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Nikon TC-20EIII (2.0x) Teleconverter Review and Sample Photos

Nikon TC-20EIII (2.0x) Teleconverter

 

Update 1/1/2011

I have always been amused by these two billboards near my house.  The one in front for Heartbreakers is that of a popular gentlemen’s club (strip club) and the one directly behind it states “Jesus heals the broken hearted” is from a local church.  I guess people know where to go to have their “sins forgiven” after they leave Heartbreakers.  Anyway, I was bored and wanted to do a quick test with the Nikon TC-20EIII teleconverter.  I took quick handheld shots with the Nikon 70-200mm f2.8 VRII and Nikon 300mm f2.8 VRII, both with and without the teleconverter.  Overall, I am still very impressed with the image quality with this teleconverter.  You will actually notice some heat artifact since it was in the upper 70’s here on the Texas coast, despite it being January!  See for yourself.  These images have a touch or sharpening and contrast enhancement…”normal editing”. 

For a more indepth review and pairing with multiple lenses, please see the link below to Brad Hill’s website.  He has done some great testing with the TC-20EIII  and many of Nikon’s top lenses.

http://www.naturalart.ca/artist/fieldtests/tc_series3.html

(BELOW)  Nikon 70-200mm f2.8 VRII – NO Teleconverter – 200mm at f8

 

(BELOW)  Nikon 70-200mm f2.8 VRII – WITH Nikon TC-20EIII Teleconverter – 400mm at f8

(BELOW)  Nikon 300mm f2.8 VRII – NO Teleconverter – 300mm at f8

(BELOW)  Nikon 300mmf2.8 VRII – WITH Nikon TC-20EIII Teleconverter – 600mm at f8

 

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After many months of waiting, I finally obtained my  Nikon TC-20EIII (2.0x) teleconverter.  I am currently in the process of testing it with my favorite two lenses, the Nikon 70-200mm f2.8 VRII and Nikon 300mm f2.8 VRII. 

My first impression is WOW!!  I can honestly say that I have been very impressed with my early results with both lenses in combination with this teleconverter…especially the 300mm f2.8 VRII.   Also all photos are shot with the Nikon D300 camera body and Yoda’s eyes were always the focal point.  A tripod was used for both the indoor (poor lighting) and outdoor (good lighting) tests.   Aperture priority was used and ISO was maintained at ISO200.

Click on the photos twice to view at 100% crop.  Many difference in photos are subtle so feel free to right click to download the original images for better comparison.  I will continue to update this review with sample images as they are taken and plan to do some field testing as soon as my work and a new baby allow it 🙂

Nikon TC-20EIII (2.0x) teleconverter WITH Nikon 70-200mm f2.8 VRII lens (BELOW)

**This combination makes the lens a 140-400mm f5.6**

INDOOR TEST- Nikon 70-200mm f2.8 VRII

  (below) 400mm equivalent at f5.6 (wide open)                                                                                      

 

(below) 400mm equivalent at f8                   

    

(below) 400mm equivalent at f11

    

(below) 400mm equivalent at f16

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

  

 

 

OUTDOOR TEST- Nikon 70-200mm f2.8 VRII

(below) 400mm equivalent at f5.6 (wide open) 

(below) 400mm equivalent at f6.3 

  (below) 400mm equivalent at f8

(below) 400mm equivalent at f11 

(below) 400mm equivalent at f16 

  

Nikon TC-20EIII (2.0x) teleconverter WITH Nikon 300mm f2.8 VRII lens (BELOW)

**This combination makes the lens a 600mm f5.6**

INDOOR TEST- Nikon 300mm f2.8 VRII

(below) 600mm equivalent at f5.6 (wide open)

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(below) 600mm equivalent at f6.3

  

(below) 600mm equivalent at f8

 

(below) 600mm equivalent at f11

 

  

  

  

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

OUTDOOR TEST- Nikon 300mm f2.8 VRII

(below) 600mm equivalent at f5.6 (wide open) 

(below) 600mm equivalent at f6.3

(below) 600mm equivalent at f8

(below) 600mm equivalent at f9

(below) 600mm equivalent at f11

(below) 600mm equivalent at f16

-KSQ

http://ksqphotography.zenfolio.com/

For more sample shots with the Nikon TC-20EIII from the field, check out the link below:

https://ksqphotography.wordpress.com/2010/11/17/nikon-300mm-f2-8-vrii-tc-20eiii-field-tests/

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