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1.4x Teleconverter Recommendations?


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Marcus Rowland

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I'm looking to replace my current 2x teleconverter with a 1.4x - 2x is really more than I need, and the light loss is bad enough that autofocus can be tricky.

 

What I want is a general purpose converter, not matched to any particular lens or focal length, with support for AI lenses and Nikon's original AF system with motor in the camera body as well as AF-S - not worried about AF-P for the moment.

 

The one that keeps coming up on ebay is the Kenko Teleplus Pro 300 DG 1.4X N-AFD, which looks OK but I can't find a detailed review. Any recommendations or better alternatives?



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The Kenko is one of the few that gives acceptable photos and doesn’t have a protruding front element.

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When it comes to teleconverters stick with your lens maker. That takes care of any compatibility problems.


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The Kenko is one of the few that gives acceptable photos and doesn’t have a protruding front element.

 

Thanks - that's very useful, I would have real trouble with a protruding lens element on the Nikon 50/1.4, I think

 

When it comes to teleconverters stick with your lens maker. That takes care of any compatibility problems.


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I'm currently using Nikon, Tamron and Vivitar lenses which could make that a bit tricky (also a Samyang 8mm but I wouldn't want to use that with a converter for obvious reasons)



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A rule of thumb, always use the lens maker’s. Why, because they are designed for compatibility. Third party cannot equal the mfg’s no matter how hard they try.


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A rule of thumb, always use the lens maker’s. Why, because they are designed for compatibility. Third party cannot equal the mfg’s no matter how hard they try.


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As I said previously (and it looks like in answer to you) I'm currently using Nikon, Tamron and Vivitar lenses which could make that a bit tricky (also a Samyang 8mm but I wouldn't want to use that with a converter for obvious reasons).

 

I ended up getting a Jessops 1.7x which works reasonably well. When the weather's a bit brighter I'll get some pictures, at the moment it's very dull in the UK.