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Kenko Teleplus PRO 300 DGX 1.4x AF Teleconverter

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  • For Use with Nikon AF Digital Cameras

With the Kenko Teleplus PRO 300 DGX 1.4x AF Teleconverter full autofocus (AF) functioning is possible with lenses having a maximum aperture of f/4 or brighter. Having 1.4x magnification, the Teleplus PRO 300 is constructed of 5 multi-coated elements in 4 groups and allows a depth of field 1/1.4 of the prime lens used and retains the prime's minimum focusing distance.

The Teleplus PRO 300 has genuine Gate Array IC, which means that not only the converter's own data but all data sent from the camera body provide full exposure metering and electronic flash photography.

Magnification 1.4x
Lens Elements/Groups 5/4
Length Approx. 1.1" (27mm)
Weight Approx. 4.7 oz (132 g)
Kenko Teleplus PRO 300 DGX 1.4x AF Teleconverter
  • Front & Rear Lens Caps
  • 1-Year Manufacturer's Warranty
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    KenkoTeleplus PRO 300 DGX 1.4x AF Teleconverter
     
    4.1

    (based on 54 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (26)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (18)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (3)

    85%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easily interchangeable (29)
    • Lightweight (29)
    • Fast / accurate auto-focus (19)
    • Consistent output (18)
    • Durable (16)

    Cons

    • Poor in low light (10)
    • Blurry focus (4)
    • Slow focus (4)

    Best Uses

    • Wildlife photos (35)
    • Landscape/scenery (14)
    • Sports/action (12)
    • Macro photography (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (32), Semi-pro photographer (17)
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    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Excellent

    I am an avid amateur wildlife photographer, but needed significantly greater reach than my AF-S 70-300 VR provides. I had planned on purchasing the Nikon AF-S 300 F/4D with either the Nikon...Read complete review

    I am an avid amateur wildlife photographer, but needed significantly greater reach than my AF-S 70-300 VR provides. I had planned on purchasing the Nikon AF-S 300 F/4D with either the Nikon or Kenko PRO 300 1.4x TC to provide that longer reach while retaining a comparable speed lens with not too much additional weight to lug around. I chose the Kenko TC based on price and generally excellent reviews, with relatively few exceptions. The Kenko is also compatible with my 70-300 lens.

    I am using the PRO 300 with my 70-300 pending eventually buying the Nikon prime. But to date I have been quite pleased with the 70-300/PRO 300 TC combination with both my D200 and D500 D-SLRs. I had two primary concerns with using the TC with this lens: auto focus under my typical lighting conditions and reduction in image quality. Recognizing that the 70-300 + TC with a combined f/8 at 420mm, it is one full stop slower than the 300mm prime + TC combo, I have yet to find a subject where AF didn't work. These shots have been primarily daytime birds against various backgrounds. Resolution in terms of lines per picture height have been around 25 -30% better than the equivalent non-TC shot cropped to capture the same image area. Aside from the numbers, I have been really pleased with the images themselves – beautiful!

    Of course, the one stop slower lens combination limits action shots in other than relatively good lighting conditions without increasing ISO, with its associated increases in image noise. I have chosen to not push the ISO.

    Can't wait to try it with the 300 F/4 prime – if and when my budget allows. But for now I'm a very happy camper!

    VS

    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Did not work with 80-200mm f/2.8D ED AF

    I purchased this teleconverter for my Nikkor 80-200mm f/2.8D ED AF zoom lens on my d700 after reading reviews of how well it worked with this lens for sport photography. My...Read complete review

    I purchased this teleconverter for my Nikkor 80-200mm f/2.8D ED AF zoom lens on my d700 after reading reviews of how well it worked with this lens for sport photography. My 80-200mm is tack sharp, dead on pretty much all the time even when tracking animals and birds at high speed. With the teleconverter, I was totally dismayed at how soft the images were and there was loss of color depth. I tried shooting stopped at multiple apertures, but not too tight so as to avoid lens diffraction and I still had trouble. I did not try to fine tune the AF for this lens combination and maybe I should have though.

