Nikon DX telephoto

Discussion in 'Nikon' started by Huge, Jun 16, 2009.

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    Huge Guest

    Anyone recommend a 500mm or thereabouts telephoto for a Nikon D50 that isn't
    going to cost about 50% of what I paid for my first house? The Nikon f4.5
    (IIRC) is six *grand*!!!!

    It's for photographing the birds in the garden - the 70-300 I already have
    isn't really long enough.

    I've always had a soft spot for catadioptrics - what about one of those?
     
    Huge, Jun 16, 2009
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    Mark Guest

    How well does the AF work?
    And are the results with TC better than a crop without it?
     
    Mark, Jul 7, 2009
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    Chris H Guest

    A friend of mine who is a Nikon nut swears by the Kenko 1.4 convertor.
    But says do not use the x2.
     
    Chris H, Jul 8, 2009
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  4. Huge

    Huge Guest

    Hmmm. I'd dismissed teleconverters, and I certainly didn't realise Nikon
    made them. I shall look into that, thank you.
     
    Huge, Jul 9, 2009
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    Chris H Guest

    You may do better with the Kenko 1.4x Teleplus Pro 300

    A friend of mine who is a digital imaging specialist (his other camera
    is a high spec UAV :) and Nikon buff prefers the Kenko to the Nikon
    tele-converter.

    His advice was that the Kenko 1.4 was as good as the Nikon and half the
    price but not to use the x2 converters (Nikon or Kenko)
     
    Chris H, Jul 9, 2009
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  6. Huge

    Huge Guest

    Splendid - thank you very much. And the Kenko teleconverter is 1/30th of the
    price of the Nikon 500mm f4.5!
     
    Huge, Jul 9, 2009
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    Chris H Guest

    I hope it works as I am about to buy a Kenko as well! I asked my friends
    advice earlier this week about lenses and teleconvertors which is why I
    had the answer. :)
     
    Chris H, Jul 9, 2009
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  8. Huge

    Huge Guest

    I hope it works, too, since I have ordered one in the time between this posting
    and my last one. I can always send it back under the Distance Selling
    Regulations!
     
    Huge, Jul 9, 2009
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    Bruce Guest


    The Kenko Pro 300 1.4X is a fine optic.

    The Kenko converters have a strong advantage over the Nikon TC-20 E II
    in that the Nikon converter will only offer autofocus with AF-S and AF-I
    lenses, whereas the Kenko Pro 300 converters offer autofocus with all AF
    Nikkors including AF-S and AF-I and the AF Nikkors with "'screwdriver
    drive"' autofocusing.
     
    Bruce, Jul 9, 2009
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    Bruce Guest


    Glad I could help. ;-)

    I probably wouldn't buy a Nikon converter for that reason, as I have
    several screwdriver drive AF Nikkors and third party lenses. In the UK
    there is a firm that used to offer conversions of the Nikon TC-20E to
    incorporate screwdriver drive. I don't know if they still do.
     
    Bruce, Jul 10, 2009
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