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  1. Congratulations on going over to the dark side. Lovely bit of kit. I'm sure you can work out how to use it but if you've got any questions on Nikon vagaries, feel free to ask. Nice bag too.
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    Swanston Street trying to be a river. D750 + 85mm f/1.8G @ f/4 1/200sec ISO900
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    Don't take your camera out in the rain. A slightly wet Saturday in Melbourne during the "We are shooting in Mono" photowalk. D750 + 85mm f/1.8G @ f/4 1/200sec ISO1250
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    Some of our neighbours Christmas lights.
  5. The winner (obviously)... http://Camera of the Year, Best Overall - Nikon D850 The runners up... http://Camera of Distinction, Best Overall - Sony A7R III http://Camera of Distinction, Best Overall - Fujifilm GFX 50S The write up... http://www.imaging-resource.com/news/2018/01/05/camera-of-the-year-2017-best-overall
  6. DIY Night 8pm Wednesday 17th January, visitors welcome. Willis Room, City of Whitehorse Offices Maroondah Highway (Whitehorse Road), Nunawading Melway Map 48 Ref G9 Contact: 9437 1249 When it comes to cabinet construction, many speaker designers will traditionally use some type of wood to produce a finished product. In the past, unconventional material like concrete has been tried. Today, everything from 'high-density polyurethane' to aluminium is in use. Glass would be the most unique and challenging material for any speaker designer. In 2016 the Australian Hi-Fi & AV Show hosted the world premiere of the QEOS II. These new glass speakers are designed in Sweden, produced in Germany by the renowned glass furniture manufacturer Dreieck Design, while the crossover filters are made in Australia by Spuncsound founder Roland Boitor. This new model is inspired by Perfect 8 Technologies earlier 'Cube' speaker but with increased inner volume that delivers enriched sound. This team of specialists believe glass has become the ideal structural material for a new revolutionary high-end audio solution. One key technology used in the QEOS II speaker, is the proprietary Super Silent Glass (SSG) "SSG is a special glass type which virtually eliminates all vibrations there is no ringing." The new stand mount speaker is fabricated from 12mm thick glass panels. The sealed glass enclosure houses two 7-inch aluminium drivers and a 35mm fabric dome tweeter. The mid/bass drivers are mounted on opposite sides of the cabinet, thereby delivering a virtually omni directional radiation pattern throughout the heart of the music, up to 900Hz. The tweeter which faces the listener delivers its sonic signature from 700Hz (!) and looks after the high frequencies. Roland Boitor from Spuncsound, will be presenting a program of music to demonstrate the sonic attributes of these speakers, as well as their technical highlights. Loudspeakers are often described as being a window on the performance; with this new revolutionary material, we get to see and hear the results. Nick Karayanis Program Co-ordinator Ken Tripp Wise and Wonderful Webmaster Melbourne Audio Club, Inc. http://www.melbourneaudioclub.org.au
  7. Sydney to Hobart

    The Comanche protest. Bad sportsmanship, a complete waste of time or just the way Yanks do business?
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    Looks good in B&W.
  9. DIY Night