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    3.0

    The jury is still out...

    By Sharper

    from The Eastern Shore of Maryland

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Easily Interchangeable
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

    • Slow Focus

    Best Uses

    • Wildlife Photos

    Comments about Kenko Teleplus PRO 300 DGX 1.4x AF Teleconverter:

    I purchased the Kenko Teleplus PRO 300 DGX 1.4 AF Teleconverter based on the advice of a friend who is a professional photographer. I am using it on a Nikon D7100 behind a Nikor AF-S, ED,VR 70-300mm lens in an effort to make my existing lens more useful for wildlife photography.

    My preliminary results, based on several trips afield with it are mixed. The images that I've been able to get while using it when the auto-focus has functioned properly are very good and represent what I was hoping to gain by using it, no complaint and in fact pleased. The issue that I'm frustrated with at this point is that the auto-focus works fine one moment and in the next it's fishing back and forth...while a great shot opportunity flies off.

    Understand that this is a newish camera to me and that I'm an avid enthusiast and not a Pro, so this issue may well resolve itself when I get a better handle on set-up and more experience.

    My mentor has used the same converter with a Nikor AF,ED,VR 80-400mm with some fantastic results but acknowledges that it is a compromise to some degree...like a $10,000.00 plus compromise, being the cost for a high grade, dedicated wildlife telephoto lens. I'm not giving up on this teleconverter just yet!

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    4.0

    Works well with Nikon 70 - 300 mm APS VR

    By pmackd

    from Alameda, California

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    Pros

    • Durable
    • Easily Interchangeable
    • Lightweight
    • Rugged

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Wildlife Photos

      Comments about Kenko Teleplus PRO 300 DGX 1.4x AF Teleconverter:

      This teleconverter extends the reach of my Nikon 70 - 300 mm zoom, used on D7000. This is critical in photographing very small subjects at distance, like hummingbirds. Autofocus works well in bright light. In dim light it's intermittant or worse and at no wider than f8 it's difficult to manual focus. But with this well known and anticipated limitation I'm pleased with this TC

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      4.0

      Works Good

      By Ray

      from Pocono PA.

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easily Interchangeable
      • Lightweight

      Cons

      • Poor in Low Light

      Best Uses

      • Wildlife Photos

      Comments about Kenko Teleplus PRO 300 DGX 1.4x AF Teleconverter:

      Works good, I use it on a sigma 120-400 mm lens and it will AF at 5.6 if theirs enough light.

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      5.0

      Great teleconverter!

      By Tim

      from Atlanta, GA

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Wildlife Photos

        Comments about Kenko Teleplus PRO 300 DGX 1.4x AF Teleconverter:

        I have used the Kenko pro 300 1.4x teleconverter for a few weeks now on several outings with both my Nikon 18-200 and 70-300 on a D7000 body. I can see no noticeable degradation. Obviously, you lose a couple stops, but the images are crisp from edge to edge. I was happy to get the Kenko as the Nikon teleconverter will not work on either of these lenses. I have yet to try it on my primes, but I really wanted it for the zooms as I am about to take just one body and the two lenses on an Alaskan cruise. It is solidly built and works as well as Nikon teleconverters I have used in the past.

