2019 Holiday Guide: Content Creators

2019 Holiday Guide. The Ultimate Gift Guide for Content Creators, Filmmakers, Photographers, Videographers, Graphic Designers, and Creatives.

Play Button Life’s 2019 Amazon Holiday Gift Guide. The ultimate gift guide for content creators, filmmakers, photographers, vloggers, and videographers. Enter 2020 with the right tools.

There’s a lot to choose from, for instance. Computers, Cameras, Lenses, Tripods, Gimbals, Drones, Microphones, Headphones, and Furniture. Some of these gifts fit into stockings, and others you might want to clear some room.

Computers can get out-dated as software updates for 2020. The camera you create with isn’t cutting it anymore–the feature limit has been fully exhausted. Someone’s new drone crashed into a tree and the birds-eye camera angles are gone. A chair someone creates in all day has turned uncomfortable.

We believe the best gifts are ones that get used the most. Creatives find joy in tools that bring their ideas to life.

2019 Amazon Holiday Gift Guide: Computers

Sometimes the most limiting part of the creative process, a good computer speeds up creation! A computer is a big purchase, but it’s usually the main component in creating for the digital age. When buying a new computer, you should look at your daily programs, tasks, and aspirations.

Everything on our recommended list comes from Apple. We grew up on Windows 98 & Windows XP–we enjoy PC’s and Mac’s, but for digital media creation, Apple wins. Their ecosystem and user interface makes life a little more enjoyable.

The best tool is the one that works for you. If you have never worked on a mac, consider a used Mac Mini to introduce yourself to the eco-system. A variety of models can be had for under >$300 USD on the used market.

2019 Amazon Holiday Gift Guide: Cameras

Top cameras for 2019. What are the holiday cameras to consider? Ask yourself–what you are photographing and filming? GoPro has come out swinging with their new GoPro Hero8 Black and GoPro Hero Max cameras. The creative possibilities that both cameras open up are endless. How about a full-frame Canon 5D Mark IV?

  • GoPro HERO8 Black
    (Holiday Bundle – Includes HERO8 Black Camera Plus Shorty, Head Strap, 32GB SD Card, and 2 Rechargeable Batteries)
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  • GoPro MAX
    (Waterproof 360 + Traditional Camera with Touch Screen Spherical 5.6K30 HD Video 16.6MP 360 Photos 1080p Live Streaming Stabilization)
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  • Canon EOS 5D Mark IV
    (Full Frame Digital SLR Camera with EF 24-105mm f/4L IS II USM Lens Kit)
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  • Pansonic Lumix GH5
    (16-Inch Retina Display, 16GB RAM, 1TB SSD)
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  • Sony Alpha 7R IV
    (12.9inch, Wi-Fi, 512GB)
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2019 Amazon Holiday Gift Guide: Lenses

Get the most out of your sensor and get some quality glass. Lenses come in a variety of sizes and uses. Photographers normally have different lenses for each situation. We’ve found for run and gun filmmaking, wide zoom lenses are the winners. Zooming from wide to narrow angles reduces your shooting time.

Consider having a wide-zoom, telephoto, and macro lens. Fish-eyes can be a lot of fun, but they are a specific look. Consider adding other lenses to your equipment before going for the fish-eye. The lower f stop the lens, the more shallow the depth of field will be.

Lenses can maintain good pricing while in its generation cycle. Filmmaking is streamlining all aspects of production and more people are renting, but just buy the lenses–they can last you a lifetime.

  • Canon RF 24-70mm F2.8 L IS USM
    Engineered with NANO USM technology for accurate and silent AF operation—combined with reduced focus breathing for more seamless focus transitions—the dynamic RF 24-70mm F2.8 L IS USM lens helps you cover it all, from portraits and landscapes, to travel and everyday moments.
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  • Canon EF 70-200mm f/2.8 III USM

    The EF 70-200mm f/2.8L IS III USM delivers outstanding performance with a constant f/2.8 maximum aperture for fast shutter speeds and beautiful background blur, and Canon’s Air Sphere Coating (ASC), which combines with enhanced Super Spectra Coatings to significantly reduce lens flare and ghosting.
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  • Canon EF 50mm f/1.4 (“Nifty Fifty”)
    The 50mm f/1.4 standard lens is a terrific choice for both casual and professional photographers. The lens obtains crisp images with little flare even at the maximum aperture. The lens’s f/1.4 speed, meanwhile, is perfect for available-light shooting. Only EF lens that offers USM with manual focusing option
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  • Canon EF-S 24mm f/2.8 (“Pancake Lens”)
    An incredibly lightweight, travel-friendly, fast, and versatile lens with advanced AF. 35mm equivalent focal length of 38mm, a minimum focus distance of 0.5ft. The EF-S 24mm f/2.8 STM excels during movie shooting thanks to its STM motor that enables silent and smooth focus tracking manual focus
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Tripods and Gimbals

2019 Amazon Holiday Gift Guide: Tripods and Gimbals

Depending on your situation, you may want a tripod or gimbal to control your camera or phone. Like anything, tripods come in a variety of sizes, weights, and uses. Joby is good for all-around mounting, Manfrotto gives you a portable, yet sturdy tripod, Osmo 3 brings a gimbal to your phone, and the Crane 3 is one of the most feature-rich gimbals to date.

