I recently swutched over to Nikon from Canon, reaplcing a 5D3 with a D800 and a 1D4 with a soon-to-arrive D7100. I also picked up a 24-120 and 70-200.8 II and flash for my portrait and family work.
My third lens is one that I always wanted, but now that I have it I wonder if it's the right one - a 200-400. I shoot alot of BIF and wildlife, so my thinking was the 200-400 keeps my FL consistent and, on a crop, would give me approximately 600mm FOV. Now, I wondering if it is going to be too short.
I know it does well with the 1.4x, so that option is available. I also have the option to exchange it for a 500 and 1.4 or 600 and 1.4x. However, The gap from 200 to 500/600 is awfully big.
What would you guys suggest?
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#1. "RE: Nikon TC Help" | In response to Reply # 0dm1dave Nikonian since 12th Sep 2006Mon 25-Feb-13 10:33 PM
Since you already have it I would stick with the 200-400 until you can try it out on the D7100.
You will almost always get mixed opinions on how well the TCs work on various lenses. You may want to try the TC-17E and/or TC-20E III since both of those cameras have AF that supports lenses up to f/8. You can always return the TC’s if you are disappointed in the performance.
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#3. "RE: Nikon TC Help" | In response to Reply # 2Gene Duprey Registered since 08th Feb 2013Tue 26-Feb-13 03:25 AM
With the D800, you have the newer af system of the D4, which works with apertures of f8, so a TC20e III should work well with good light, the D800 af is not quite as good as the D4, but pretty close. not sure about the D7100, but I would guess it will also work like the D800. The TC17e II should work just fine with the 200~400. I personally bought a used 400/2.8 and use the TC14 & TC20e III shooting BIF and wildlife with excellent results. You will have to stop the lens down 1 stop for best results with the TC20, and would be a good idea with the TC14 also. Enjoy the new gear.
#4. "RE: Nikon TC Help" | In response to Reply # 0
I own the three current teleconverters, the 200-400mm f4 VR1 and the 600mm f4 VR2. The 200-400mm zoom is the way to go for portability. I use it with a monopod, or a BushHawk shoulder stock. You can even use it hand-held in a pinch, depending on your technique. It is excellent for rapidly changing situations, like safari shots from a land rover, where you can't move, but the wildlife may be in a tree above you, or at a distance. It has nice close focus. The 600mm is best for setups in a blind, or situations that have been scouted beforehand, as it requires lugging a serious tripod. The total load on your body is amazing, especially if you bring another camera along for some wider environmental shots. I bought it for birds, but you may not be into birds that much to warrant getting it, especially in your case, as it would mean NOT getting the 200-400mm, which I consider to be much more versatile.
Putting teleconverters on these lenses is best limited to the 1.4x, in my experience. I have tested all of them and the decreased AF performance puts the 1.7x and 2x into the "maybe" category. For BIF, you need more than the central focus point, which is the ONLY one that has sensitivity to f8 on my D600, and I am quite certain that your D800 is likewise limited to the single center AF point at f8. If you are doing tripod work, having one focus point isn't such a big deal, and the 1.7x and 2x teleconverters become useful. Of those two, the 2x TC-20E III has aspherical elements that make it perform better optically than the 1.7x. There have been rumors of an update to the somewhat neglected 1.7x, but that was at least a year ago, and nothing has happened.
I hope this gives you a few useful ideas.
#5. "RE: Nikon TC Help" | In response to Reply # 4Wed 27-Feb-13 05:24 PM
Guess I shoud have been a little more specific - both in what I shoot and what I am really thinking. I shoot alot of waterfowl - little birds aren't my thing. Additionally, I shoot the local black bear population and generally take a trip out west each year for elk/moose/griz/bison/pronghorn/so on (think Yellowstone/Tetons/Alaska).
In the past, I've tended to find the 500 a little short on 1.6x for large wildlife, so the 600 interests me there. However, the weight puts me off some.
For waterfowl, I generally have a body for handholding and one tripod. This, I guess is where the quandry really comes into play. Being used to 400 on a 1.3x sensor, I'm equivalent to 520mm. Normally, pretty good. Obviously, the thing that is coming into my mind is that now I have added the need to zoom in and out while handholding the 200-400. So, I'm thinking of returning the 200-400 and picking up a 300 f4 and 1.4x. Still handholdable and would work well on the d800 for close in/decoying birds and give me planty of room for cropping.
That leaves my d7000 naked, hence, the 500/600. I already have a Wimberley and tripod capable of handling the weight, but not sure I want to handle the weight.
So, next best bet - add a super lightweight tc for added reach. And that's where the question comes from.
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