25+ Gifts for Any Film Photographer and Any Budget

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We’ve heard that it’s the most wonderful time of the year. Whether or not you’re big on the holidays, the end of any year is a great opportunity to spend time with loved ones and reflect on the last 12 months.

If you’re looking to express your love with something you can wrap and put a bow on, we’ve got some great suggestions – we’ve gathered over 25 great gifts for film photographers, for any budget.

And don’t get us wrong, nobody’s saying that these need to be gifts for someone else. Take a peek and if you see anything you like…treat yo self. You deserve it.

You can browse by price point: Gifts Under $25 | Gifts $25-$50 | Gifts $50-$100 | Gifts Over $100 or check out the full list below.


Gifts Under $25

If you’re looking for a stocking stuffer or a small gift for a film photographer, we’ve got a handful of great options all ringing in under $25. Who said you need to break the bank to find a great gift?

Christmas Figures by Jereme Rauckman, ( CC BY 2.0 ), Taken on Kodak Ektar 100 on a Mamiya C33

Film

Possibly the easiest, yet most beloved gift for any film photographer, there’s nothing better than getting more rolls of film. If you’re not sure what kind of film your person likes, here are some beloved options that most anyone would be pleased to receive.

For color film, we’d recommend Kodak Portra 400, Kodak Portra 160, and Kodak Ektar 100. If you’re looking for black and white film, you can’t go wrong with Ilford HP5+ 400, Kodak Tri-X 400, or Fujifilm Neopan 100.

Shutter Release Cable

Whether used for self portraits or long exposures, a good shutter release cable belongs in every film photographers bag. This one will work for any camera with a threaded shutter release button.

Shutter Release Cable

Trigger a film cameras shutter from over 2 feet away with this cable.

Film Photography Socks

Do you know someone whose interested in film photography and also wears funky, patterned socks? Great, you’ve found their gift.

Film Photography Socks

Not only do these wacky socks have cameras on them, they also have rolls of film.

Negative Storage

Most film photographers are guilty of keeping a box/bag/pile of disorganized negatives somewhere in their homes. Help them find peace with these negative preservers, available for 35mm and medium format film. This storage box will keep everything safe and sound.

Colored Gels

These colored gels can be used to correct colors when shooting particular types of film. They’re also fun to use in creative ways to create unique looking photos.

Colored Gels

Add a pop of color to photos with these colored gels.

Vintage Kodak T-Shirt

Kodak has released an entire line of t-shirts celebrating their iconic film stocks. As one of the most (if not the most) important film makers of all time, most photographers have a soft spot for the classic logo.

Vintage Kodak T-Shirt

A great way to show love to one of the most important names in film photography.

Camera / Lens Protective Storage

While dedicated photo bags are helpful to carry a lot of gear, they aren’t always the most practical choice. We love these camera wraps and inserts that can fit anything you want protected – plus, you can use them with your regular backpack or bag.

Camera Wrap

Keep your camera or lens safe with this versatile wrap.

Camera Bag Insert

Most camera bags are bulky and ugly. Use this with your favorite regular bag, instead.

Polaroid Postcards

Who doesn’t love receiving mail from a friend or family member? This set of 100 postcards features 50 different polaroid photos covering the entire color spectrum. While they might be a tad small for writing a full letter, these would be great to keep on hand for thank you notes and such.

Polaroid Postcards

Writing postcards is a lost art. Get back in the habit with this pack by the Impossible Project.

35mm Film Case

This film case by Kodak holds 5 rolls of 35mm film. Made of steel, the case is nice looking, and more importantly, keeps film organized and safe in a bag.

Kodak 35mm Film Case

No more loosing rolls of film in the bottom of bags!

Gifts $25-$50

If you’re willing to increase your budget a bit, you’ll have even more great gift options. Here are some of our favorite accessories and other photo related items that come in under $50.

6th Night by Robert Couse-Baker, ( CC BY 2.0 ), Taken on Kodak Portra 160 on a Nikon F3HP

Photo Books

One of the best gifts for a photographer (or anyone else, for that matter) is a photo book. There are endless options available and art books are always a great place to find inspiration. If you need suggestions on some of the best, we’ve got a list of our 25 favorites that are available to buy now.

Film Guard Lead Lined Bag

You’ve probably seen the signs at the airport, warning of X-Ray damage to undeveloped film. Make sure that film makes it home safely with this lead lined bag. Perfect for the film photographer who likes to travel.

Film Guard Bag

Airport X-Rays are no match for this lead lined film bag.

Star Filter

You may have seen photos with a star filter and thought, “How did they get the photo to look like that?!” Star filters take light sources in a photo and turn them into a star, with a set number of points. This filter is available in a variety of filter sizes – often marked on the front of the lens, or found with a quick google search.

