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  1. #11
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    Re: Kenko Teleplus PRO 300 DGX 1.4x AF Teleconverter

    Kenko Teleplus PRO 300 DGX 1.4x AF Teleconverter
    Quote Originally Posted by Fortkentdad View Post
    Time for some more test.
    Today I shot these birds with the D5100 + Tamron 70-300 SP F/4-5.6 + Kenko 300 1.4 TC, with VR on.

    First a shot in Manual Mode (I don't manual much so this is new to me). It was Auto-ISO.
    Attachment 215368

    Then I switched to Aperture Priority - no other changes made

    Attachment 215369

    And finally Shutter Priority

    Attachment 215370


    No post processing, I just converted the RAW to JPG (at 92%).

    I had not extended to full zoom - with 1.4 x it was 320mm

    Pushed it to the max zoom and took more at S.P.
    Attachment 215376


    Sun was a little lower in the sky - shot at about 7:30 p.m. but still bright daylight.

    I would say IMHO that S.P. wins this shoot out.

    I think that in the right sun light, with the right shooter who knows how to select the best settings that the Kenko Pro 300 DGX 1.4 Teleconverter does work well on this Tamron 70-300 on a D5100.
    Not easy to tell on this forum but they look like decent results with the TC. Shutter speed was about the same for all, either 1/320 or 1/400 so fast enough with VR and static subject. Shutter priority probably gave best result because it stopped the aperture down a little to f/11 and if your Tamron is anything like mine it is sharper there. Also more depth of field can help.
    I think it good light this could be a reasonable combination for reasonably static subjects where you can't physically get any closer.

    Thanks again.


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    D7100, D3200, F80
    Nikkor 200-500mm f/5.6 VR, Nikkor 55mm f/2.8 AI-s micro
    Tamron 70-300mm VC USD, Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G
    Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D, Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G EDII
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/eleaphotography/




  2. #12
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    Re: Kenko Teleplus PRO 300 DGX 1.4x AF Teleconverter

    Kenko Teleplus PRO 300 DGX 1.4x AF Teleconverter
    BIF - both Birds and Bees were not as sharp. Could be my BIF skills are not what is needed with this combo - I get lucky with my D610 + 200-500 lens and hit a few BIF keepers. But the difference in cost between those two set ups is a couple of thousand dollars. I better get better shots.

    Here are a few BIF shots to compare


    Bee is Aperture Priority (and only 115mm)
    Kenko Teleplus PRO 300 DGX 1.4x AF Teleconverter-dsc_7386-jesse-lake-tc-d5100-bee-flight-0001.jpg

    Cropped and processed - Shutter Priority
    Kenko Teleplus PRO 300 DGX 1.4x AF Teleconverter-dsc_7425-jesse-lake-tc-d5100-sp-4-bif-ducks-0001.jpg

    I also had these on spot metering and single spot focus.

    Someone who had this combination may get better - I just pretend to know what I'm doing.
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    FKD Alberta Canada

    D500, D610, D7100, D5100

    Nikkor FX: AF 50 1.8,
    AFS 60 2.8, AFS 85 1.8, AFD 105 2.8, AFS 70-200 2.8 VRI, AFS 200-500 5.6.
    Nikkor DX: AFS 16-85 VR, AFS VR 55-300, AFS 35 1.8.
    Tamron: SP 24-70 2.8, SP 70-300 4-5.6, SP 17-35 2.8-4
    Tokina: ATX 11-20 2.8, Sigma: Art 50 1.4
    and a collection of Lensbabies
    Kenko 300 DGX 1.4X & 2X TC
    Godox AD360, AD200, 2 x V860, V350 SB-400, 600 & 700, Metz 58 AF2,
    and Benro Transfunctional Travel Angel to watch over me

  3. #13
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    Re: Kenko Teleplus PRO 300 DGX 1.4x AF Teleconverter

    Here some photos on Flickr taken with Tamron 70-300mm VC + Kenko pro 300 1.4 TC mounted on a D3300. The results don't look too bad, not great but pretty good.
    https://www.flickr.com/search/?text=...%20300%20nikon
    D7100, D3200, F80
    Nikkor 200-500mm f/5.6 VR, Nikkor 55mm f/2.8 AI-s micro
    Tamron 70-300mm VC USD, Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G
    Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D, Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G EDII
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/eleaphotography/


  4. #14
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    Re: Kenko Teleplus PRO 300 DGX 1.4x AF Teleconverter

    Kenko Teleplus PRO 300 DGX 1.4x AF Teleconverter
    Decided to try the Kenko TC on my Nikkor 70-200 2.8 VR1. These are all hand held. Late day pictures with the sun in and out of the clouds. Not the brightest day to try a TC - pun intended.

