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Nikon S 14-30mm f/4 Lens Review

The Main, in downtown Squamish, a Kindred Construction project. David Buzzard Photography
The Main, in downtown Squamish, a Kindred Construction project. This was a good shoot to test the new Nikon S 14-30mm

I’ve been running my new Nikon S 14-30mm f/4 lens for a few months now, and thought I would share some examples and thoughts on this new and revolutionary lens.

I’ve been using the Nikon Z6 camera (check out my review) since last summer and so far I’m a huge fan of the Nikon mirrorless system. Over the last few years, a large part of my business has become photographing residential interiors for the tourist rental and real estate market here in Whistler and Squamish. I was using a Nikon AF-S 17-35mm lens that I bought in 1999, and while it’s a great lens for photojournalism and wedding photography, which was mostly what I was doing back in the day, it’s not that great for architectural work, and like most AF-S lenses, is less than a great fit with the Nikon Z6. When the Nikon S 14-30mm came on sale earlier this year, I picked one up.

Disclosure
As I said in my Nikon Z6 review, I’ve been a professional photographer for nearly 30 years and … Read the rest

Whistler Wears Masks

Whistler Councillor Arthur De Jong.
Whistler Councillor Arthur De Jong.

Last fall I was commissioned by the Whistler Municipality to do a series of portraits of local Whistler residents for an on-going campaign to promote Coronavirus mask wearing. Originally it was only supposed to be members of Whistler council, but it grew into over twenty different portraits of Whistler locals from all walks of life.

Vanessa Werner, Postpartum Doula & Breathwork Practitioner.
Vanessa Werner, Postpartum Doula & Breathwork Practitioner

Olympic free skier Yuki Tsubota
Olympic free skier Yuki Tsubota

The staff of the Squamish Lil'wat Cultural Centre.
The staff of the Squamish Lil’wat Cultural Centre.

Maeve Jones.
Maeve Jones.

Jeanette Bruce, Program Coordinator at the Whistler Public Library.
Jeanette Bruce, Program Coordinator at the Whistler Public Library.

Kat Frew from Gibbons Whistler.
Kat Frew from Gibbons Whistler.

Behind the Scenes
The biggest issue with this project was that we couldn’t see most of the subject’s faces, so we really had to concentrate on the subject’s body language, especially the look in their eyes. I found that a smile really shows translates into the eyes. We were incredibly lucky to get really beautiful Whistler autumn weather, rather than the usual heavy rains.

All the photos were shot with a Nikon Z6 with an Nikon S 24-70 f/4 lens, and lit with a Godox AD600Pro portable studio strobe with a medium sized Chimera Softbox. I’ve moved completely to Nikon’s new mirrorless cameras and … Read the rest

2020 Whistler Magazine Photos

Whistler helicopter pilot Steve Gran
Whistler helicopter pilot Steve Gran
This was for a feature on Whistler residents who work in the film industry, including Blackcomb Aviation pilot Steve Gran who does a lot of flying for international film productions. I went up with him for an arial shoot where he was flying in close formation with another helicopter. It looked cool with the other helicopter, but Steve had his eyes glued to the other helicopter the whole time, so I couldn’t see his face. Once we were done with that, I asked him to fly over to a nearby glacier and put the helicopter into a steep banked turn so I could see the glacier out the window, and to look over my shoulder while he was doing it. I had the camera with a fisheye lens on in my right hand and was hitting the motor like crazy while I was holding on with my left hand to the seatbelt, as the g-force was pushing me nearly out the door. The sun beam through the back window was a happy accident.

The Whistler Magazine, which is the main Whistler resort magazine that goes into all the local hotel rooms, just won the … Read the rest

Nikon Z6 Review

Nikon Z6 Review – A professional take on Nikon’s new camera.

A first nations dancer performs with Canadian techno group A Tribe Called Red at the Squamish Constellation Festival. Photographed with the Nikon Z6 camera. David Buzzard Photography
A first nations dancer performs with the Canadian techno group A Tribe Called Red at the Squamish Constellation Festival. Photographed with the Nikon Z6 camera.

Overview
I’ll save everyone the of trouble of scrolling to the end of the review to get to the summary. I’ll say right off the start that Nikon has hit it out of the park with the Nikon Z6. While it’s not perfect, my only regret so far with the Nikon Z6 is that I didn’t buy two of them while they were on sale.

I’ve been a working photographer for nearly 30 years and I’ve used Nikon cameras throughout my career, which has been a mixture of newspaper photojournalism and commercial photography. Other than buying a lot of their products, I don’t have any professional relationship with Nikon. If I want to use one of their cameras, I have to go out and buy it. My main cameras for the last few years have been two Nikon D3s’s (that will tell you how disinclined I am to change out my equipment) for my newspaper work, along with a D800 for commercial photography. After … Read the rest