Peter Hayward

Lives in Australia Glenside/South Australia/Austrlalia, Australia
Works as a IT Consultant
Has a website at
Joined on Jul 24, 2003
About me:

Loves Nikon gear except their software. Desperately sad at the Nikon Capture NX2 has been replaced with NX D which is a monument to bad software. This decisions has left people with libraries of pictures with edits that WILL become lost on a few years as technology moves on and makes running Capture NX 2 impossible.
.. and where is the pro level mirrorless?


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On article First sample images from 20MP Sony Cyber-shot RX10 III (197 comments in total)

Wow, seriously impressive indeed. I downloaded one of the shots, a quick process through PS and even more wow.
Fancy that, we have a walk around 24-600 fast lens and a very capable camera. This would have been so neat when I recently travelled through Europe and the UK.
We live in great times for photography.

Link | Posted on Mar 31, 2016 at 07:38 UTC as 24th comment
On article Top 5: Hands-on with Nikon D500 (799 comments in total)
In reply to:

User8894381729: Back to past...

Why without flash?
Why 20.9 MP?
Dear Nikon tell me why?

Don't buy it then. Simple.

Link | Posted on Jan 12, 2016 at 23:56 UTC
On article Here at last: Nikon announces D500 (1175 comments in total)
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Peter Hayward: Superb Mr Nikon, please wrap this up in a mirrorless pro configuration.
Mirrorless desire aside, although I like my D750 I always lament it wasn't in this 'pro' layout and configuration. all I have to do is tame my gear desire :)

@Carlos. Given that I also have a Nikon 1 V2 I have been given a taste of what a Mirrorless system will do, for me at least and I really like it. I agree an optical VF will likely always look better than a mirrorless VF, there are however two major benefits that the optical VF can't give and that is an effectively silent shutter which for me is what I want and also a very high frame rate.
Given that you have the choice of an optical VF in a Nikon DSLR, I don't have that choice of a Nikon mirrorless system with the specs of the D750 or the D500.
Yes a mirrorless DSLR may drain batteries faster, I'll live with that.

Link | Posted on Jan 6, 2016 at 04:36 UTC
On article Here at last: Nikon announces D500 (1175 comments in total)

Superb Mr Nikon, please wrap this up in a mirrorless pro configuration.
Mirrorless desire aside, although I like my D750 I always lament it wasn't in this 'pro' layout and configuration. all I have to do is tame my gear desire :)

Link | Posted on Jan 6, 2016 at 00:19 UTC as 185th comment | 2 replies

Nice lens, now if I could only couple one to a D400, sigh!

Link | Posted on Jul 28, 2015 at 03:48 UTC as 23rd comment | 4 replies
On article Nikon releases Capture NX-D 1.0.3 and View NX 2.10.2 (45 comments in total)

I am dismayed at what Nikon have done to their loyal users from the past years. What now happens to my Capture NX2 edits? Ok I can still use NX2 but for how long?
I know NX2 wasn't the greatest of UI's and I know that Google has bought Nik Software but this latest excuse for software is quite simply unusable and an embarrassment to the software industry.
Mr Nikon, wake up. Forget software development and open up your file formats to the whole software industry. To the people how can actually write software that users want and need.

Link | Posted on Oct 21, 2014 at 07:03 UTC as 7th comment


Link | Posted on Oct 12, 2014 at 10:35 UTC as 79th comment | 1 reply
On article CreativeLive to host free one-day event with Art Wolfe (33 comments in total)

The free bit is great if you are in the right time zone. Bummer for those that are not, and therefore have to pay a not inconsiderable amount to watch at a suitable time.

Bit odd that.

Link | Posted on Jul 18, 2014 at 03:34 UTC as 16th comment | 1 reply
In reply to:

bagoof1: Unfortunately I received a new shutter assembly last May and it did not resolve the problem. I just sent my camera back to Nikon with hundreds of spots in the exact same location as with the original shutter.

Same here. Ended swapping for a D610 after several visits. Great camera otherwise though.

