TC 14 E II Feedback

Discussion in 'Nikon' started by Sandy Vongries, Jan 12, 2021 at 6:15 PM.

  1. Sandy Vongries

    Sandy Vongries Administrator Staff Member

    Had been thinking for a year or so about getting a modern teleconverter for my newer Nikon lenses, mostly with the thought of a bit more reach in a smaller package, and as an "in case" for travel where gear is necessarily limited. Did some research yesterday for a friend who is also interested in the TC 14 E III. Got me fired up, found a Minty one on Roberts Used Photo Pro at an excellent price and bought. I have considerable experience with the older Teleconverters and have and use several. All the reports I found on the TC 14 E II were favorable. Am interested in any input from actual users.Thanks in advance!
     
  2. ShunCheung

    ShunCheung Administrator

    I have both the original TC-14E and the latest TC-14E III. For all practical purposes, the TC-14E II is the same as the original TC-14E; the only difference is the outside finish.

    Optically both are excellent, but of course the TC-14E III has newer optics. One thing to keep in mind is that the TC-14E III can only work with G (and the later P) lenses. If you have any AF-S lens with an aperture ring, it will not work properly with the TC-14E III. I have tested that with my 300mm/f4 AF-S from year 2001.
     
  3. Sandy Vongries

    Sandy Vongries Administrator Staff Member

    Thanks - most of my lenses are older which, along with a great deal, is why I picked the one in the middle. As always appreciate your expertise.
     
  4. I have the TC-14E II and it works great for me. +1 to Shun's comments.
     
  5. Sandy Vongries

    Sandy Vongries Administrator Staff Member

    Thanks David!
     
  6. Same here. I had hoped that the III would improve on the performance of the former but have not been able to spot any differences in optical performance. AF fine tune can be a bit problematic with a TC, especially when the lens is f/4 and slower; I have seen very distinct differences even when the AF fine tune was just slightly off. The best performance I have ever gotten was with a 300/4E PF on a D7200; I hit the sweet spot right on and was surprised on how well the combo with the TC-14E worked.
    That's where I think most TCs fall apart - they are fine for some more magnification at the same distances one usually shoots without them. When used to reach farther, things tend to fall apart in my experience. Also, they tend not to work well with zooms - though I was quite surprised when using them behind the 200-500. On the 80-400, not so much. I also have the Sigma 1.4x for use behind the 150/2.8 macro - the combo works quite well.
    I purchased the TC-14EIII mostly for use with the 500/5.6PF lens - optically the combo is still fine but AF performance takes a major hit. Mostly, I try to avoid working with TCs now as I have the feeling (but not done any real work for proof) that cropping gets me about the same result as using a TC.
     
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  7. Yup, me too.

    It makes a great bug chaser at ~420mm + TC1.4II. 500mm on mine sucks....:-(

    Haven't tried it on my Sigma 150mm. Sound like a test for Spring time!
     
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  8. Sandy Vongries

    Sandy Vongries Administrator Staff Member

    Thanks for the input!
     
  9. If I am not mistaken, then a Sigma lens can’t be mounted on a Nikon TC. I tried a Nikon lens on the Sigma TC once - didn’t work well at all; plenty of “chatter”. Won’t try that ever again.
     
  10. I don't have a Sigma TC to try.

    Maybe it's one of 'those' Nikon designed incompatabilities?
     
  11. When excellent prime lenses are mounted to a matched teleconverter the advantage over cropping is always worthwhile even if it means stopping down one additional stop and upping the ISO one or two stops.

    This is something I have learned since moving to digital photography 14 years ago, and across 8 cameras.
     
  12. Indeed. The tab on the TC that allows only AF-S lenses to be mounted. That a third party TC doesn’t work behind a Nikon lens with build-in motor is not too surprising.


    Not too many “matching” ones around, I suppose. 1.25x for the 800/5.6 and the build-in one in the 180-400. A 1.4x might work reasonably well behind a 300/2.8; 400/2.8, 500/4, and 600/4 and even a 300/4. From experience I learned that the 1.7x doesn’t do well behind a 300/4.
     
  13. I meant manufacturer's teleconverters, sorry. Nikon for Nikon, Canon for Canon etc.

    I have used Canon FD 2X-A, 2X-B, 1.4X-A, Nikon TC-300, TC-14B, TC-14E, TC-16A, Canon FD-EOS 1.26X, Canon EF 2X, EF 1.4X, Kenko FD-EOS 2X, and the Kenko 1.4x is on the way. Never tried the TC-17E since the 16A was extremely good and cheap.
     

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