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NikonAF-S Teleconverter TC-20E III
 
4.6

(based on 244 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (176)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (46)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (13)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

93%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (124)
  • Durable (102)
  • Reliable (87)
  • Lightweight (86)
  • Easily interchangeable (16)

Cons

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

Best Uses

  • Travel (65)
  • Landscape photography (52)
  • Wildlife (34)
  • Everyday (17)
  • Portraits (15)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Enthusiast (102), Semi-professional (46), Professional (34), Photo enthusiast (8)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (172), 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

Don't need a 600mm lens just a 300mm and this teleconverter.

By Stephen

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

I LOVE THIS THING!! I used it with my 300mm 2.8 and it rocks! much better than my 1.7 earlier gen.
I filed off the tab on my 1.7 and added to this 2X and got 1060mm from my 300mm for insane moon shots.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

This extends my Nikon 70-200 2.8 reach.

By Tracy

from Leavenworth, Washington

Verified Buyer

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

I wanted just a little more reach, with out, the expense of a 400 lens and weight. Because of the rough terrain and accessibility with odd hours, limiting camera pack weight, is a safety consideration. This fit the bill and I will travel with this teleconverter to add the length to my 70-200 2.8 lens. VR on and a tri-pod you will be happy with the results.

 
4.0

Good but....

By Moondog

from Monroe, WA

Verified Buyer

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

I was disappointed that this product physically didn't fit my 16-80 AF-S NIKKOR lens. Would have made it my most versatile lens. Does fit my Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm. With the larger lens, it works seamlessly and gives sharp images. All functions work as if it wasn't there. Would have received 5 stars if it fit the 16-80.

 
4.0

Need to Experiment More

By Marty

from Minnesota

Verified Buyer

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

I wanted to use this to get closer to the wildlife in the outdoors. It requires some practice and experience to get top quality images.

 
5.0

Does what it's designed for

By Dan

from Undisclosed

Site Member

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

Yes it only works with specific lenses, you lose two stops, and it is a little softer than shooting without it.  IF you know those things before you buy it chances are you won't be disappointed with the results.  I use it on a Nikkor 70-200 VRII with a D4 body.  I've had no issues as of yet with CA, the focus is fast, and the images crisp.  It's much lighter and cheaper than a 400/2.8, so unless you're planning on shooting sports under the Friday night lights, this should work for most users.

(2 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Works as advertised.

By Mr. Mac

from Scottsdale, Arizona

Verified Buyer

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

Was a little reluctant to get a 20E because of concerns about lose in image quality and autofocus speed. After reading many different review about this teleconverter I decided to give it a chance. I checked t before making a decision to purchase to make sure it was compatible with the 70-200mm f/2.8 lens I would be using it with. I am very pleased with the results. Autofocus has been very responsive and I can see very little if any loss in image quality.

(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Exceeds My Expectations

By John Koerner

from San Dimas, CA

Verified Reviewer

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

First, let me say that this TC is not for everyone. The user must first do his homework!!

While this teleconverter works with any professional Nikon lens that can take teleconverters, it is specifically designed to work with NIKON *PRIMES* with an aperture of f/2.8 and larger. (This means, if you have a junker zoom, at f/5.6, you will *not* get good quality out of this device.)

However, if you have a legitimately high-end prime, this 2x TC III will double your reach *and* give you superb quality. It operates most effectively at f/5.6 - f/8.

You can even take 'macro' shots from 15' away, getting images virtually as if taken from a macro lens up close. A truly great tool for wildlife. I am simply thrilled.

(6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Works great, perfect for wildlife with long telephoto lenses

By DaveW

from Athol, MA

Verified Buyer

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

I photograph wildlife and am always looking for that extra reach for birds. The TC20E-III mated to my Nikon 300mm 2.8 gets me the shots I would otherwise miss with a 1.4TC or without one altogether. Focus is reliable in good light, image quality remains very good even wide open, images are sharp when not cropped and still very good when cropped up to 40% from RAW. I wish I had used this combo over the last couple of years, glad I finally bought this TC.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

A definite compromise

By JimF63

from Waltham, MA

About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Lightweight

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Sports From A Distance
    • Traveling
    • Wildlife

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

    This is one of the few Nikon products I bought with reluctance. I use the teleconverter on a Nikon 70-200 f2.8. I've rented it and found the results less than optimum, but I had the same impression with other Nikon teleconverters. However, I'm not committed enough to bird or 400mm photography to spend the money, and carry the weight, of a prime lens, or the Nikon 80-400mm which I rented once and found less than impressive at 400mm. I think the TC-20E is pretty good at 300mm or so. I agree with some critics who say that the image blown up from the lens without the teleconverter often appears sharper than that with the teleconverter. However, for a subject like birds in the distance the teleconverter provides the advantage of better focus, since the subject is big enough in the viewfinder for the camera to lock in. That's probably the best reason, in my experience, to purchase the teleconverter. And it's certainly cheaper, lighter, and less bulky than another lens.

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    5.0

    Good addition to 300mm 2.8

    By Jens D810

    from Saint Augustine, FL

    About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Traveling

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

      Works great with my 300mm 2.8. Makes it a 600mm 5.6. Great for taking pics of birds.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Sharp ar a tack

      By Paul

      from Seeley, WI.

      About Me Semi-Professional

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight
      • Reliable

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Telephoto

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

        Add this to a prime telephoto and you loose 2 stops but still get tack sharp photos. Crank up the ISO and depending on the camera you will still get amazing photos.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

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

        By steveo

        from chicago

        About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        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

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

            (11 of 13 customers found this review helpful)

             
            4.0

            Works great - Read on.

            By Happy Flyfishers

            from New Smyrna Beach, FL

            About Me Professional

            Verified Buyer

            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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              • No

              (9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Really Sharp

              By Muz of Montana

              from Great Falls MT

              About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              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.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Wow! Exceptional sharpness and clarity!

                By 70F and Still Shooting

                from Louisville

                About Me Semi-Professional

                Verified Buyer

                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.

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

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

                    By LBSteve

                    from Chicago

                    About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                    Verified Reviewer

                    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.

                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No

                      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      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

                      (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      4.0

                      I like having the extra reach

                      By BrookTroutFreak

                      from New York

                      About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      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.

                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No

                        (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Works Perfectly As Expected

                        By jec13

                        from Grand Rapids, Michigan

                        About Me Professional

                        Verified Buyer

                        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.

                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No

                        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Very pleased with this purchase!

                        By Larry

                        from Eureka, CA

                        About Me Professional

                        Verified Buyer

                        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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                          • No

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