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NikonAF-S Teleconverter TC-20E III
 
4.6

(based on 251 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (181)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (47)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (8)

  • 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.

VS

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

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

 
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.

(0 of 7 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.

(7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent tool for getting closer to the action!

By James

from Undisclosed

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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.

(4 of 4 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.

(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.

(4 of 7 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.

(7 of 7 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.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    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

      (5 of 5 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

        (4 of 4 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

            (16 of 18 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.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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