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Shuttershock and Olympus 75-300

Since a couple of months I own the Olympus 75-300 III. And since day one, I wasn't happy with the results I got. 
All the pictures shot at +/- 300 mm where soft and looked like there was motion blur. How's that possible? I tried it at a 1/1000th of a second, but still the motion blur in my pictures. I regret that I ever sold my Pentax with the 55-300 for this awfull lens!
But... Most reviews of this lens are positive. Is my copy of this lens bad?
I then figured out by reading forums that it could be a phenomena called 'shuttershock'. It that case, the shock of the shutter causes enough movement so the image is blurred.
For example:

How to fix this?
My camera has several drive modes, including one called 'anti-shock'. And that does magic.
In that mode The pictures are sharp again. No motion blur is visible! 
The downside of this mode is that the fasted drivemode can't be used.

"Converted" to Lightroom and back to DXO

The last months I was using DXO Optics Pro as my RAW-converter. But last weekend I made a shoot at a wedding. Converting the RAW's gave me some strange colours. I didn't get realistic colours.

So I decided to give Lightroom (Lr from now) another shot. The reason I didn't want to choose Lr was because of I love using Picasa as my Picture Browser. I didn't like the system with a library etc. 

But after some research I discovered the sync function. Now I can delete, change, add, etc. photo's in other application without the problems with the 'missing in catalog' messages. That's great!

So next weeks I will start using Lightroom. The program has so many options! Wow! And the good part is I can use DXO as a plugin for Lr. For landscape and architectural pictures I like the editing functions in DXO more. (Like correction of keystoning and other optical distortions).
mouse over to see the result
Now I'm looking for some great guides to learn using Lr because it's much more difficult to understand this program as the other programs I used.

I already found some great tutorials and other handy helpers:

So if you know a great website, or a book (I prefer Dutch) Tell it!


After a couple of months I changed back to DXO. The newer version (6.6) gives much better controls and results for colours. Including the new Film Pack 3 the results are great. Also the image browsing in Lightroom don't feel right for me. Always the syncing etc. I don't like the layout of lightroom. Now I'm using Picasa for browsing, it's fast, easy to use and for editing jpeg files it works fast. 

My workflow now:
  1. Import RAW with Picasa  
  2. Develop RAW in DXO and save as high quality (100) jpeg
  3. Move the RAW to a "RAW" folder on my harddisk
some notes:
  • I always keep the filenames as they get from camera. This way I always can easily find the RAW on my harddisk (great search function in Picasa)
  • My files are archived in folder per month and getting labels for special events
What I miss:
  • The watermark function (The one from Picasa is very simple and unusable)
  • The speed of Lightroom (with version 7 of DXO this is over)
  • The great presets from lightroom

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