Link | Posted on Feb 26, 2014 at 23:47 UTC

I have Photoshop and also Paintshop Pro however I always return to use Capture NX for my processing unless complex edits are needed.
But Mr Nikon ... I've submitted bugs reports and never had a satisfactory response to anyone of them. Not once.
As an example and one of the simplest bugs to fix is to restore the standard Windows behaviour of the tab key in dialog boxes. Years ago Capture NX had tab key movement between edit boxes but for some unknown reason it was removed in later releases. Why oh why?
Capture NX is way too clunky and unreliable still and the interface desperately needs modernizing. So easy to do.

Link | Posted on Feb 5, 2014 at 23:40 UTC as 7th comment
On article Adobe expands Photoshop and Lightroom offer (628 comments in total)

Bargain. I'm in.

Adobe have, in the past, effectively forced us to rent photoshop anyway (or many I suspect to pirate) with new releases only supporting your new camera.

With all the goodies it's a no brainer for me. As for access and passwords. I do not use the same un/pw combination across sites. The pain of tracking the credentials is made easier with Keepass across multiple of devices.

Link | Posted on Nov 22, 2013 at 00:39 UTC as 104th comment | 2 replies

I just wish Nikon would fix how 'tabs' work in their dialog boxes in Capture NX. Reported previously over last three years or so. No feedback. Not yet done. So simple to fix. Pity.

Link | Posted on Nov 12, 2013 at 21:07 UTC as 10th comment | 3 replies

Pity it's no good for us in Oz and the other countries not in their list.

Link | Posted on Dec 4, 2012 at 02:11 UTC as 23rd comment | 1 reply

$224 for the collar??? That'll be something only just shy of $400 here in Oz. Tell 'em they're dream'in!

Link | Posted on Oct 24, 2012 at 05:58 UTC as 71st comment
In reply to:

nevada5: I'd love to see you eliminate the "photo sharing" that clutters up several forums here. There are dozens of sites for that. But here, where equipment is discussed, is not the place for "look at what I shot today."

Is there a disagree button?

Link | Posted on Sep 28, 2012 at 23:05 UTC

Pity the chance wasn't taken to ask about the D400!

Link | Posted on Sep 26, 2012 at 05:59 UTC as 27th comment
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plasnu: I have to say these are the horrible samples, sorry.

This Japanese site has much better images taken by a professional photographer.

Thanks for the link. The barrell shot is a good one and I'd sure love to try some of that 36 year old whiskey ... :)

Link | Posted on Mar 23, 2012 at 11:20 UTC
On article Depth of Field in Macro Photography (159 comments in total)

A well written and presented article. Nice to confirm options I thought I had available to me.

Link | Posted on Feb 15, 2012 at 20:21 UTC as 66th comment | 3 replies
On article Adobe faces criticism for change of upgrade policy (398 comments in total)
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Neodp: Spending excessive money does not make you a better photographer. Adobe products are not, "professional", and they do not help you profit. Tiered limits, and upgrade restrictions are so 90's. If you savvy enough to be good at photo editing (and/or not needing to edit) then you are savvy enough to know software is now free, and I'm not talking about "Freeware". Last time I checked, ufraw, Gimp, it's many plug-ins, their free online videos, and DigiKam, work on Windows, or better systems.

Picasa = Beginner, light needs, with management.

Digikam = Intermediate needs, same comprehensive features as Lightroom, but free and without Lr catalog hell.

ufraw + Gimp + it's Plugins = Advanced, power user, and not even difficult, just everything, and the kitchen sink. The plug-ins allow many one click treatments.

The GIMP may be an alternative and an excellent OS effort, however my understanding is that it does not handle 16 bit images end to end. Thus the story is over for me before it starts. Pity.

Link | Posted on Nov 23, 2011 at 20:59 UTC

Excellent idea to include the video of the "review" and the presenter has a great accent:). DP has really done well lately with providing much more than press releases on the front page. Well done, please keep it up.

Link | Posted on Oct 23, 2011 at 04:25 UTC as 89th comment
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