  • Joby GorillaPod 5K Kit
    Professional Tripod 5K Stand and Ballhead 5K for DSLR Cameras or Mirrorless Camera with Lens up to 5K (11lbs).
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  • Manfrotto Element Traveller
    Small Aluminum 5-Section Tripod Kit with Ball Head, Element Large 64.6″.
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  • DJI OSMO Mobile 3
    Lightweight and Portable 3-axis Handheld Gimbal Stabilizer Compatible with iPhone & Android Phones
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  • Zhiyun Crane 3 LAB Gimbal
    2019 Flagship 3-Axis Stabilizer for DSLR Camera up to 10 lbs, with Wireless Image Transmission and ViaTouch Zoom/Focus Control, i.e. Sony A7 Canon 1DX
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Drones and Quadcopters

2019 Amazon Holiday Gift Guide: Drones and Quadcopters

Drones give you a perspective that previously was just for birds. Every year technology improves. Operators and their drones get more safety features, image quality improves, and we can now see with the drone in the first perspective.

  • DJI Mavic 2 Zoom with Smart Controller
    (Holiday Bundle – Includes HERO8 Black Camera Plus Shorty, Head Strap, 32GB SD Card, and 2 Rechargeable Batteries)
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  • DI Mavic 2 Pro with Smart Controller
    (Waterproof 360 + Traditional Camera with Touch Screen Spherical 5.6K30 HD Video 16.6MP 360 Photos 1080p Live Streaming Stabilization)
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  • DJI Digital HD FPV Goggles FPV Drone Racing
    Experience the thrill of FPV drone footage with these DJI FPV Goggles. The goggles are engineered to wirelessly receive footage captured from the DJI FPV Air Unit (not included) from miles away. Even from long distances, the goggles are designed to display 720p HD footage with little interference, thanks to anti-inference technology and four included lightweight antennae that attach to the front of the goggles faceplate.
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Microphones

2019 Amazon Holiday Gift Guide: Microphones

Get the most out of your sensor and get some quality glass. Lenses come in a variety of sizes and uses. Photographers normally have different lenses for each situation. Consider having a wide-zoom, telephoto, and macro lens. We love fish-eyes as well!

  • Shure MV88+ Video Kit
    Built-in headphone output for real-time monitoring. Seamless compatibility with Shure Motiv audio and video applications (iOS and Android versions) Fully functional with popular iOS apps such as the built-in camera app, GarageBand and filmic Pro.
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    Amazon Link to Shure MV88 standalone
  • TASCAM DR-10L All-in-one Lavalier and Recorder
    Place it on your talent, hit record, and let the hosts/talent act themselves. Records at 44.1Khz/48Khz, 16/24-Bit Linear PCM Mono. Supports Poly Recording with an easy-to-read EL display. Record in WAV Format with your up to 32gb SD card. Prevent data loss with automatic file closing.
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  • Audio Technica BP40 Broadcast Microphone
    Perfect for talk shows, podcasts, or youtube channels. Dynamic microphone that offers a rich sound–thickening any voice you place in front of the microphone. Packaged inside is an internal pop filter, with a switchable 100 Hz high pass filter.
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  • TASCAM DR-701D Field Recorder
    Designed for the needs of professional filmmakers, television producers, advertisers, and documentarians. Packs high-quality multi-track recording into a rugged, lightweight package compact enough for use with any camera. A timecode generator is included for location reference, which can be jam synced from a SMPTE generator, camera, or smart slate. The HDMI in and out allows a DSLR camera to start recording on both devices, and video clock prevents drift between sound and picture
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Headphones

2019 Amazon Holiday Gift Guide: Headphones

Get the most out of your sensor and get some quality glass. Lenses come in a variety of sizes and uses. Photographers normally have different lenses for each situation. Consider having a wide-zoom, telephoto, and macro lens. We love fish-eyes as well!

  • SHURE SE215
    Wireless Earphones with Bluetooth 5.0, Sound Isolating
    Clear sound with deep bass elevates your audio performance in a convenient and portable package. Sound Isolating design featuring fit kit with a variety of sleeves for custom fit blocks up to 37 dB of Outside noise for immersive listening no matter where you are. 10 hours of battery life and 30 feet (10 meters) of range
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  • Beyerdynamic DT 1990 Pro
    Open studio reference-class headphones for mixing and mastering, Made in Germany. 250 ohms, 45 mm dynamic Tesla neodymium drivers. Single-sided, detachable cable with mini-XLR connector
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Furniture

2019 Amazon Holiday Gift Guide: Furniture

Top furniture to improve your working experience at home or in your office. Similarly, a standing desk gives you two working experiences, new chairs can relieve back pain, and your desk will be more comfortable with a desk pad.

  • Standing Desk
    Seville Classics OFFK65826 AIRLIFT Pro S3 54″ Solid-Top Commercial-Grade Electric Adjustable Standing Desk (51.4″ Max Height) Table
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  • Herman Miller Aeron Task Chair
    Tilt Limiter/Seat Angle – PostureFit SL – Fully Adj Arms – Dark Mineral Vinyl Armpad – Carpet Caster
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  • Herman Miller Sayl Ergonomic Office Chair
    Tilt Limiter and Carpet Casters | Stationary Seat Depth and Arms | Black Frame with Black Rhythm Seat
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  • Dual Sided Desk Pad
    2019 Upgrade Sewing PU Leather Office Desk Mat, Waterproof Desk Blotter Protector, Desk Writing Mat Mouse Pad (Classical Black, 31.5″ x 15.7″)
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In conclusion, this wraps up the 2019 Amazon Holiday Gift Guide. Do you already own some of the items? Leave a comment with your favorite accessories!

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