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Keywords: Kenko Canon Nikon TC 2X PRO AF


Registered: October 2013
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Kenko 2X TelePlus PRO 300 DGX AF review by sjkip
Review Date: 3/31/2015 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Total Spent: $144.00| Rating: 8 

Pros: Good magnification; works well; adds little or no softness or distortion
Cons: A bit difficult to use; does not autofocus on many zoom lenses

I would recommend this TC only to those who would have the patience to use it properly. Most people would probably be better off with the 1.4x model, which is much easier to use.

With a long lens like the Nikon 70-300, the effective focal length can be so great that holding for a sharp image becomes a real problem, unless you use a tripod. On my Nikon D7100, I can't push the ISO high enough without noise to allow me to shoot fast enough for reliably sharp hand-hold images. But when I can hold it steady, it doesn't seem to reduce resolution or add distortion, as far as I can tell, and I get great long shots.

I have tried it with the 70-300 lens on my Nikon D610, with the higher noise-free ISO of that full frame camera. Yes, that works better, and more of the shots are very sharp, hand held.

But I use it mostly on my Nikon 18-140, as a lighter, more flexible substitute for my 70-300. On my D7100 it will occasionally autofocus with the 18-140, but not reliably.

So anyone who's unwilling to manually focus might not like this TC, unless the photographer uses it with a lens having a wide enough aperture, especially one with a wide aperture and long focal length. I wish I could afford one of those.

One minor fault, possibly with my particular copy, is that it occasionally fails to transmit information to the camera to get an exposure. I think it might need to be fit onto the camera very tightly. But it might be some defect in the connection itself or circuitry. I don't know; I just re-shoot those images.

You can use this one and the 1.4x version in tandem, and I sometimes do that, just for fun. Of course, it won't autofocus, except with a lens having a very wide aperture, like my 50mm f/1.8, yielding a sharp lens with an effective focal length of 140mm. But this apparently does not work with DX format lenses or, for some reason, even on my 60mm macro FX lens.

Anyhow, this gadget is fun to use and cheap. So why not?


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