Olympus E620 DSLR & Zuiko Olympus OM 1000mm F11 lens

My first foray into the digital world has been the purchase of the Olympus E620 DSLR. This was driven by 4 reasons; 1) to have a camera that has auto focus for taking bird & animal wildlife photography, 2) interchangeable with my existing OM lens kit, with the use of the MF-1 OM adapter, 3) it comes with in camera image stabilisation and 4) it was second hand!

With 2) you will have to manual focus when shooting. I used the aperture priority mode for the following shots.

The 1 lens I wanted to trial out in particular was the Olympus OM 1000mm F11 lens as I have had limited success with film, and the 2 big benefits of digital are 1) you can delete images (after you have purchased a memory card), reducing the cost per shot, and 2) unlike my other camera bodies I can review the results on location for image blur.

Please note this lens is not included in the official list of compatible OM lenses with the E system, and when contacted advised it was not recommended due to the poor image quality.

I visited Blashford lakes several times over the festive period, and getting more familiar with the E620 with each visit. My set up to support this heavy long lens is a manfrotto tripod, manfrotto 393 gimbal head, and manfrotto 359 long lens support.

The 2 limiting factors were the poor lighting, overcast & dull, and just a handfull of species due to the unseasonally warm weather.

Here are a selection of the best images so far, starting oldest through to most recent, with the most recent being the best.

Greylag Goose (Anser anser)
Greylag Goose (Anser anser)
















Greylag goose, ISO 800, 1/500

Tufted Duck, ISO 1600, 1/125

Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)Tufted Duck (Aythya fuligula)















and finally a Coot, ISO 1600, 1/125

Coot (Fulica atra)
Coot (Fulica atra)


I have been shooting nature with Olympus digital & Olympus OM camera gear on film since 2004

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