    These are all cropped (most cropped-a-lot) and processed in Corel's Aftershot.


    Kenko Teleplus PRO 300 DGX 1.4x AF Teleconverter-dsc_5762-backyarding-0001.jpgKenko Teleplus PRO 300 DGX 1.4x AF Teleconverter-dsc_5763-backyarding-0002.jpgKenko Teleplus PRO 300 DGX 1.4x AF Teleconverter-dsc_5807-backyarding-0004.jpgKenko Teleplus PRO 300 DGX 1.4x AF Teleconverter-dsc_5809-backyarding-0005.jpg

    Stationary objects - comes out sharp enough.

    I'm not sure that there is a huge advantage of going from 200 to 280 with the 1.4 - perhaps with a 2x TC 400mm at 5.6 would be worth the effort, and 3x to 600mm perhaps. But 280mm vs 200mm ... Hmmmm not enough mm's to warrant it eh?

    And now for the birds and the bees . . .

    Kenko Teleplus PRO 300 DGX 1.4x AF Teleconverter-dsc_5850-backyarding-0006.jpgKenko Teleplus PRO 300 DGX 1.4x AF Teleconverter-dsc_5885-backyarding-0009.jpg
    I'm not sure what kind of 'bee' this be,
    A wee bit of google-research suggests the 'bald faced hornet'.


    Kenko Teleplus PRO 300 DGX 1.4x AF Teleconverter-dsc_5917-backyarding-0011.jpg
    I was losing the light when I found this group of Cedar Waxwings in my apple tree.

    And then this sparrow in the shadows in the pines.
    Kenko Teleplus PRO 300 DGX 1.4x AF Teleconverter-dsc_5932-backyarding-0014.jpg

    Neither of these ideal lighting - but still managed to get a "keeper" (of sorts).

    That was an interesting experiment. Again - it works - but not sure it would be worth the effort. Might as well just put on a 70-300 and get similar results without the bother of a T.C.

    FYI - all shot in Manual Mode. I'm working at doing this more often now with auto-ISO to cover over my mistaken settings.
    Last edited by Fortkentdad; 06-15-2016 at 04:27 AM. Reason: cause I don't proof before posting and then find my mistypes.
    FKD Alberta Canada

    D500, D610, D7100, D5100

    Nikkor FX: AF 50 1.8,
    AFS 60 2.8, AFS 85 1.8, AFD 105 2.8, AFS 70-200 2.8 VRI, AFS 200-500 5.6.
    Nikkor DX: AFS 16-85 VR, AFS VR 55-300, AFS 35 1.8.
    Tamron: SP 24-70 2.8, SP 70-300 4-5.6, SP 17-35 2.8-4
    Tokina: ATX 11-20 2.8, Sigma: Art 50 1.4
    and a collection of Lensbabies
    Kenko 300 DGX 1.4X & 2X TC
    Godox AD360, AD200, 2 x V860, V350 SB-400, 600 & 700, Metz 58 AF2,
    and Benro Transfunctional Travel Angel to watch over me

  5. #15
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    Re: Kenko Teleplus PRO 300 DGX 1.4x AF Teleconverter

    @Fortkentdad when you're using the TC do you have VR/VC, depending on the lens, switched on or off?
    I was just reading this on Flickr, this person could hear a humming sound when VR on the 200-500mm was switched on.
    https://www.flickr.com/groups/nikkor...7666376711676/
    D7100, D3200, F80
    Nikkor 200-500mm f/5.6 VR, Nikkor 55mm f/2.8 AI-s micro
    Tamron 70-300mm VC USD, Nikkor 35mm f/1.8G
    Nikkor 50mm f/1.8D, Nikkor 18-55mm f/3.5-5.6G EDII
    https://www.flickr.com/photos/eleaphotography/


  6. #16
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    Re: Kenko Teleplus PRO 300 DGX 1.4x AF Teleconverter

    I have the VR on almost always. Try to remember to flip it off when tripod mounted, but still leave it on when on the Monopod.
    And this applies when the T.C. is mounted too.

