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Nikon AF-S Teleconverter TC-17E II

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Product Highlights

  • F Mount Teleconverter
  • 1.7x Magnification Factor
  • Communication Between Lens & Camera
  • Maintains Metering, Autofocus, and VR
  • Nikon Integrated Coating
  • Compatible with Select F Mount Lenses
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Multiply your lens' focal length by 1.7x with the Nikon AF-S Teleconverter TC-17E II for F mount lenses. This teleconverter will maintain full metering and focusing with compatible cameras and lenses, and will also support the VR function found on many current lenses. This teleconverter also has Nikon's Integrated Coating to limit flaring and ghosting that may occur.

Many such teleconverters can also have a detrimental effect on the speed of the lens, however the AF-S Teleconverter TC-17E II makes only accounts for 1.5 stops of light loss.

Features
  • 1.7x teleconverter extends the reach of AF-S lenses by 70% with only a one-and-a-half-stop loss in exposure.
  • Advanced design maintains the optical quality of NIKKOR lenses as well as fully supports exposure metering and VR image stabilization capabilities.
  • Nikon F lens mount supports both FX and DX format AF-S NIKKOR lenses.
Lens Compatibility
For full compatibility with Nikon lenses, please visit this page on the Nikon USA website.
Performance
Magnification 1.7x
Camera Mount Type Nikon F
Format Compatibility Nikon FX/35mm Film
Nikon DX
Elements/Groups 7/4
Light Loss 1.5 stops
Features
Image Stabilization Yes, with compatible lenses
Autofocus Yes, with compatible lenses
Physical
Dimensions 2.6 x 1.2" (66 x 31.5 mm)
Weight 8.8 oz (250 g)
Nikon AF-S Teleconverter TC-17E II
  • BF-3A Front Mount Cap
  • LF-1 Rear Lens Cap for F Mount Lenses
  • CL-0715 Soft Case
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
  • Limited 4-Year USA Extension upon Registration
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    NikonTC-17E II 1.7x Teleconverter for AF-S & AF-I Lenses
     
    4.6

    (based on 203 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (140)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (51)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (6)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (3)

    95%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Lightweight (109)
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus (96)
    • Easily interchangeable (91)
    • Durable (90)
    • Strong construction (85)

    Cons

    • Poor in low light (18)
    • Slow focus (14)
    • Tough to attach (7)
    • Heavy (5)
    • Blurry focus (4)

    Best Uses

    • Wildlife photos (103)
    • Sports/action (87)
    • Landscape/scenery (45)
    • Action shots (26)
    • Wildlife (24)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (75), Semi-pro photographer (41), Enthusiast (36), Pro photographer (24), Professional (11)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (112), Yes (4)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Excelent product to give you more reach

    I primarily bought this for bird photography to extend the reach of my Nikon 2.8 70-200 VR1 lens. It works well with the lens and so far I have been able to get...Read complete review

    I primarily bought this for bird photography to extend the reach of my Nikon 2.8 70-200 VR1 lens. It works well with the lens and so far I have been able to get some great shots with this combination. Photos tend to be a little soft if I zoom all the way to 340 and stop down to the lowest f stop but I am able to get beautiful detailed bird photos if I'm not at either of these ends. Although you loose 1 1/2 stops using the teleconverter this was the perfect solution for me as it was must more cost effective than getting a larger lens.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Disappointed

    I bought this TC to get more extension from my 70-200 2.8 VR II. I knew from reading the reviews that some degradation of image quality was understood, but after testing and using...Read complete review

    I bought this TC to get more extension from my 70-200 2.8 VR II. I knew from reading the reviews that some degradation of image quality was understood, but after testing and using it extensively with a D800 for about 3 weeks I was not happy with the degree of sharpness that was lost. I tried the TC at an air show and the number of acceptable images dropped greatly - that may have been due to the impact on the AF efficiency. I took it on vacation and shot some bird images with it - the same results. I had a great opportunity to test it side by side with just the bare 70-200 when I found a pair of trumpeter swans preparing to roost for the night in a wildlife refuge. The distance was significant and the birds were stationary so I had plenty of time to swap the lens with TC back and forth with the lens without it, keeping the same basic settings. I noticed a bit of color on the necks of the birds. Through the lens you could see that they were wearing blue bands with white numbers on them. Images shot with the TC were not sharp enough to distinguish the numbers well - they were unreadable. Images shot with just the 70-200 and cropped showed the numerals sharply! I developed an even greater appreciation for the capabilities of the 70-200 alone! Back went the TC to B&H and all went smoothly on the return. This is the first time I have been disappointed in Nikon gear. Perhaps it was not a good unit.

