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KenkoTeleplus PRO 300 DGX 1.4x AF Teleconverter
 
4.4

(based on 67 reviews)

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89%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Lightweight (38)
  • Easily interchangeable (18)
  • Consistent output (16)
  • Easy to use (15)
  • Durable (14)

Cons

  • Slow focus (9)
  • Poor in low light (7)
  • Blurry focus (4)
  • Tough to attach (3)

Best Uses

  • Wildlife photos (41)
  • Landscape/scenery (16)
  • Sports/action (11)
  • Weddings (5)
  • Wildlife (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (38), Semi-pro photographer (13), Casual photographer (7), Pro photographer (5)
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Most Liked Positive Review

 

An excellent product

I have had this product for 3 ½ years and reviewed it about 3 years ago…I have more to add regarding compatibility between cameras and lenses, image quality, and build...Read complete review

I have had this product for 3 ½ years and reviewed it about 3 years ago…I have more to add regarding compatibility between cameras and lenses, image quality, and build quality…all the things we look for from a user's review.

First, of course, you will lose one f/stop, but only one…unlike the 2X and 3X teleconverters, where you will lose two and three f/stops.

I have used this teleconverter with my Canon 5D2 and my 400D (Rebel XTi) camera bodies. It worked flawlessly on both cameras with the following lenses: the Canon 50mm f/1.4 USM AF, Canon 70-200L f/4 USM, Canon 24-105 f/4L IS USM, Tokina SD 11-16 f/2.8 (IF) DX, Tamron AF 17-50 f/2.8 XR DiII SP, and the Sigma 150 f/2.8 APO Macro DG HSM…with and without my Speedlites (580EXII, 430EX, and 220EX).

Regarding lens and camera body compatibility issues with the Tokina and the Tamron lenses: Both lenses were designed to be used with APS-C sensor cameras, like my 400D. They were not designed for the 5D2, which has a full-sized sensor. The Tamron is worthless on the 5D2 due to severe vignetting, and with the exception of the 16mm zoom setting, the Tokina is likewise unusable once the zoom is opened up toward the 11mm wide end (it actually works fine at 16mm). However, with the addition of the 1.4X teleconverter, both Tamron and Tokina work with little or no vignetting (very slight vignetting at both lenses' widest opening…an easy fix-it task with PhotoShop). Note: Obviously neither of these lenses are made by Canon, which may account for the fact that although they are EF-S mount lenses, they still work with the Kenko teleconverter.

Of course, the teleconverter's 1.4X magnification power factor has a similar effect as Canon's cropped APS-C sensor cameras in that the relative magnification power is increased; so an 11-16 zoom actually becomes a 16-22 wide zoom, and so on. But that's still less than the 1.6X factor increase from an APS-C sensor…the same 11-16 effectively becomes an 18-26 wide zoom. The bottom line here is that the teleconverter has allowed me (if I choose to) to use two more lenses (dedicated APS-C sensor lenses) on my 5D2 that I was unable to use without the teleconverter.

Connectivity issues: Although the Kenko teleconverter allows the two camera bodies to "talk" to all of the above-mentioned lenses flawlessly (that includes aperture, shutter speed, AF, and IS), I have one lens that will not talk to either camera body through the Kenko connection pins. My ProOptik 8mm f/3.5 Fisheye lens works OK on my 400D (in its quirky prehistoric way), but not correctly on the 5D2 (it's vignetting above and beyond the Nth degree). Neither camera, however, recognizes the ProOptik's connectivity when the Kenko is added to the mix, resulting in "error" messages.

Image quality does not appear degraded by this product…at least as far as I can see. Although I've mentioned the vignetting issue, the color fringing (chromatic aberration) is also affected by the teleconverter in a positive way. Since color fringing is generally more pronounced with wide angle lenses and at the wider end of wide zooms, the 1.4X magnification reduces the "wide" and consequently it appears to reduce the color fringing at the contrasty edges. At least that's been my experience.

