The 2018 ProductionHUB Holiday Gift Guide

Published on in Equipment / Tech Reviews

It's that time of year to put together the list of some cool holiday gifts that will put a smile on the faces of the filmmakers in your life. From new gear to must-have accessories, here are our top gift picks for this holiday season. 

MasterClass All-Access $180

 

Give the gift of education. For $180, you can get access to a year of unlimited classes taught by the world's greatest minds. Classes include Screenwriting taught be Aaron Soarkin, Independent Filmmaking taught by Spike Lee, Directing taught by Ron Howard and much more. 


Sony a7 Pro Full-Frame Mirrorless Camera
 
$799 (Body Only)

 

The Sony a7 is very much on my wish list and I think it should be on yours too! I've heard nothing but good things about this camera. From a manageable price point to beautiful pictures, the Sony a7 is bound to light up some faces in the room. Check out these highlights:

  • 24.3MP Full Frame Exmor CMOS Sensor
  • BIONZ X Image Processor
  • Direct Compatibility with E-mount Lenses
  • 3.0” Tiltable TFT LCD
  • 2.4M-Dot OLED Electronic Viewfinder
  • Full 1080/60p with Uncompressed Output
  • Built In WiFi

 

ZEISS Batis 2/40 CF Lens $1,299

 

The new ZEISS Batis 2/40CF Close Focus lens for the Sony Alpha series cameras provide a fast, quite autofocus that ensures high-precision focus in every situation. Adding this all purpose lens to your full-format camera will ensure you never miss another unique moment again. Compared to a zoom lens, the ZEISS Batis 2/40 CF (Close Focus) fixed focal length offers high speed and uncompromising image quality. The close focusing distance allows photographers to see details in a whole new way.

 

DJI Mavic 2 Pro $1,499

 

Ok, droniacs. Let's take the $83,000 explosion proof DJI drone out of this conversation and focus on the more reasonable DJI Mavic 2 Pro. The $1499 price tag is one of the higher priced gifts on the list, but it's well worth the cost. TheDJIi Mavic 2 Pro is an affordable drone that will provide a solid stepping stone as you acquire more experience. Here are the specs: 

  • Hasselblad 20MP / UHD 4K Gimbal Camera (this might be the best feature)
  • 1" CMOS + f/2.8-f/11 Adjustable Aperture
  • 10-Bit Dlog-M + 10-Bit HDR Video
  • OcuSync 2.0 Transmission Technology
  • Up to 31 Minutes Flight Time
  • Omnidirectional Obstacle Sensing
  • Hyperlapse Time-Lapse Mode
  • Top Speed of 44.7 mph
  • Enhanced HDR Photos with 14EV


GoPro HERO7 Black
 
$399

 

The GoPro HERO7 Black rocks. I liked the HERO 6 from last time so much I now want the HERO7. If you're an adventurer, this camera has to be on your wish list. Why? Each generation of GoPro improves and the HERO7 Black is no exception.

The GoPro HERO7 Black supports up to UHD 4K60/50 video resolutions and captures 2.7K120/100 slow motion and super-slow motion video at rates up to 1080p240/200. Still images can be captured in up to 12MP resolution in bursts of up to 30 images per second. Like its predecessor, The HERO7 Black is also waterproof to 33', making it a great fit for surfing, boarding and all around outdoor activities.


Sennheiser PXC 550 Wireless Bluetooth Headphones
 
$249.95

Nothing says quality quite like an audio product with the classic Sennheiser logo. If you're really picky about audio, pick this headset. These headphones are very high-quality, extremely comfortable and built like a brick. Oh yeah, and they sound fantastic. The sound is very clear, with a super response and solid noise cancellation. I have gone through a lot of headsets in my day, and these might be my favorite. 


Focusrite SCARLETT Studio Pack
 
$269

 

Setting up your own home vlogging studio? Perfect. Gotta go mobile? Perfect. If you need an easy to set up small studio audio package, this would be my go-to choice. One of the things I like the most is that it comes in a completed package. The Focusrite SCARLETT Studio Pack is absolutely a must have for up and comers.


DaVinci Resolve 15 Studio
 
$299

 

For $299 Resolve 15 packs a lot of bang for your buck. There are so many features packed into the studio package. Editing? Of course. Color Grading? Check. Robust audio controls via Fairlight? Yes. Fusion VFX Compositing? Included. I personally loved the multicamera feature as well. This would make the perfect gift for the editors in your life. 


Manfrotto Windsor Explorer Camera and Laptop Backpack for DSLR
 
$169.99

This backpack not only holds all the gear you need for a photo shoot, it's also very stylish! It's the perfect gift for your favorite photographer, whether they are a pro or a hobbyist. It holds:  

  • Top and Side Access
  • Padded 15" Laptop Compartment
  • Padded Insert with Dividers
  • Padded, Adjustable Shoulder Straps
  • Padded Back Panel
  • Tartan Fabric Lining & Leather Accents
  • Water-Repellent Nylon Construction

 

Gifts Under $100 


GorillaPod 1K Flexible Mini-Tripod with Ball Head Kit
 
$19.95

 

JOBY pairs the GorillaPod 1K stand with the BallHead 1K to form a flexible and versatile support system. This kit is ideal for compact mirrorless cameras, LED lights, flashes or any other gear weighing up to 2.2 lb.


Protocol Focus on Coffee Camera Lens Travel Mug
 
$9.99

The mug is perfect for your favorite coffee-obsessed filmmaker. It will keep thier coffee hot while they're running around on set! 


Let's Make a Movie
by Danny Tieger
 
$12.50

 

Have a budding filmmaker in your house? This step-by-step book teaches kids the process and storytelling skills to make videos they're proud of. Packed with tips, tricks and info, it will help kids develop the confidence to use their imaginations and get their ideas onto film. 


Last, but not least


ProductionHUB Featured Profile
 
$599 for one year or $249 four months

Give the gift that keeps on giving! Buy your loved one or friend an annual Featured Profile for $599 or 4-month Featured profile for $249. 

Call us at 877.629.4122 if you'd like to gift a Featured Profile!


We hope this list helps you find the perfect gift for your hard to shop for production friends and loved ones...or even yourself! 
 
Remember, the greatest production-related gift is getting to work in this industry, in professions that expose us to amazing stories, technological innovation, constant inspiration and endless opportunities to work with dedicated and caring people. We are proud of the work put out by the ProductionHUB community and thankful for your support. From our HUB to yours, we wish you all very happy holidays!
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About the Author

Mark Foley
Mark Foley
Mark J. Foley, MBA BA is an award-winning producer and director and the Technology Editor for ProductionHUB.com. He is on a mission to provide the best in new equipment reviews, along with exclusive analysis and interviews with the best, the brightest and most creative minds in the entertainment and production business. Have a suggestion for a review? Email Mark at mfoley@productionhub.com.

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