Reviews and Problems with Kenko 3x Pro 300 DG Teleconverter
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Kenko 3X Teleplus PRO 300 DG Teleconverter For Nikon AF
LaithamHaddad, Rate it all!
4 January 2010
Summary: Laitham Haddad Review of the Kenko 3X Teleplus PRO 300 DG Teleconverter for Nikon AF: In order to avoid dishing out a substantial amount of money on a powerful telephoto lens, I went ahead and purchased the $200 Kenko 3X teleconverter to give my Nikon Nikkor 70-300VR 4.5-5.6 lens a major boost when used on my Nikon D90 digital camera(turning a 300mm lens in to a 900+ mm lens).
Summary: I have used this teleconverter with a nikon 180/2.8 ED and a Tamron 90 mm/2.8 macro. Both lenses are well known for their extreme sharpness and good contrast. With the 180 mm on a digital DX-size sensor you obtain 180 x 1.5 x 3 = 840 mm of focal lenght. This is near impossible to hand hold, also because of the increased minimum aperture. The results are dissapointing. I obtained massive color fringing on a Nikor D200, high loss of contrast and sharpness.
Pros: You will get that distant bird or rabbit full frame, just not sharp, autofocus did still work on my D200, though slow and not always 100% accurate
Cons: very visible loss of contrast with good lenses, very visible loss of sharpness. With 10 megapixels an enlargement and a 2 x teleconverter will probably give a better end result.
Summary: This review is based on the use of Nikon F80/N80 and Nikon 2.8/300 AF lens, using Fuji slide film and a tripod. According to the encouraging results of the shorter Kenko converters with this particular setup, I went lunatic and procured the 3x converter to get up to 900mm effective focal length. I did not expect much more than that it would work somehow and deliver something like an image.
Pros: Identical good build quality like other Kenko Pro300 converters., No observable vignetting., No change to coulour rendition., Fits well and works with Nikon mechanical AF lenses., Reasonable sharpness.
Cons: Visible reducion of contrast., Requires careful exposure metering, as it appears to over-expose slightly., Not good enough for people addicted to top quality.
Summary: Let me start by answering the question anybody who's considering purchasing this 3x TC is asking himself/herself: yes, it is for real and it *does* work. Optical quality is very good, expect the same results as a good third-party 2x TC, BUT (here's the usual big but when anything seems too good to be true...
Pros: - 3x, - Good/solid construction, - Good glass/optical quality, - Affordable price (around $200 on Ebay from several vendors.)
Cons: - Loss of 3 f-stops, - Autofocus useless on lenses with max aperture smaller than f/2.8, - Extremely sensitive to vibrations (tripod, fast film and stopped mirror obligatory to get decent results.)