Book of the month: Caves: Exploring New Zealand’s Subterranean Wilderness, Marcus Thomas, and Neil Silverwood

Book of the month: Caves: Exploring New Zealand’s Subterranean Wilderness, Marcus Thomas, and Neil Silverwood

From New Zealand amateur shooters to globe-trotting pros, together, photographers of all types have pictured nearly every corner of our country. Although just about every inch of Aotearoa has been explored through the lens, exploration beneath our land, particularly by way of images, is still in its infancy.

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Our monster camera buyers guide

Our monster camera buyers guide

Whether there’s a photographer in your life or it’s yourself that you’re shopping for, it’s easy to get lost in the innumerable options available. Luckily, we’ve had a year to look at, test, play with, and ponder many of the best photography products available, and we’ve filtered them all through our collective experience to bring you this monster camera buyers guide — for beginners right through to photography buffs, and sure to suit any budget.

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A manual-focus rangefinder camera crafted by one of the oldest brand names in photography: the Voigtländer Bessa-R4M

A manual-focus rangefinder camera crafted by one of the oldest brand names in photography: the Voigtländer Bessa-R4M

Rangefinder cameras are aptly named: they focus using a dual-image rangefinding device.  Most varieties of rangefinder show two images of the same subject, one of which moves when a calibrated wheel is turned. When two superimposed images line up, your image is in perfect focus, and the distance can be read off the wheel.

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Shooting the stars with the Canon EOS 6D Mark II

Shooting the stars with the Canon EOS 6D Mark II

Acclaimed astrophotographer Mark Gee had spent long nights under dark starry skies trying for his perfect shot, until one night in 2013, when the heavens aligned with his Canon EOS 6D. After a year planning the shot, the skies over Mount Victoria were pristinely clear, and the wind was at bay, but, most important, there was a huge globular golden moon rising above the hill. The result: his viral Full Moon Silhouettes time-lapse.
So, it was only natural that we should suggest Mark step out  under the stars again, this time armed with the second-generation Canon EOS 6D Mark II, to put it to the ultimate test.
 

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Get snap-happy with the new Nikon D3400 and SnapBridge

Get snap-happy with the new Nikon D3400 and SnapBridge

Nikon’s always been committed to proving that the DSLR doesn’t have to be a bulky instrument. Nikon’s D300 series of camera bodies prioritizes light weight, compact design and ease of use, all while maintaining the benefits which come with an interchangeable lens system. So far, each of Nikon’s models that hold the D3 prefix have offered approachable, yet reasonably powerful solutions for those wanting to get started with photography — plus some extra growing space as users’ confidence increases.

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