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. 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. No,
    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. 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. 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. I'm tempted to upgrade for my 500e since I use the 1.4 so much.

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  17. Super detail and as you say no loss of detail even with the crop.

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  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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