    DIY Night 8pm Wednesday 13th December, visitors welcome. Willis Room, City of Whitehorse Offices Maroondah Highway (Whitehorse Road), Nunawading Melway Map 48 Ref G9 Contact: 9437 1249 It's that time of year again when the DIY group get to show off their Hi Fi projects at the December General Meeting. It looks like another busy year for the group as they have managed to put together three systems for the night's presentation. This year we are lucky to have a wide range of equipment on show, everything from vinyl to a music server, and both Class-D and Valve amplification. The Audio Action group will be demonstrating their finished project, a Phono Preamp designed and built by a team of MAC members. The first system will be playing music from a DIY "Raspberry Pi" music server. Based on a low cost but very powerful computer board aimed at the educational department. This same system will feature a 250W Class D amplifier powering a pair of 2-way stand mount speakers. The second system will showcase the MAC Phono Preamp, designed with two 'best in class' head-stage amplifiers, one for MC and one for MM cartridges. The rest of the system will have an opamp based preamp running into another Class-D power amp. A pair of 3-way speakers with American 12" bass drivers, Scandinavian 5"mid's and 'Raal' ribbon tweeters, will be providing the sound for the night. The final system will feature a valve amplifier with a modest 15 Watts. The design is a hybrid of Dynaudio ST70 and Alan Wright's ideas using EL34's in ultra-linear mode. The amp will be partnered with equipment from the other two systems. As in previous years, each system will be allotted 30 minutes. Each presenter will get to explain their gear as well as play some music. This should see us finish the session by 10:00pm, allowing the members on the night to hear all the systems. Its going to be a cracker of a night. Nick Karayanis Program Co-ordinator Ken Tripp Wise and Wonderful Webmaster Melbourne Audio Club, Inc. http://www.melbourneaudioclub.org.au
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    And a plane. Good timing. When's that next Nikon photo comp
  11. Rockian Trading and Osborn Speakers 8pm Wednesday 15th November, visitors welcome. Willis Room, City of Whitehorse Offices Maroondah Highway (Whitehorse Road), Nunawading Melway Map 48 Ref G9 Contact: 9437 1249 Once again the month of November has arrived and our regular presenters for this month, Ian and Beverly from Rockian Trading, and Greg from Osborn Speakers will be introducing their products. Stocking a selection of high quality vinyl records and CDs from Mobile Fidelity, Chesky, and Stockfisch Records, Bev will have her bazaar set up for eager MAC members to purchase some bargains. This is always one of the most entertaining evenings for the year, with lots of anecdotes from Ian and his playing examples of new discs. I am told that a lot more of the black vinyl will be featured on the night. After last month's presentation with the new Mobile Fidelity turntable, it looks like we are in for some grooving sounds. Who would have thought that records would be cool again? Note: Beverly will have her bazaar set-up to go by 7:00 pm. Nick Karayanis Program Co-ordinator Once again we thank Greg and Yvonne Osborn for their technical and moral support for our annual November MAC meeting. This year Greg intends to use a 100 watt per channel Consonance system driving a pair of Osborn Reference Epitome loudspeakers. As usual Beverley will have a selection of recordings for sale through to MAC members at special prices. Some particular bargains will continue to be presented from labels that have left Rockian Trading or ceased regular production. In 2016 I reported on the decline of CD sales and the proliferation of on-line streaming. The transition from "the real world" to "the virtual world" continues. Music recordings are now "sound files" and the programs that control them are "apps." Telephones, computers, tablets and walkmans are now devices, and devices are all pervasive. Artists, from world fame like Madonna to local heroes like Mike Brady are regularly struggling with audience members who persist in waving iPads above their heads to video the performances. Never mind the view of those sitting behind them. Like the modest mobile telephone transformed into an incredible "Swiss Army Knife" of portable gadgets, technology has also transformed the humble gramophone into dedicated audio devices that reproduces the best possible sound. Or has it? Something happened. I recently re-commissioned my 35 year old Celestion 18" 3 way P.A. system, powered by two Hafler Pro500 amplifiers. Looking for a dramatic, dynamic recording to check the system I selected one of my FIM 'Producers Choice' CDs and put it into my trusty old Denon DCD 815 CD player and pressed play. It sounded horrible. The 1" metal dome RCF compression tweeters made the strings sound gritty, like sand-paper dragged across the back of a panel saw. I was horrified and feared the system a failure. Then I changed tracks to one produced by Keith Johnson at Reference Recordings. Glorious huge, clean, dynamic sound. Finally I played a GRP Live In Session CD and Dave Grusin, Lee Ritnour, Carlos Vega and friends performed live in my basement. Remember this is very big Class A-B public address system designed specifically to reproduce live bands, and it performs very well to purpose. The question was, why did the first track sound so bad compared with what followed? It had to be the CD player. In its day the Denon DCD 815 CD player was a decent mid-priced unit. The DAC is good but the error correction is primitive compared to modern devices. Quality modern players extract raw digital information from the disc and reconstruct it before the output in a signal computed to be the best possible sound. When your player makes a humble off the shelf CD sound so good, who needs an expensive audiophile quality CD or SACD. Our sales suggest only a few people now require audiophile digital discs. On the other hand, more and more people are returning to analogue. LP sales continue to firm. No digital trickery here, just good production standards of "real music." Now all I have to do is compare the mono mix with the stereo mix. Hmmm! Besides the Original Master Recordings from Mobile Fidelity, also Reference Recordings, Opus 3 Records, Stockfisch Records and Chesky Records, are producing LPs. Rockian Trading also continues to market mainstream labels like ATMA Classique and Cala Records through stores like Thomas Records and the Readings Books and Music stores. We also provide audiophile labels to specialist stores like Quality Records in Malvern, Greville Records in Prahran and Burwood Music Centre, as well as to hi-fi stores like Tivoli HiFi in Hawthorn, HiFi Exchange in Nunawading and Vinyl Revival in Fitzroy. Ian Hooper and Bev Ken Tripp Wise and Wonderful Webmaster Melbourne Audio Club, Inc. http://www.melbourneaudioclub.org.au
  12. Nikon D850

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    Yeah, good pub.
  15. Nikon D850

    If you turn 3D Tracking on the single focus point will track the subject that you locked onto as you recompose the shot. It only does an okay job of tracking moving objects which is what it's designed for but works real well for focus and recompose and keep focusing whilst doing so. You do need to be BBF'ing for this to work properly and have BBF setup correctly.