I have read many comments about the Nikon 1.4 teleconverter used with the Nikon 70-200AFS-G-VR lens. The majority of the X1.4 users are very pleased with the results. If you have used this lens with the new X1.7 teleconverter are you pleased with the images? I do not own a teleconverter and I am trying to decide which of these two models to purchase. Thank You.
I can't speak to the TC17E, but I can say that the 1.4 is very good. I use it with the 70-200VR frequently and it gives me very good results. I would say the images with the 1.4 are better than a cropped image without it, at least on the D100. I don't put much weight on Rockwell's "reviews" some are entertaining, most are just off the wall. Thom Hogan, OTH, has earned my respect for his reviews and opinions. He is not afraid to be critical of Nikon when it is deserved, and buys his equipment just like me. No freebies for him means honest reviews, IMHO.
Just to add my 2 cents, I find Ken Rockwell's reviews hard to believe at times... he will sometimes review a piece of equipment without even touching it! I'm sure he might have some valid opinions, however, I do not put much stock/faith in his reviews.
I do respect Thom Hogan. I find his reviews quite honest.
I cannot speak about the 1.4 neither about the 1.7. I have the 2.0 converter. When I use it with the 70-200vr I notice a big difference in detail when I compare it to pictures normally shot with the 70-200 (would rebate it if there was no difference, so thats pretty normal i guess ). But when I compare my pictures shot at 400mm with the 80-400vr from a mate of mine also shot on 400mm, then the 80-400 looks a bit more crispier and slightly more detail, but still acceptable. So at 400mm the 80-400vr is a bit better imo then the combination 70-200/TC2.0. Dont get me wrong about the 70-200 without the TC, then the 70-200 is the absolute king.
So my opinion about the teleconverter is that it is acceptable as long as I dont compare and as long as I dont have the money to buy a real 400. Especially for what the TC costs it is worth it So I think when the 2.0 is acceptable the 1.4 and 1.7 also will be.
I'm using this combo a lot and am extremely satisfied with it. While there is no doubt that picture quality does suffer to a certain extent, AF performance is awesome (IMHO). I can warmly recommend the 1.7.
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I am also looking to purchase a TC and as yet I am undecided. My thinking at the moment is the TC-20E as I don't think I would use the TC-14E often enough but I am more likely to use the TC-20E for the longer reach without the cost of a big prime.
I have both the lens and TC and it is a wonderful combination. The 1.5 Stop loss equates to a 120-340 f/4.8 VR AF-S. Quality and AF remains excellent. I own the Kenko 1.4x and 2.0x I use them according to how much available light I will have for events. The only thing to consider with the Nikon TC1.7 is that it is for the AF-S lenses only.
>I have read many comments about the Nikon 1.4 teleconverter >used with the Nikon 70-200AFS-G-VR lens. The majority of the >X1.4 users are very pleased with the results. If you have >used this lens with the new X1.7 teleconverter are you >pleased with the images? >I do not own a teleconverter and I am trying to decide which >of these two models to purchase. Thank You.