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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 Cyberlink Photo Director 3

Last week, Cyberlink released Photodirector 3. A very fast update, after the first and second version, released end of 2011.

Some new features has been added. The biggest change are the adjustment tools. They make ik possible to adjust specific areas. After all, I think an update is needed, after I made a review for the first Beta version.

The biggest question is: Is Cyberlink Photodirector 3 ready to start beating the competition? 

First, let's define the competition: Adobe Lightroom, Corel Aftershot Pro and  DXO Optics Pro.

These were the drawbacks of the first Beta version:
  • The lack of correcting keystoning, crooked images etc.
    • Fixed. You can manually correct it, with a slider.
  • The program is crashing to much when having a big library
    • When testing it last days, no crashes at all
  • The price is a little bit to high when it will really be $99,95
    • The price has been even higher. 
After all, the drawbacks has been fixed, and should be, because the price is even higher than the new Lightroom 4! 

Now let's have a look at the thinks that have changed.

The main features in the software haven't changed much. The biggest change is in the editing tools:
  • Adjustment Brush
    • do local adjustments with a brush and auto edge detection.
  • Gradient Masks
    • Use up to five masks
The only things changed in the main functions are:

  • Curves tool
    • With the curves tool it's very easy do adjust the contrast and exposure of the picture. You easily can see how much correction is possible. the area you can drag the curve to is grey. You can also use the sliders to correct the image.

  • Lens Correction
    • Correct distortions such as warping, keystoning or fisheye with adjustment sliders so the image is straightened and natural looking. This is a first step in the right direction. Only the correction of lens faults can't be corrected.

What is lacking in the software is:
  • Good noise removal. The included tool is not as effective as with the competition. 
  • Auto lens correction. Now you can do something manual, but that's not very effective
But there is some funny new stuff. I don't think it belongs is software like this, but it's an interesting development: Editing tools. 

Now you can beatify you whole family (if needed), or remove that nasty aunt from your pictures. The tools you can find in editing:
 As you can see, some tools you will find in Adobe Photoshop Elements and Corel Paintshop Pro are added in this workflow program. I really like these extra's, but they come with a price. They are not as complete as in the other programs.

After all I think Photodirector 3 is not on par with the other RAW workflow programs. It's in between Photoshop Elements and Lightroom. The price is the same as Corel Aftershot Pro and Corel Paintshop Pro combined. The easy of use is very good and the image quality at high level, but I don't see a Unique Selling Point to this software.

Image gallery:

auto tone (before and after)

auto tone (before and after)

auto tone (before and after)

auto tone (before and after)

adjustments made as good as possible

noise reduction not very good

people beautifier tool

gradiant mask (after and before)

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