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Nikon 70-200mm f2.8 VRII with TC-20EIII & TC-17EII Teleconverters – Sample Photos (Good Lighting)

 

Nikon 70-200mm f2.8 VRII with TC-20EIII  Teleconverter – updated 1/3/11

This was just a quick test shot with this lens both with and without teleconverter on the Nikon D300.  These dueling billboards are that of a strip club and church…

(Below) Nikon 70-200mm f2.8 VRII WITHOUT teleconverter at 200mm f8

 

(Below) Nikon 70-200mm f2.8 VRII WITH TC-20EIII teleconverter at 400mm f8

 

 

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Nikon 70-200mm f2.8 VRII with TC-20EIII & TC-17EII Teleconverters – Sample Photos (Good Lighting)

Overall, the results of the Nikon 70-200mm f2.8 VRII (using Nikon D300) in combination with both teleconverters (TC-20EIII and  TC-17EII) were very good.   The autofocus worked perfectly in this phhoting experiment, as there was ample lighting during the early afternoon. 

Summary:  There seemed to be very little loss of image quality in combination of either teleconverter.  There is a slight, minimal edge softness wide open as one might expect, but definitely still usable image!  Much of this softness was gone after a stop or two.  I am very impressed with the results, but don’t take my word on it, look for yourself below.  Click on the photos to see at 100%.

200mm – Nikon 70-200mm f2.8 VRII (No teleconverter) 

 

(BELOW) Nikon 70-200mm f2.8 VRII (No teleconverter) at f2.8 (200mm)

  

(BELOW) Nikon 70-200mm f2.8 VRII (No teleconverter) at f4 (200mm)

  

(BELOW) Nikon 70-200mm f2.8 VRII (No teleconverter) at f6.3 (200mm)

  

(BELOW) Nikon 70-200mm f2.8 VRII (No teleconverter) at f8 (200mm)

  

(BELOW) Nikon 70-200mm f2.8 VRII (No teleconverter) at f11 (200mm)

  

  

340mm – Nikon 70-200mm f2.8 VRII with TC-17EII (1.7x) Teleconverter  

 

(BELOW)   Nikon 70-200mm f2.8 VRII with TC-17EII (1.7x) Teleconverter  at f4.8  (340mm)

  

(BELOW)   Nikon 70-200mm f2.8 VRII with TC-17EII (1.7x) Teleconverter  at f6.3 (340mm)

  

(BELOW)   Nikon 70-200mm f2.8 VRII with TC-17EII (1.7x) Teleconverter  at f8 (340mm)

  

(BELOW)   Nikon 70-200mm f2.8 VRII with TC-17EII (1.7x) Teleconverter  at f11 (340mm)

 

(BELOW)   Nikon 70-200mm f2.8 VRII with TC-17EII (1.7x) Teleconverter  at f16 (340mm)

  

400mm – Nikon 70-200mm f2.8 VRII with TC-20EIII (2.0x) Teleconverter  

 

(BELOW)   Nikon 70-200mm f2.8 VRII with TC-20EIII (2.0x) Teleconverter  at f5.6 (400mm)

 

(BELOW)   Nikon 70-200mm f2.8 VRII with TC-20EIII (2.0x) Teleconverter  at f6.3

 

(BELOW)   Nikon 70-200mm f2.8 VRII with TC-20EIII (2.0x) Teleconverter  at f8 (400mm)

 

(BELOW)   Nikon 70-200mm f2.8 VRII with TC-20EIII (2.0x) Teleconverter  at f11 (400mm)

 

(BELOW)   Nikon 70-200mm f2.8 VRII with TC-20EIII (2.0x) Teleconverter  at f16  (400mm)

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  1. steve
    April 6, 2011 at 12:26 pm

    Thanks so much for doing this test..to my eye Id say the 1.7 takes the medal..it looks a tad sharper than the 2x

    • April 6, 2011 at 1:56 pm

      Thanks for the comment Steve. Yea I agree that the 1.7x may be a touch sharper, especially closer to wide open aperture. And if you compare two photos at the same aperture, then the 1.7x does do a little better. Again, we are talking about details only seen at 90-100% crop. I think the fact that they are this close is a real victory for Nikon with their third generation TC-20EIII (2.0x) teleconverter, since the previous version (TC-20EII) was so bad.

