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About Nikon TC-20E III

Nikon Teleconverters, renowned for extraordinary performance, extend the versatility of NIKKOR Super Telephotos and other select NIKKOR lenses. The new 2x AF-S TC-20E III joins the 1.4x AF-S TC-14E II and 1.7x AF-S TC-17E II, offering photographers effective solutions for demanding assignments. The AF-S TC-20E III is the world's first Teleconverter to feature an aspherical lens that, along with a new optical formula, raises performance to meet the increased imaging demands of FX-format D-SLRs.

AF-S Teleconverter TC-20E III NIKKOR Lens Compatibility

The following lenses may be used with the Nikon TC-20E III, some with noted functional limitations. NIKKOR lenses not listed cannot be used with the TC-20E III. The rear elements of NIKKOR lenses not listed can contact and damage the Teleconverter element and must not be attached! List includes current lenses along with lenses for which production may have ceased. Lenses that are no longer in production are shown only for your convenience as a compatibility reference!

• Prod # 2160 AF-S VR Micro-NIKKOR 105mm f/2.8G IF-ED - Autofocus not possible
• Prod.# 2150 AF-S VR NIKKOR 200mm f/2G IF-ED - No limitations
• Prod # 2186 AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/2.8G ED VR II - No limitations
• Prod.# 2154 AF-S VR NIKKOR 300mm f/2.8G IF-ED - No limitations
• Prod # 1942 AF-I NIKKOR 300mm f/2.8D IF-ED - No limitations
• Prod.# 1909 AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/4D IF-ED - Autofocus not possible
• Prod # 2171 AF-S NIKKOR 400mm f/2.8G ED VR - No limitations
• Prod.# 2127 AF-S NIKKOR 400mm f/2.8D IF-ED II - No limitations
• Prod # 1949 AF-S NIKKOR 400mm f/2.8D IF-ED - No limitations
• Prod.# 1948 AF-I NIKKOR 400mm f/2.8D IF-ED - No limitations
• Prod # 2172 AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/4G ED VR - Autofocus not possible
• Prod.# 2131 AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/4D IF-ED II - Autofocus not possible
• Prod # 1937 AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/4D IF-ED - Autofocus not possible
• Prod.# 1941 AF-I NIKKOR 500mm f/4D IF-ED - Autofocus not possible
• Prod # 2173 AF-S NIKKOR 600mm f/4G ED VR - Autofocus not possible
• Prod.# 2133 AF-S NIKKOR 600mm f/4D IF-ED II - Autofocus not possible
• Prod # 1952 AF-S NIKKOR 600mm f/4D IF-ED - Autofocus not possible
• Prod.# 1951 AF-I NIKKOR 600mm f/4D IF-ED - Autofocus not possible
• Prod # 2185 AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II - No limitations
• Prod.# 2139 AF-S VR Zoom-NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8G IF-ED - No limitations
• Prod.# 1986 AF-S Zoom-NIKKOR 80-200mm f/2.8D IF-ED - No limitations
• Prod.# 2146 AF-S VR Zoom-NIKKOR 200-400mm f/4G IF-ED - Autofocus not possible

For additional information about Nikon Teleconverter compatibility and/or functionality limitations, refer to the documentation packaged with the NIKKOR lens and/or Teleconverter, information provided in Nikon product brochures or call Nikon Technical Support, toll-free at 800-645-6689.

The Nikon TC-20E III is commonly used for Everyday, Landscape photography, Macro photography, Travel, Wildlife and more.The Nikon TC-20E III is most used by customers who consider themselves to be a Enthusiast, Professional, Semi-professional among others.The Nikon TC-20E III is popular because customers like the following qualities of the Nikon TC-20E III: Durable, Easy to use, Lightweight and Reliable

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Pros:
Easy to use (32),Reliable (30),Durable (24),Lightweight (15),Consistent output (4),Easily interchangeable (4),Fast / accurate auto-focus (4),Rugged (3)
Cons:
Heavy (3)
Best Uses:
Wildlife (12),Travel (10),Landscape photography (8),Macro photography (5),Everyday (5),Wildlife photos (4)
Reviewer Profile:
Enthusiast (19),Semi-professional (15),Professional (6),Semi-pro photographer (4)

