To help you get you ready for Black Friday and Cyber Monday, ProductionHUB has the inside scoop on some of B&H Photo's go-to gear and top tech gifts from Canon, Sony, G-Tech, Avid, Arri, LiveU, Zeiss, Adobe, Quantum and more. Whether you're looking for great gift ideas for your favorite production enthusiast, or you want to update your own kit over the holidays, your shopping list starts here.
Gifts Under $50
Journey to new worlds with the VR One Plus Virtual Reality Smartphone Headset from Zeiss. This headset works with your smartphone to give you access to immersive 3D videos, games and augmented reality. Just slip your smartphone into the custom-made tray, insert the tray into the VR One Plus, and you're ready to go. Thanks to its specially designed "eye-box," users don't have to make any mechanical lens adjustments to account for different interpupillary distances, meaning the VR One Plus can be worn with eyeglasses as well. Ventilation ports are built into the headset to prevent fogging, and openings in the smartphone tray allow you to hear your smartphone's audio clearly.
The GoPro Wrist Housing secures your GoPro like a watch flat against your wrist. Whenever you want to capture a photo or shoot some hands-free action video, you can quickly pivot the camera upright and start recording. The Wrist Housing allows you to keep both hands free and you can even strap it to a variety of sports gear and equipment like kayak paddles, kitesurfing kites and so on. Plus, you can even use the Wrist Housing down to a depth of 197' since it features a GoPro Dive Housing.
The Stretch Thinsulate Gloves from Freehands are designed to be used when photographing or operating a camera outdoors in cold weather. The gloves have a waterproof and windproof backing and are lined with Thinsulate to keep you warm in the winter while being lightweight enough to wear in milder weather. You can open the finger tips so that you can more easily access small buttons on your camera, which might be difficult to access if you were wearing normal gloves.
The Big Travel Tripod from Prima Photo offers the traveling photographer a strong and capable camera support in a lightweight and compact build. The tripod features a maximum height of 53.9", a minimum height of 16.5", holds up to 17.6 lb and weighs only 3.6 lb. The Big Travel Tripod is actually two supports in one as one of the legs may be detached from the tripod and joined with the center column to form a functional full-size monopod.
The tan SE-MS5T-T High-Resolution Stereo Headphones from Pioneer feature 40mm drivers, a cable with a built-in remote and mic, and a design that fits comfortably around the ear for all-day listening. These headphones can be used to listen to music and take calls with various devices such as smartphones, tablets, MP3 players and more.
Gifts Under $150
The modular field tan Bolton Street Camera Backpack from ONA holds a DSLR, five lenses, a 13" laptop, and accessories. Select laptops with a 15" diagonal screen size and a width up to 13.5" will fit as well. This handcrafted backpack is made of water-resistant canvas and features leather accents. The backpack has one large compartment that is divided into a top half and bottom half by a large, padded divider. There are three additional dividers for configuring the spaces within the top and bottom halves of the bag specifically for your gear.
The ED-600 Height Adjustable Desk Sit / Stand Desktop from Halter converts a table or desk into a height adjustable desktop system, allowing you to work or play in a sitting or standing position. The ED-600 raises up to 44.1 lb of equipment up to 17" high and comes with keyboard and monitor shelves, so you can type and view content in a relaxed state. Both shelves are 35.6" wide and come in a black finish. The ED-600 has gas spring technology with squeeze handles on each side to offer smooth height adjustments.
Unleash your creativity with the Apple Pencil. This stylus connects to your iPad Pro via Bluetooth, giving you the ability to draw, paint, write, and draft with single-pixel accuracy. When in use, the Pencil and iPad Pro work together to determine the Pencil's position on the screen, the force at which it's pressed into the display, and the angle at which it is held. This lets you alter the thickness and shading of the mark you're making in a fluid, natural manner.
Designed as a comprehensive solution for organizing, editing and exporting photos, Photoshop Lightroom 6 from Adobe is an all-inclusive, non-destructive environment suitable for all aspects of post-production. Seeing enhancements in performance and range of features, the sixth edition of Lightroom includes a pair of Merge modes, HDR and Panorama, for seamlessly compositing multiple images together to increase dynamic range or the overall field of view of photographs, respectively. Facial Recognition technology is now employed to help organize and access your photos of people quickly, and overall updates to the performance of the program accelerate processing and enhancement speeds. Rounding out the post-production workflow, this edition of Lightroom also allows you to create advanced video slideshows of your imagery and produce HTML5-compatible web galleries for sharing your work in more dynamic ways.
