Nikon 1.4TC ii or iii

Discussion in 'Lens Lust' started by Ogof Mole, May 17, 2017.

  1. I do a lot of aviation photography, using my D7200 with a Nikon 300mm VR f2.8 lens, but sometimes just need a bit more reach, I do have a Kenko 1.4TC PRO300 but have not been that impressed with the results, so was thinking about getting a Nikon one, but is there much difference between the ii and iii versions, remembering that I will be shooting at a longer distance.
  2. Randy


    May 11, 2006
    Ive heard the new e versions work better with v3 of the tc
    I use v2 with a 500e and it's very good.
    I also have s 300vr and it's even better

    So I'd say get a used v2
    But the 1.7 is as good and gives you 500mm
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  3. Butlerkid

    Butlerkid Cafe Ambassador Moderator

    Apr 8, 2008
    Rutledge, Tennessee
    When I researched this some time ago, I found that the II was just as good as the III. I use the II on my 500/f4, 70-200/2.8and 300/f4 and previously on my 300/2.8. Excellent image quality.
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  4. That will make my 300mm f2.8 a f5.6 is that correct.
  5. Baywing


    Feb 22, 2005
    CT USA
    No, a 1.4 TC is 1 stop, so a f2.8 becomes f4.
  6. That one I know. It was the 1.7TC.
  7. Randy


    May 11, 2006
    4.7 I think

    A 2x makes 2.8 5.6
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  8. 480sparky


    May 27, 2013
    1.4 = 1 stop
    1.7 = 1.5 stops
    2.0 = 2 stops
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  9. I had a 2x version II and did not like it much, but got a III later and it was much improved; for a 2x I highly recommend the III.

    That said, I also had a 1.4x version II, and tried a friends III and could not see much difference at all, so I have kept my II.

    I use both on the 400/2.8 and 200/2 and the 1.4x has virtually no degradation, the 2.0x just very slight; both are excellent on the primes.
  10. Randy


    May 11, 2006
    I sold my 2x v3, even on the 300 and 400 I didn't like it
  11. Here's an example full size if you are curious - 400 + 2.0x III, taken from the center field grandstands. Note the stitching on the ball.


    And one from the 200 + 1.4TC which is perhaps more germane to the OP's question, again full size so you can judge sharpness.

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  12. Thank You all for your comments and suggestions, I feel that I will be going to a 1.4TC, and this will either a used v2 or a new v3. As I may upgrade to a D810 soon and this will give me similar viewpoint to my D7200 without the TC.
  13. Muonic


    Jun 14, 2006
    D700 + Nikon 1.4TC II + 300 f/2.8 VR

    Heavily cropped.

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  14. The D700 is my current FF camera, but I tend to use the D7200 for aviation stuff, but if I went for a D810 and have a 1.4TC, maybe I could get more detail with having more pixels to play with.

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  15. Lance B

    Lance B

    Jan 13, 2011
    I had the 1.4x TCII and uprgraded to the 1.4x TCIII. It made a lot of difference in results on my 500 f4G VR but not such an impact on the 300 f2.8G VRII. The 300 + 1.4x TCII or TCIII makes almost no image degredation.

    D800E + 300 f2.8G VRII + 1.4x TCII


    Crop of above:

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  16. Randy


    May 11, 2006
    I'm tempted to upgrade for my 500e since I use the 1.4 so much.
  17. Super detail and as you say no loss of detail even with the crop.
  18. ariel777


    Mar 14, 2009
    Cambria, CA
    Lance, is there any difference on the 400/2.8? Thanx. From the posts, it would "appear" that the differences, if any, are significant on a "4", but not so much, if any, on a 2.8..
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  19. Well I'm now the proud owner of a Nikon 1.4TCii, managed to locate a Nikon refurbished one at a dealer for £260 including 6 months Nikon warranty and picked it up this morning.

    Thanks you for all your help.
  20. Lance B

    Lance B

    Jan 13, 2011
    I think you'll find a benefit.
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