    And no humming - that I've noticed. Will have to listen for it.

    I tend to use the VR - 'normal' setting not the sport which I understand is for panning. Have not learned to pan yet.
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    FKD Alberta Canada

    D500, D610, D7100, D5100

    Nikkor FX: AF 50 1.8,
    AFS 60 2.8, AFS 85 1.8, AFD 105 2.8, AFS 70-200 2.8 VRI, AFS 200-500 5.6.
    Nikkor DX: AFS 16-85 VR, AFS VR 55-300, AFS 35 1.8.
    Tamron: SP 24-70 2.8, SP 70-300 4-5.6, SP 17-35 2.8-4
    Tokina: ATX 11-20 2.8, Sigma: Art 50 1.4
    and a collection of Lensbabies
    Kenko 300 DGX 1.4X & 2X TC
    Godox AD360, AD200, 2 x V860, V350 SB-400, 600 & 700, Metz 58 AF2,
    and Benro Transfunctional Travel Angel to watch over me

  7. #17
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    Re: Kenko Teleplus PRO 300 DGX 1.4x AF Teleconverter

    I must say you got quite a decent shot there. Are you satisfied with the TC?
    Nikon D610
    Nikon AFS 24-120 F4, VR
    Nikon AFD 50 f1.8
    Nikon AFS 70 - 300 mm VR lens.
    Raynox DCR 250
    Kenko Teleplus pro 1.4

  8. #18
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    Re: Kenko Teleplus PRO 300 DGX 1.4x AF Teleconverter

    Quote Originally Posted by Bukitimah View Post
    I must say you got quite a decent shot there. Are you satisfied with the TC?
    For sure.

    For under $150 CDN I have tele-converted my 200-500 F/5.6e to a 280-700mm F/8. There is a some loss in agility of the the auto-focus - or that could be just me but I do find it harder to lock focus on 'in flight" shots. The clarity is certainly still very good especially on stationary - or at least slow moving objects.

    It worked fine on the 70-200 but not sure there is a lot to be gained.
    The 70-300 was OK but again why when I have the 200-500 already? For someone who didn't have a longer lens it would be good.
    Have not tried it with other lenses yet. Next up should be my 70-300 DX lens on my D90 or D5100. Be interesting to see if it works.

    Seems well made and handles well. Comes with a sock but I bought a little case for it to provide better protection in the camera bag.
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    FKD Alberta Canada

    D500, D610, D7100, D5100

    Nikkor FX: AF 50 1.8,
    AFS 60 2.8, AFS 85 1.8, AFD 105 2.8, AFS 70-200 2.8 VRI, AFS 200-500 5.6.
    Nikkor DX: AFS 16-85 VR, AFS VR 55-300, AFS 35 1.8.
    Tamron: SP 24-70 2.8, SP 70-300 4-5.6, SP 17-35 2.8-4
    Tokina: ATX 11-20 2.8, Sigma: Art 50 1.4
    and a collection of Lensbabies
    Kenko 300 DGX 1.4X & 2X TC
    Godox AD360, AD200, 2 x V860, V350 SB-400, 600 & 700, Metz 58 AF2,
    and Benro Transfunctional Travel Angel to watch over me

  9. #19
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    Re: Kenko Teleplus PRO 300 DGX 1.4x AF Teleconverter

    Kenko Teleplus PRO 300 DGX 1.4x AF Teleconverter
    Another Day another very unscientific test.

    Put the Kenko 1.4 TC between my Nikkor 55-300 AFS DX VR and my D5100.

    I found that I got my best shots when I went fully manual, the auto modes were just not cooperative.

    I also learned that I should go with 1/200 as a bare rock bottom minimum shutter (at least in today's light which was 'partially cloudy') Only went up to 1/250 - I should have gone upwards of 1/500 or faster.

    I got some OK shots - not enough to make me regret buying my 200-500 F 5.6e but certainly OK given the entry level equipment I'm using.

    I think this is the best of the batch - shot with the TC fully zoomed to 420, hand held.

    Kenko Teleplus PRO 300 DGX 1.4x AF Teleconverter-dsc_7852-d5100-dx-70-300-tc-testing-0037-d5100-dx-70-300-tc-testing-0067.jpg

    And since we have the Birds now we need the Bees
    Kenko Teleplus PRO 300 DGX 1.4x AF Teleconverter-dsc_7844-d5100-dx-70-300-tc-testing-0038.jpg
    Also with the TC fully extended.

