Peter Hayward

Lives in Australia Glenside/South Australia/Austrlalia, Australia
Works as a IT Consultant
Has a website at http://www.boxflat.net
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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MikeFairbanks: They need to make it run full-scale Lightroom and Photoshop. If it only has 4gb of ram it will be slow (not sure if it has 4 or more).

Perhaps consider an MS Surface then or even better one of these .. http://eve-tech.com/product/

Link | Posted on Jun 6, 2017 at 23:22 UTC

Perhaps I'll stick with my V2 and 70-300 CX giving me 810mm equivalent and higher fps all the while saving me about AU$25k :)

Link | Posted on Jun 6, 2017 at 23:04 UTC as 75th comment | 2 replies

I still have a Xiamoi Mi4 because it supported Windows Phone 10 via Microsoft's Insiders. I'm now running their Android Mi8 on it with great success (but I prefer Windows Phone 10 anyday). A bargain phone that performs way above it's price level. The last price I saw was $115 before stock ran out. Now looking to the Mi6 for around half the price of the i7 so it'll do for me when my Mi4 breaks:) On a phone I couldn't care less about raw.

Link | Posted on Jun 1, 2017 at 01:07 UTC as 5th comment

I'm amazed that Nikon continue to waste resources on this awful software.
What is happening to Nikon? Are we witnessing the slow death of a once great camera company with really dumb decisions.
i.e the abandoning of the superbly spec'd DL cameras.
No new Nikon 1 V4
No Nikon mirrorless DX or FX camera. Sony and others will trump this market sector.
Persisting with Cooolpix's in a dead market sector.
Come on Nikon ...LEAD don't tease and abandon.

Link | Posted on May 31, 2017 at 00:51 UTC as 5th comment | 5 replies
On article Google will no longer develop Nik Collection (389 comments in total)

This is very disappointing, I presume especially for any of the original Nik development team members. I dare say though that the devs over at Topaz Labs are popping the champagne, if there are any left that is.

Google must have decimated this market sector and for what?

The Nik UPoint technology was used in the Nikon Capture NX software. It was a very clunky app but produced the best results for me. I also liked that Capture NX non destructive workflow and that the edit step history stored in the Nikon NEF files. No bl@@dy sidecar files!!

When Google took over Nik, Nikon had to give up on Capture NX and went over to the gawd awful Capture NX-D software. Software which just has to take the gold medal for a horrible UI.

One thing Google did do was they made me have another look at Adobe PS and LR. I have to admit a far better workflow. However all my previous years edits in NX force me to try to keep Capture NX. And I hate database centric photo apps. Oh well.

Link | Posted on May 31, 2017 at 00:46 UTC as 100th comment
On article Sony a9: Why being better might not be enough (766 comments in total)
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TheEmrys: What this article neglects is this body as the perfect camera for weddings. While sports pros will be hesitant, wedding shooters will look at this body while identifying a killer feature: silence. And there are quite a few more wedding photographers than there are sports shooters.

I agree. For me the number one feature is silence over and above every other feature. Silence is golden.

Link | Posted on Apr 24, 2017 at 12:41 UTC

For me it's the 24-120 Nikkor that's most often on my D750. I have the full range of 14-24, 24-70, 70-200 F2.8's and the 200-500 F5.6 Nikkor (which I also love) but it's the 24-120 that's my go to lens.
The 24-120 is due for refresh though. The vignetting is a bit of hassle when wide but manageable. However I'm sure that with FL glass and refreshed design I'm sure they'd walk out the door.

Link | Posted on Mar 27, 2017 at 11:52 UTC as 228th comment

Brilliant news :)

Link | Posted on Mar 8, 2017 at 00:23 UTC as 13th comment

I'm from Oz. Their idea of Ochre and mine are two different concepts.

Link | Posted on Mar 4, 2017 at 07:25 UTC as 24th comment

Just an idea, for Nikon shooters and to save a lot of effort just use the free Nikon Capture NX-D or View NX-D. Not as convenient admittedly but it works.

Link | Posted on Jan 4, 2017 at 22:41 UTC as 14th comment | 1 reply

Because Microsoft is supporting Xiaomi with Windows 10 Mobile, a while ago I upgraded from a Nokia 925 to a Xiaomi Mi4. Just $195 landed in Oz. It's a great phone with an excellent camera. So I look forward to the Mi5s for sure. Sure beats paying over $1,400 for an iPhone 7s🙂

Link | Posted on Sep 29, 2016 at 00:58 UTC as 5th comment
On article Adobe boosts Lightroom Mobile with Raw editing for iOS (57 comments in total)

Pity no release for Windows Phone 10. Oh well.

Link | Posted on Jul 14, 2016 at 02:40 UTC as 14th comment | 1 reply
On article Samsung offers NX1 and NX500 firmware updates (150 comments in total)

To me, it is a real pity the camera has been discontinued. It spec'd like the near perfect camera as an all rounder especially for travel. Oh well.

Link | Posted on May 18, 2016 at 02:36 UTC as 30th comment
On article First sample images from 20MP Sony Cyber-shot RX10 III (194 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 25th comment
On article Top 5: Hands-on with Nikon D500 (784 comments in total)
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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 (1174 comments in total)
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Peter Hayward: Superb specs...now 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.
...now 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 (1174 comments in total)

Superb specs...now 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.
...now all I have to do is tame my gear desire :)

Link | Posted on Jan 6, 2016 at 00:19 UTC as 186th 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 (47 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 8th comment

Sublime

Link | Posted on Oct 12, 2014 at 10:35 UTC as 79th comment | 1 reply
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