Sigma or Nikkor teleconverter for Sigma 120-300 f2.8 lens?

Discussion in 'Lens Lust' started by MD2595, Sep 29, 2008.

  1. MD2595

    MD2595

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    Jul 6, 2007
    Fort Worth, TX
    I was trying to shoot a kid's soccer game and found myself wanting a little more reach than the 300mm I was holding.

    I'm wanting to get a teleconverter, but remember seeing some rationale for going for a specific manufacturer, but can't remember which one or why.

    Any suggestions?

    Thanks
     
  2. kiwi

    kiwi

    Jan 1, 2008
    Auckland, NZ
    hmm, Sigma 1.4 OK, Kenko not OK, not sure about Nikkor sorry
     
  3. The sigma TC's work best with the Sigma lenses. I'm not sure if the Nikon one will work.
    1.4 is quite sharp, and the 2.0 is a bit soft, but better than nothing if you need to get to 600mm.
     
  4. The Nikon TC-14E simply won't allow the Sigma to mount, so your only real option is the Sigma.
     
  5. Sauk

    Sauk

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    Aug 4, 2008
    Sandy, UT
    i tried to mount a nikon tc to a sigma 300mm prime, no go. To big.

    sigma works best with a sigma tc
     
  6. I've got the 120-300 and use Sigma 1.4X TC occasionally. The combo works great!
     
  7. weiran

    weiran

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    Jan 2, 2007
    Nottingham, UK
    A Nikon TC needs modding to fit Sigma lenses, a Kenko TC won't AF, so the Sigma TC is your best bet (and also cheapest).
     
  8. Nikon AF converters are engineered for Nikkor glass and Sigma converters were engineered with four specific lenses in mind. The 120-300/2.8 is one of them. I wouldn't call it a matched converter exactly but I think you'll find superb performance with it and the price is attractive.

    The Kenko Pro 300 series 1.4 TC is quite good with some lenses and not so much with others. I've had mixed results. On my Nikkor 300/2.8 it created rather harsh CA on some images but with my Sigma 400/5.6 it works quite nicely if I concentrate on good technique.
     
  9. I have the sigma 1.4 for my 100-300 f4 and to be honest you have to pixel peep close up to see a real difference.

    D200 sigma 100-300 f4 1.4x @ 420mm f13 1/200

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  10. MD2595

    MD2595

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    Thanks folks, looks like I'll order the Sigma when B&H resumes accepting orders:biggrin:
     
  11. MD2595

    MD2595

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    Eh, I didn't realize the holidays that B&H takes.

    Anyone have a comparable retailer that has great customer service????
     
  12. Sauk

    Sauk

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    Aug 4, 2008
    Sandy, UT
    It seems like most of them are on holiday to be honest. lol
     
  13. I use both the Sigma 1.4 and 2x on my 120-300 and I am very pleased with the results.

    Here are 2 examples at 600mm

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  14. MD2595

    MD2595

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    Thanks for the support guys, I ordered the Sigma 1.4x teleconverter from Canoga Camera with 2d day UPS air shipping for just $2 more than the base price from B&H.

    Should have it here by the weekend!

    So, instead of a 120-300mm f2.8 I know have a 168-420 f4 lens!
     
  15. Sauk

    Sauk

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  16. B&H is follows the Jewish holiday schedule which can be a hindrance to many photographers who need something right away. In either case I have been happy with Penn Camera in DC, as well as Roberts Imaging in IN.
     
  17. MD2595

    MD2595

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