I was evaluating a TC-17E II 1x7 Teleconverter which I had rented prior to a potential purchase. I noticed that when my 20-200mm f/2.8 VR II was mounted to the TC there is a little side to side "play" in the coupling - between the lens and TC mounts.
So I then mounted the lens direct to my D800 and noticed the same thing, a small amount of side to side play. Is this normal? Has anyone else experienced this? I thought initially it might be a TC issue (wear etc. because it is a rented unit), but apparently not.
Thanks for any comments, observations, advice etc.
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Yes, a small amount of rotational play is normal. It tends to be more obvious with larger, heavier lenses. It's generally only a problem if things are so worn that the movement interferes with the electrical contacts.
What you are experiencing isn't normal. All my lenses fit on the D800 and other Nikon bodies) with no play although there is some very slight rotational "give". I'd have this checked out by the Nikon service center.
BTW, the TC-17E is an excellent product. On the 300mm F/2.8 I cannot see any photographically significant compromise to image quality - like getting a top 500mm lens for a few hundred bucks.