot in the 202 version, so it's a little bigger and not much more $ than the 102. I bought it in May for vacation, and it is now my favorite bag and I can easily carry it wherever I go. It was perfect to carry on a plane as a personal item - I was able to fit my D7000 with a 35mm prime lens attached, and 4 additional lenses (50mm, 18-55mm, 55-200mm, and 8mm fisheye), 7" tablet, and passport, along with some cleaning supplies, spare battery, and tablet/phone charger (I packed the camera charger in my other carry on). The only problem is it can add a lot of weight to one shoulder, so it isn't good for using for long periods at a time with it loaded down like that. I only carried around what I needed for each day of vacation to reduce the weight.

Amazon.com Lowepro SlingShot 202 AW Camera Cases Camera Photo

I highly recommend it if he wants a sling bag.
 
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A piece of paper in a card that says: "One free trip with me to a camera store. Includes one free item of up to a $XXX value."

From the list you provided, does he need any of that or did he request any of it? Unless he really doesn't care, a bag/backpack/sling are "personal" choices. A personalized strap might be nice, if you think he'd like it.

I'd stay away from the phone lenses unless he specifically said he wanted them.

Well, when I was listing off ideas he was like "Oh, yeah I like camera slings. That would be better than a strap." Same with the camera backpack (but he wants a very specific one), except those are kinda pricey and something I can't really afford right now which he understands. Thanks for your help.

So you're talking about a sling type strap? That's what I'm thinking here. If that's the case then take a look at Black Rapid straps. Comfortable, safe and in your budget.
BlackRapid.com Home of The Original Camera Sling

Yes! He mentioned those a while back and said it would be really handy and much more comfortable because he just has a neck strap. Thank you!
 

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