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Nikon TC-20E III 2x Teleconverter for AF-S & AF-I Lenses USA

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Product Highlights
  • 2x Optical Conversion Factor
  • Advanced Optical Design
  • Aspherical Lens Element
  • Nikon IC Lens Coating

The Nikon TC-20E III 2x Teleconverter is an exceptional teleconverter optimized for use with FX and DX digital SLR cameras. It doubles the focal length of compatible Nikkor lenses. The TC-20E III is constructed of 7 elements in 5 groups and with Nikon's Integrated Coating (IC) you will see improved color and reduced flare. It has one aspherical lens element which virtually eliminates lens aberrations.


The 2x extender (also known as a teleconverter) will double the focal length of your existing lens, and will cut back the amount of light by 2 f-stops. For example, using this teleconverter with a 300mm lens will effectively increase the focal length to 600mm. A lens set to f/2.8 will now be f/5.6. Teleconverters are best used with longer telephoto lenses and are not recommended for lenses wider than 50mm, e.g. 28-105mm (35mm format).

Enhanced Telephoto Versatility
An affordable and portable gateway to extend telephoto reach which is ideal for sports, wildlife, surveillance and more.
2x Optical Conversion Factor
The TC-20E III doubles the focal length of select compatible Nikkor lenses.
Aspherical Lens Element
The aspherical lens element eliminates coma and other aberrations especially at wide apertures.
Nikon Integrated Coating (IC)
The Nikon Integrated Coating (IC) enhances light transmission efficiency, improves color consistency and reduces flare.
Advanced Optical Design
This teleconverter is constructed with 7 elements in 5 groups and is optimized for use with FX and DX digital SLRs, engineered to meet the needs of professional photographers.
Lens Compatibility
For Nikon's current list of lenses that are compatible with this teleconverter - click here

Please note that Nikon's DLSRs featuring f/8 AF support may allow autofocus with lens/teleconverter combinations that are not currently listed as being 'compatible'.

Magnification 2x
Lens Elements/Groups 7/5
Light Loss 2 f/stops
Length Approx. 1.9" (48mm) extension from the camera's lens-mounting flange
Diameter Approx. 2.6" (66mm)
Weight Approx 11.6 oz (330 g)
Nikon TC-20E III 2x Teleconverter for AF-S & AF-I Lenses
  • NIBF3A
  • LF-1 Rear Lens Cap for F Mount Lenses
  • CL-0715 Soft Case
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    NikonTC-20E III 2x Teleconverter for AF-S & AF-I Lenses
     
    4.6

    (based on 188 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (134)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (37)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (7)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (9)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (1)

    93%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (89)
    • Durable (79)
    • Lightweight (67)
    • Reliable (66)
    • Easily interchangeable (16)

    Cons

    • Pricey / poor value (4)
    • Heavy / bulky (3)
    • Price (3)

    Best Uses

    • Travel (53)
    • Landscape photography (43)
    • Wildlife (27)
    • Everyday (15)
    • Portraits (15)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Enthusiast (79), Semi-professional (38), Professional (22), Photo enthusiast (8)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (131), Yes (4)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Much better than expected

    I have used Nikon 1.4x and 1.7x converters on the AFS 300mm f4D and 70-200mm f2.8 VRII. I wanted to get more reach since going FX with the D800. I was very surprised...Read complete review

    I have used Nikon 1.4x and 1.7x converters on the AFS 300mm f4D and 70-200mm f2.8 VRII. I wanted to get more reach since going FX with the D800. I was very surprised that with some AF fine tuning of +15 this converter is as sharp if not more than the 1.7. I also found increased sharpness by AF fine tuning my 1.7x converter.
    The sharpness, contrast and colors from this converter is superb. AF on both lenses is fast enough for birds in flight, well, slower birds like herons and swans. It also makes the 300mm lens even better for closeups of flowers and insects. Highly recommended.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Soft Images and Poor Focus

    I use this with my 70-200mm fF2.8 telephoto lens. The best way to describe this teleconverter is "inconsistent." Too many photos have a "washed out" look, and...Read complete review

    I use this with my 70-200mm fF2.8 telephoto lens. The best way to describe this teleconverter is "inconsistent." Too many photos have a "washed out" look, and focusing takes longer and is not always accurate. I have not used this under challenging situations yet (i.e., sports, wildlife, etc.), but the few times I have used it to shoot people and places outdoors, I have been somewhat disappointed. I have used it in poor indoor lighting with a tripod (stage productions), and the results were o.k. Either way, it's an inexpensive way to get 400mm from a good 200mm lens.

