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Monday, December 18, 2017

Top 5 Christmas Gift Wishlist - as voted by DCW Staff

Top Five Christmas Gift Wishlist

Surprising absolutely no one, the DCW team is chock full of talented, gear loving photographers so we decided to get nosy and find out what’s on everyone’s wish list this holiday season.
Since everyone’s got their finger on the pulse in here, there was some overlap. This is also not surprising, but it is pretty interesting, so we’ve turned the results into a list of our top five hottest picks of the season.

It’s also a great list of gift ideas for last minute shoppers, hint hint.

5. DJI Spark


Starting us off is the adorable DJI Spark. This hot little UAV is very portable and easy to use. There is a videogame style remote controller available, similar to DJI’s other offerings, but it can also be conveniently operated by using your smartphone, which is great when you’re trying to pack light. It has a range of tool-free accessories to complement its impressive feature list, like tracking and gesture control and, with a built-in 2-axis gimbal, your footage will be steady and easy to watch. Did I mention it comes in five different colours?

4. Zhiyun Smooth Q


The next item on our list is the Smooth Q gimbal from Zhiyun which offers 3-axis stabilisation and a host of easy-to-use controls and settings. It’s designed for smartphones and has an easy balancing mode so you can set-up and start shooting pretty quickly. With 12 hours of run time, the Smooth Q can be used to charge your device which is great because we all know what video does to our phone’s battery. The gimbal is also compact and good looking making it a perfect companion for vloggers, bloggers, and anyone out to document a day trip in the city.

3. DJI Mavic Pro


How cool are drones, though? Really, the DJI Mavic is an awesome one; it’s light, it’s small, it folds up even smaller, the controls are easy to use, the list goes on. The Mavic is great for photographers that travel a fair bit, or spend a lot of time outdoors searching for unique perspectives on their surroundings. Of course, it has a huge range of flight modes, settings, and a 3-axis gimbal, so you’ll be able to capture high-quality stabilised footage almost anywhere. (And let’s face it; you’ll be taking cool drone-selfies, too.) With easy to replace spare parts, great battery life, and a host of cool accessories, it’s hard to pass this one up.

2. NiSi Filters Starter Kit


Perhaps the biggest surprise on our list was the epic NiSiStarter Kit. It’s perfect for enhancing your landscape photography and comes with everything you need to get familiar with using square filters, something that a lot of people shy away from at first. The three Neutral Density filters, two solid and one gradual, each provide different stops so you can adjust your image. The holder features three different adapters to accommodate a range of lens sizes while the filters themselves are 100 x 100mm, offering good coverage as well. For photographers that are serious about improving their landscapes or just getting more creative with them, this is a great solution.

1. Sigma 85mm f1.4 ART Series Lens


And finally, here we are at number one. Taking the top spot is Sigma’s 85mm f1.4 Art series lens. The Art series is well known for its image quality and sharpness and this lens is no exception. It works a real treat for portrait photography with its super wide aperture allowing you to get creative with depth of field. Capture softly blurred backgrounds with smooth bokeh all while your subject remains in crystal clear focus. This lens isn’t a one-trick pony, of course. That f1.4 aperture also performs incredibly well in lowlight, so you can easily explore other photographic styles as the mood strikes.

1. Zhiyun Crane 2


But wait, there’s more! In a shocking twist, we had a tie for the number 1 product and it’s a real goodie! If you’re looking for ways to improve your video then look no further because the new Zhiyun Crane 2 is here to deliver. A much awaited update to the popular Crane, this new gimbal has managed to really pack in the features, from its Real-Time Follow Focus, to its OLED display and intuitive controls. It can also support a hefty 3.2kg payload, so it’ll work well with DSLR cameras, and it has a whopping 18 hour run time with the ability to charge your camera at the same time! This 3-axis gimbal superstar is seriously a videographers dream.

That’s officially our list concluded! It’s fun, it’s exciting, it includes a good mix of gear that suits different styles of photography as well as the many different kinds of shooters out there.
Are any of these items on your wish lists? Reach out and let us know if so, we’d love to hear from you on any of our social platforms!

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