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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.

Pentax K-01 announced

Today is a great day for Pentax! A new camera has been announced!

The best is that Pentax didn't release another mirrorless camera, but released the mirrorless camera with the most available lenses! No adapters or other stuff are needed, because this camera uses the some K-mount as the (d)SLR's do since the 1970s.

The design of the camera is done by a industrial designer. I think you love it, or you hate it (and i do both). 

To know everything about the design, see this video:

And to see the camera in the first Hands-on video available (lucky guys)...

The most fun about this camera is the fact everybody has an opinion about it. This camera leaves an impression everybody who has seen it! That's something you can't say about every camera.

I hope this is the first step of Pentax new life after they have been bought by Ricoh. And I think the signs are great.

After (and even before) this camera was announced, critique came up. No EVF/OVF, no this, no that etc. But I don't agree with that critique. I understand all the complaints about a ovf/evf, but in reality, it's not a big problem. I've worked in a camerastore for a couple of years. And I hardly sold external evf for m4/3. The NEX were popular, and they haven't a evf, but a 16:9 screen which is for photo pretty small, but no complaints at all.  The rear screen isn't articulated, but that would have made the camera even bigger.

I think if you really want to look through a viewfinder, buy a dSLR. Many people use compact camera's and even their phones. They don't offer an EVF/OVF. Pentax wants to serve these people with this camera. Not only the camera enthusiast. I hope Pentax will expand the K-0* line and offer a cheaper version, and a high-end version with weahtersealing etc. And yes a EVF would than be great, but in this first step, I don't know why it's needed because of the difference with a dSLR is not that big.

After all the critique, I think it's time to view the advantages. First of all the video mode. Do we all remember how much the Canon 5D MKII is loved because of it's video function? This camera is the next step. You can adjust all settings like a pro camera. Shutterspeed, Aperture, Gain, mic, etc. An external mic is also possible. Another great feature is the focus peaking. That's very useful when manual focussing during video. That's a function I'm really missing with my K-5. This camera has AF during video, that's what dSLR's are missing (or it's not uasable because of the quality of that AF).

The other advantage is the build quality. The used materials are great. This camera is build for everyday use. Okay, no Weather sealing I hoped for, but after all, this camera is build very well. Even the flash is build in aluminium. And there's a build in flash like one of a dSLR. 

And after all, this camera will be one of the csc's with the best image quality. It should be even better than the Pentax K-5, which is, in terms of image quality, the beste APS-C camera on the marked. Combined with some of the Pentax limited primes, this camera will help you to achieve your photographic goals.

I think this camera has a lot of potential. Pentax has a great line-up with the Q, K-01 and the K-5. I hope Pentax will stay self-opinionated and don't copy other camera's. 

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