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TC-17EII necessarily sharper than TC-20E? (on 70-200)

groovon

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Sat 19-Jul-08 06:10 PM | edited Sat 19-Jul-08 06:47 PM by groovon

I'm pretty happy with a TC-14EII on my 70-200VR, so with fingers crossed, I picked up a TC-17EII. So far I've been disappointed.
Most shots using the 17 have the look of a 3rd-rate off-brand zoom, and my first reaction was to get rid of it right away.
Given that I have it, I'll force myself to continue testing for awhile, but I dont have high hopes.

I've read that some people had surprisingly good results with a 20E (older, not II version) on their 70-200s. I know there are different ideas about what is acceptable, but it possible that with sample (or type) variation, I might find a TC-20E (or II) that happens to beat this particular TC-17EII on my 70-200?

But I'm strongly leaning towards just ditching the 17 and putting the money (and my old 300/4 EDIF) toward a 300/4 AF-S.

Having always been a sharpness freak, I can't help feeling that the TC-14E/II is a 'fluke' among TCs, and is probably the safe limit to acceptable (i.e. still outstanding) sharpness with the 70-200, and maybe on the 300/4 as well.

Any thoughts?

Dave

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