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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.

Review Adobe Lightroom 4

Lightroom has been the benchmarkt for RAW-workflow programs for the last couple of years. The competition has come with several new programs: DXO Optics Pro, Powerdirector, Aftershot Pro, etc. But can Adobe stay on head of them?

for a very good review of all parts I recommend to read the review on I want to show some of the most interesting changes Adobe has done.

Highlight and shadow recovery

With the new PV2012 it's now very easy to recover colors from the highlights and shadows. In the image below you can see the effect. DXO is known for it's great highlight recovery, but Lightroom beats it!

One click Chromatic Aberration removal

In Lightroom 4 it's very easy to remove chromatic aberrations. You don't need any lens profile order other stuff. The new engine in Lightroom has an algorithm to measure what's real color, and which color should be there. The function is not flawless, but does a great job. In the next example you see what the effect can be. How simple can it be?

Editing Brushes

Ever shot an image with a couple of light sources? It's very difficult to set the right white balance. With the White balance brush it's very easy to fix that problem. What about the next picture?
on the right is the original image with the white balance set to the  white snow on the cars on the right. The yellow light of the street on the left is ruining this image. The snow on the building should be white, but is yellow. With the brush I selected the building and adjusted the white balance and the exposure a little bit. The result is great! This trick also works with the graduated filter!


My conlusion is that Lightroom is still ahead of other RAW converters. The image quality is the best I've seen, the ease of use with the new sliders is better than ever, and the extra tools make it great to use.

See also the comparison to DOP 7 

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