I had been reading a lot about this lens, I recently bought one here on Nikonians, the model I bought is the ED two ring version with tripod mount. I have really enjoyed this lens, but am wondering if this lens can be used with a TC, and which one and if it is a wise move? By the way I am using this lens on a D7000
No Nikon TCs will even fit; and even if modified, they will not permit AF as none of them have screwdriver AF couplings, which is what this lens requires. (I'm assuming that you don't have the AFS version of this lens, which answers to the same description you gave, with the addition of the AFS moniker...)
Accordingly, your only option is the Kenko. They are known to work on this lens, and at least the 1.4x has a reputation for at least approaching the Nikkor TC-14eII's performance. The Kenko does have a screwdriver AF coupling, so it does AF. I am told that this TC does not always transmit correct EXIF information to the camera, which could potentially be a problem to a few people, but aside from it possibly showing the wrong focal length and aperture in the EXIF, reports have been pretty consistently good.
The Kenko 2x is said to be somewhat less impressive; it's not common, but the general sense is that it isn't as good as the previous-generation Nikon TC-20eII, which is to say, OK but not great. I think it's safe to assume that the Kenko 2x is not the equal of the most recent Nikkor TC-20eIII Aspheric, which is the only 2x TC I'd be willing to use for critical applications.
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The latest Kenko Teleplus Pro 300 DGX AF 1.4 and 2x TC's will record the correct Exif data (adjusting for the additional focal length and aperture) to the image file. The older Pro 300 DG series do not. Good Luck and Enjoy your Nikons!
>Am I right in reading that the Kenko 1.4 300 is for fixed >lens only and not zoom?
It will work with zoom lenses. The AF 80-200mm 2.8D is one. I also use it with the AFS 70-300mm. Even thought it is an AFS lens the Nikon AFS TC's are not compatible. It will also work with other zoom lenses but should not be used with wide angle zooms. It is best when using it with any lens that the lens rear element does not interfere with the TC's element.
As stated above, the Kenko TC's are fully compatible with most Tele-zoom lenses including the 80-200mm f/2.8.
There are some standard and wide angle zooms and likely a few primes that were never designed to be used with TC's like the 14-24mm, 17-35mm, 17-55mm, etc..... Therefore I would never use a TC with a wide angle zoom or one of the extended range zooms without carefully verifying that the rear element of the lens will not hit the front element of the TC across the entire zoom and focus range of the lens. Good Luck and Enjoy your Nikons!
Just wondering if any one has some examples of shots taken with this lens and kenko TC near or at full travel on a DX camera. Just trying to decide if it is worth expense or I should put money towards a 300 F4 down the road. So many things to decide in this hobby and not enough money to do it all. I am trying to get into birding and wildlife down the road.
Did I miss anything here. I used to have this two ring 80-200mm lens, the one it is still on the market. I think it works with non-E version of TC, like TC-14, TC-20. But you have to manually focus the lens. I tried the Kenko tc, it does auto focus, but it just looks shaky with the lens. Maybe it is just for me.