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NikonAF-S Teleconverter TC-20E III
 
4.6

(based on 233 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (168)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (44)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (13)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

93%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (122)
  • Durable (101)
  • Reliable (86)
  • Lightweight (84)
  • Easily interchangeable (16)

Cons

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

Best Uses

  • Travel (63)
  • Landscape photography (52)
  • Wildlife (33)
  • Everyday (17)
  • Portraits (15)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Enthusiast (100), Semi-professional (45), Professional (34), Photo enthusiast (8)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (169), 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

works like it should and also works with 80-400 VR

By steveo

from chicago

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Pros

  • Durable
  • Easy To Use

Cons

    Best Uses

      Comments about Nikon AF-S Teleconverter TC-20E III:

      functioning as it should. Can be used with 80-400 VR

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      4.0

      Works great - Read on.

      By Happy Flyfishers

      from New Smyrna Beach, FL

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      Pros

      • Durable
      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Some Wildlife Photography

        Comments about Nikon AF-S Teleconverter TC-20E III:

        I bought this product to use with my Nikon AFS 80-400 f 4.5-5.6 G ED zoom ... and some other lenses ... but I was particularly interested in what it would do with this lens.

        First of all ... it does fit mechanically with no trouble. It adds about 2" to the length of the lens which is already fairly long when in the 400mm zoom setting.

        Second. As stated in the manual, cameras like the D800 or the D4s (and other current models) do not support autofocus with this lens. The effective f-stop is below what is needed to support autofocus. My experiments support this claim. The focus was not even close. You must manually focus to use this with the 80-400 zoom.

        Third ... sharpness. It is guaranteed that adding the teleconverter will not be as sharp as the lens without the teleconverter. One would never expect that. However, it isn't bad. I took a photo of a test pattern with the lens without the teleconverter (see accompanying image. The photo is very sharp. Lines on the order of a pixel in width are clear.

        With the teleconverter in place, the test pattern was somewhat crisp but lines on the order of 1-3 pixels in width were soft. (see second attached image). Note: This was a pretty casual "go out on the lawn and take a few photos" test so it is likely that, with some care, this result can be improved. Some of the softness is no doubt due to the fact that I was not using a cement pillar as a tripod and I was not totally compulsive with the focus. It is clear that the focus was not "dead on"

        In bright sun with a sturdy tripod it should be possible to get some good photos with this combination. Clearly, though, the effective f-stop will offer you some challenges.

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        5.0

        Really Sharp

        By Muz of Montana

        from Great Falls MT

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        Pros

        • Easy To Use

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Birds In Flight

          Comments about Nikon AF-S Teleconverter TC-20E III:

          I am using this mostly to photograph birds in flight. Mostly raptors. Attached to a Nikkor 70-200 2.8 VR coupled to a Nikon D800. Works great. It can produce very sharp images.

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          5.0

          Wow! Exceptional sharpness and clarity!

          By 70F and Still Shooting

          from Louisville

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          Pros

          • Durable
          • Easy To Use
          • Reliable

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Nikon AF-S Teleconverter TC-20E III:

              I chose this product to use with my Nikon f2.8 300mm lense. I wanted to extend my range for wildlife photography without purchasing a lense with greater reach. I am thrilled with the quality of the test images I have captured. This outfit is heavy so I use it mounted on a Manfrotto 3221 tripod and a Wimberley head.

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              5.0

              AF works with Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6 VR

              By LBSteve

              from Chicago

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              Pros

              • Durable
              • Easy To Use

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Traveling

                Comments about Nikon AF-S Teleconverter TC-20E III:

                Tested this 2x converter on a D7100 and D800e using the 80-400 VR lens. AF works from 80 to approx 300mm. I tested this indoor in the evening under normal lighting condition. Given this, I won't be surprised that in broad day light, AF can work in the full range of 80-400.
                Nikon did not publish this lens being one of those AF working with this 2X converter. But it does work! I will be sure to bring this for my next whale watching trip.

