Kenko TC ... need a question answered

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lright here's the list of my equipment:

Nikon D3
Nikon 70-200 VR
Sigma 10-20 f/4-5.6
Sigma 28-70 f/2.8
Nikon 50 f/1.8

I bought a Promaster 1.7x TC from a "local" (3 hours away) store. Well it turns out that the AF doesn't work with my D3 as all my photos are OOF with it. I am returning it and all the store can get in is Nikon TC's which I feel are overpriced.

I am looking at the Kenko 1.4x Teleplus Pro 300, Kenko 2.0X Pro 300 , and Kenko 1.5x. I plan on using the TC with my 70-200 as well as my 10-20 (which makes it look somewhat like it did on my D200).

My question is this. Will these TCs work with both the 70-200 and the 10-20? Which one do you prefer? Obviously the 1.4 is going to have the better IQ than the 2x but is the extra reach of the 2x worth it? I shoot sports and find my 70-200 to be too short for football and soccer. I like the price on the 1.5x but I worry about IQ with that price tag. I also wonder how fast/slow the AF is with these TCs as it seems everyone has a different opinion.

To summarize MY findings:

Kenko 1.4x: $200 + shipping, not as much reach but good IQ.

Kenko 1.5x: $86 + shipping, haven't found much information on it.

Kenko 2x: $220 + shipping, more reach would be nice but IQ (from what I've read) is not as good as 1.4x.


Any help is appreciated!
 
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Any help is appreciated!
I have 2 Kenko's. a Promaster 300 1.4 and 2.0. After purchasing all three nikon tc's, I have to say the IQ of the Kenko's is noticeably inferior. The Nikon's are much more $$, but they make prettier pictures.

If your heart is set on the Kenkos, I'll sell you my 1.4 and 2.0 for a song. They both have less than 100 shots on them and I have the boxes and all the original paperwork. PM me if you're interested.
 
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Matt, the Kenko 1.4 Teleplus Pro 300 DG is the one you want. You don't have to pay that
much either...HK vendors have them for $149 shipped! I've had dozens of TC's over the years
(teach and outfit students/clients) Canon/Kenko/Nikon's and the Kenko 1.4 holds it's own.
I wouldn't put a TC on your 10-20 but the 70-200 will love it. Here's a wide open shot at 200mm...
with a D200 :eek: sharp, fast AF, and colors dead on. Any questions shoot me a PM. :biggrin:
(search member "etefore" on eBay...great seller)

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Ask yourself why the 1.5x is so much cheaper than the others, then also ask yourself why the 1.4 and the 2.0 have the word "Pro" in the name. Personally, I wouldn't even consider the 1.5, it is not the same quality glass/build as the other 2.
 
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The 1.5 is terrible. Id scrap the idea of getting one. All i have ever heard on it was displeasure.
 
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