Thread starter, can i be your friend ? haha! :P
i wont get a bag for him . bags are something i would rather try and buy myself .
a portable hdd would be good, like some say, we'll ru out of space very fast. else, a memory ccard, extra battery, lens filter...
NeTHaCk - if ur bday is coming up = maybe you ARE the friend I am talking about :P
portable HDD and the photo books from kinokuniya sound pretty good!
Thanks guys - time to hit the market.
it steers and brakes beautifully, accelerates hard enough to upset the moon's gravitational pull
How about one of those Instax Mini 7 or 10? Cute little camera for instant, credit-card size pictures. Something different from his dSLR..
buy him a shoot with pretty XMMs!
photography gear tends to be junked and forgotten over time... who bought this and that...
a photobook would be great... something from his inspirer... like maybe a journalistic photographer... something from LIFE... maybe modern art hardcovers... those make great gifts to photogs coz we wouldn't spend (hmm, mebbe.. then again...?) that much on 'inspiration'...
i hear Ansel Adams is great but again, i wouldn't fork out that kind of money...
the thing is... gear , we will always shop and look out for... so... something HE wouldn't pay for but would like...
Just nice my birthday is coming up next week
Well, how well do you know your friend? Do you know what kind of pictures he likes, or the genre? For me I really don't mind a good book or two, having already spent a princely sum (think a grey tamron 17-50). Otherwise, getting vouchers at his fav photo shop isn't that bad either.
If I'm buying for a friend, I'd drag him out to make him choose a present. That way, things can't go wrong for sure
why not shop voucher? if you give him an gift he doesnt like, you might have e chance to see him at B&S thread..
Wondering why on earth you want to give something that you don't know exactly and also that is very much depending on what the person has already / needs for the hobby. Both is not clear to you. Sure you can't go wrong with a memory card - but how personal is that? The same goes for all the other gear stuff. Also, items costing below 100 bucks usually one gets immediately, not much saving required. So you will not make a big impression by giving something he/she might have bought already...
I like the idea of the photography book; you can put in a personal note on the first pages. Or how about inviting your friend to a photography exhibition? A concert (Womad is coming up)? How about a workshop or lesson? Check the prices and create your own voucher (material you can get from Popular or Art Friends)... Finally, you could drop the topic 'photography' completely and be creative in a different direction.
how about a nice short trip to pulau ubin for a day out shooting
why not organise a special happy birthday model shoot for him. you can join in also.
how about sensor cleaners?
A set of nice picture frames (the non electronic kind ) for him to frame up his prints?
Give him the cash and let him make his decision?
Easy way out hor...