Here is my Amazon birthday wish list… worth a try:
- Manfrotto 7302YB M-Y Tripod with Ball and Head
A light tripod with a head with no handle to help with panoramic photographs. It also looks like the head can be reversed, so I can take a high-quality photograph of the ground (nadir).
- Air blow Flash Diffuser for Canon 580ex flashgun
Cheap and cheerful diffuser for a flash. This is inflatable so it should be easy to pack. It goes over a flash to create a larger area for the flash to illuminate, giving softer shadows. Harsh/sharp shadows can look bad for portrait photographs, so this could commonly be used for portraits.
- STOFEN OM-EY FOR CANON 580EX & 580EX II
A more compact diffuser that goes over the top of the flashes I have, to give softer light and softer shadows.
- Car Video Recorder with Laser Indication Light
In-car video recorder that records continuously in a loop, so taht if there is a car crash or other event it should be captured on video. This could be useful to avoid blame for car accidents that aren’t my fault that otherwise would be hard to prove. This is fairly cheap and cheerful. The only thing I’d worry about is that it looks similar to a mobile telephone and if put in the car the wrong way would be likely to be stolen. I think if mounted above the rear view mirror, this wouldn’t be a problem.
- Camera Hot Shoe Hot Shoe Triple 2 Axis Spirit Bubble Level for Canon Nikon Fuji DSLR/SLR Cameras
This is a spirit level that attaches to the hot shoe (flash connection) of a camera. I had one for helping with panoramic photography but lost it.
- Canon Flash Macro Ring Lite MR-14EX
This macro ring flash attaches to the end of the camera lens, and creates an even ring of light. This creates an unusual lighting effect used sometimes in portrait photography. Here are some examples:
- Sigma 10 – 20mm f4-5.6 EX DC HSM — Canon fit lens
I had this lens a few years ago. It takes very wide angle photographs but without the fish eye distortion effect. Here are some examples:
- T-Eye Automated Driving Recorder ADR-3000 With built in GPS Module
This is a better quality in-car recorder. It records a wide angle image forwards to record forwards and side impacts etc., and has a reverse facing camera with night vision to record inside and rear impacts etc. It also has a GPS and G-force sensor to record where you were driving and what speed. It automatically saves a recording if strong forces were involved, and can download via wifi automatically when you are in range of your wireless network at home so there is no need for archiving videos if you want to keep them all.
- Ricco Portable AA Battery Travel Emergency Charger for USB Mobile Phone MP3 Player
This is a cheap AA battery to mobile telephone charger that I intend to use for a timelapse video project.
- Canon 580EX II Speedlite Flash Unit
I have two of these already, and a remote controller. They are very good, and with a third I would have a good lighting set.
- Sigma 8mm f3.5 Circular Fisheye EX DG For Canon Digital & Flim SLR Cameras
I already have a Belarus-made 8mm fisheye lens which I use for panoramic photography, but this is better quality and more reliable.
- Canon EOS 500D Digital SLR Camera (15.1 MP, 3.0″ Clear View VGA LCD) Body Only
I hope to upgrade my camera soon. The features this upgrade adds include HD video (very interesting on an SLR camera as you can use high-quality lenses, something the average camcorder is missing), and more megapixels. Normally I’m not concerned with megapixels, but I want to use a one-shot 360 lens for panorama photographs in situations with crowds, and this requires as many megapixels as you can get. The HD video could also help with 360 panoramic motion video.
- Vuzix iWear (PC Only — VR920)
This headset has two LCD screens in the eyepieces, and a 3 dimensional headtracker, so it could be possible to make this into an immersive 360 panorama viewer to make you feel like you are really in the picture. We all thought we’d have that by the year 2000 but I’ve still never seen it happening. A review and demonstration of the VR920 virtual reality glasses is available here, and offical WR920 web site here.
That’s the end of my birthday wish list. Well, that’s all the items that Amazon sell that I want 🙂