Gifts Under $250
Pocket-sized and exceptionally accurate, the L-308S-U Flashmate Light Meter from Sekonic is a compact tool for metering both ambient and flash lighting. Equipped with a sliding lumisphere, as well as a lumidisc attachment for flat surfaces, the L-308S is able to measure ambient light as well as reflected light via a lens with a 40° reception angle. This meter also has a wide metering range, from 0 to 19.9 EV at ISO 100, and can work with flashlight within a range of f/1.4 to f/90.9 at ISO 100. Video and film shooters can rejoice as well, with the inclusion of multiple frame rates from 8-128 fps and a 180° shutter angle.
Enjoy a truly wireless listening experience with the gold WF-1000X Headphones from Sony. These compact, wireless headphones feature 6.1mm drivers and utilize Bluetooth 4.1 connectivity to stream high-quality digital audio from compatible devices from up to 33' away. The WF-1000X comes equipped with noise-canceling technology to keep unwanted background noise out. Adaptive Sound Control technology automatically detects your activity and adjusts the ambient sound settings so you get the optimal listening experience. The WF-1000X Headphones come with a Charger Carrying Case that will power up your headphones while stored inside. With full power, the WF-1000X Headphones deliver up to 3 hours of continuous playback. In addition to the case, multiple sets of fitting supporters and additional earbuds are included.
Stream high-quality digital audio using voice commands with this SoundLink Mini Bluetooth Speaker II Kit from B&H. This kit includes a Carbon Bose SoundLink Mini Bluetooth Speaker II and a 2nd-generation Amazon Echo Dot in black.
The SoundLink Mini II leverages patented Bose technology to deliver full-range sound with deep low-frequency reproduction. This speaker pairs with other Bluetooth-enabled devices and allows wireless music streaming up to 30' away. For non-Bluetooth-equipped devices, there is a side-mounted 3.5mm auxiliary audio input. The speaker is also equipped with a built-in rechargeable lithium-ion battery that provides up to 10 hours of playtime.
Not only does the Amazon Echo Dot turn any speaker into a Bluetooth-enabled device, it also adds voice control functions, so you can control your music just by speaking. Likewise, the Echo Dot provides access to Internet-based functions such as Amazon and other online shopping, weather reports, sports results, and more via built-in Wi-Fi connectivity and voice commands.
The AJA HD5DA 1x4 HD/SD-SDI Distribution Amplifier / Repeater with DWP features an auto-sensing input and four separately buffered outputs with automatic cable equalization (up to 410 ft in HD and 984 ft in SD by coax cable). Both input and outputs support embedded audio. A universal power supply comes included.
Gifts Under $500
The Pelican 1510TP Carry-On Case with TrekPak Divider System (Black) is an unbreakable, watertight, airtight, dustproof, chemical-resistant, and corrosion-proof hard case used to carry any kind of equipment that needs to be protected from the elements. It is made of an ultra-high impact structural copolymer that makes it extremely strong and durable. It has a 0.25" neoprene O-ring, and includes an automatic purge valve for quick equalization after changes in atmospheric pressure. It has a hinged case with double ABS latches that seal perfectly, and padlock protectors that provide added strength and extra security against cutting and theft. The 1510TP comes with long side handles, a long front handle, retractable extension handle and strong polyurethane wheels with stainless steel bearings. It has an effortless release latch for the extension handle. The case meets current FAA requirements for carry-on luggage.
The Canon PIXMA PRO-100 Wireless Professional Inkjet Photo Printer features a 4800 x 2400 dpi resolution and Canon's FINE technology with an ink drop as small as 3.0 pl. The printer's 8-cartridge ink system provides a wide color range and includes 3 black inks for high-quality black-and-white photos. The Pro-100 can output borderless prints up to 13 x 19" and is compatible with a wide range of media, including glossy, luster and matte photo paper as well as Museum Etching and other fine art papers. Additionally, you can print directly on CDs, DVDs, and Blu-ray discs and create your own customizable discs and jackets. The included Print Studio Pro plug-in software provides an easy way to achieve optimal results when printing directly from Adobe Photoshop CS and Elements, as well as from Adobe Photoshop Lightroom.
The Sony FDR-X1000V 4K Action Cam Beginners Kit with Live View Remote from B&H is ready-made action camera package that provides you with the key components you need to start capturing all of life's adventures. The kit pairs the Sony FDR-X1000V, a versatile splash-resistant camera that records up to 4K UHD (3840 x 2160) video at 30 fps, with a four-section aluminum camera support pole that extends from 11.9" to 35.9" to capture unique angles and wide selfie shots. The kit also includes the RM-LVR2 Live View Remote, a 64GB UHS-I microSDHC card and an extra battery pack for longer shooting times.
