I am interested in efficiently getting to about 600mm for surfing and boogie boarding photos. I currently use an older Nikon 300mm f4 AF (not AFS) with a Kenko Pro 300 1.4x which gets me to 420mm f5.6 with AF on my D200. I use a monopod. I want to stay away from the big guns (500 and 600 primes because of cost and bulk). I believe I will lose AF if I use a stronger tc on my current 300mm f4. A couple of options include Sigma (Bigma) 50-500 with or without a tc or a Nikon 300mm AFS f2.8 with a tc-20e converter. I am leaning toward the latter, however, I believe only the 300mm AFS f2.8 II will work with the tc-20e and the 300mm VR will not. Before pulling out the AMEX, does anyone have first hand experience with this combo and can someone verify only the II version will work with tc-20e. Your thoughts are most appreciated.
I have used the Nikkor 1.7 TC with the 300mm f 2.8 AFS. Since there is "some" softening and loss of color with this combination I would suspect the 2X to be worse.
To do the job right your stuck with a 400 f2.8 - 600 f4. At f8-11 which is easy enough to get at the beach, the Nikkor 300 f4 AFS works as well as the 2.8 with either the Nikkor 1.4 or 1.7. (I ended up selling mine and sticking with the f4 - I got tired of lugging it around.)
The Nikkor TC's are sharper then the Kenko Pro 1.4 that I was using with the non-afs Nikon 300 f4. (My experiments with a Tamron 2X on your lens for surfing shots were a horror.)
It's like the guy at the local camera store says: "Surfers and Little Birds are why they make $7000 lenses".
I'm a little confused because Nikon recommends the TC-20E II specifically with the 300mm AFS f2.8 II and the 300mm AFS f4. They don't list any other 300mm. However, if I understand correctly, your experience is that the tc-20E II will work with the 300 f2.8 I, II or VR versions. If so, will it meter, AF reasonably, and transmit EXIF info to a D200? Thanks.
I believe I will lose AF if I use a stronger tc on my current 300mm f4.
You may retain some autofocus capability, but even in bright light it will be quite slow.
However, I believe only the 300mm AFS f2.8 II will work with the tc-20e and the 300mm VR will not. Before pulling out the AMEX, does anyone have first hand experience with this combo and can someone verify only the II version will work with tc-20e.
The Nikon Japan site confirms compatibility with the 300mm VR here. It looks like Nikon USA (and B&H) are a bit behind the times.
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