Nikon TC-E15ED for 5700

Discussion in 'Nikon' started by The Muffin Man, Jul 30, 2003.

  1. I'm considering purchasing this telephoto lens for my 5700 and would
    like to hear(read) some reviews of it. So if anyone has it please let
    me know what you think of it. Thanks
    The Muffin Man, Jul 30, 2003
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    Ed Ruf Guest

    - Only usable at max zoom without vignetting. Slight vignetting around
    edges even here. A blue sky photo of the moon shows this on mine.
    Info mentions possibility of ghosting, but this is ridiculous.

    - Requires UR-E8 adapter.

    - If you want to leave the UR-8 attached to the TC you'll need a third
    party cover for the back of the UR-E8, though the combo will fit in the
    holder bag.

    - Objective dia. of the TC is spec'd at 61mm on the info sheet and has
    threads, but the info sheet says N/A for filter size. Note: the Nikon
    filter set for the 5700 is 62mm, so doesn't appear compatible.
    Statement in info pamphlet makes it appear the front lens projects out,
    possibly eliminating the use of filters. I have't verified this yet.

    - Possible focusing issue on subjects without stark contrast. I had
    extreme difficulty getting the AF to properly focus on the blue sky moon
    mentioned above even using the self timer and mounted on a tripod.
    I had no such problem with my 990/TC-E3 or 990/Kenko KDT-60 combo.

    - As expected the large focal length requires fast shutter speeds.

    I've gotten some good shots with it, but am a bit disappointed in this
    setup as an upgrade from my 990/TC-3/KDT-60.
    Ed Ruf Lifetime AMA# 344007 ()
    See images taken with my CP-990 and 5700 at
    Ed Ruf, Jul 30, 2003
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    Paul Bartram Guest

    How does the cheaper Kenko item compare image-wise to the 'genuine' Nikon?
    Big price difference (especially down here in the basement) so is there a
    lot of difference in the finished photo?

    Paul Bartram, Jul 30, 2003
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    Ed Ruf Guest

    Apples/oranges. The objective of the KDT is only 28mm compared to 72mm for
    the TC3. Thus the resulting speed of the combined lenses is much slower. So
    with the additional focal length there can be an even greater issue of
    motion blur. For the Nikon TC's there is no reduction in f# when using the
    converters. The Kenko is also a manual focus. So you first get' it's focus
    close manually, then let the AF of the camera do the final work. The Kenko
    is OK in very bright light or with a tripod, but the TC3 is fine in
    many/most handheld situations. Some example photos may be found on my web
    Ed Ruf Lifetime AMA# 344007 ()
    See images taken with my CP-990 and 5700 at
    Ed Ruf, Jul 30, 2003
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