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Ok guys, as some of you know I've got an entry level photographer here in the house and I'm making most of the holidays related to that hobby. I've picked up a few books and such but would like to grab a some more items. She's already picked up another (really nice) lens so I'll leave that alone for now.

I'm thinking maybe something like this monopod:

http://www.wolfcamera.com/product/29...s%3Bcimonopods

...or a nicer bag than the one she's got.

Anyway, what other items/accessories have you guys found really handy?


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What kind of camera does she have?

Generic things that are always nice are:
Lens Filters
Spare high speed memory cards for the camera
White Balance Kit
- cards - http://www.camerahobby.com/Digital_WhiteBalance.htm
- I prefer http://www.expoimaging.com/product-o...words=ExpoDisc
MonoPod (Manfrotto)
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Spare Batteries/chargers
Spare lens caps (they always get lost)
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Camera/Lens Bag - my preferred - LowePro (camera/lenses/laptop) http://products.lowepro.com/product/...AW,1924,16.htm
Although I use the CompuTrekker Plus since I use a 17" laptop for photography

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She's got a Rebel XS.

At this point, to supplement the books I'm leaning towards a monopod and a bigger bag. She's got one already, but it's really small and can't fit all of her stuff in it. It works well in certain situations, but she complains about it when she's not sure what she'll need.

What's the difference between the standard lens filters and the white balance kit? She's got a few things along those lines so I'll have to do some more research there.

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The white balance kit helps the camera figure out what color settings will get you true white under different lighting conditions.

For example, indoors with incandescent lighting is completely different from outdoors under sunlight or an office building with fluorescent lighting. The expodisk allows the camera to find that neutral white and adjust for it.

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Ahhh....ok. So I know she bought some kind of lens filter, but it was like $10 so I'm guessing that this one is much more sophisticated/effective.

I think I'll add this to the list. Is this one (Wink's link) in particular the way to go?

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Ahhh....ok. So I know she bought some kind of lens filter, but it was like $10 so I'm guessing that this one is much more sophisticated/effective.

I think I'll add this to the list. Is this one (Wink's link) in particular the way to go?
The "prefer" one Wink linked to is *the* one to get.

That $10 "filter" she has is probably just a clear one to protect the front of her lens. IMHO - shouldn't be used, but that discussion is a hot button among photogs (like talking synthetic vs dino on a car forum).

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Added to the list.

I think the monopod, the bag and the White Balance Kit will make a perfect package.

Thanks guys

...and any other handy suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

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Will any of these things help to encourage her to allow you to take photos of her? You know, artistic ones. Nude ones.

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What do you think the white balance kit is for? Color balance issues are a bitch in "warm" lighting.

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In that case let me recommend this in order to help set the mood.

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IMHO get the 77mm expodisc. It's probably larger than most of the lenses she has, but she can hold it in front of (vs snapping it on) the lenses that are smaller than the disc.

This makes more sense then buying one for each lens.

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Yeah I read a similar recommendation while going through the lens sizes but wasn't sure if that was the way to go. I'm going to check what all she has tonight, but I'll probably go with the 77mm.

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I run with this one.

http://www.adorama.com/BAL67.html

that way its easier to grab camera on the fly if necc. snap the setting and toss the lens cover in pocket etc.


IMO I would never buy a photog a bag as a gift (unless you knew exact one desired).
Its too personal of a choice and too many options and fittings for comfort. Follow peoples opinions, directions and successes of bags but buy for your own reasons in the end.

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Yeah she's showed me a million times the one(s) she likes, but maybe I'll just get a gift certificate for that part of the deal...even though I hate giving them. At least this time though it would be for something in particular.

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Another idea: a better photo editing software than what she's currently using (unless she's already using something great). Or upgraded hard drive space or processor speed, or even a better photo file management system. Or even some classes to improve on whatever skill she already has.

I would kill for an improved file management system for my pics. Way more than a tripod.
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For instance? I was actually considering that too but figured she would want photo related stuff first, then upgrade the software...but I suppose they can be one in the same.

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whats this world come to that she would open up a black felt case like jewelry used to given in....and its MORE MEMORY! And she'd HAPPY about it!

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For instance? I was actually considering that too but figured she would want photo related stuff first, then upgrade the software...but I suppose they can be one in the same.
I have no idea. I got my camera about 2 months before my daughter was born. I've managed to get by and get a lot of good pics, but between her and the wedding I haven't had time to organize as effectively as I'd like. I'd love to hear ideas on this topic, too.
I have Photoshop 6 which is fine but hoenstly I find it a little hard to use. I took a class on it so I'm better than most but it doesn't exactly come easy to me.
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whats this world come to that she would open up a black felt case like jewelry used to given in....and its MORE MEMORY! And she'd HAPPY about it!
Hey I've been begging for a new washer/dryer, a new ironing board, and a flat screen tv. If my mother had gotten any of those things at my age she'd have slapped my father silly.
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Get the larger Expodisc, you can just hold it in front of smaller lenses. I have the 77mm.

Related to bags, if you decide to get her a bag, best thing is to take EVERYTHING she has to the store with you, and make sure it fits easily into the bag you buy.

I have multiple bags, but in essence, you want one that holds everything, one that holds medium amount, and one quick "carry and go" depending on the venue. My Trekker even has a spot for my monopod.

My large bag is too friggin heavy to carry everywhere. And lately, I carry one body, two lenses and a couple of accessories ONLY.

Bags are a very picky thing, you may be better off giving her a cert and taking her shopping for it and let her make the selection. I LOVE my CompuTrekker bag.

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Yep the more I think about it the more I agree that I'll just get her a gift certificate for the bag. She's definitely got the grab 'n go little one, she needs something a little bigger to hold a few more items but she's definitely picky.


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Get the larger Expodisc, you can just hold it in front of smaller lenses. I have the 77mm.

Related to bags, if you decide to get her a bag, best thing is to take EVERYTHING she has to the store with you, and make sure it fits easily into the bag you buy.

I have multiple bags, but in essence, you want one that holds everything, one that holds medium amount, and one quick "carry and go" depending on the venue. My Trekker even has a spot for my monopod.

My large bag is too friggin heavy to carry everywhere. And lately, I carry one body, two lenses and a couple of accessories ONLY.

Bags are a very picky thing, you may be better off giving her a cert and taking her shopping for it and let her make the selection. I LOVE my CompuTrekker bag.
You know, your repeated use of the word "bags" is pretty funny with your current avatar at left
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