Home > My Equipment Review > Nikon 300mm f2.8 VRII with TC-20EIII teleconverter – Big Cats June 2011

Nikon 300mm f2.8 VRII with TC-20EIII teleconverter – Big Cats June 2011

Nikon 300mm f2.8 VRII with TC-20EIII teleconverter – Big Cats June 2011

Now that I have completed my boards exams, I finally have had the chance to actually get out of the house to take some photos.  I only made it 5 miles down the road the our local zoo, but still it’s better than nothing.  Plus, I have always loved big cats, and the Houston Zoo has a decent collection.  These sample photos were taken with the Nikon 300mm f2.8 VRII lens, and show results both with the Nikon TC-20EIII teleconverter and without it.  I did bring my tripod with me this time and this resulted in fewer downright unusable photos as compared to the previous trip without a tripod.   The results at 600mm with the 2.0x teleconverter are still very good in my opinion, especially for “normal” viewing or printing.  I am sure some of you “pixel peepers” will notice that there is some softening and minor loss of image quality associated with the teleconverter that is noticable at full magnification.  But overall this combination continues to produce quality results and I have no regrets about the lens or teleconverter purchases.

Click on the photo to enlarge and click a second time to view at 100%.  I have also added a few high power crops to give you an idea of the detail preservation at higher magnification without the need open the picture fully.

NO TELECONVERTER – Nikon 300mm f2.8 VRII lens only

(Below)  300mm, f2.8, 1/200sec:

(Below) 300mm, f3.2, 1/200sec:

(Below) 300mm, f3.2, 1/200sec (100% crop from upper portion of the above tiger photo):

Another high power crop below to show the detail captured by this lens…

(Below) 300mm, f4, 1/250sec:

(Below) 300mm, f4, 1/320sec:

(Below) 300mm, f4, 1/320sec (100% crop from upper portion of the above cheetah photo):

WITH TELECONVERTER – Nikon 300mm f2.8 VRII with TC-20EIII (2.0x)

(Below) 600 mm (300mm + TC-20EIII), f5.6, 1/125sec:

(Below) 600 mm (300mm + TC-20EIII), f6.3, 1/100sec (notice the point of focus is the nose):

(Below) 600 mm (300mm + TC-20EIII), f8, 1/180sec (notice the point of focus is the nose):

(Below) 100% crop of the nose from the photo above:

(Below) 600 mm (300mm + TC-20EIII), f5.6, 1/125sec (notice the point of focus is the nose):

(Below) 600 mm (300mm + TC-20EIII), f6.3, 1/200sec (great detail in the teeth and jaw):

(Below) High power crop from the photo above…

(Below) 600 mm (300mm + TC-20EIII), f6.3, 1/125sec:

MORE PHOTOS TO BE ADDED SOON…

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  1. February 17, 2012 at 12:42 pm

    Late comment, but,

    My gosh! that 300mm f/2.8 VRII is redonculously sharp even with 2x.

    • February 17, 2012 at 1:54 pm

      I have been so happy with this combination that I have put off getting the 500mm or 600mm f4 for a least a few more years. The combo suits my needs at the moment and it is hard to beat it when you travel, compared to the larger prime lenses.

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