Nikkor 200-400mm f/4G eD Vr II Autofocus Issue?

cowleystjamescowleystjames Posts: 74Member
edited August 2013 in Nikon Lenses
I'm considering buying this lens, and will be trying one next week from my local store. However, here's the rub, I would like the ability to use my TC-17EⅡor TC-20EⅢwhich the Nikon website says is compatible, but it also states that autofocus is only possible on the s TC-14E/TC-14EⅡ.
The actual quote is: AF-I/AF-S Teleconverters TC-14E/TC-14EⅡ/TC-17EⅡ**/TC-20E**/TC-20EⅡ**/TC-20EⅢ** are usable. (**Autofocus is not possible.)
Am I being dense as even with the 2x converter you'd only be up to f8 which both my D800e and D4 can cope with or am I missing something here?

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  • PB_PMPB_PM Posts: 4,006Member
    edited August 2013
    Those notes have not been updated since the release of the D4/D800/D7100, so you should be fine. Just be aware that it wont be overly sharp with the 1.7x or 2x converters.
    Post edited by PB_PM on
    If I take a good photo it's not my camera's fault.
  • Golf007sdGolf007sd Posts: 2,840Moderator
    @PitchBlack: +1 I totally agree. With your capability to crop you should get great image with amazing detail.
    D4 & D7000 | Nikon Holy Trinity Set + 105 2.8 Mico + 200 F2 VR II | 300 2.8G VR II, 10.5 Fish-eye, 24 & 50 1.4G, 35 & 85 1.8G, 18-200 3.5-5.6 VR I SB-400 & 700 | TC 1.4E III, 1.7 & 2.0E III, 1.7 | Sigma 35 & 50 1.4 DG HSM | RRS Ballhead & Tripods Gear | Gitzo Monopod | Lowepro Gear | HDR via Promote Control System |
  • cowleystjamescowleystjames Posts: 74Member
    Ordered and should be with me on Friday (only one Nikon UK have apparently) I'm hoping it's better than some of the reviews I've read, some definitely knocking it.
    Oh well, never been one to follow the crowd!
    Who knows, I may at last post some images....
  • Golf007sdGolf007sd Posts: 2,840Moderator
    @cowleystjames: Looking forward to your images on PAD.
    D4 & D7000 | Nikon Holy Trinity Set + 105 2.8 Mico + 200 F2 VR II | 300 2.8G VR II, 10.5 Fish-eye, 24 & 50 1.4G, 35 & 85 1.8G, 18-200 3.5-5.6 VR I SB-400 & 700 | TC 1.4E III, 1.7 & 2.0E III, 1.7 | Sigma 35 & 50 1.4 DG HSM | RRS Ballhead & Tripods Gear | Gitzo Monopod | Lowepro Gear | HDR via Promote Control System |
  • proudgeekproudgeek Posts: 1,422Member
    Pitchblack, you should check your horizon. That tower looks tilted. :)

    That's serious detail.
  • Golf007sdGolf007sd Posts: 2,840Moderator
    edited August 2013
    @proudgeek: I think his hand was a bit tired from holding it all day. b-(
    Post edited by Golf007sd on
    D4 & D7000 | Nikon Holy Trinity Set + 105 2.8 Mico + 200 F2 VR II | 300 2.8G VR II, 10.5 Fish-eye, 24 & 50 1.4G, 35 & 85 1.8G, 18-200 3.5-5.6 VR I SB-400 & 700 | TC 1.4E III, 1.7 & 2.0E III, 1.7 | Sigma 35 & 50 1.4 DG HSM | RRS Ballhead & Tripods Gear | Gitzo Monopod | Lowepro Gear | HDR via Promote Control System |
  • MsmotoMsmoto Posts: 5,396Moderator
    Looks like the leaning tower of Pisa..... and you did nail it, PB. Maybe you can also comment on the VR thoughts on this link as I see you as one of the masters of the 200-400mm lens.

    http://forum.nikonrumors.com/discussion/1482/does-vr-degrade-image-quality#Item_7
    Msmoto, mod
  • cowleystjamescowleystjames Posts: 74Member
    Great to hear positives, can't wait to get my hands on it Friday. Could be a busy weekend coming up!
  • haroldpharoldp Posts: 984Member
    If you the 200-400 / 4 on a tripod, I highly recommend the RRS long lens support. The 200-400 lenses tripod collar and foot develop a micro vibration node that degrades IQ. I was skeptical but the RRS support now makes my 200-400's (ver 1 ) pics look like a $6000 lens.

    It is silly that a lens at this price should need this kind of help but it does.

    Regards .... H
    D810, D3x, 14-24/2.8, 50/1.4D, 24-70/2.8, 24-120/4 VR, 70-200/2.8 VR1, 80-400 G, 200-400/4 VR1, 400/2.8 ED VR G, 105/2 DC, 17-55/2.8.
    Nikon N90s, F100, F, lots of Leica M digital and film stuff.

  • cowleystjamescowleystjames Posts: 74Member
    Thanks Harold, I'll look into it.
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