Finally, the Kenko Pro 1.4X teleconverter has a nice, professional finish. The connection to my camera bodies was clean, tight, and solid; and it disconnects cleanly.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

optically good, design poor

I used this with a 60D and 70-300 IS 4-5.6. I would say the photos I tested with were a little bit sharper at 100% crop compared to 140% crop without it. ...Read complete review

I used this with a 60D and 70-300 IS 4-5.6. I would say the photos I tested with were a little bit sharper at 100% crop compared to 140% crop without it. I found that the images look great if you know how to use your camera and to make adjustments accordingly. In AV or TV mode they we're a little over exposed and blown out. By compensating by stepping down the EV -2/3 the images were great.

True I often used manual focus and my lens became a 5.6-8 aperature as expected. No problem as I expected this.

The reason I gave this 3 stars is because of the build quality/design. The front protector cap on it was very loose and was expecting it to fall off in the camera bag. If the ap comes off and scratches the element it may be destroyed?

More alarming was the truth that my lens detached from the TC on 3 or 4 separate occurances. I think my fingers touched the release button while zooming and the whole lens twisted off. Two reasons I think this happened is that the button protrudes unnecessarily far from the body and the spring that holds the lenses together is really not strong enough. I ser no reason why the buttonis not flush with the TC body. I tested the spring of the body and I feel it really was kind of flimsy. I would rather not use this product than drop and damage a lens.

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1.0

Update to my 1-16-2014 review.

By Bob

from Bloomington, IN

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Reviewer

Pros

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Wildlife Photos

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

      As per my previous review of this product it works great on my Canon 6D. I just tried it on a 7DMKII with a 200mm f2.8 lens and it locks up the camera. The proper aperture shows but no auto focus ( not even an attempt to focus ). The battery has to be removed to unlock the camera. Too bad. Looks like I'll have to purchase the Canon teleconverter.

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      4.0

      Canon 5DMIII + 100-400mm.

      By Joe-Go

      from Brazil

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Pros

      • Good Video Quality
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

          Autofocus works good with this combo. Product feels solid and well made but the caps look cheap plastic.
          Big price difference for the canon model.
          Worth it!!

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          3.0

          1.4 teleconverter

          By Bob

          from VA Beach

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

          I like the extra reach it provides. Still getting used to how to shoot with it as it tends to over expose. Comping down by -1/3 seems to help.Yes a little loss of IQ but for the extra reach to get out to ducks, I can live with it. Also a little play in the lock up to the camera body, but otherwise a nice addition to have.

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          5.0

          Very good optically

          By Perdu

          from Houston, Texas

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Pros

          • Compact
          • Durable
          • Easy to Use
          • Great Picture Quality
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Wildlife Photos

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

            I use the older DG version of this lens on the Canon 100-400L. To be honest I wasn't expecting it to be that good but the images are barely distinguishable between using the converter and not, so I've had excellent results with it. No problems focusing either but I had to tape the first three pins for auto focus. When using the converter the EXIF information is not correct, at least not with the pins taped.

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            5.0

            Maintains great image quality

            By Don

            from Toronto, ON

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            Pros

            • Compact
            • Easy to Use
            • Good Video Quality

            Cons

            • Lose Some Light

            Best Uses

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

              I have used this with my Canon 70-200 f/4 L and Tamron SP 90mm f/2.8 Di Macro VC. In both cases I used the lenses as normal. Of course I lost one stop of light but I knew that. Auto focus worked on both lenses. I even put it on an old 28-70 f/3.5-4.5 II and it works.