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    4.0

    Glad i bought this compared to new lense

    By Explorer

    from Kansas

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    Pros

    • Easy To Use

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape Photography
      • Macro Photography
      • Traveling

      Comments about Nikon TC-20E III 2x Teleconverter for AF-S & AF-I Lenses:

      Great alternate to carrying two lenses

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      5.0

      Perfect and Cheaper Alternative

      By JCarrPhoto

      from Myrtle Beach, SC

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      Pros

      • Durable
      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight
      • Reliable

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Nikon TC-20E III 2x Teleconverter for AF-S & AF-I Lenses:

          Was looking at a 400mm lens and didn't want to shell out the $3k so got this to see if it would work. I'm using it on my 70-200mm f/2.8 and it is perfect. I do not notice any difference in the image quality. The only possible con I could put for this is that LR does not recognize that it is in place when it applies my lens profile in develop.

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          4.0

          So far so good

          By Petekam

          from Rockville, MD

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          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Lightweight
          • Reliable

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Landscape Photography
            • Traveling

            Comments about Nikon TC-20E III 2x Teleconverter for AF-S & AF-I Lenses:

            I'm big on shooting fauna. So far so good. Maybe my eye isn't trained as well as pros so a dare not give it 5 stars but so far, of the record, I will give it 5. I use it primarily with a 70-200 f2.8 I did previously buy some off brand, it may have damaged another lens.

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            5.0

            Not for all Nikon lenses

            By Tito

            from Florida

            Comments about Nikon TC-20E III 2x Teleconverter for AF-S & AF-I Lenses:

            I wish I could use it for all of my Nikon lenses. The lenses I could use it on performs as described by Nikon. Great addition.

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            3.0

            TC-20E III 2x

            By Trish

            from San Jose Ca

            About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

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            Pros

            • Lightweight

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Landscape Photography

              Comments about Nikon TC-20E III 2x Teleconverter for AF-S & AF-I Lenses:

              I gave this a 3 star only because I was only able to use it manually. I am sure with a 70-200 2.8 it would work superb. I researched the Nikon website and talked to a rep- it stated that cameras that supported F8-F11 would AF with the teleconverter. I bought it for use with a D800 on 80-400 and it does NOT auto focus and who wants to try to manually focus when shooting birds. I think the catch is only use it with a 2.8 lens. Did it shoot clear manually -- Yes it did, but useless for my application and the reps at B&H were very supportive with the return. The other unfortunate thing was the delivery by UPS-- the box was totally destroyed. Suggestions- go ahead and opt for 2 day delivery cause I sure wouldn't trust UPS.

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              5.0

              Just what I wanted

              By george

              from bellingham

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              Pros

              • Durable
              • Easy To Use
              • Lightweight
              • Reliable

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Everyday use
                • Traveling

                Comments about Nikon TC-20E III 2x Teleconverter for AF-S & AF-I Lenses:

                I use the 2x teleconverter with my AF-S Nikor 70-200mm mostly for photographing migratory birds. I am very happy with its performance. It produce nice crisp images of moving birds even with loss of 2 stops. Also much more convenient for travel than packing another telephoto lens. I am so impressed with the performance that I now prefer the combination of the 70-200mm with the teleconverter over my Sigma 140-400MM. I'm looking forward to using it with any larger Nikor lens I may buy in the future.

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                5.0

                Exceeded Expectations

                By Stevespassion

                from Eastern PA

                Comments about Nikon TC-20E III 2x Teleconverter for AF-S & AF-I Lenses:

                I had read a lot of conflicting views about Nikon Teleconverters, so I was somewhat skeptical of the quality of photos I would get with this TC. All I can say is the skeptical reviews were wrong! I use this with my Nikon D610 and Nikon 70-200 mm f/4 lens. It takes great 400mm shots at f/8. They are extremely sharp and great. I highly recommend this TC!

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                5.0

                Perfect with my 300mm, f2.8

                By Docjhat

                from Bucks County, Pa.

                Comments about Nikon TC-20E III 2x Teleconverter for AF-S & AF-I Lenses:

                Bought to use with my 300, f2.8. Very pleased with the results. Used at a motocross race with my d4s. Autofocus and IQ were perfect.

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                4.0

                nice addition

                By Tuan

                from Virginia

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                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Wildlife

                  Comments about Nikon TC-20E III 2x Teleconverter for AF-S & AF-I Lenses:

                  nice lens to extend my 70-200 for wildlife photos.

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                  5.0

                  Nikon premium quality

                  By Ernie

                  from Escanaba, MI

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                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Reliable

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Traveling

                    Comments about Nikon TC-20E III 2x Teleconverter for AF-S & AF-I Lenses:

                    As expected, the optical quality is exceptional

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                    5.0

                    exceptional teleconverter

                    By Dave

                    from Oakbrook Terrace Illinois

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                    Pros

                    • Durable
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Reliable

                    Cons

                    • Bulky

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape Photography
                    • Traveling

                    Comments about Nikon TC-20E III 2x Teleconverter for AF-S & AF-I Lenses:

                    I do a lot of Landscape Photos and this lens has given me some outstanding photos.