Nikon TC-20E III Features

  • Enhanced Telephoto Versatility
    Affordable and portable gateway to extend telephoto reach; ideal for sports, wildlife, surveillance and more.
  • 2x Optical Conversion Factor
    Doubles the focal length of select compatible NIKKOR lenses.
  • Aspherical Lens Element
    Virtually eliminates coma and other aberrations, especially at wide apertures.
  • Nikon Integrated Coating (IC)
    Enhances light transmission efficiency, improves color consistency and reduces flare.
  • Advanced Optical Design
    7 elements in 5 groups optimized for use with FX and DX digital SLRs, engineeredto meet the needs of professional photographers.

Nikon TC-20E III Reviews

Review Snapshot®

 
4.7

(based on 58 reviews)

98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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Most Liked Positive Review

 

Excellent for a TC; much better then predecessor

With the usual caveats regarding the usual loss of two stops of light with a 2X TC, and the extra challenges this has for AF in dim scenes, this is an excellent TC when used with the 70-200 f2.8 VRII. If your results are not sharp, consider your "long lens technique"; camera support and/or high shutter speed for 600mm effective focal length are critical.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

not up to all the hype

Finally received the AF-S Teleconverter TC-20E III after 6 months on order. I think I could get the same quality by cropping and enlarging . Used with 200-400afs manual focus. I have yet to try it with my 200mm f2, but what's the point when I have the 200-400mm f4

Reviewed by 58 customers

 
5.0

Nikon 2X tele-converter

By

from Minnesota  -  Hobbyist/Enthusiast

I use it with my 70-200mm f/2.8 zoom. With my DX camera, it's equivalent to a max of 600mm. There's a slight loss of sharpness and contrast compared to the lens without the extender. Still far better than the third party zooms I used before. The D7000 does have problems focusing in dim light. Probably not a problem with newer bodies.

 
5.0

Works Great

By

from Hampton, VA  -  Hobbyist/Enthusiast

Very sharp photos! Used with my D4 and 70-200 2.8 lens.

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Just a wonderful addition to my camera bag

By

from Bayside, Queens, NY, USA

I shot the foto, below, of the moon mid day, useing my Nikon D800 and my Nikon 70-200 VR 2.8 Series 1 lens, and useing the AF_STC20E 111 Tele Converter, the results truly are stellar.......

 
5.0

Crystal Clear!

By

from Seattle, WA  -  Semi-Professional

Use: Birds, Wildlife, Sports with Nikkor 70-200 f/4 lens Pro: Quick auto focus, clean, clear results Con: None -- a great value

 
4.0

Better than expected!

By

from Murphy, TX  -  Semi-Professional

Read lots of reviews discussing the various issues/concerns, but just couldn't justify purchasing a 300-400mm for high school sports - which doesn't sell a lot of photos. Shooting baseball and soccer made me finally try the TC-20E III to reach a bit better mid-to-cross field. Equipment was a D3s, 70-200 VRII on a Feisol monopod. Late afternoon images were fine with no apparent loss of sharpness and focusing worked perfectly. As the daylight waned and the stadium lights replaced the natural light, I started to feel some sluggishness with autofocus. But the sharpness of the in-focus images compared well to the images shot without the TC. Obviously cranking up the ISO due to the 3-stop loss in aperture produced more noise. So I dropped down my shutter speed 3-stops and took casual images, and tried to time the action shots to least-motion poses (arm cocked to throw, complete follow-through swing). Well, so I purchased it thinking it was going to be a test-run, and count on Adorama's wonderful customer service to accept my return a few days later. But I'm happy to say I'll be keeping it. Why only 4-stars? Have the engineers figure out how to produce this with the same IQ but only sacrifice 1-stop, and I'll toss in the extra star.

 
5.0

Great for that extra reach.

By

from rural Oregon  -  Hobbyist/Enthusiast

Perfect partner to my Nikon 300mm f/2.8. Love it!

