One feature common to nearly all camera bags: You have to take your camera out of the bag to use it. Not so with the Cloak Camera Bag. It has an bottom that unzips and rolls up. At the top there’s a slit that opens for a camera shutter button. In combination, those features let you shoot photos through the bag. Excellent for photographers who want to take photos especially quickly or discretely. Or for those who are simply lazy. $50.
Update: Sadly, Cloak is currently sold out of their bags. Happily, they are coming out with a newer version. In the meantime, check out these 8 cool under $50 gifts for photographers.
There aren’t many camera tripods that will let you affix an SLR camera to a vertical wall and that will fit inside a shirt pocket. The Monster Pod Tripod Stand is one of them. This wondrous camera stand was included by Spot Cool Stuff in their review of the best gifts for photographers under $50. That’s because the Monster Pod can stick to virtually any surface, from objects with rough inconsistent textures (such as tree bark) to things smooth and round (like a flag pole). Despite that grippy-ness, the Monster Pod easily peels off when pulled from its edges. $29