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NikonAF-S Teleconverter TC-20E III
 
4.6

(based on 207 reviews)

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    (148)

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    (40)

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93%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (103)
  • Durable (90)
  • Reliable (78)
  • Lightweight (77)
  • Easily interchangeable (16)

Cons

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

Best Uses

  • Travel (56)
  • Landscape photography (46)
  • Wildlife (29)
  • Everyday (16)
  • Portraits (15)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Enthusiast (87), Semi-professional (40), Professional (29), Photo enthusiast (8)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (148), 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

2 for the price of one

By Tdonaldp

from Middletown, Delaware

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Pros

  • Durable
  • Easy To Use
  • Lightweight
  • Reliable

Cons

    Best Uses

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

      Works flawlessly with nikon lenses as I do not have any others to test it . I am using it with a 70-200mm f4.0 nikon lens for birding purposes. It becomes a 140-400mm F8 . I will also be using it with a 300mm lens whine arrives. there is slight decline in image quality but not enough to prevent me from entering a photo into competition. I would estimate less than 10% loss in sharpness - that can be corrected with software.

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      4.0

      Nice but not what I wanted

      By Anon

      from Eastern Washington

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      Pros

      • Clear And Bright

      Cons

      • Autofocus Does Not Work

      Best Uses

      • Lenses W Large Aperture

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

      I purchased the TC20 to use with a Nikon 80-400 f4-f5.6 lens. Unfortunately at 400 mm the lens is f5.6. f5.6 plus 2 stops is beyond the range that my D810 would autofocus. The TC20 worked fine in manual mode but I was trying to capture flying birds and autofocus was a feature I strongly desired.
      B&H, as usual, was cooperative about the return.

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      5.0

      Love my new teleconverter

      By Owner of SSP

      from Federal Way, WA

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      Pros

      • Durable
      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight
      • Reliable

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Landscape Photography
        • Traveling

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

        I brought this to Kenya, Africa for two reasons, traveling with less weight from lenses I may not use, and saved me big bucks buying a 500 or 600mm.

        Your service is excellent. I can't believe how easy ordering was. I received it even before I expected it to arrive.

        You rock B&H! I'll be appreciating you when I edit all these pics!

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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 AF-S Teleconverter TC-20E III:

          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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          2.0

          TC-20E III 2x Teleconverter

          By Kia

          from Seattle, WA

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          • Durable
          • Easy To Use
          • Lightweight
          • Reliable

          Cons

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

              I used it on my 70-200mm 2.8 VRII. I live in Seattle with not much light in winter so I did not get expected results.

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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 AF-S Teleconverter TC-20E III:

                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 AF-S Teleconverter TC-20E III:

                      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 AF-S Teleconverter TC-20E III:

                          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 AF-S Teleconverter TC-20E III:

                            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

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

                                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 AF-S Teleconverter TC-20E III:

                                  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 AF-S Teleconverter TC-20E III:

                                    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 AF-S Teleconverter TC-20E III:

                                        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 AF-S Teleconverter TC-20E III:

                                        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 AF-S Teleconverter TC-20E III:

                                          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 AF-S Teleconverter TC-20E III:

                                          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 AF-S Teleconverter TC-20E III:

                                                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 AF-S Teleconverter TC-20E III:

                                                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 AF-S Teleconverter TC-20E III:

                                                    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

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                                                      • Landscape Photography
                                                      • Macro Photography
                                                      • Traveling

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

                                                      Great alternate to carrying two lenses

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