With the list of features longer than your own gift list, buying professional equipment for the Canon fan can be a daunting task. The jargon itself can easily overwhelm, especially when you don’t have the expertise and there’s no context.

Because professionals likely use cameras as tools of their trade, it’s always good to check with them on their focus (e.g. landscape, studio, sports). This will determine the priorities that they will appreciate, and therefore the model that best suits their purpose. That said, at this level, every gift can easily become a valuable asset and investment to the expert photographer, so you can do no wrong.

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV Kit (EF 24 – 70 IS USM)

This is perfect for the recipient who’s just beginning his pro journey. The Canon EOS 5D Mark IV continues the heritage of the Mark III as a professional staple – and no wonder, as it’s an all-rounder. Not only does the best-selling camera have a 30.4 megapixel full-frame sensor, it is securely supported by a sophisticated 61-point autofocus system, 4k video shooting, 7fps burst rate, and smooth handling. It’s a versatile number that can adjust itself to many scenarios, and so remains a classic workhorse that doesn’t get outdated easily. The lens kit lets your eager friend start using their new toy immediately.

Don’t be shy to be their subject – Christmas lighting is often very flattering!

Retail: $6,249

Canon EOS 5DS R (Body)

Here’s something we all understand – megapixels. And the Canon EOS 5DS R hits a glorious 50.6 in this area, outstripping the competition. Although that alone isn’t a determining factor in sharpness, with the right equipment, it captures the sharpest image possible on the market. What does this mean? In situations where details are precious, like landscape and nature, and where lighting graduations are important, like studio setups, this model is the perfect candidate. Well supported by other features like the Dual DIGIC 6 processor and full-frame sensor, your expression of Christmas love will be like all the pictures – super clear.

Retail: $5,399

Canon EOS-1D X Mark II

If speed is the name of the game, look no further than the Canon EOS-1D X Mark II. The heritage of the 1D series is all about the reaction time amidst a solid build, and the latest model is no different. With a trailblazing 14 fps continuous shooting capability, this camera is ideal for sports and action photography. It comes included with 61 super fast autofocus points and the AI Servo III+ predictive AF algorithm which helps to maintain speeding subjects in focus. But beyond the speed, the camera is a sturdy versatile entry, with a dust and drip-proof body, and a standard ISO of up to 51200 that performs well in low light. Perfect for all those night holiday shots!

Retail: $8,199

Canon imagePROGRAF PRO-500

Inside this sleek body is the one printer to rule them all. This photo printer processes up to A2 print formats and can produce one flawless borderless copy in 6 minutes flat. Experience the rich hues of your holiday photos, and if your professional buddy is ready for some exposure time, the archival-grade, exhibition-ready prints are only a wireless click away. Your friend will have the 11 colours, Chroma Optimiser LUCIA PRO inks, updated print head design – and most importantly – you, to thank this Christmas.

Retail: $1,899

Studio Lighting for Portraits Course

You might not know this, but there’s a world of difference between indoor and outdoor photography. For the fan keen on studio photography, or learning more about controlled lighting situations, this is our recommendation. This 3-part course will cover studio equipment and the types of lighting you’ll encounter, and more importantly, how to light subjects in a particular mood. From multi-light positioning to light styling, the student will get to apply all the techniques in a live model shoot at the end of the course.

Fee: $240

Sapa Valley, Northern Vietnam Photo Trip

This gift involves travelling, so it’s already a win. The Academy has arranged for Adrian Loh from Singapore Trekkers to bring you up to the cool (both literally as well as figuratively) rice terraces of Sapa. Take an overnight train ride up to the hilly terrain and witness the colourfully-garbed hill tribes that roam around town. Most importantly, Adrian will show you how to use the slow shutter to capture them beautifully, as they hawk their handmade crafts. He will also touch on the importance of lighting, and how to use them for various effects.

Fee: $799

We’re pretty sure we’ve got it covered with our gift guides but if you’re curious about other models, you can always visit our online catalogue. We’ve made gifting a snap, so go and create some precious ones of your own with your well-equipped photographer! Happy holidays!

First published: Canon EOS World

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