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Nikon 70-200mm f2.8 VRII with TC-17EII and TC-20EIII teleconverters

June 22, 2011 1 comment

Nikon 70-200mm f2.8 VRII with TC-17EII and TC-20EIII teleconverters – June 2011

I finally had a chance to take the Nikon 70-200mm f2.8 VRII lens out and do some more test shots with both the Nikon TC-17EII (1.7x) teleconverter and the Nikon TC-20EIII (2.0x) teleconverter.  ALL of the photos below were shot handheld, and the best photo out of about five shots was selected to post.  Overall, the final results are good with both of these teleconverters and the 70-200mm f2.8 VRII, but not perfect.  Perhaps some “pixel peepers” will not be happy with results from these combinations but overall, I think they do a fine job for the money, compared to larger and more expensive glass.  The photos that were not selected for posting are variable in quality, with most suffering from camera shake artifact since I was shooting handheld in only moderate light.  I will likely repeat these tests again at a later date with a tripod to eliminate camera shake from the equation.  None the less, I was able to get results that I was happy with, even wide open, with both teleconverters.  You can be the judge for yourself.  Also, all photo are UNEDITED, straight from the camera (except watermarking) unless otherwise stated. 

 (BELOW) Nikon 70-200mm f2.8 VRII WITHOUT teleconverter:

(BELOW) 200mm f2.8, 1/320sec (Wide Open)

(BELOW) 200mm f4, 1/200sec

(BELOW) 200mm f6.3, 1/80sec

 (BELOW) Nikon 70-200mm f2.8 VRII WITH TC-17EII (1.7x) teleconverter:

(BELOW) 340mm f4.8, 1/125sec (Wide Open)

(BELOW) 340mm f4.8, 1/125sec – SHARPENING ONLY

(BELOW) 340mm f5.6, 1/100sec

(BELOW) 340mm f6.3, 1/80sec


(BELOW) 340mm f8, 1/50sec

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

(BELOW) 400mm f5.6, 1/100sec  (Wide Open)

(BELOW) 400mm f5.6, 1/100sec – SHARPENING ONLY

(BELOW) 400mm f6.3, 1/80sec

All photos at 400mm equivalent over f6.3 suffered from significant camera shake and were not included.

Below are some additional photos with the 70-200mm f2.8 VRII and teleconverters…

(BELOW) 400mm f8, 1/60sec

(BELOW) 400mm f7.1, 1/100sec

(BELOW) 400mm f7.1, 1/100sec

(BELOW) 400mm f5.6, 1/100sec – SHARPENING  (Wide Open)

(Below) 200mm f2.8, 1/250sec – SHARPENING (Wide Open)

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