I was wondering if the TC-16 will work with the D600 and the AF-D Nikkor 300mm f/4 IF-ED (fully functioning). I am not opposed to having to modify it as I have seen done. If anyone can let me know their experiences I would greatly appreciate it.
The TC-16 s designed to provide auto focus capability with manual focus lenses on film bodies. It does not work with most DSLRs without modification. I know from trying it. that an unmodified TC-16 does not work with the D300 and I've seen reports it doesn't work with later DSLRs either. It might not work with some earlier bodies as well.
I suppose the TC-16 could work with an AF lens by treating it as a MF lens, but the TC-16 would still have to be modified to do so. The TC-16 does not change the focus setting of the lens. It focuses the image coming from the lens by moving elements inside the TC.
The TC-16 was introduced in 1984. I suspect that it's image quality is not up to current Nikon 1.4X and 1.7X TCs
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Fri 14-Dec-12 11:55 PM | edited Sat 15-Dec-12 12:18 AM by Leonard62
The TC-16A (not the TC-16) only works on the D2X and D2H dslr's. The modification you mention requires moving a contact to allow it to work on other digital bodies. I imagine it would be rare to find someone that actually tried one on a D600. I have two TC-16A's. One is still new in the box. It's a very sharp converter that I would say is at least as good as the TC-14E. I use mine, not modified, on my D2X quite frequently. The auto focus accuracy within it's fairly narrow range is quite accurate.
Question. Why try it on an AF lens? The manual says it might damage the TC-16A if used on lenses other than the list of AI/AIS lenses and the AF 50mm f1.8 and the AF 80mm f2.8 (F3AF lens).
Also there are no contacts on the lens end of the TC-16A so there is no communications between the body and the lens and the screw drive auto focus does not extend through the converter.
I was looking into that TC, but unfortunately I do not have much to spend at the moment. The one I was looking at was $179 which is a great price, but it sold before I could purchase. Thanks for the recommendation!
I keep the lens because I just like it. It's extremely well built and has good performance. It still looks new with it's leather-like lens cap and nice case. I have also been keeping the AF lenses with the nice heavy metal barrels like the AF 80-200mm f2.8 and the AF Micro 70-180mm.
I also find that questions come up, quite frequently, on the forums on it's performance and it's nice to be able to respond with the actual lens in hand. Now if a question comes up say on the AF 18mm f2.8D, I can answer that too. It's also one of those well made metal barrel lenses.