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    5.0

    Great Images

    By Siggy

    from Lutcher, La.

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Consistent Output
    • Durable
    • Easily Interchangeable
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
    • Lightweight
    • Rugged
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

    • Multiple Lens Application

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Sports/Action
    • Wildlife Photos

    Comments about Nikon TC-17E II 1.7x Teleconverter for AF-S & AF-I Lenses:

    Been having this a little while, but wanted to wait till I used it a few times ... the times I've used it, there is ZERO loss of image quality that I can tell ... I purchased it to use with my Nikon D7100 and Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8, but was disappointed to find out it is not compatible to my Nikon 17-55 f/2.8 (DX) lens ... booooo ... guess it was made for FX is my reasoning ... would have had a LOT more use for it if used with the 17-55 ... but great photos ... so mission accomplished ...

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    5.0

    Excellent extender

    By Train LF

    from southern CA

    Comments about Nikon TC-17E II 1.7x Teleconverter for AF-S & AF-I Lenses:

    I use it mainly on my 70-200 f4 and no noticeable drop of image quality. AF works fine, maybe a tiny bit slower on the long end.

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    4.0

    Not Too Bad !!

    By Don

    from Orange County, CA.

    Comments about Nikon TC-17E II 1.7x Teleconverter for AF-S & AF-I Lenses:

    I used the 1.7 TC on my 300 4.0 with good results when I followed the advice of others and stopped down two stops. The 300 with the 1.7 TC makes a very good tool for capturing closeup shots of flowers and stationary subjects. I was able to capture some very sharp images of my dog…the dog was not moving at the time and I used a monopod for stability.

    I use the 1.4 TC with the 300mm 4.0 for birding and wildlife with outstanding results. Haven't yet had the opportunity to use the 1.7 TC. But, I expect that it will be adequate when the light is good and the subject is stationary.

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    5.0

    A wonderful tool!

    By Chris

    from far, far, northern California

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Reviewer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
    • Lightweight
    • Nice Bokeh
    • Rugged
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

    • Poor in Low Light

    Best Uses

    • Sports/Action
    • Wildlife Photos

    Comments about Nikon TC-17E II 1.7x Teleconverter for AF-S & AF-I Lenses:

    I live on the coast and enjoy doing surf photography. I have been using a Nikon 70-200 f2.8 VR (the first one) and I have been continuously impressed with it's amazing quality - which I partially attribute to its VR capabilities. I needed something with a longer reach (I was thinking about 300mm so I could hand hold the camera) and so did my research and it came down to a teleconverter with my 70-200 or getting a 300 mm f4 from Nikon. I decided to try the least expensive option of getting the teleconverter, (based on many reviews). I found a used one at B&H and so I nabbed it.I am pretty astonished at how well it keeps the high quality of my original lens. I am shooting outdours and able to stop it down a couple clicks to f8 or so and still shoot at high speed. I did find the contrast was slightly diminished, but easily correctable in processing. More importantly, the image is still sharp. How sharp? Look at these 2 surfers shot using hand-held D610 with the 70-200 and the TCE. These were at 290 and 320 effective focal length, iso 250 and I ended up with about 1/400 sec shutter speed.( I will opt for faster in the future and turn up the iso on my D610 to whatever to get it. I processed these in Lightroom and Nik. I am very pleased I went this way. I have many other Nikon lenses without VR, but I don't think this would come out so well without image stabilization. Many, many years ago I tried a cheap teleconverter and was so disappointed. Not now. This is a true advancement and a keeper.

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    5.0

    Works well with my D600 and 400 f2.8

    By Herb

    from Paradise, PA

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
    • Lightweight
    • Nice Bokeh

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Sports/Action
      • Wildlife Photos

      Comments about Nikon TC-17E II 1.7x Teleconverter for AF-S & AF-I Lenses:

      I was skeptical about moving from a 1.4x to a 1.7x, but the images are good, and the response time is almost as good.