  2. steve
    April 6, 2011 at 8:34 pm

    its a shame you dont have the 1.4x as well..it would have been great to have seen all three’s performance in such a controlled and detailed test..you have provided us nikon owners with a valuable resource ….any chance you borrow one for a back to back test with the other two…it would be the only place on the web I know of that would have such a comparison .

    again thanks for the tests..its guys like you that make it easier for people like me to purchase new gear with knowledge rather than being uninformed

    • April 6, 2011 at 9:07 pm

      You know you are not the only person that has asked for this, so I will see what I can do. I may try to do the same for the 300mm f2.8 VRII while I am at it with the 70-200mm f2.8. Thanks for the suggestion.

  3. steve
    April 19, 2011 at 1:40 pm

    one more question about the 1.7 versus the 2x …would you say the 1.7 was better for Af speed or on par with the 2x….

    theres quite a bit of price difference between the two..and to my eye the FOV at 400mm is not much different than at 340mm.

    I want to pull the trigger on one of these..but im still unsure of which one…I may rent each for a weekend to see whats suits me best I suppose ?

    cheers
    Steve

    • April 20, 2011 at 12:35 am

      You know in my somewhat limited experience they are very close with regards to autofocus speed. I say limited because as I might have mentioned before, I predominately use the two teleconverters in “real life” with the Nikon 300mm f2.8. Besides the sample shots and a few times here and there, I just haven’t used the TC-20EIII with the Nikon 70-200mm f2.8 very much. I used the 1.7x plenty with the 70-200mm before I got the 300mm f2.8 or TC-20eIII, and never had a major objection with the autofocus speed. I like your idea of renting the 2.0x and testing it for yourself in the conditions that you shoot most often. If it works for you, then I would personally go with the 2.0x if I were only going to get one.

  4. steve
    May 5, 2011 at 9:33 pm

    just to let you know…I ended up with the 1.7II tele….I thought it was the best compromise between Af speed and available light/shutter speed… also a tad sharper than the 2x…plus the $250 AU cheaper..the difference between 340 mm and 400 mm to me didn’t seem worth the extra money and added limitation of the 2xIII..

    your tests were a huge asset for my research and decision making process..thanks you

    cheers
    Steve

  5. Tom Wojtasiak
    May 17, 2011 at 9:50 pm

    A picture says a thousand words.

    Your’s are amazing.

    I’m interested in learning how to post images that really show the details like “Yoda’s eyes” when you zoom in.

    Yours are not all pixelated after I tap the zoom on your photo and it enlarges AND THEN no mater how much I use the zoom-in function in on my Mac, they are still crystal clear.

    Could you please help me or point me in the direction you have taken to accomplish this if you have time.

    Tom

    • May 18, 2011 at 2:07 am

      Hey Tom,

      Honestly I am not sure what to tell you, as I don’t do anything special before uploading the photo. They are the original uncompressed version of the photos. That’s it. I would suggest to make sure that the photos you are uploading have NOT been accidently compressing them when you are editing or saving. Some photo editing programs (as you may know) have quality settings that can be manipulated that could actually compress your photos if them are not set to the max. Maybe this is what you are experiencing? Honestly, that’s all I can think of, assuming you are using comparable Digital SLR equipment versus a point in shoot. Try uploading photos directly after you download them to your computer without any post-processing and see if that helps. If so then you know the problem is occuring during the editing process. thanks
      KSQ

  6. Sean
    June 8, 2011 at 1:51 am

    Thanks also for taking the time. Very helpful for someone like me considering the tc2.0iii.

    • June 8, 2011 at 4:39 am

      Sean,

      Thanks for the comment. I plan on taking more photos with the Nikon 70-200mm and TC-20EIII in the near future. I plan on taking it to my local zoo and doing some comparison shots with the different teleconverters (TC-14EII, TC-17EII, and TC-20EIII). I have been meaning to do so for a while now, but have been tied up with family stuff and this darn board examination that I have been studying for and take on June 15th. After that, I will have more free time and finally do some more field testing of the lenses and teleconverter. thanks

      KSQ

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