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                    4.0

                    Mixed reaction

                    By Ron from Delaware

                    from Wilmington, DE

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                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • High Performance

                    Cons

                    • Read The Details
                    • Selective Use

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape Photography
                    • Macro Photography

                    Comments about Nikon TC-20E III 2x Teleconverter for AF-S & AF-I Lenses:

                    I am pleased with the teleconverter that said it did reinforce the need to read all the technical data when buying Nikon. The teleconverter does not support all my Nikon lenses which is a real disappointment and I can't say I understand why, that Nikon engineering. It does work really well with my macro/micro lens which was a real positive.

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                    5.0

                    Very good! use it with my 300mm f2.8

                    By wvanstone

                    from Palmyra Nj

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                    Pros

                    • Durable

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Nikon TC-20E III 2x Teleconverter for AF-S & AF-I Lenses:

                        I use this with my 300 f2.8 to get a 600mm f5.6. the results are amazing.

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                        5.0

                        Make sure your research is sound.

                        By animator Phil

                        from Denver, CO

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                          Cons

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                              Comments about Nikon TC-20E III 2x Teleconverter for AF-S & AF-I Lenses:

                              I'm sure that this is a swell product, unfortunately, when I researched this unit, I was going from the camera (D5200) to the teleconverter, NOT from the zoom lens (Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 55-300mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR) which does not work with this 2X teleconvertor. Now that I'm smarter, I've found that the 55 to 300mm is too new and Nikon hasn't made a 2X teleconvertor for it yet. I returned this unit and B&H prmptly sent me a refund. I love these guys!

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                              5.0

                              Zoom IN.....

                              By ThomasHenryPhoto

                              from Sherman, Texas

                              About Me Semi-Professional

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                              Pros

                              • Easy To Use

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Landscape Photography
                                • Wildlife And Nature

                                Comments about Nikon TC-20E III 2x Teleconverter for AF-S & AF-I Lenses:

                                I was not sure how good this addition would be to my 70-200mm f/2.8, but I must say, I am very happy with its performance. Image quality is excellent. Yes, you give up 2 stops, but considering the cost, it is an excellent value!

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                                5.0

                                Great teleconverter

                                By Reed

                                from Spokane, WA

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                                Pros

                                • Durable
                                • Reliable

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                    Comments about Nikon TC-20E III 2x Teleconverter for AF-S & AF-I Lenses:

                                    I use this with my Nikon 70-200 2.8 to photograph airplanes, motorcycles and birds. It costs me 2 stops, making the combination a 5.6. The image quality is great, as it should be for the price.

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                                    5.0

                                    Good Tele.

                                    By Camguy

                                    from Hellam, PA

                                    About Me Semi-Professional

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                                    Pros

                                    • Durable
                                    • Easy To Use
                                    • Reliable

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Everyday use
                                      • Home
                                      • Landscape Photography
                                      • Portraits
                                      • Studio

                                      Comments about Nikon TC-20E III 2x Teleconverter for AF-S & AF-I Lenses:

                                      It's a little heavy, but managable.
                                      It doubles your focal length.
                                      It's build quility is professional.
                                      Take care when attaching it to your camera body and lens. Read manuals.

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                                      5.0

                                      Little package with big results

                                      By Sandy

                                      from Carbondale, colorado

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                                      Pros

                                      • Easy To Use
                                      • Lightweight

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Landscapes
                                        • Travaling
                                        • Wildlife

                                        Comments about Nikon TC-20E III 2x Teleconverter for AF-S & AF-I Lenses:

                                        I used this on a 70-200 2.8 Nikon lens for wildlife photos. So easy to travel with and eliminated the heavy 400mm lens. LOVED IT!!!

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                                        2.0

                                        Not so much...

                                        By Jerry G.

                                        from NYC

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                                              Comments about Nikon TC-20E III 2x Teleconverter for AF-S & AF-I Lenses:

                                              One word- CROP! Makes great glass mediocre.

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                                              5.0

                                              Works great.

                                              By Big Jer.

                                              from Manchester, Tn.

                                              Comments about Nikon TC-20E III 2x Teleconverter for AF-S & AF-I Lenses:

                                              Works great. I use on Nikon equipt. D7100 and D800 and 600mm F-4 and 200mm 2.8. Auto Focus works for both lens smooth and fast. The Nikon website said 600 Auto wouldn't work but it works fine.
                                              Pictures are sharp. The only issue is see is with the 600 mm. You have to have absolutely no shake on tripod or you picture will be soft. With practice and taking several fast pictures for each shot will solve that problem it you need the reach.

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