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        5.0

        reasonable converter for nikon lens

        By Billy

        from Union City, CA

        About Me Photography Student

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easily Interchangeable
        • Lightweight

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Wildlife Photos

          Comments about Kenko Teleplus PRO 300 DGX 1.4x AF Teleconverter:

          serve its purpose for selected lenses

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          5.0

          teleconverter that works

          By DAC3

          from chapel Hill, nc

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Wildlife Photos

            Comments about Kenko Teleplus PRO 300 DGX 1.4x AF Teleconverter:

            works well with 70-300 canon L lens. recommend it highly

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            5.0

            Great Product

            By Mike_GA

            from Douglasville, GA

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Wildlife Photos

              Comments about Kenko Teleplus PRO 300 DGX 1.4x AF Teleconverter:

              I recently purchased a Nikon D7100 and a Nikon AF-S 300mm f/4D ED-IF Lens and I wanted to use a 1.4x teleconverter with that combination for bird and wildlife photography. After a lot of research and comparison, I decided to go with a Kenko Teleplus PRO 300 DGX 1.4x AF Teleconverter rather than the significantly more expensive Nikon offering. I'm glad that I made that decision.

              The Kenko performs flawlessly. AF is fast, metering is accurate, and image quality exceeds my expectations. Comparison of photos taken both with and without the teleconverter show no significant image degradation or lack of sharpness. The teleconverter mounts very smoothly to both the lens and the camera. I am very pleased

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              5.0

              WOW

              By The Mole

              from Kyle, TX

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easily Interchangeable
              • Lightweight
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

              • Poor in Low Light

              Best Uses

              • Wildlife Photos

              Comments about Kenko Teleplus PRO 300 DGX 1.4x AF Teleconverter:

              After reading many reviews for the Nikon 80-400 AF VR 4.5-5.6 lens I was concerned that a photo-multiplier would not work with it, or at least not well. When I went to purchace my lens on the B&H website there was a section for accessories I might be interested in. The Teleprus PRO 300 DGX 1.4 AF was on the list. I read the reviews and decided that for the price it was worth the risk to try. I have been amazed at how well it works. Although as with all teleconverters you lose a few f-stops, the thing really works. I have used it sparingly in the few weeks I have owned it, but it has performed beyond my expectations.

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              4.0

              Getting used to it

              By Ray

              from Charleston, SC

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

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              Pros

              • Easily Interchangeable
              • Rugged
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

              • Blurry Focus

              Best Uses

                Comments about Kenko Teleplus PRO 300 DGX 1.4x AF Teleconverter:

                Let me preface by saying that 4 stars may go up. The Kenko 1.4 tele for the Nikon mount works with auto-focus on the new D7000 body and the old Nikkor 80x400 AF VR. It is sharp as a tack on a lower zoom but it is terribly hard to focus manually zoomed out at 400mm. Perhaps this is my diopter setting on the body, but I have really worked on the fine-tuning there. At increased ranges, the tele is just shooting a bit blurry on enlargements. This is what often must be done with small birds at a distance. Be warned however y'all that when they say that the 1.4 will cost you 1 f-stop, it is at 80mm on this lens. F4 goes to f5.6 at 800mm. By the time you zoom out and the lens will shoot f5.6, the tele will not let you shoot below f8. If I can fine-tune the manual focusing issue, the enhanced ISO of the D7000 will make up for it. That was my plan from the beginning. I'm shooting a bit fuzzy though at extended ranges at 400mm.
                Ray Swagerty
                Charleston, SC

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                2.0

                Did not work with 80-200mm f/2.8D ED AF

                By Kim

                from Florida

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                  Cons

                  • Blurry Focus

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Kenko Teleplus PRO 300 DGX 1.4x AF Teleconverter:

                    I purchased this teleconverter for my Nikkor 80-200mm f/2.8D ED AF zoom lens on my d700 after reading reviews of how well it worked with this lens for sport photography. My 80-200mm is tack sharp, dead on pretty much all the time even when tracking animals and birds at high speed. With the teleconverter, I was totally dismayed at how soft the images were and there was loss of color depth. I tried shooting stopped at multiple apertures, but not too tight so as to avoid lens diffraction and I still had trouble. I did not try to fine tune the AF for this lens combination and maybe I should have though.

