Hey guys, I have a D300 and currently have as a telezoom a 70-210 f/4. I am wondering, if I get the 70-200 f/4, will I be able to use a TC with the body and lense? I am considering the 1.4 TC because as I understand, it would give the least amount of image degradation. If that set up will not work, I guess I will go ahead and get the 70-300 VR. Any guidance would be appreciated
Jimmy, The Kenko Teleplus Pro DGX 1.4 AF will work with your 70-210 lens. The Nikon 1.4 TC IIe will work with the new 70-200/4 but not with the older 70-210. The 70-300 VR is IMHO in a different class than the 70-200/4, but is nevertheless a good lens to own. Hope this helps.
Thank you Leo, Appreciate the info! I'm not necessarily in a big hurry as the 70-210 is working for me presently. Not sure if I will go with a 7100 or D600 in the future, so trying to keep that in mind as well. I have to say though, as good as the images are coming from my D300, I'm also not in a hurry to replace it, it's only got approx. 7 or 8 K images on it and I love the ergonomics and balance of the body. I'm thinking, with my 16-85, the 70-200 f/4 with a TC would be a very good match. Same filter size and very nice size lens, not to big or small. We'll see. Thanks again!
I don't think I'd try the Kenko Pro on the AF 70-210 lens. The rear element extends well past the mount and is dangerously close to touching the front element of the TC. The closest I can measure is it's within 1/64" of touching. I won't even try it on my lens. Also while the lens gives fairly good performance on it's own I doubt it would be very good with the TC. The AFS 70-200mm with or without a TC will give superior results.
Leonard62, You may well be correct. I was thinking of the constant f/4 model also known as the 'macro' version. I know that the Kenko TC works with this. I do not own this lens, nor have I used it myself - as it belongs to an acquaintance. I now also understand that there have been several models /versions of the 70-210, so I stand corrected.
Hi Leo, I think we're talking about the same lens. It is the original AF 70-210 with a fixed maximum aperture of f4 at all focal lengths. It was only made between 1986 and 1987. It has two rings where the other, newer, versions are single ring push-pull operation. If your friends lens works with the Kenko TC then that's fine. But it's got to be really close to touching. Before I try a TC with a lens that has a rear element past the lens mount I always measure the clearance distance. In this case I found it too close to try. I still won't try it. The lens is becoming hard to find for a good price. Mine is in nice shape.
I also have one of the newer AF 70-210mm f4-5.6 versions. It's push-pull single ring and there is no problem mounting the Kenko TC. Actually it works pretty well.
Here's an un-cropped photo taken directly from a raw file taken with the D300 and AF 70-210mm f4 lens. I used the built in flash as the flowers were in deep shade on the north side of my house. I actually had to back off slightly from the minimum focus distance of the lens to get all of the flower in the photo. The new AFS 70-200mm f2.8 VR II lens can't focus nearly this close.
D300, ISO 800, f11, 1/250 sec in manual exposure mode.
And the same flower taken with the AFS 70-200mm f2.8 VR II at it's closest focus distance. Same setup as above. But a higher contrast and higher resolution lens.
Yes Azaleas. They just fully blossomed this week. The 70-200mm VR II is a great lens. I had to fine tune the AF on my D3X and D800 but not on my D300 or D700. I fine tuned at a distance or 9' at 200mm. It now is perfect at all focal lengths and is dead on sharp on my moon shots including those taken with the TC-20E III.