Nikon Teleconverter, which one?

Discussion in 'Nikon' started by Paddleman, Aug 3, 2003.

  1. Paddleman

    Paddleman Guest

    A little advise please, a few of quick questions:

    Which 2x and 1.4 converters would I use on the Nikkor 24-120mm and 24-85mm D AF

    Will the auto focus still funtion with the converters on?

    Is there an upper limit to the mm lens that I can use?

    Paddleman, Aug 3, 2003
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    carlj Guest

    The TC 16A will autofocus, if you can find one. Nikon has not made it
    for several years.
    carlj, Aug 3, 2003
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    Mike F Guest


    Niether one of these lenses is really a good choice for use with a
    teleconverter. TC's are intended for telephoto lenses and do not work
    well at all with wide angles, and work even less well with wide angle
    zooms. You will most likely experience vingetting or soft corners.

    The Nikon TC-14A/201 converters will mount on the AF-D versions of
    these lenses. You don't say what camera body you use, but unless it
    will meter with manual focus lenses, these two converters will have
    severe limitations (ie. no metering, manual focus and manual exposure
    only). At best you will get aperture priority and manual exposure
    modes with compatible bodies.

    The Nikon TC-14B/301 (intended for 300mm +) and TC-14/20 E (for AF-S
    telephotos) will not mount on these lenses.

    If you insist on using a TC with these lenses the Kenko converters
    have a good reputation, and I believe the latest versions preserve
    autofocus functions.

    Mike F, Aug 4, 2003
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    Mike F Guest

    Only with a select few bodies I think. (N4004/F-401, N4004s/F-401s,
    N5005/F-401x, N6006/F-601m, N50/F50, N55/F55, N60/F60, N65/F65,
    N70/F70, N75/F75or N80/F80 will not work)

    Mike F, Aug 4, 2003
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    Jim Nason Guest

    NIkon makes two, which according to my current Nikon catalog which
    work with this lens. The TC201 and the TC14A. According to Nikon,
    vignetting can be an issue at some focal lengths and there are
    exposure issues beyond at aperatures smaller than f/11.
    Teleconverters are generally design to be used on telephoto lenses and
    (ie focal lenghts longer than 100mm) and using them on anything
    shorter usually causes problems.

    Both the TC201 and TC14A are manual focus... you loose the AF.
    Nikon's AF TC's are desgined for the AF-S and AF-I lenses. Indeed for
    my 80/200 2.8 AFD, I had to go for the Tamron AF converter to maintain
    AF. It works darn well on this lens. No it is not as sharp as the
    AF-S version with the Nikon T20E... but The lens and convertor cost
    less than 50% of the AF-S lens and the T20.

    The Nikon TC's are expensive.. the AF ones usually sell well above 500
    bucks US. The 201 is around 300 bucks and the 14A only slightly
    less. For that price you can buy the 70/300 4.5/.5.6 ED for about 300
    bucks give you far better pics than than the TC's on your 24-120.

    Jim Nason, Aug 5, 2003
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    Lourens Smak Guest

    I suggest you get a 70-210 F4-5.6 nikkor on ebay instead; they're all
    over the place for about $100. quality (build and image) is excellent.
    The results will be *much* better than with a converter, and even though
    this lens isn't fast, it is still 2 stops faster than the converter
    combination. it's also quite portable and will fit into a jacket pocket
    for example.

    more info:

    Lourens Smak, Aug 5, 2003
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