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      • Yes

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      5.0

      Nikon TC-17E II

      By Barry - Knave of Hearts Photography

      from Central Florida

      Comments about Nikon TC-17E II 1.7x Teleconverter for AF-S & AF-I Lenses:

      I've read good and bad reviews for this product from various web sites and professional publications over the past 2 years. I always do a lot of research on the products i buy before pulling the trigger. Working with both Nikon D80's and Nikon D800's the TC 17E lived up to my expectaions when shooting the Nikon 70mm-200mm 2.8 and the 200mm-400mm 2.8 lenses. I found no loss in photo quality shooting any combination of camera, TC-17E and lens. If you can adjust ISO, shutter speed and aperture, hold your camera steady and use the VR settings, you're going to get wonderful photos. Take care of your equipment and it should work great for years.

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      5.0

      Great addition to Nikon 70-200mm f4.0

      By Cal

      from Hutchinson, KS

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
      • Lightweight

      Cons

      • Poor in Low Light

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Wildlife Photos

      Comments about Nikon TC-17E II 1.7x Teleconverter for AF-S & AF-I Lenses:

      I was looking to extend the reach of my Nikon 70-200mm f4.0 telephoto lens and thought to give this teleconverter a try. It is amazing. The clarity is really unaffected and other than losing a couple stops it is a great addition.

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      5.0

      Very satisfied customer

      By Bob

      from Souderton, Pa.

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Easily Interchangeable
      • Fast / accurate auto-focus
      • Lightweight
      • Nice Bokeh
      • Rugged
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Sports/Action

        Comments about Nikon TC-17E II 1.7x Teleconverter for AF-S & AF-I Lenses:

        I just recently purchased the TC-17E II 1.7x teleconverter for photographing my friend's 50+ men's baseball team which plays on weekends. I was very please with the teleconverting strength of this lens and the resultant photos were bright and colorful and well focused. Of course I'm shooting outdoors, so the loss of one full F stop did not affect my photos in the lease.Bob H.

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        4.0

        Does its job

        By Ani

        from Ashburn VA

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Lightweight

        Cons

        • Slow Focus
        • Tough To Attach

        Best Uses

        • Wildlife Photos

        Comments about Nikon TC-17E II 1.7x Teleconverter for AF-S & AF-I Lenses:

        The TC-17E II is a nice way to add additional reach to a 70-200 4 vr.

        Beware of low light and/or low contrast situations. Your mileage will definitely vary by Nikon body. D610 autofocuses okay but d7000 struggle, sometimes failing completely.

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        5.0

        Works great!!

        By Docjhat

        from Bucks County,Pa.

        Comments about Nikon TC-17E II 1.7x Teleconverter for AF-S & AF-I Lenses:

        Bought to use with my 300, f2.8. Very happy with the results. Auto focus and sharpness are not affected. Excellent product.

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        3.0

        Mixed Feelings

        By Jeff @ White Light Photo

        from Red Wing, MN

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Reviewer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Easily Interchangeable
        • Fast / accurate auto-focus
        • Nice Bokeh
        • Rugged
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

        • A Little Soft In Focus

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Sports/Action
        • Wildlife Photos

        Comments about Nikon TC-17E II 1.7x Teleconverter for AF-S & AF-I Lenses:

        The loss of a stop and half really has little negative impact. A bump or two of ISO and problem solved.

        I love the extra reach and as long as I don't pixel peep, the results seem okay, not fantastic, but okay. I don't often crop at 200-300%.

        I am using a Nikon D300 (cropped sensor), 70-200 VR1, so my effective reach is 510mm with the tele.

        My bottom line is that it's not super-glued to my lens so I will use it when the situation calls for it.

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        5.0

        Great tool for the camera bag

        By Photo Guy

        from KY

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easily Interchangeable
        • Fast / accurate auto-focus

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Wildlife Photos

          Comments about Nikon TC-17E II 1.7x Teleconverter for AF-S & AF-I Lenses:

          used this with my 70x200 2.8 lens did a great job. it made focal length a 340 lens with VR still working! Great photos

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          2.0

          Disappointed

          By Chris

          from Dallas

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Easily Interchangeable
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

          • Blurry Focus
          • Slow Focus

          Best Uses

            Comments about Nikon TC-17E II 1.7x Teleconverter for AF-S & AF-I Lenses:

