For shutterbugs

Leica Sofort
Leica SofortPHOTOS: BANG AND OLUFSEN, BOSE, SONY, ONKYO, ELIPSON, FUJIFILM, PEAK DESIGN, RICOH, SIGMA, LEICA, ISTOCKPHOTO

LEICA SOFORT

$425 

Shutterbugs will always want to own a Leica. Now, you can do so without breaking the bank with the Leica Sofort. This might be Leica's first instant film camera, but it is showing the rest how to do it right.

Unlike many point-and-shoot instant film cameras, the Sofort has buttons at its rear for changing modes, flash and timer.

It also has shooting modes for every scenario, from macro to double exposure. Furthermore, it uses Fujifilm Instax films, which are readily available.

•ST Digital's Pick: The cheapest Leica camera you can get. Enough said.

FUJIFILM X-T2

$2,599 (body only)

The Fujifilm X-T2 is a true photographer's camera. Its retro design is inspired by manual SLR cameras of yesteryear. There are manual dials for shutter speed, ISO and exposure compensation for the photographer's full control.

Inside, this mirrorless camera uses Fujifilm's famed 24-megapixel X-Trans CMOS III image sensor and X-Processor Pro image processor for superior image quality and quick autofocusing performance. You can use the built-in electronic viewfinder to compose your still photo, and utilise the 3-inch articulating LCD screen for 4K video recording.

PEAK DESIGN EVERYDAY MESSENGER BAG

$349 (13-inch) and $399 (15-inch)

Designed by Peak Design founder Peter Dering, who is fed up with conventional camera bags, the Everyday Messenger Bag seeks to fulfil all the needs of a photographer without compromising on looks.

On the outside, it looks like a normal messenger bag with a weatherproof expandable protective shell. Inside, there are orgami-inspired FlexFold dividers that expand and contract depending on the load, for you to put your camera body, lens and flash.

There is also a laptop sleeve, tablet sleeve and document pocket for your daily essentials. It comes in two sizes to fit a 13-inch or a 15-inch laptop.

RICOH THETA SC

$488

For those looking for an affordable 360-degree camera, the Ricoh Theta SC is a great option.

Like its bigger and more pricey cousin, the Theta S, the SC features two similar 180-degree cameras to create 360-degree still and moving images.

But being $140 cheaper, the SC does not have a micro-HDMI port for live streaming and has a continuous recording time of only 5min, instead of the S's 25min.

SIGMA 18-35MM F/1.8 DC HSM

$1,188

For those using an APS-C DSLR camera, the Sigma 18-35mm f/1.8 DC HSM lens is a must-have.

It represents superb value for money with a wide focal range from 18mm to 35mm but with a large constant aperture of f/1.8 throughout. Other lenses with smaller apertures can cost twice the amount.

Its large aperture allows photographers to create a nice bokeh effect, or out-of-focus areas in a photograph. The lens is available in mounts for Canon, Nikon and Sigma.

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on December 07, 2016, with the headline 'For shutterbugs'. Print Edition | Subscribe