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Nikon D7000 and 70-200mm f/2.8 with a teleconverter

GaGoo 5 4 Scotland
30 Dec 2012 1:07PM
Apologies if this topic has already been posted, but being new to the forum, starting from scratch isn't a bad idea. Has anyone experience of using the dedicated Nikon teleconverters with the 70-200mm f/2.8, especially the Nikon TC-20E III which is a 2x converter of course giving a range of 140-400mm (210-500mm equivalent)?

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KBan 13 502 4 United Kingdom
30 Dec 2012 4:03PM
I use the 1.7 converter on my 70 200 no noticeable. Loss of sharpness

Know someone who uses the 2x 111 with great results
User_Removed 8 4.6k 1 Scotland
30 Dec 2012 5:11PM
Forgive the oblique answer. I use a Nikkor 70-200 VRII with a D800 for some purposes.

But if I was buying from scratch and wanted to be able to get up to 500mm for wildlife and suchlike, I would go for the Sigma 150-500mm which will cost only half (or less) of the Nikkor 70-200mm and TC-20E combined. For prints up to 20"x16" you certainly won't notice any difference in image quality.

Basically, I use the 70-200mm for things like landscape and motorsport where I know that 200mm will be enough (bearing in mind the incredible "cropability" of D800 Raw files). If I need a zoom or AF for wildlife I use the Sigma and if I don't need speed or zoom or AF but do want top quality at 500mm for very large prints, then I use an old AI-S Nikkor 500mm f/4 that I got for a few -hundred on eBay.

All I am saying is think carefully about what it is you want to do before spending that sort of money on a particular lens/converter combination.

dathersmith 11 559 12 United Kingdom
30 Dec 2012 5:11PM

Quote:I use the 1.7 converter on my 70 200 no noticeable. Loss of sharpness

Me too Grin

GaGoo 5 4 Scotland
30 Dec 2012 8:33PM
Thanks LeftForum, I'm not buying from scratch in that I already have the D7K and the 70-200mm f/2.8 which I bought for landscapes and photo journalism. I was really just trying to find out the experiences of folks using a teleconverter with the lens because I would like to also shoot wildlife around the coasts here in Galloway. In theory the f/2.8 should work well with all the Nikon converters, just wanted to see what others thought. Otherwise I'll just save up for a longer tele zoom like the Sigma you mentioned.
Steppenwolf 6 1.2k
31 Dec 2012 9:00AM
I use Sony stuff, so it's not necessarily comparable. I sometimes use the Sony 70-200 f2.8 with either the Sony 1.4X or 2X TCs. The 1.4X doesn't noticeably lose any sharpness - the 2X does lose a bit.

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