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              5.0

              Fashion week made perfect with my extend

              By Mr Don Photos

              from Brooklyn NY

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              Pros

              • Compact
              • Easy to Use
              • Great Picture Quality
              • Lightweight

              Cons

              • Flimsy Construction

              Best Uses

              • Wildlife Photos

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

              My Teleplus work well for Mercedes Benz Fashion Week I cant afford a 300 mm canon l series lens but I do have a 70-200 the 1.4 increased to a 400 4.0 mm lens my shots were so great. Thank you B&H

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              4.0

              Kenko Teleplus Pro 1.4x Teleconverter

              By greg

              from sacramento

              About Me Casual Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Compact
              • Easy to Use
              • Great Picture Quality

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Travel
                • Wildlife Photos

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

                I use this teleconverter with my Cannon EOS xsi and 70-300mm lens. It seems to work fine when I take the time to be sure that the focus is precise. It works with my 70-300 lens, but I cannot fit it to my kit lens. It takes time to attach the teleconverter and lens when I am walking around and need to change out from my basic lens. I also found that if I leave it on AF it drains the battery. I like the reach it gives and the clarity of images.

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                4.0

                excellent performance

                By Marcec

                from New York, NY

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                Pros

                • Compact
                • Durable
                • Easy to Use
                • Great Picture Quality
                • Lightweight

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Family Photos
                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Sports/Action
                  • Travel
                  • Weddings/Events
                  • Wildlife Photos

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

                  almost no loss of sharpness, very easy to mount and use.
                  I use it with a Sigma 150-500mm, so at the 500mm end camera cannot autofocus, no big deal, I use it mostly outdoors and to take pictures of the moon at night.

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                  5.0

                  Great product

                  By NJ

                  from MA

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Consistent Output
                  • Durable
                  • Easily Interchangeable
                  • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Wildlife Photos

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

                    I use this with a Canon 70-300mm lens. It really makes a huge difference when photographing a distant object. Auto focus works most of the time. Sometimes you have to manually focus initially, but once the camera "finds" the object, the auto-focus will still work even with the teleconverter.

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                    5.0

                    Perfect.

                    By Michel P Cote

                    from St-Irenee. Quebec. Canada

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

                    Used with Canon 70D and 400mm 5.6 prime , for birds. Quick focus for BIF with 1 spot focus. Extremely satisfied with IQ, no difference with Canon 1.4 for image, but I get a few bonuses: AF and I save 250$. No brainer.

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                    4.0

                    Works great and its inexpensive

                    By SUPdude

                    from Toms River, NJ

                    About Me Casual Photographer

                    Pros

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Wildlife Photos

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

                        The quality of the product far exceeded my expectations considering the price. I was expecting it to look and feel cheap but that wasn't the case. With a perfect day on hand and knowing where some Egrets would be hanging out, I decided to give give this thing a go. I used the teleconverter with a Canon 70-300mm lens mated to a Canon EOS 60D. My objective was to test out the autofocus and clarity of the images on an clear and sunny day. I'm going to let the pictures do the talking for the rest of this review.

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                        3.0

                        Slow auto focus on Nikon D300 camera

                        By Len

                        from Gold Canyon, AZ

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                        Pros

                        • Easily Interchangeable
                        • Lightweight
                        • Strong Construction

                        Cons

                        • Slow Focus

                        Best Uses

                        • Wildlife Photos

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

                        I purchased this teleconverter to use with my Nikon 70-300 AF-S lens on my Nikon D300 camera. I also have a Nikon D5300 camera which I use with a 18-140 kit lens. I found that it works great on the D5300 but not so great on the D300. Auto focus searches way too much for me and I had difficulty getting it to lock in on small things like birds etc, whereas it did that just fine on the D5300. I'm returning it.

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                        5.0

                        Better than expected.

                        By E. Navarro

                        from Miami, FL

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                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                        • No Issues As Of Today

                        Best Uses

                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Sports/Action
                        • Video
                        • Wildlife Photos

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

                        I have used the Kenko teleconverter with several EF lenses; Canon 70-300L; Canon 50mm 1.4; Canon pancake 40mm; Canon 135mmL; so far, I can not distinguish any visual difference in IQ between the Canon 1.4 ii and Pro 300. The best part is that the Kenko Pro 300 seems to fit on most Canon EF lenses. It is well worth its price. No issues with the AF either as of today.

