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

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Product Highlights

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

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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
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  • 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 203 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (146)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (39)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (7)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (10)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (1)

    93%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (100)
    • Durable (87)
    • Reliable (75)
    • Lightweight (74)
    • Easily interchangeable (16)

    Cons

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

    Best Uses

    • Travel (55)
    • Landscape photography (45)
    • Wildlife (29)
    • Everyday (16)
    • Portraits (15)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Enthusiast (86), Semi-professional (39), Professional (27), Photo enthusiast (8)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (144), 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

     

    Really wanted to like it

    This was purchased for use on the Nikon 70-200 f2.8 VRII. I was hoping to use this for wildlife and transportation related photos. I tried using this on my D600 both handheld and...Read complete review

    This was purchased for use on the Nikon 70-200 f2.8 VRII. I was hoping to use this for wildlife and transportation related photos. I tried using this on my D600 both handheld and on a tripod at various f-stops (from 5.6 - 9). I thought the images were too soft when compared to either cropping the images from 200 mm or using the Nikon 28-300 lens. It was very noticeable when compared side-by-side at 100% in LR.

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    5.0

    TC-20E review

    By Markymark

    from Alabama

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    Pros

    • Durable
    • Easy To Use
    • Reliable

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Wild life

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

      As usual B&H provided excellent service in a timely manner. I use this 2X on my 80-200 lens. I have no complaints about the use of this product and would recommend it to anyone like me who can't fork out $ for a 400mm f 2.8 lens.

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      5.0

      Teleconverter

      By mr B

      from New Hampshire

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      Pros

      • Durable
      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight
      • Reliable
      • Tack sharp

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Everyday use
        • Wild Birds

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

        I photograph wild birds and it is difficult to get a really close shot as they are very skittish. I bought the TC-20E 2X Teleconverter to go with my Nikon camera and 300mm 2.8 lens. The combination gets me up close and personal and the details are fantastic. I stay with the brand name products and reliable dealer and they never will let you down.

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        5.0

        Wonderful for the budget minded

        By M

        from Connecticut

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

              I don't have 12 grand to spend on a 400mm 2.8 so for less than $ I can get to 400mm with my 2.8 70-200 and not worry about "gee, buy a car or buy the expensive glass" Sure, you lose a couple of stops, but for my needs, it's really great!

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              4.0

              TC-20E III 2X TC for AF-S & AF-I lenses

              By Diver Dan

              from Englewood, NJ

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              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Lightweight
              • Reliable

              Cons

                Best Uses

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

                  I bought this TC for use with my 300 mm AF-S Nikkor (non-VR) and it works very well. I had bought the 1.4X III, and it was not compatible, but upon the return to B&H, I brought along my actual D800 and lens and tried in store, and the salesman was very helpful. The AF appears to be as fast as without the TC, although sometimes it wanders in focus, I think it prefers brighter ambient light with this combination. It's a no non-sense piece of gear, for a specific use, and it does the job well.

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                  5.0

                  Very good Product

                  By Merlin

                  from Northern Mich

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                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Traveling

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

                    The teleconverter is great for wildlife pictures here in the woods, You must have a tripod but for wildlife that is a must. You do loose a few f stops but that only hurts in the early morning or at night so watch your shutter speed.. But other then that I am very happy with it and just sorry I did not buy it sooner

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                    5.0

                    Surprisingly good

                    By BethesdaLK

                    from Bethesda, MD

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                    Pros

                    • Durable
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Reliable

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

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

                        I bought this teleconverter to use with my Nikon 80-400mm lens rather than invest thousands in an 800mm lens, and was surprised how effortless it is to use. I use it on the Nikon D800, and the autofocus works perfectly. Great for wildlife.

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                        5.0

                        Excellent

                        By Dan at Vigorotaku

                        from Washington DC

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                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Lightweight
                        • Reliable

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Sports

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

                          You be the judge. Picture is with the D4s 400mm f2.8 AF-S with the TC-20EIII at f5.6 12800 1/60sThe connected lens will focus slower than it did without the teleconverter, especially in very low light and with low contrast subjects. Overall it does quite well. Keep in mind that when shooting over ground at distances there will be serious mirage effects (looks like boiling)which will limit the usable range of any longer lens.

