AF-S Teleconverter TC-20E III
Worth the wait
I purchased this teleconverter for use with a Nikkor 70-200 VR II but had to wait over 6-months for it. That's how much it is in demand. It was worth the long wait. I have it mounted on a D700 and - with appropriately high ISO settings and that great VR - I can actually hand-hold and get a tack sharp shot. I didn't think I could shoot this rig without a tripod, but it performs admirably well hand supported.
April 14, 2011
I originally thought a teleconverter might be a glass to have but hesitated to buy one until the TC-20EIII came out. Still I hesitated cause maybe I can do without it. Money's tight you know. But planning for this Hawaii family trip gave me anticipated needs of reaching those far away subjects. Have to get it. Boy was I glad. The images I collected with my D700/70-200g2.8II/TC20EIII were unreal. I was told by a friend to keep the center focus point in the center for best results. You have to get one. It is going to blow you away at what images are possible.
October 14, 2010
Excellent for a TC; much better then predecessor
With the usual caveats regarding the usual loss of two stops of light with a 2X TC, and the extra challenges this has for AF in dim scenes, this is an excellent TC when used with the 70-200 f2.8 VRII. If your results are not sharp, consider your "long lens technique"; camera support and/or high shutter speed for 600mm effective focal length are critical.
July 30, 2010
Good Not Great!
I/Q is just not there as it is with 1.4 tele. I guess I am very spoiled after shooting the long lenses that I have without this converter . Don't get me wrong, in a pinch for that bird high in a tree ect. this comes in very handy. I use it on my 300mm2.8 and 200-400 mmF4.
December 26, 2012
It was not advertised to only work with certain lenses. You must be sure you have the right lens, before buying.
I ordered this converter lens yesterday, 5/20/2014 and Nikon delivered it the very next day, 5/21/2014.
I was so thrilled about this. Then, when I tried it on my camera, a Nikon D4s, it fit beautifully. Then when I attempted to use my lenses, the Nikon 18-300 AF-S DX VR lens, it would NOT fit. Then I tried it on a dedicated 400mm lens, Sigma, that I also use and no go.
So with that in mind that I know the lens will most likely not fit the new lens I just ordered, the Tameron 150-600mm that is yet to arrive, I'm now in the process of working with Nikon on returning this lens converter.
I have had the lens in my hands for 20 minutes now and I am so disappointed that I cannot use it.
Had I known that this converter will only work with a limited number of dedicated lenses, I would have kept my $500+ dollars.
Now, I'm waiting to get approval from Nikon to return it, as I cannot use it and the Nikon website here, did NOT say that this converter will only work with a limited number of special lenses.
So, just to save someone else from this same problem, you must look at the manual, under the "Support" tab, to see if you have the right lens that this converter will work with, before you buy.
Just wish I had known this before I ordered. So disappointed.
May 21, 2014
not up to all the hype
Finally received the AF-S Teleconverter TC-20E III after 6 months on order. I think I could get the same quality by cropping and enlarging . Used with 200-400afs manual focus. I have yet to try it with my 200mm f2, but what´s the point when I have the 200-400mm f4
April 14, 2011
Poor image quality
I recently purchased the TC 20E III along with the Nikon 300mm f/2.8 VR II. During the six months I owned it, I had little opportunity to use this equipment. During the few times that I did make some test images, I could detect NO additional detail in pictures taken with the 300mm alone and in combination with the TC. A few days ago, after also adding the TC 14E II and the Nikon 70-200mm VR II, I was able to spend many hours shooting ducks with all possible combinations of these two lenses and these two tele-converters. The result is that I am very disappointed in the quality of my 2.0 converter. The 1.4 TC clearly added more fine detail of the birds’ feathers to photos of the birds taken with both top notch lenses without TC’s attached. The images taken using the 2.0 showed LESS detail than the 1.4 and perhaps less than the lenses without any TC attached. This is the first Nikon product I have ever owned which has required repair.
April 30, 2013