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                        5.0

                        worked as expected on 70D with 70-300L

                        By jake

                        from Newark, DE

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                        Pros

                          Cons

                          • Blurry Focus
                          • Slow Focus

                          Best Uses

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

                            Worked well on my 70D with Canon 70-300L lens. Focusing performance using just center point was no different with the teleconverter in the 70 - 200mm range. I did notice focus performance dropped off at 300mm, and often required multiple AF retries before focus was achieved. With a 1.6x crop sensor (70D) and 1.4x teleconverter, I was getting effective focal length of 672mm at maximum zoom with this lens. The price to performance cannot be beat and is best value. For bird and wild life photography in good light, one can spend thousands more for very little extra performance. Best value body + converter + lens combination I think.

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                            5.0

                            Works great for me!

                            By Karen the birdwatcher

                            from Outer Banks, NC

                            About Me Casual Photographer

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

                                  I use this teleconverter with my Canon Rebel T3 and my Canon 70-300 mm telephoto lens. I live next door to a bird refuge and use my gear to take wildlife shots, mostly of birds. I have gotten excellent pictures with this combination. The teleconverter has really made a difference in the closeness and detail I can get. Please be aware that I am a beginner amateur and am just learning my techniques and equipment, but this has really helped. The only issue I have with the teleconverter is that it has its release button in a place that is easy to accidentally touch and release the lens. Yikes! I accidentally released it once and was lucky enough to have been holding the lens at the time, so no damage was done. Now, I make sure I hold the lens carefully and avoid the release switch.

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                                  5.0

                                  Works great

                                  By Bob

                                  from Bloomington, IN

                                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                                  Pros

                                  • Fast / accurate auto-focus

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Wildlife Photos

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

                                    I own a Canon 6D and wanted a little more reach for
                                    my 100mm macro,200mm, and 400mm lenses.This teleconverter works fine on all of the lenses. Correct f stop is reported and auto focus is still pretty fast.I was very happy that I get autofocus
                                    with the 400mm f5.6 lens.

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                                    5.0

                                    Very Good Teleconverter

                                    By Robbie

                                    from Vancouver, B.C.

                                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Consistent Output
                                    • Easily Interchangeable
                                    • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                                    • Lightweight

                                    Cons

                                    • Poor in Low Light

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Sports/Action
                                    • Wildlife Photos

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

                                    I was in the market for a teleconverter for my Canon 400mm 5.6 and 5D3. The Canon 1.4 is a bit pricey and the AF was questionably if it would work with my setup. I was very happy to find that the Kenko AF does work with my Canon 400mm 5.6. Images are a bit soft around the edges and you'll lose one stop but that is expected with any teleconverter. I got the reach I wanted with very good results and for an excellent price.Very good product.

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                                    5.0

                                    Works as described

                                    By Josh

                                    from Lincoln, NE

                                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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

                                          just as described. pretty simple product, and seems worth the investment. only losing 1 stop is nice, vs the 2x where you lose 2.

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                                          5.0

                                          Better than expected

                                          By pcopernik

                                          from Rockville, MD

                                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                          • Consistent Output
                                          • Fast / accurate auto-focus
                                          • Lightweight
                                          • Nice Bokeh

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

                                            • Wildlife Photos

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

                                            I bought this item to use with my Canon EF 70-300mm f/4-5.6L IS USM Lens, since the canon tele converters are not compatible with the lens. I must say I'm pleasantly surprised with the performance of this lens.

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                                            5.0

                                            wonderful!

                                            By Bessie

                                            from Fresno, ca

                                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                                            Pros

                                            • Consistent Output
                                            • Easily Interchangeable
                                            • Lightweight

                                            Cons

                                            • Slow Focus

                                            Best Uses

                                            • Wildlife Photos

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

                                            I use a canon 100-400mm lenses. This extender is that extra little bit that I needed to capture some great wildlife photos!

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