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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.

The megapixelrace 2.0

Last two years the megapixelrace has almost stopped. Not for the compact camera's, but in the dSLR segment. The Canon EOS 7D is 2 years old now and the 18MP on APS-C has been the top for two years. Sony, Pentax and Nikon where using 16MP as their top megapixelcount on their APS-C cameras. In compact cameras most cameras get less MP (from 14 to 12 for Canon en Panasonic). Also the high-end compacts like the Canon S95 and the Olympus XZ-1 (10MP).

But this years it seems like the race has started over again. Sony revealed the A77 with a 24MP APS-C sensor. Also the compact from Sony have 16MP. Samsung will lauch a 20MP APS-C sensor. So it seems like Sony is taking the lead. But is it a good thing? I don't think so. Fore some reasons:

  1. Less image quality (noise and artifacts)
  2. for a 10x15 print all you need is 2MP, for A4 4MP is enough.
  3. Less dynamic range
  4. Lenses can't render so much detail
  5. Bigger files, needs more storage
  6. Bigger files, needs more processing capacity
As you can see this extra MP count sounds great but it is bad. The first test images from the Sony A77 aren't better than the older sensors. (example images)The older 16MP sensor seems to have even better image quality. The new 24MP don't have the sharpness like other dSLRs. The images look more like those from the compact cameras with too many MP (when looking at 100%). Even at low iso settings you can see noisereduction and interpolation artifacts. (compare to the 16MP sensor in the Pentax K-5)

I hope other brands won't follow this path and develop the 16/18 MP further and make them stand out in image quality. Most people don't need more than 12MP and most of the time there's no difference in detail sharpness when shooting 12MP or 24MP because of the lenses don't render that much detail.

What do you think about all of this?

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