TC20E vs. TC20EII...Should I trade up???
I recently purchased an 80-200mm afs, f/2.8, a great lens!!! and a TC20E converter which together, seem to work well on my F100, in terms of auto focas and all metering. Since I'm new to the world of AF, I didn't realize that the TC20EII was set to be released within days. My camera salesman is willing and gracious enough to let me trade the older converter in, for the newer one, when they get them. Does anyone have any experience with both of these conveters? I realize that; the newer converter is less expensive, has a new finish, better coatings to reduce ghosting and flare, and exactly the same number of lens elements. Is it as sharp or sharper than the older TC20E, when used with the 80-200, f/2.8 afs??? Thank you in advance for your time and sharing,
#1. "RE: TC20E vs. TC20EII...Should I trade up???" | In response to Reply # 0f5fstop Basic MemberWed 27-Jun-01 08:10 AM
All I can say is my experience with the 20E II is limited to one day, and that was using it with my 300mm F/4 AF-S lens. The photo I obtained were sharp, and AF was right on and as fast as without the TC. I played with it on my 80-200 AF-S but took no photos. When I purchased mine last week, I did not know the 20E would work with AF-S lenses, and when viewing the Nikon website, I was led to believe that only the 20E II would allow AF with the AF-S lenses. Guess I read wrong, or didn't read thoroughly what the website stated about the converters.
I purchased mine via B&H who did have them in stock, Adorama did not have them as of the date I ordered. In fact the salesman at B&H had to check and had never heard of the 20E II series.
Since the 20E II is new, it may be hard to find someone who has used both of these converters.
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#2. "RE: TC20E vs. TC20EII...Should I trade up???" | In response to Reply # 1jrp Charter MemberWed 27-Jun-01 09:09 PM
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Should we trade?
Well, the II converters are announced to be less expensive (don't remember where I read that). Performance? It is too soon to know and I really doubt there is much difference if any at all. My TC14E (For both AF-I and AF-S lenses) works just fine with the 80-200mm f/2.8D ED IF AF-S; fast, sharp and contrasty combination. So I won't trade it. (I still missing a few other items like a CoolScan IVED, a 400mm f/2.8 AF-S II, or maybe a 500mm f/4 AF-S).
My feeling is that there has been a lot of pressure from us, the users, for OEM AF converters. So they decided to first satisfy the serious amateurs and pros -with purchasing capacity- with a product apparently dedicated to AF-S lenses.
Soon may come products for other AF lenses. It must be unbearable to know that Kenko and Tamron have fully operational and compatible converters for AF lenses and they don't. Possibly two or more engineers and managers at the Optical Division have committed seppuku over this.
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#4. "RE: TC20E vs. TC20EII...Should I trade up???" | In response to Reply # 1sc53 Basic MemberThu 28-Jun-01 09:39 AM
Thanks for your reply...I guess the real question is, does the newer converter provide equal quality in optical performance? and if so, then it seems logical to get the $100 return in price difference to be spent on other nikon goodies.