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                5.0

                Excellent choice

                By Adam

                from Columbia, South Carolina

                Comments about Nikon AF-S Teleconverter TC-20E III:

                Awesome product does exactly what it's supposed to

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                4.0

                I like having the extra reach

                By BrookTroutFreak

                from New York

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                Pros

                • Easy To Use

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Nature Photography
                  • Traveling

                  Comments about Nikon AF-S Teleconverter TC-20E III:

                  Used on my 70-200 f2.8 VRII, seems sharp through out. I also liked the $ instant savings.

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                  5.0

                  Works Perfectly As Expected

                  By jec13

                  from Grand Rapids, Michigan

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                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Well-made

                  Cons

                  • None

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape Photography

                  Comments about Nikon AF-S Teleconverter TC-20E III:

                  The TC-20E III couples in neatly between my Nikon 810 and 70-200 2.8 lens. All automatic lens functions continue to work fine. I am pleased with the image quality for my purposes. I don't mind the 2-stop loss as I plan to use it outdoors on bright days. The TC-20E III is well made. I appreciate the extra capability it affords my 70-200 lens.

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                  5.0

                  Very pleased with this purchase!

                  By Larry

                  from Eureka, CA

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                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Reliable

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Everyday use
                    • Traveling
                    • Wildlife

                    Comments about Nikon AF-S Teleconverter TC-20E III:

                    I purchased this extender to use with my Nikon D800E and AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm 1:4.5-5.6 G ED lens. Having carefully read the Tech Specs, reviews and understanding it's limitations. I am very pleased with the results I get. I only use it mounted on a tripod and ten second delay timer to reduce as much vibration as possible.
                    The photo included details - f/11 1/40 sec. ISO-100 +2 step exposure bias 800 Focal length.

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                    5.0

                    Great accessory to provide length to any lens

                    By Charlie

                    from NJ

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                    Pros

                    • Durable
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Lightweight
                    • Sharp

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Macro Photography
                      • Sports
                      • Wildlife

                      Comments about Nikon AF-S Teleconverter TC-20E III:

                      I attached this to my 80-400 Nikon lens and took hand held pictures focusing manually....I am quite surprised at how sharp they came out!! I also plan to use it on my 110 macro to extend that range too. Excellent lens that I recommend as a must

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                      5.0

                      Loves my 400

                      By Linwood

                      from Florida, US

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                      Pros

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Sports

                          Comments about Nikon AF-S Teleconverter TC-20E III:

                          I had a TC-20EII years ago and sold it because it was a bit soft on my then-current lenses. I bought this for the 400/2.8, and it is a terrific match, especially on a moderate resolution camera like the D4. On the D800 you can see some softening, but the magnificant is worth it. But at 16 mpx you notice almost no softening. Baseball from center field is so much better at 800 than 560 (with the 1.4x I used before).

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                          5.0

                          You Can't Go Wrong With Nikon

                          By RangerDoc

                          from Greater Seattle Area

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                          Pros

                          • Durable
                          • Easy To Use
                          • Reliable

                          Cons

                          • Bulky

                          Best Uses

                          • Action
                          • Aviation
                          • Sports

                          Comments about Nikon AF-S Teleconverter TC-20E III:

                          What can I say? This does exactly what we expect it to do. We use this on the Nikkor 70-200 f2.8 VRII. Images are still sharp even after the full stop of loss.

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                          5.0

                          Must have piece of equipment

                          By Bobby

                          from Grand Forks

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                          Pros

                          • Durable
                          • Easy To Use
                          • Lightweight
                          • Reliable

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Landscape Photography

                            Comments about Nikon AF-S Teleconverter TC-20E III:

                            I have a NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II lens and the teleconverter TC-20E III works great. I have a D750 the camera was able to focus fast and accurately. went outside and inside and took some shots and I thought the quality was great. took a picture of my Grandson and when you zoomed in on his eye you could see what he was holding in his hands from the reflection on his eye.

                            Read so many reviews saying the teleconverter was not a wise choice as to poor quality, BUT I see nothing wrong with this great tool.

                            Great tool to double your view.