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                          5.0

                          Reach Out and Touch Someone

                          By Pete

                          from Austin, Tx

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                          Pros

                          • Durable
                          • Easy To Use
                          • Lightweight
                          • Reliable

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Sports

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

                            I can see the sweat dripping from the nose of the offensive line. After I switch from a DX to a FX I need some extra reach with my 70-200 vr2. I didn't want to swith my D800 to DX mode for the reach so I ordered this unit. I love the detail I get with this little beauty. I now can reach the line with all the resolution my camera body can give me. Yes you lose 2 stops using it but it is well worth it in decent light. If it gets to dark out I simple take it off and crop my images. A lot cheaper than a 200-400 lens.

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                            5.0

                            It does what it claims

                            By Richard

                            from North Florida

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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:

                                Man what is with the critics in here? Nikon's TC's DON"T work on anything but their big fast glass. That's not a flaw its intentional. One guy is griping the Tele didn't work on a cheap 5.6 lens. Of course not at that minimum aperture the tele would make it an f8 lens and no autofocus is going to work on that.Everyone knows there is a performance loss when you use a tele and why would anyone use this thing on a 70-200? You are essentially making a less sharp 140-400 f5.6 when a perfectly sharp 80-400 f5.6 is out there. You use this on big fast glass and you understand there will be a performance loss. Get a 300 f2.8 and a 1.4, 1.7 and a 2 x tele. Or just get a 200-400 which is going to yield a much faster and sharper effort at about the same price. Why does anyone blow an image up to 100% and fret about sharpness?

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                                5.0

                                Great product shipped quickly.

                                By Andrusoid

                                from Bethpage, TN

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

                                My 70-200 Nikkor zoom is no t long enough sometimes. Really not the time to shell out for dedicated piece of long glass. The 2x teleconverter fit the bill. Doubles the reach and make good sharp images.

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                                5.0

                                Great way to double your image size

                                By rbrown686

                                from Toms River, NJ

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                                Pros

                                • Durable
                                • Easy To Use
                                • Reliable

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Landscape Photography

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

                                  Lives up to its reviews on image quality. It makes my 70-200 a 400mm and I can leave my large 150-500 home more often. Fits nice and tight.

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                                  5.0

                                  Getting more from my 70-200m

                                  By stnicks

                                  from North Georgia

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                                  Pros

                                  • Durable
                                  • Easy To Use
                                  • Lightweight
                                  • Reliable

                                  Cons

                                  • Loose 28 Stop

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Landscape Photography
                                  • Sports
                                  • Traveling
                                  • Wildlife

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

                                  Get more out of your telephoto lens! This converter is perfect for all my sporting events!(football, baseball, cross country, soccer, and motorsports) - However I did loose 2.8 stops on my D800 (5.6)

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                                  2.0

                                  Really wanted to like it

                                  By heliguy

                                  from Sierra Vista, AZ

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

                                        This was purchased for use on the Nikon 70-200 f2.8 VRII. I was hoping to use this for wildlife and transportation related photos. I tried using this on my D600 both handheld and on a tripod at various f-stops (from 5.6 - 9). I thought the images were too soft when compared to either cropping the images from 200 mm or using the Nikon 28-300 lens. It was very noticeable when compared side-by-side at 100% in LR.

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                                        5.0

                                        Teleconverter

                                        By Teresa

                                        from Lawson

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

                                        Excellent product

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                                        4.0

                                        Little more limited than Nikon claims

                                        By Photography volunteer

                                        from Buffalo, NY

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                                        Pros

                                        • Easy To Use

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

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

                                            Despite some hints to the contrary I decided to trust Nikon when they said this teleconverter would work with the 80mm-400mm lens on cameras that can handle f8 focusing. Your experiences might differ from mine but it looks like trusting them was a mistake. My D4s can't reliably focus during softball games in bright sunlight when zoomed out to 400mm (so 800mm w/TC-20E III). So they lose a star for that.Otherwise it works exactly as hoped. I'll keep it to carry around in my bag so I can attach it to the 70mm-200mm f2.8 that is always in the bag when I need a little extra reach but didn't want to lug 80mm-400mm along with me. Realistically you need to expect a little softening of the images when using a teleconverter compared to a lens alone, the softening wasn't any worse than I expected. I'll rent a TC-17E II and test it with the 80mm-400mm and then decide if buying one is worth it.Your mileage may vary but based on my experience so far I wouldn't recommend trying to use use it on lenses where aperture while focusing can go below f4 even on the cameras Nikon says can focus at f8.

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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

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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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