The holiday season is a great time of year to find deals on equipment. It’s also the time that a lot of students who started in the 305 digital class consider upgrading their gear; they’ve taken a class and have a better idea what they’d like to explore further–if it’s architecture, that could be a wider angle lens; for street photography, a 50mm prime is always choice; for astro-photography, a 100-300mm telephoto is more likely your thing. For some, it’ll be upgrading cameras to something more robust. Either way, there are some places to go; both Action Camera and PhotoSource in town have used gear; I always start there, as I like to support local photo stores so we still HAVE local photo stores.
In fact, Popphoto has an article that recently came out of the best equipment at mpb, and I was surprised to see a drone listed on there, too, with a pretty good review. They had a lot of good descriptions of cameras they liked, but another great way to figure out what you are looking for is to go to DPreview.com and check out their buying guides–and once you have an idea what’s on the market, you can then do a comparison of specific models at their site to see how they stack up against each other.
I hope that helps you with your photo gear hunting, whether it’s for a gift list, or just for a gear upgrade!