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                    4.0

                    Kenko Pro 300 DGX 1.4 - Thumbs Up

                    By Will C

                    from Central NJ

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easily Interchangeable

                    Cons

                    • Slow Focus

                    Best Uses

                    • Sports/Action

                    Comments about Kenko Teleplus PRO 300 DGX 1.4x AF Teleconverter:

                    Using the Kenko on my Nikon D90 with the 70-300mm zoom lenses. Provides added reach without breaking the bank!

                    Loses an F-stop or 2, but works well. Little slow on the focus for sports pics.

                    Easily attaches to the Nikon lenses.

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                    5.0

                    You can't always get what you want.

                    By Ivan

                    from Tacoma, WA

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                    Pros

                    • Easy to Use
                    • Great Picture Quality

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape/Scenery
                      • Sports/Action
                      • Wildlife Photos

                      Comments about Kenko Teleplus PRO 300 DGX 1.4x AF Teleconverter:

                      You can't always get what you want. In this case, I got everything I wanted and then some. I read all of the reviews and I made my choice based on what I was interested in capturing. I am using it for taking pictures of the moon with my AF VR-Nikkor 80-400mm and it delivered wonderfully.

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                      5.0

                      Great Product,The best Bang forthe Buck

                      By Adirondack Al

                      from Hadley ,NY

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Great Picture Quality

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Wildlife Photos

                        Comments about Kenko Teleplus PRO 300 DGX 1.4x AF Teleconverter:

                        I use this TC on my D300 and Nikkor 80-400mm Vr All of functions: AF and VR are working properly and the image quality could be as good as my Nikkor converters which will not AF with this lens

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                        5.0

                        worth it

                        By Fritz

                        from Miami, Fl

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                        Pros

                        • Compact
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Sports/Action
                          • Wildlife Photos

                          Comments about Kenko Teleplus PRO 300 DGX 1.4x AF Teleconverter:

                          bought this with the nikon 80-200 f/2.8 and it works well, haven't seen any problems yet

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                          2.0

                          Well constructed, not sharp!

                          By BrockUSN

                          from Port Orchard, WA

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                            Cons

                            • Poor Image Quality

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about Kenko Teleplus PRO 300 DGX 1.4x AF Teleconverter:

                              Appears to be well made, but when I actually tested it with both Nikon & Sigma lenses, I found that sharpness really suffered. Try it for yourself. This store is good about accepting returns. If you cannot see the loss in sharpness, this converter would be great for you. I was trying to save money. It did not work. Next time I will pay more and stick to Nikon.

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                              5.0

                              Excellent

                              By Birdman Bob

                              from Ft Walton Beach, FL

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Verified Reviewer

                              Pros

                              • Durable
                              • Easy to Use
                              • Great Picture Quality

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Wildlife Photos

                                Comments about Kenko Teleplus PRO 300 DGX 1.4x AF Teleconverter:

                                I am an avid amateur wildlife photographer, but needed significantly greater reach than my AF-S 70-300 VR provides. I had planned on purchasing the Nikon AF-S 300 F/4D with either the Nikon or Kenko PRO 300 1.4x TC to provide that longer reach while retaining a comparable speed lens with not too much additional weight to lug around. I chose the Kenko TC based on price and generally excellent reviews, with relatively few exceptions. The Kenko is also compatible with my 70-300 lens.

                                I am using the PRO 300 with my 70-300 pending eventually buying the Nikon prime. But to date I have been quite pleased with the 70-300/PRO 300 TC combination with both my D200 and D500 D-SLRs. I had two primary concerns with using the TC with this lens: auto focus under my typical lighting conditions and reduction in image quality. Recognizing that the 70-300 + TC with a combined f/8 at 420mm, it is one full stop slower than the 300mm prime + TC combo, I have yet to find a subject where AF didn't work. These shots have been primarily daytime birds against various backgrounds. Resolution in terms of lines per picture height have been around 25 -30% better than the equivalent non-TC shot cropped to capture the same image area. Aside from the numbers, I have been really pleased with the images themselves – beautiful!

