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Dec 9, 2010- Rainy Day Gift Guide: Photo Gear...

This year we had a chance to play with a bunch of accessories for the Nikon D90. These stood out from the pack and have earned a spot on this year's RainyDay Gift Guide. Many of them have been reviewed in detail. If you need a closer look or more info, just check the write-ups in the RainyDayPhotography section.

For the creative types on your list looking to get beyond shooting with traditional lenses, the Lensbaby 3G is an ideal selective focus lens for tabletop and macro photography. This lens compresses and bends, to your gift recipient find just the desired sweet focus spot, which then can be locked in place with the push of a button. Once locked, it can fine-tuned using the barrel focusing ring and metal posts. Perfect for those who demand complete control and reproducibility in their gear.

The award-winning Lensbaby Composer is the most versatile of the Lensbaby lenses and is the one for those on your gift list who are comfortable with shooting on the fly. It's based on a ball and socket configuration that delivers smooth selective focus photography with unparalleled ease. Simply tilt the lens to a desired angle and then focus with a manual focusing ring. The Composer stays in the desired bent position without requiring a locking mechanism and is compatible with the Lensbaby Optic Swap System. This Lensbaby will not interrupt the flow when you get in your creative zone.

For those looking for a versatile, fun and affordable option for Fisheye photography, this Lensbaby Scout is what you want. The Scout is the first Lensbaby lens that does not bend. The design makes the Scout ideally suited for Fisheye photography because the image will always be perfectly centered. The Scout comes with the Fisheye Optic installed and is compatible with the Lensbaby Optic Swap System.

Not everyone thinks they need their images tagged wtih GPS info now, but they will someday. Embedding GPS data into images is easy with the Nikon GP-1 module. It slides into the camera's hot shoe and will tag the image with location coordinates so they will always know where the image was taken. Another gift possibility is to get them something which will help them shoot remotely or shoot longer. A wireless timer or an extended battery grip with a built-in timer from Satechi makes it is easy.

If you are set on getting somebody a good lens, get them the AF NIKKOR 50mm f/1.8D. It is probably one of the best values available. The lens is exceptionally lightweight and compact. It is versatile and perfect for travel and portrait pictures as well as general shooting. Ideal for those who want to develop a "photographer's eye."

Having great lenses is key, but a good set of filters can make the difference between a good shot and a great shot. More economical than individual filter purchases, the Tiffen multiple filter kit (Digital Ultra Clear™, 812® Color Warming Filter, Circular Polarizer, ENHANCING® Filter, 4-Pocket Filter Pouch) takes the guesswork out of choosing a variety of creative filter effects. This pre-packaged assortment, with a combination of Tiffen's most useful filters, provide a range of artistic possibilities for almost every application and budget.

We hope these suggestions are helpful. As always, we would not have made these recommendations if we wouldn't want them under our tree :-) Happy Holidays! [Permalink] -Holiday Gift Guide: Photo Gear

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