    Only one BIF and it was belongs in the "Almost" folder.
    Kenko Teleplus PRO 300 DGX 1.4x AF Teleconverter-dsc_7831-d5100-dx-70-300-tc-testing-0042.jpg
    Close but no cigar on that one. These tiny Pine Siskin Finches are very quick.

    Kenko Teleplus PRO 300 DGX 1.4x AF Teleconverter-dsc_7681-d5100-dx-70-300-tc-testing-0012-d5100-dx-70-300-tc-testing-0068.jpg
    A Chickadee on top of our lighthouse right after a dip in the bird bath.
    This one was shot without the TC in A/P mode - at 1/500th - which is where I should have had my shutter set when in Manual mode eh.

    So, my experience with the Kenko Pro-300 DCX on the Nikon 55-300 DX lens - it works, nay say bad, if I didn't have a longer lens I would say the Kenko is worth the $150 to extend the reach to 420mm especially if you invest the time to learn to shoot manual - or have better luck with the TC on your system. Might be very different on a different DX camera. I had it on my D5100. I could try it on a D90 if anyone wants me to - just ask.

    But to shoot flowers and such, it works very nicely

    But can you tell which of these two had the TC without looking at the focal length - didn't think so.

    Kenko Teleplus PRO 300 DGX 1.4x AF Teleconverter-dsc_7622-d5100-dx-70-300-tc-testing-0004.jpg

    Kenko Teleplus PRO 300 DGX 1.4x AF Teleconverter-dsc_7668-d5100-dx-70-300-tc-testing-0009-d5100-dx-70-300-tc-testing-0069.jpg

    When shooting flowers the TC lets you stay a few steps further away - which depending on the garden may or may not be a good thing - all depends on where the pond is.

    Yes - all of these images were processed a little in Corel's Aftershot.
    FKD Alberta Canada

    D500, D610, D7100, D5100

    Nikkor FX: AF 50 1.8,
    AFS 60 2.8, AFS 85 1.8, AFD 105 2.8, AFS 70-200 2.8 VRI, AFS 200-500 5.6.
    Nikkor DX: AFS 16-85 VR, AFS VR 55-300, AFS 35 1.8.
    Tamron: SP 24-70 2.8, SP 70-300 4-5.6, SP 17-35 2.8-4
    Tokina: ATX 11-20 2.8, Sigma: Art 50 1.4
    and a collection of Lensbabies
    Kenko 300 DGX 1.4X & 2X TC
    Godox AD360, AD200, 2 x V860, V350 SB-400, 600 & 700, Metz 58 AF2,
    and Benro Transfunctional Travel Angel to watch over me

  10. #20
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    Re: Kenko Teleplus PRO 300 DGX 1.4x AF Teleconverter

    Kenko Teleplus PRO 300 DGX 1.4x AF Teleconverter
    This a.m. decided to try out the Tammy 70-300 SP VR lens with the Kenko Pro-300 1.4 TC

    OK. Still not the 200-500 5.6e - but not bad.

    A.F. works and works fast enough.

    Kenko Teleplus PRO 300 DGX 1.4x AF Teleconverter-dsc_6681-d610-tammy-70-300-tc-test-0008.jpgKenko Teleplus PRO 300 DGX 1.4x AF Teleconverter-dsc_6684-d610-tammy-70-300-tc-test-0005.jpgKenko Teleplus PRO 300 DGX 1.4x AF Teleconverter-dsc_6687-d610-tammy-70-300-tc-test-0004.jpg
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    FKD Alberta Canada

    D500, D610, D7100, D5100

    Nikkor FX: AF 50 1.8,
    AFS 60 2.8, AFS 85 1.8, AFD 105 2.8, AFS 70-200 2.8 VRI, AFS 200-500 5.6.
    Nikkor DX: AFS 16-85 VR, AFS VR 55-300, AFS 35 1.8.
    Tamron: SP 24-70 2.8, SP 70-300 4-5.6, SP 17-35 2.8-4
    Tokina: ATX 11-20 2.8, Sigma: Art 50 1.4
    and a collection of Lensbabies
    Kenko 300 DGX 1.4X & 2X TC
    Godox AD360, AD200, 2 x V860, V350 SB-400, 600 & 700, Metz 58 AF2,
    and Benro Transfunctional Travel Angel to watch over me





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