Kenko 300 pro DG AF?

Discussion in 'Lens Lust' started by fielddad, Jul 26, 2008.

  1. Is the Kenko 300 Pro DG AF a good fit for my 80-200 AFD 2.8 and D200 combo?I also can't decide between 1.4 or 2.0.I want the reach but I don't want to lose my fstop.Please help!:confused:
     
  2. The 1.4's really nice with the 80-200...can't recommend the 2x for duties beyond a paperweight. :biggrin:
     
  3. Jerry,

    Yes the kenko Pro 300 dg will work with the 80-200 and your D200, I think you'll find the results rather pleasing for non-Nikon converter. I would start with the 1.4x, I use that on my 300 2.8 af, with great results. BTW the Kenko and Tamron converters are both made by THK, at least that is my understanding. Your other chouice would be the Sigma converters but i have no experience with those.

    Just my thoughts,

    Sean
     
  4. I have the 2X with my 80-200 2.8
    In a pinch it's nice to have 400mm, but it's slow and I'm not 100% sure about the IQ.
    If I had it to do over, I'd probably skip it. My 70-300VR is better, and I got the 80-200 for sports (it does that very nicely) so I don't want to slow it down.
    Fred
     
  5. Mart61

    Mart61

    Dec 23, 2006
    Camberley, UK
    The 1.4 works pretty well with my 80-200.
     
  6. ecalcagnino

    ecalcagnino

    31
    Dec 18, 2007
    Chicago Area
    Here is a shot from the other day. 80-200mm f/2.8 AF-D two-ring with Kenko Teleplus Pro 2x TC. This was wide open at 400mm.

    GREAT combination imho.

    Eric
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  7. FL 80mm, true test of the TC is at 200mm....isn't that why folks use them? for more reach??
    AF and contrast really suffer with 2x on zooms. Glad you're happy with it, most aren't. :smile:
     
  8. This is the best I've done with the

    80-200 2.8 with the Kenko 2X TC

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    A little soft, but not terrible...
    Fred
     
  9. True dat. 1st is really pretty good. Consistency is the stumbling block for me. Even with
    fast primes ya can't count on getting the shot. Kills it for my needs. Of course, YMMV but
    I'd still have trouble recommending it over the 1.4 to the OP. :smile:
     
  10. ecalcagnino

    ecalcagnino

    31
    Dec 18, 2007
    Chicago Area
    Oops, my bad. Grabbed the wrong shot and now I am away from the pics. Sorry about that!

    E
     
  11. I agree.
    Fred
     
  12. I use the Pro 300 1.4x with my 80-200 for 280mm, with little/no loss of quality or speed. I have used the 2X with 200 to shoot football and soccer with acceptable results. I don't know about Kenko's DG line....I know the Pro 300's work, and work well. In fact based on my results with both this lens and the 300 2.8 af-s, I'd say the Kenko Pro 300 2X outperforms the Sigma and Nikon convertors.
     
  13. Mr. Harry
    Is there a difference between a 300 pro and a 300 pro DG? It was just what was listed on the description (Kenko Teleplus Pro 300 DG 1.4x for Nikon AF)
    Thanks again!
     
  14. Not Harry but an answer for ya...
    DG's are black, have improved coatings and "gate array" circuitry. Your guess is as good as
    mine if these are noticeable improvements. :smile:
     
  15. If I'm going to give up some IQ by using the convetor then would i be just as well off to use my 70-300 G lens that isn't to bad IQ?