(0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
4.0

Nikon TC-20E III 2X Teleconverter

By

from Boston, MA  -  Hobbyist/Enthusiast

While the product was incompatible with my specific lens, I was very pleased with the credit refund protocol. I was sent an E-mail notifying me that the credit had been issued. There was no delay; the prompt credit was very much appreciated.

(4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Very Happy

By

from Auberry, CA  -  Professional

I am a professional landscape/nature photographer. I bought it to not have to carry an 80-400 mm lens which I find finicky and hard to focus. I tried out the teleconverter with a 2.8 70-200 Nikkor lens. I shoot with a Nikon D800e. The images are very sharp unless blown up to 200%. It doesn't get any better than that. Autofocus works. I also can use it on my 2.8 105 Macro. Autofocus works on that lens also.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Absolutely a no brainer!

By

from Boston MA  -  Professional

Incredible image quality. Used extensively with a D3 and Nikon 300mm 2.8 VR I. Shooting this combination wide open in professional sporting venues produces images with little or NO images degradation. From 30+ yards at 100% crop you can clearly see the weave of a jersey or resolve individual hairs on an athlete's arms. Amazing quality. No real world loss in AF speed. Absolute must have when you need extra reach and don't/can't lug a 600mm around all day.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
5.0

Excellent complement to my f2.8 70-200

By

from NC  -  Hobbyist/Enthusiast

The excellent sharpness of the lens combo and the surpurb resolution of mu D800 enable telephoto shots that rival the 200-400 lens. Maybe the 400 prime is a but sharper, but the combo costs $10,000.00 less. Great for my purpose

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Gagapreet S  I love nature photography and like to take birds/animals pictures. Instead of buying new long zoom lense (400mm or higher) i bought Nikon TC-20E III 2x AF-S Teleconverter for my 70-200mm Lens. I am using it very often and very happy with the results. My lense is 2.8, by using teleconverter i loose 2 stops and widest i can go is 5.6.. still pretty good for pictures during day light.
Shopper  Would this TC work with a Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 HSM APO DG Macro lens in that I would still have auto focus?
MEYERINGH, W  Auto focus works fine with this TC-20 E. Quality of pictures is good. I would buy it again if I had not bought it before, knowing what I know now.
C S  Can I use this with Nikon D5300 and the Nikkor 18-140 lens? Need a telephoto for photographing animals. Thanks
PAUL J  No. The teleconverters only work with the long lenses like the 70-200mm f/2.8, the 200mm f/2, 300mm f/2.8 or f4, 400mm, 500mm, or 600mm. It might work with the 105mm macro, too. But don't do this. The TC 2 will degrade the image quality somewhat. (I own nearly all this stuff.) Actually, instead of spending on the TC2, which runs about $500 I think, find a good deal on the Nikon 300mm f/4. I bought 2 of these at about $750 each. The 300mm is a wonderful lens and the best solution for birders on a budget. It will put you at 450mm on your D5300. If you just have to go longer than that, you could put a TC1.4 (630mm) or perhaps a TC1.7 (765mm) on it. Rule 1: You're never close enough. From there and up it gets expensive to get the sharpest images. Staying with Nikon, the 400mm f/2.8 goes for around $9k, the 500mm f/4 for about $8k. A Sigma or Tokina zoom might work for you if you're not super critical about sharpness. I'd love for the Sigma Artisan line to include an 800mm update. There is one other solution that I think is worth considering. I've done this and it's a thrill. I have a Nikon 1 V1 ($300) with the FT1 adapter ($225). Not really cheap, but with a crop factor of 2.7, that 300mm lens is now an 810mm f/4 lens. You will need pretty good light, but the V1 can take really great pictures. And it's really quick. For about $1300 with the 300mm f/4, it's actually the best birding kit for the budget. I go to Florida yearly with my D4 and D800E and the V1. I prefer the V1 and my 400mm f/2.8. Not a lot of keepers, but wow. The 10% I keep are awesome. Birds and gators pose. For flight shots I break out the D4. Avoid the TC20E. Travel. Use the lens you have. Shoot family and pets. Get out while you can.
C S  Thanks so much.
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