                                Of course, the one stop slower lens combination limits action shots in other than relatively good lighting conditions without increasing ISO, with its associated increases in image noise. I have chosen to not push the ISO.

                                Can't wait to try it with the 300 F/4 prime – if and when my budget allows. But for now I'm a very happy camper!

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                                3.0

                                Good with Limitations

                                By craneo

                                from Chatham NJ

                                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                Verified Reviewer

                                Pros

                                • Good value

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                    Comments about Kenko Teleplus PRO 300 DGX 1.4x AF Teleconverter:

                                    I just upgraded to Nikon's TC-14E II and the difference is obvious. The Teleplus performs well on close subjects. I think it's a good option if you have a third party lens, e.g., Sigma. If you are shooting wildlife at a distance, the image quality is too soft. If you spent $$$ on a Nikon lens, to go with the Kenko makes no sense just to save $250.

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                                    4.0

                                    Helpful Reach, a Little Soft

                                    By *EBo*

                                    from Iowa

                                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                                    Pros

                                    • Consistent Output
                                    • Easily Interchangeable
                                    • Lightweight
                                    • Nice Bokeh

                                    Cons

                                    • Soft focus

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Wildlife Photos

                                    Comments about Kenko Teleplus PRO 300 DGX 1.4x AF Teleconverter:

                                    I use this on my AF 80-200 f2.8, and my AF 300 f4 to get a little extra reach. Auto focus works fine on both, a little slower and searches at times, but acceptable. In my initial testing, I shot birds flying with a cloudy background. If the bird moved out of the frame, the lens necessarily searches to focus on the clouds and takes a little while longer than anticipated to re-find the bird once I get it in frame.

                                    Had a couple shots that exposure was way off (maybe 2 out of 100 shots). Not sure if that was a function of me or the converter mis-reading data. One was in a burst of shots, so that one shouldn't have been me.

                                    While the extra reach is nice (especially at this price), I found the shots to be softer than I'd like. In my initial test runs, certain details of the birds were lacking with the converter on. I was further away than I wanted and to be honest, even with the converter off, my shots weren't as tack sharp as I had hoped for(particularly once I had to crop in in post-production). I may have just been too far away. Need to test with closer subjects, just haven't been able to get to it. Haven't tested all aperatures either. Most shots were done near wide-open due to lower lighting with the clouds. May sharpen up at smaller aperatures.

                                    Contemplated returning it, but decided to keep it. Gives me extra reach, auto focuses with my lenses, wasn't overly expensive, doesn't take up much room. Might come in handy later, especially if proves to be sharper on closer subjects.

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                                    5.0

                                    Excellent Sharp Images

                                    By Bluewolf

                                    from Sacramento, CA

                                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                    Pros

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

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Landscape/Scenery
                                      • Sports/Action
                                      • Wildlife Photos

                                      Comments about Kenko Teleplus PRO 300 DGX 1.4x AF Teleconverter:

                                      I carry a Nikon F5 and use two lenses bought from B&H Photo. One is a Nikon AF28-300VRED and the other a Nikon AFVR80-400ED. I use the Kenko 1.4 Teleplus Pro 300 teleconverter for wildlife images. I needed the extra reach to capture images last month in Yellowstone National Park. Moose, bear, bison, elk and wolves images were taken using the Nikon AFVR80-400ED and the Kenko teleconverter. I am extemely pleased with the results.

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                                      4.0

                                      Kenko tc 1.4 af better than expected

                                      By nix

                                      from Almere, The Netherlands

                                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                      Pros

                                      • Fast / accurate auto-focus

                                      Cons

                                      • Poor in Low Light

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Landscape/Scenery
                                      • Wildlife Photos

                                      Comments about Kenko Teleplus PRO 300 DGX 1.4x AF Teleconverter:

                                      AF works good on my Nikon AF-S 70-300 mm 1:4.5-5.6

                                      my camera is a Nikon d90
                                      regards
                                      Kees Nix
                                      The Netherlands

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