            I bought this TC to get more extension from my 70-200 2.8 VR II. I knew from reading the reviews that some degradation of image quality was understood, but after testing and using it extensively with a D800 for about 3 weeks I was not happy with the degree of sharpness that was lost. I tried the TC at an air show and the number of acceptable images dropped greatly - that may have been due to the impact on the AF efficiency. I took it on vacation and shot some bird images with it - the same results. I had a great opportunity to test it side by side with just the bare 70-200 when I found a pair of trumpeter swans preparing to roost for the night in a wildlife refuge. The distance was significant and the birds were stationary so I had plenty of time to swap the lens with TC back and forth with the lens without it, keeping the same basic settings. I noticed a bit of color on the necks of the birds. Through the lens you could see that they were wearing blue bands with white numbers on them. Images shot with the TC were not sharp enough to distinguish the numbers well - they were unreadable. Images shot with just the 70-200 and cropped showed the numerals sharply! I developed an even greater appreciation for the capabilities of the 70-200 alone! Back went the TC to B&H and all went smoothly on the return. This is the first time I have been disappointed in Nikon gear. Perhaps it was not a good unit.

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            5.0

            Just what I needed

            By Johnny C

            from San Antonio, Texas

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Easily Interchangeable
            • Fast / accurate auto-focus
            • Rugged
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Sports/Action
              • Wildlife Photos

              Comments about Nikon TC-17E II 1.7x Teleconverter for AF-S & AF-I Lenses:

              I use this item on my 24-70, 70-200 and 300 2.8. It really helps me to reach out further to get the shots that I couldn't get before.

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              5.0

              great addition to the 70-200 2.8 VRII

              By nikonfan

              from Maryland

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Fast / accurate auto-focus
              • Nice Bokeh

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery

                Comments about Nikon TC-17E II 1.7x Teleconverter for AF-S & AF-I Lenses:

                I use this in combination with the Nikon 70-200 2.8 VRII and can only confirm most previous reviews: It works great if you close the aperture 1 stop, and if you avoid zoomming in completely.
                All the usual precautions for tack sharp images with tele lenses, such as mirror up, remote shutter release and a tripod are of course a must here even more because of the extended range.
                Also, be aware that the depth of field will be more shallow too with extended focal range.

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                3.0

                Works OK

                By Tim Buck Too

                from World Command HQ

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easily Interchangeable
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Sports/Action

                  Comments about Nikon TC-17E II 1.7x Teleconverter for AF-S & AF-I Lenses:

                  Works OK on a budget. I returned mine and bought an older 600mm and the difference is significant, especially on the D800. In a pinch with good light images are usable but "soft'.

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                  5.0

                  An excellent solution!

                  By Larry

                  from Golden, CO

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easily Interchangeable
                  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                  • Lightweight
                  • Nice Bokeh
                  • Very Sharp

                  Cons

                  • NONE

                  Best Uses

                  • Sports/Action
                  • Wildlife Photos

                  Comments about Nikon TC-17E II 1.7x Teleconverter for AF-S & AF-I Lenses:

                  The 1.7x tc is an excellent solution for extending my "reach" on my 70-200 f/2.8. It attaches quickly, focuses quickly with a negligible 1.5 stops loss of light. I highly recommend this TC as a cost effective solution to extending an already great lens.

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                  5.0

                  Outstanding!

                  By Miss Dory

                  from Oregon

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Consistent Output
                  • Durable
                  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                  • Rugged

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Sports/Action

                    Comments about Nikon TC-17E II 1.7x Teleconverter for AF-S & AF-I Lenses:

                    I purchased and returned a Nikon 80-400 mm lens because images were not sharp. My next purchase was the 1.7 teleconverter that combined with a 70-200 mm f/2.8 delivered the quality that I wanted. I ordered the 1.7 because my lens is the first model and I didn't want soft edges that may have resulted from using the 2x tele. We are convinced of the quality of Nikon glass.

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                    5.0

                    As advertized

                    By Big D

                    from North Carolina

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easily Interchangeable
                    • Fast / accurate auto-focus

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Sports/Action
                      • Wildlife Photos

                      Comments about Nikon TC-17E II 1.7x Teleconverter for AF-S & AF-I Lenses:

                      Use this for wildlife, and day time youth football and baseball. Brings the shot up close and personal. You do lose almost 2 f-stops, but it meets my needs.

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                      4.0

                      Solid construction, compact and sharp.

                      By PhotoJohn

                      from Bellevue, WA

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easily Interchangeable
                      • Lightweight
                      • Sharp
                      • Strong Construction

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Wildlife Photos

                        Comments about Nikon TC-17E II 1.7x Teleconverter for AF-S & AF-I Lenses:

                        Used to extend the 70-200mm VRII lens to 119-340mm on full-frame cameras.

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