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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 Kata Bumblebee Ul-222


For a year now, I'm using the Kata Bumblebee as backpack when hiking and taking pictures. This bag is quit special and I've not seen a better bag for my type of use.

The special thing about it, is when carrying it around, Is sometimes forget I'm carrying 10 kilos of stuff. The harness system and the Aeriform straps fit to my body like a custom-made suite.

To show the possibilities of this bag, I made some pictures of it.


The bag is light grey to protect it from heating of the sun. This layout also got  reddot award. I really would have this bag in a darker color, when shooting wildlife. On the bottom of this picture you can see the parachute zippers. They are easy to use when you put your finger in the 'parachute'.

Here you can see the harness. it's a little bit bent so the pressure will be on your shoulders and hips. No pressure on your back.

The backside of the bag is like all other backpackers bags. A frame with netting in it combined with the foam shoulder straps makes this bag the best to carry.

On the top you can see the notebook compartment, the head compartment and the little pocket on the front.

A tripod holder is included and can be fitted in two places: on the right side and on the front of the bag. 

This little organiser makes it possible to carry around your small stuff like phone, memory cards,  etc.

on the top left corner of the bag are two more pockets to fit some stuff.

The top compartment to put you additional stuff in. Food, a (rain) jacket, etc. a lot off stuff can be put in.

The camera compartment is closed with a additional net. This for extra safety.

The main drawback is you can't leave it open because when letting it go, the bag closes itself.

On the front of the camera is another pocket which can also be used as tripod holder.

The camera compartment is large enough to fit a lot of stuff. Because the dividers are not rigid, it's easy to put your stuff in and adjust it.

also the compartment for your lenses has it's own net.

close-up of the materials. The materials don't look very solid, but they are! After a year of use, I can hardly see any scratches or tears in the material.

close-up of the harness.

After all this bag is great to use. The difference of Kata to other camera-bag manufacturers is they design the bag around a carrying system. Others seems to desing a box for you stuff and than think about carrying.

There are some drawbacks:

  • because of the rounded form of the harness, the bag is big for what fits in
  • there are hardly any pockets for fitting the really small stuff like sd-cards, remote, etc.
  • the bag can't stay open by itselves
But there also some big pro's
  • lightweight!
  • easy to carry without pain on your back or shoulders
  • good ventilation (a big problem with other camera bags)
  • easy to fit your stuff in because of the soft dividers
  • big notebook compartment
  • very good protection for your gear because of the harness and spine system

I really like this bag. it has a lot of space for my stuff and is still easy to carry when packet with a load of camera stuff. The bag is big enough to carry enough stuff for a oneday hike.

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