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70-200mm VRII + TC-20EIII on a DX body?


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Posted 25 August 2010 - 12:30 AM

It will take me at least 4 years to save up for a 600mm f/4 plus requisite tripod and gimbal head. Until then I've been thinking of utilizing a TC-20EIII on the 70-200mm VRII coupled with the 1.5X conversion on my D300s for birding. Just wondering if anyone has the TC-20EIII along with a DX body and 70-200mm VRII and would be willing to take a couple of test shots (one at what would be the complete uncropped picture and one cropped to 100%) to let me see how far the zoom would reach. Thanks.

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Posted 26 August 2010 - 08:33 AM

I have the 70-200 VR (first version) and the 300/4, plus all the "E-II" TC's. I think the 300/4 is a better solution for birding because until you have a 500/4 or 600/4 you won't be satisfied with your reach. The 300/4 lets you get to 500/6.7, and even 600/8. At f/6.7 AF works in good light, although birds in flight will be very challenging. At f/8 you will pretty much give up any chance of birds in flight but it will likely be very useful for stationary birds in good light. In other words, you will want more than one TC, and maybe over time acquire all 3 because they are all somewhat different tools for various wildlife jobs. At 420mm with the TC14, the 300/4 should AF as well or better than the 70-200 at 400mm with the TC20. All else equal, less powerful TC's should have slightly better AF performance, as well as better sharpness although the TC20E-III is supposed to be very good. I have not tried one. I never liked the performance of the TC20E-II on the 70-200 but the reports I've seen indicate the E-III version performs better. It won't get you past 400mm though. The 70-200 is a great all purpose lens, good for sports and other action, portraits, etc. The 300/4 is more of a specialty lens. If you can only own one of those two that should be part of your consideration. If the main problem you are trying to solve is birding then you should seriously consider the 300/4.

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Posted 09 September 2013 - 07:38 PM

It will take me at least 4 years to save up for a 600mm f/4 plus requisite tripod and gimbal head. Until then I've been thinking of utilizing a TC-20EIII on the 70-200mm VRII coupled with the 1.5X conversion on my D300s for birding. Just wondering if anyone has the TC-20EIII along with a DX body and 70-200mm VRII and would be willing to take a couple of test shots (one at what would be the complete uncropped picture and one cropped to 100%) to let me see how far the zoom would reach. Thanks.


I recently bought TC-20EIII to tandem with my 70-200/2.8 VRII. So far I am very happy with the result.From some test samples/report I got online, most of them are saying it is soft at F5.6, but gets better at F8 to F11. Got curious and run few shot myself. I set the combo in my living room, 70-200/2.8 VR-II, with TC-20EIII, on D300S, set on aperture priority, on ISO 200. I shoot at F5.6 and F8, did not bother at F11. I am quite amazed with the result it is actually the reverse of what other reviewer mentioned. IT IS SHARPER AT F5.6. Everything is direct from the camera without any sharpening on post processing.
I attached 4 files. 2 images are cropped at 100%, and 2 images resized from full image. You can double check the exif data to confirm settings.

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Nikon 60mm/2.8 Micro AF
Nikon 50mm/1.8 AF-s G
Nikon 16-35mm/4  VR AF-s
Nikon 70-200/2.8 AF-S VR-II G
Nikon TC20E III




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