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                            5.0

                            Wonderful Lenses!

                            By GViti

                            from St Augustine, FL

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                            Pros

                            • Durable
                            • Easy To Use
                            • Lightweight
                            • Reliable
                            • Sharp And Light Weight

                            Cons

                            • Haven't Found Any Problem

                            Best Uses

                            • Landscape Photography

                            Comments about Nikon AF-S Teleconverter TC-20E III:

                            I ordered the converter lens to use with my 70x200 Nikon lens. I recently moved to St. Augustine and realized I needed lens that would allow me to shot the birds on the beach. After receiving them, I ventured out to our local beach and was amazed at the quality of the lens. They are very sharp and they didn't add much weight to the 70x200 which was a concern. I will recommend these lens to anyone that wants a cost and space saver.

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                            5.0

                            Great accesory for a telephoto lens

                            By Claudilon

                            from San Diego

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                            Pros

                            • Easy To Use
                            • Lightweight

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Traveling

                              Comments about Nikon AF-S Teleconverter TC-20E III:

                              add to my 200mm-500mmm Nikon Telephoto. Works great, doubling the power of the lens to 1000mm.

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                              5.0

                              Nice piece of gear

                              By Rick

                              from Alpharetta, GA

                              Comments about Nikon AF-S Teleconverter TC-20E III:

                              Works as advertised to double the reach of my Nikon long glass.

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                              5.0

                              Extend your reach

                              By Ed C

                              from Mechanicsville, VA

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                              Pros

                              • Durable
                              • Easy To Use
                              • Reliable

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Landscape Photography
                                • Wildlife

                                Comments about Nikon AF-S Teleconverter TC-20E III:

                                The 2x teleconverter works very well on specific Nikon lenses. Nikon has a list of compatible lenses. On my Nikkor 400mm f/2.8 and 70-200mm f/2.8 lenses I have use of auto focus. There is a 2 stop loss of light, which is not a problem for these lenses. The shots are sharp and I am very satisfied with the teleconverter.
                                It is well constructed, but adds a little extra weight.

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                                5.0

                                Large improvement

                                By RACE

                                from Alabama

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                                Pros

                                • Easy To Use
                                • Improved Version

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Wildlife

                                  Comments about Nikon AF-S Teleconverter TC-20E III:

                                  This lens is visually much better than it's predecessors. I have several and this works much better with noticeably less degradation of the photos than before. For what it is worth I used this to make a very nice photo of a white heron at 260 yards w/ my sigma 300-800 (this requires a mod to the lens that will void the warranty, I however do not care much about that, YMMV) and was amazed at how good it held up. A surprise is that it does not seem to make much color aberrations or fringing compared to other teleconverters. If you need better or do not yet have one, this is the clear winner.

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                                  5.0

                                  TC-20E III ROCKS

                                  By Decoy

                                  from Palm Springs

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                                  Comments about Nikon AF-S Teleconverter TC-20E III:

                                  Falls into the category: "why wouldn't you?" Great value - small price, huge benefits. Light weight addition to the bag. I was surprised at the clarity after reading some of the comments. Used it to photograph stage performance for world class show - client was very happy. #B&H delivers - nobody does it better.

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                                  2.0

                                  Almost but not quite

                                  By Disapointed

                                  from Boise, Idaho

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                                  Pros

                                    Cons

                                    • Not Functional
                                    • Poor Design
                                    • Would Not Fit My Lenses

                                    Best Uses

                                      Comments about Nikon AF-S Teleconverter TC-20E III:

                                      I have an old style TC201 manual 2x converter and was really looking forward to the new full function version. It fit the D700, D2x and D3x fine but not a single one of over a dozen different Nikon lenses. I especially wanted it for my 80-400 ED VR lens. I thought that Nikon could engineer a converter that would fit most of their lenses if not all. I was very disappointed that these lenses wont attach to the converter. I could not evaluate functionality but must say B&H was superb to work with, shipping was fast, service was excellent, issued a return label and resolved the issue very quickly. Thanks

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