Weekly Theme Challenge: After Dark by Sue Thompson, ( CC BY-ND 2.0 )

6-Point Star Filter

Using a star filter can produce some unique and creative photos.

Peak Design Camera Strap

This is, hands down, the best camera strap we’ve ever used. It has a quick release capability and includes multiple “anchors” so that you only need one strap for multiple cameras. It also has a quick adjustment points that make changing the length a breeze, even with the camera hanging around your neck.

Peak Design Camera Strap

We’ve tried a lot of camera straps over the years. This one’s miles better than the rest.

The Film Developing Cookbook

Anyone interested in developing their own black and white film should have a copy of this book. A fantastic resource that has been updated to maintain relevancy.

The Film Developing Cookbook

Curious about developing film at home? This is a good place to start.

Cinestill C41 Film Developing Kit

This kit from Cinestill simplifies the process of developing color film at home. Pair this kit with a developing tank and a film changing bag, and you’ve got all of the basic gear needed to dive into DIY film developing.

C-41 Film Developing Kit

You read The Film Developing Cookbook and now you’re itching to DIY. Color film is now easier than ever to develop at home.

Gifts $50-$100

If you’re willing to drop $50-$100 on a gift for a film photographer, you can get something that they’ll find truly useful. We know that we’d be excited to receive any of the gifts below.

78220009 by Sean Benham, ( CC BY-ND 2.0 ), Taken on Fujifilm Superia 400 film on a Minolta X-570

Travel Tripod

This lightweight tripod is small enough to strap onto a backpack and doesn’t break the bank (professional tripods can run you thousands of dollars). While it may not be the best choice for heavy medium format cameras or super long lenses, it should be perfectly adequate for most 35mm shooters.

Manfrotto Travel Tripod

Every photographer needs a tripod, and this cheap, portable option is a great place to start.

Peak Design Camera Clip

A sleek alternative to a camera bag and/or strap, this contraption turns any backpack into a great way to securely carry your camera. The quick release plate means no more missing the shot while fumbling to get your camera out.

Peak Design Camera Clip

As we’ve said: camera bags are ugly and most camera straps suck. Ditch both with this clip from Peak Design.

Aperture Subscription

Widely regarded as the one of the best magazines covering photographic art, Aperture offers subscriptions for physical copies as well as a digital version. The physical editions are large and printed on thick, high quality paper, making them closer to art books than magazines. Both versions are filled with photo essays, writing on photography, and plenty of interesting photos by some of the worlds most exciting photographers.

Aperture Subscription

This quarterly magazine has been in print since 1952, making Aperture one of the most important photo organizations in the country.

Mini Fridge for Film Storage

Do you know someone with more film than food in their fridge? The ultimate storage solution, a separate mini fridge will keep all of those valuable rolls safe and organized for years to come. If you really want to go the extra mile, fill it up with some fresh rolls of film.

Mini Fridge for Film

For someone who is hoardi- we mean holding onto a lot of film, this is the ultimate solution.

Gifts Over $100

Want to go all out this year? If keeping a tight budget isn’t a concern, these are the gifts we’d most likely choose for a fellow film photographer.

Santa by David Cabrera, ( CC BY-SA 2.0 )

External Hard Drive

While film is an analog format, the accompanying digital files are just as important to most people in 2021. Every photographer could use a good external hard drive (or a backup) and LaCie products are beloved by many, many creative professionals.

External Hard Drive

Because film photos need a place to live digitally, too.

Sekonic Light Meter

Beginners in film photography are usually content using their cameras built-in meter, but more serious film shooters may be interested in the precision of a dedicated light meter. Sekonic makes some of the most popular handheld light meters available.

Sekonic Light Meter

A handheld light meter gives photographers ultimate control over how their film photos turn out.

Epson Film Scanner

As the prices of film, developing, and scanning continue to rise, a lot of photographers are looking to DIY some part of the process. Flatbed scanning is becoming quite common because of its affordability and ease. Epson’s film scanners have quickly become the standard.

Epson V600 Film Scanner

This film scanner practically pays for itself after scanning a dozen rolls of film (maybe even less).

ONA Camera Bag

If you’re looking to go all out on a gift for a photographer , ONA makes beautiful, durable camera bags that are built to last. Crafted with premium waxed canvas, this is one of the nicest bags that you can find.

ONA Camera Bag

Remember how we said camera bags are usually ugly? This one is definitely an exception.

Final Thoughts

We hope this list gave you some good ideas of gifts for the film photographer in your life! Don’t forget to take some photos this holiday season – regardless of what you do to celebrate, we could all use more photos of ourselves and our loved ones. See you next year!

Petersburg by Jana Markova, ( CC BY 2.0 )

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