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NikonAF-S Teleconverter TC-20E III
 
4.6

(based on 258 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (186)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (48)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (9)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (14)

  • 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

 

Works great - Read on.

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...Read complete review

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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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

Excellent for my use...

By John H

from Undisclosed

Site Member

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

So, this morning a GBH landed in the Monterey Cypress on the next block, ~120ft away. I connected the TC-20E III to my AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR, and then to my D750. Hand-held out the back door (the GBH heard the mirror slap, BTW) and took ~200 shots. This isn't the sharpest, but the Anna's interaction is a keeper.
Check to ensure your intended camera and lens work with it and if they do get it!

 
5.0

Fantastic pairing with 70-200mm FL ED Nikkor

By Ed

from San Diego

Verified Buyer

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

I have not had the opportunity to really test the Teleconverter in varied conditions but in my few tests in the backyard I am very pleased with the retention of image quality.

 
5.0

Yes, I would buy this product again.

By George

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

I have found this AF-S Teleconverter TC-20E lll to be very effective when used with lenses that have f stops at 4 or larger. I found that this teleconverter when coupled with the older Nikkor AF-S 80-200mm f2.8 D lens on the Nikon D500 to focus quickly and accurately, even in lower light situations. Sharpness is good across the frame. With the DX sensor, the 80- 200mm lens becomes a relative light 240-600mm lens.

 
5.0

I would not hesitate to buy this again.

By Eugene

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

A good doubler to extend the range on a lens.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Check lens compatibility, beyond that It's great!

By Jeff

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

This teleconverter is extremely sharp and gets the job done. Luckily I did have a lens that was compatible with it. It's my own fault for not doing slightly more research to find that some nikon lenses are not compatible with this device. Be sure to check before purchasing.

 
5.0

i use it with a 400 f2.8

By John

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

seems to be a sharper than previous version

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Nikon's compatibility table is INCORRECT!

By Howard

from Undisclosed

Site Member

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

The lens compatibility table given on Nikon's web page for the TC-20E III shows 19 lenses, one of which is the AFS-Nikkor 80-400 f/4.5-5.6 G ED VR. The table in the literature with the lens lists 22 lenses, NOT including the 80-400. I bought this converter specifically for use with this lens, and I can personally verify that the two are INCOMPATIBLE - nothing even close to a physical fit is possible, due to the protruding elements on each.

 
5.0

No problems with focus

By Charles Andrews

from Fort Worth, TX

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

Have used this converter with my D3 and D4s and get sharp images. AF fine tuning with Spider setup revealed no correction needed. Used on my 70-200mm f2.8 VR I. Used hand held and tripod. Focus time was adequate

 
5.0

Better than the II version

By Alexandre

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Works very well with pro telephoto lenses, on my AF-i 400mm f/2.8 I have to use f/4 to get the maximum sharpness, a real improvement compared to the older TC-20E II version

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Teleconverter worked as described and I would buy again

By Nancy

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Camera used Nikon D750
with lens Nikkor AF-S 80-400 MM 1:4.5-5.6G ED
Manual Focus
Bought this to take pictures of wildlife around the backyard and woods. It worked according to description on website. Had to use manual focus just as described in information on website.

 
5.0

Yes!

By James

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

While I have found previous iterations of the 2X teleconverter unusable, the TC-20E lll works great with my Nikon D2XS and Nikkor f/2.8 300 mm vr lens for an equivalent focal length of 900 mm. There may be a slight degradation of sharpness compared to using this incredibly sharp lens without the teleconverter; but only noticeable to me when I cropped the images severely. f/8 seemed a little sharper than f/5.6 in these cropped test images.

(1 of 11 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Sad that I bought teleconverter

By Luis Antonio Gonzalez Camacho

from Undisclosed

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

It does not work
There are more lenses with limitations than the one that work

 
5.0

Affordable and solid

By John

from undisclosed

Verified Buyer

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

Great, affordable way to reach out with a longer lens.

(9 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent tool for getting closer to the action!

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

I originally purchased this to combine with a 300mm f/2.8 VR, but I have yet to purchase that lens. In the meantime I pair this teleconverter with my 70-200mm VR I with results that are satisfactory for me. It's a great combination as I save for the 300!

Image sharpness with the 70-200mm VR I is good even wide open. Stepped down there is improvement. A tripod is a must at 400mm!

I would recommend this to anyone with a 70-200mm who wants to extend the reach on occassion.

 
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.

(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
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.

(0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

 
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.

(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
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.

(3 of 5 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.

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