We had this discussion on the old forum, but I thought it might be helpful to those who would like a super telephoto without spending fortune.
If anyone who wants to add to the thread, first post to a photo posting site such as Flickr, a full size image or at a minimum a 2000 pixel image. Then post a 500 px or less on this thread with all the Exif data, camera, exposure settings, and other settings for the lens/TC combo along with a description of how you captured the image. Include a direct link to the full size image on the photo posting site.
The purpose of this is to see how a TC with a good lens can actually be very useful. Please do not post a series of photos here, but simply one which shows the end product of the combo.
Let's see how this goes….
I own the 1.7 version and give it two thumbs up. :-bd
D7000, Nikon 70-200 f/2.8 VRI, Nikkor TC-14e II
Night time under stadium lights, snowing/raining, temp was ~25 degrees
Handheld (but leaning against a fence), VR off, C-AF Single Point, Spot metering (smallest, 3cm IIRC)
Cropped ~25% (not sure how to tell the percentage of the crop)
Processed in LR4.2 and 4.3:
-Exposure bumped +.70
-Sharpening 87 @1.4 Radius, 0 Mask, 0 Detail
-NR was Luminance 43, Detail 70
- Profile is Camera Standard
EXIF (can be seen on full size image, link below):
- Focal Length 270mm, 405mm @ 35mm
- Exposure 1/500 @f/4.0 (wide open with the TC on it)
Link to the photo at 2048x1356:
I found with the D7K that shooting teams in red jerseys required spot metering, otherwise the red channel would get blown out, which made post processing more of a chore. My son plays for the blue team, so my focus is typically there (but not always)
I would say that the photo is acceptably sharp given the addition of the TC on a VRI, the focal distance, handheld with no VR, and a D7000 at ISO800. And, FWIW, the "pro" photos were mostly junk and he spent more time chimping than I spent moving up and down the bleachers in the middle of a bad storm.
I would say that the photo is great. I might have played with the tonal range in LR some more...but this is more personal preference and the difference in monitor settings.
Thanks for the example of a good TC/lens combo... I might have used a center weighted metering instead of spot.... Most would admit matrix metering will not work in these situations as the dark background is too much influence.
D800 / NIKKOR 70-200 2.8 / TC-20E III ~ FL/400mm f/5.6 1/1600 ISO/280
There is a thread on this but the bottom line is that Nikon's chart info is not quite correct. Even on D700s the f4 300mm (for instance) will focus in good light with the TC1.7 pretty well, and (I believe) TC2.0 using the central focus area. When you get up to the D800, all the TCs will work with the f4 teles. very well but again only using the central clusters. The new sensor on the f800 is designed to AF at f8 but the last time I looked at Nikon's chart, it did not acknowledge this.
Nice. I think you are demonstrating well the point I was suggesting....the new TC/lens combos are sharp!
that's an extreme use of TC with Nikon V1
shortly - I will say yes, TC's when used correctly can do a lot of good stuff to Your pictures
D4, 400mm f/2.8, TC20EIII, f/11, 1/400 sec, ISO 5600
ISO1600, 1/6400s, F5.6. Would have been better, but I forgot the lower the ISO!
ISO 640, 1/640s, F4
If you can post a direct link to the full size image it would be helpful.
D800 70-200 VR1 + 1.7 TC (340mm)
1/400th sec, f/11, ISO320, Full resolution RAW, cropped and downsized during expert
Taken from the back of the stands on a benro CF monopod with manfrotto tilt head.
This was the first real use of the new D800 and my first attempt at catching a race.
If you're checking out the larger version, look at the Brembo logos on the front and back brake calipers ...
2000px version on my 500px account - if interested just go there and search on my name :-) until I figure out how to turn this into a link
I also have a Kenko 2x PRO for my Tokina (AFD type) 300mm 2.8 and it works really well considering I picked it up for $70 used ($200 new- i think). It certainly isn't a Nikkor but for the right circumstances it works quite well. Just like most TCs it softens the image a bit but gets better if you can stop down to f5.6 - then it is not noticeable at all. Good option for anyone looking for an old screw drive (AFD) lens.