Add the speed and storage capabilities of RAID and USB 3.0 to your Mac and Windows system using the G-RAID USB G1 12TB Removable Dual-Drive Storage System (2 x 6TB) from G-Technology. This array features 2 x SATA III 6 Gb/s drive bays, each of which holds one removable 6TB Enterprise-class hard drive, for a total capacity of 12TB. Each drive also has a rotational speed of 7200 rpm to allow for combined read and write speeds of up to 400 MB/s. While the G-RAID USB is built with a USB 3.0 interface, it is also compatible with USB 2.0 technology. Please bear in mind that the maximum read and write speeds are dependent on several factors, such as whether a USB 2.0 or a USB 3.0 connection is used, whether the drive is configured as RAID 0, RAID 1, or JBOD and more.
Gifts Under $1,000
The Media Composer | Production Pack from Avid Technologies includes NewBlue Amplify, iZotope Insight, iZotope RX Loudness Control, Sorenson Squeeze 10 Standard and Looklabs SpeedLooks Studio Linear. These software tools are designed to work in tandem with Avid Media Composer to allow you to create more visual effects and titles, accelerate color grading and optimize audio and video more quickly and easily than Media Composer is capable of alone. iZotope Insight helps you with optimizing and troubleshooting soundtracks with an extensive set of audio analysis and metering tools. iZotope RX Loudness Control ensures that your audio mixes adhere to all loudness standards. Designed for audio/video post-production and broadcast workflows, this tool combines intelligent audio signal processing with an easy-to-use interface to take the guesswork out of audio optimization.
The Q Flash T5D-R TTL Flash by Quantum Instruments is an updated version of the T4D model. It has full wireless TTL dedication for new digital and film cameras, with the purchase of optional, camera-specific DW series QTTL modules and receivers. The Qflash T5D has Exposure compensation in Auto and Manual Modes, Under-Over F-stop exposure indicators in Auto, a Flash Counter, visible and audible flash indicators and signal, a modeling light, and an improved reflector locking ring. It is a completely automated flash head with many advanced user-selectable operating modes; it is the perfect portable flash for any professional photographer.
This B&H Kit combines the PreSonus StudioLive AR8 USB 8-Channel Hybrid Performance and Recording Mixer with two dynamic broadcast microphones, two boom-arm stands, a professional four-channel headphone amplifier, two sets of professional headphones and an 8GB SDHC memory card to create the primary components of a two-person radio / podcast studio setup.
Gifts Over $1,000
Enjoy detailed high resolution and network support with the Sony VPL-EW455 3500-Lumen WXGA 3LCD DLP Projector. It features 3500 lumens of brightness and a 20,000:1 dynamic contrast ratio for enhanced images in rooms with ambient light. It sports a WXGA 1280 x 800 native resolution for clear data and images at most viewing distances. The VPL-EW455 is powered by a 3LCD display system, and its lamp features a long life of up to 6000 hours in normal mode. You can use the VPL-EW455 to project up to a 300" diagonal screen size, making it suitable for large venues. This projector also features a 1.37 to 1.8:1 throw ratio and a native 16:10 aspect ratio.
This ARRI 750 Plus 3 Light Kit is an ideal core kit featuring 3 advanced design ARRILITE 750 Plus fixtures with scrims, 120V AC lamps, stands and a heavy duty wheeled case. The ARRILITE 750 Plus is an enhanced version of the tried-and-true ARRILITE open face line. ARRI started with the basic design of the ARRILITE 800 and optimized the reflector to increase output 21% using HPL lamps which employ a compact filament that concentrates and augments light while increasing efficiency. The result is almost double the output. A redesigned one-arm stirrup instead of a yoke facilitates greater movement while the dedicated accessory holder allows use of Chimera softboxes without a speed ring.
The Mavic from DJI packs features you once thought possible only on much larger platforms into a compact quadcopter that is snappy, agile and captures high-resolution images. The drone features an advanced flight control system that draws on a host of sensors — including a ground-facing camera, ultrasound, GPS, dual redundant IMUs, and more — to keep track of where it is flying in 3D space and even avoid collisions. The Mavic works in tandem with DJI's GO mobile app for accessing settings, getting a telemetry readout, viewing a low-latency video feed, and even editing and sharing your footage. In addition traditional joystick-style controls, you can fly with simple tap-based commands, and the Mavic can even recognize gestures for the perfect selfie.
Start streaming high-quality HD video and audio with LiveU's Solo HDMI Encoder Bundle. Consisting of the LiveU Solo and a full year's subscription to LiveU's LRT Cloud Services, you can easily broadcast straight from an HDMI source to a large variety of content delivery networks like YouTube Live, Facebook Live, Wowza, Ustream and more using bonded connectivity over dual cellular networks (requires separately available modems), Wi-Fi or Ethernet. This plug-and-play functionality, combined with the power of LiveU's Reliable Transport protocol (LRT), enables a simple setup for high-quality streaming video with versatile distribution options, as well as stable transmission even when operating in remote locations. If operating remotely, use the internal battery to power the Solo for approximately two hours.