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Nikon AF-S TC-14E III teleconverter announced

Nikon-AF-S-TC-14E-III-teleconverter
We also have (finally) a new Nikon AF-S TC-14E III teleconverter (priced at $596.95):

40% more reach, zero compromises

Increase the reach of compatible AF-S NIKKOR lenses like the AF-S NIKKOR 400mm f/2.8E FL ED VR or the AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR without sacrificing image quality, autofocus accuracy, metering or even VR image stabilization. Optimized for sports, action, wildlife and press photographers, the AF-S Teleconverter TC-14E III achieves superb 1.4x enlargement with only a 1-stop loss of light. Fluorine coatings protect the front and rear surfaces, and a durable lens barrel with water-drop resistance ensures the AF-S Teleconverter TC-14E III can hold up to professional use. Maximize the performance and reach of your NIKKOR lens.

1.4x optical conversion factor

The AF-S Teleconverter TC-14E III increases the reach of compatible AF-S lenses by 40% with only a 1-stop loss of light. Turn the AF-S NIKKOR 70–200mm f/2.8G ED VR into a 98–280mm f/4 lens or the AF-S NIKKOR 400mm f/2.8E FL ED VR into a 560mm f/4 lens. Enjoy the speed, performance and lightness of smaller telephoto lenses with the reach of a super-telephoto lens.

Superb image quality, AF accuracy and more

The AF-S Teleconverter TC-14E III features an optical design that draws peak performance from compatible AF-S NIKKOR lenses, including fast primes and zoom lenses. Enjoy stunning depiction—nearly the same image quality that a lens alone produces—outstanding autofocus accuracy, full metering performance and even VR image stabilization.

AF-S Teleconverter TC-14E III photo of water polo players highlighting rugged design
Ready for tough conditions

Rugged design repels dirt and water droplets

If you shoot sports, action or wildlife, you know landing great shots sometimes means getting dirty. The AF-S Teleconverter TC-14E III is designed to be as rugged as the lenses it modifies. Fluorine coatings on the front and rear surfaces repel dirt and water droplets for clear views and easy removal, and the durable lens barrel also provides dust- and water-droplet resistance.

Supplied Accessories

  • BF-3B Front Mount Cap
  • LF-4 Rear Lens Cap
  • CL-0715 Lens Case

MTF chart

Nikon AF-S TC-14E III teleconverter MTF chart
Lens design

Nikon AF-S TC-14E III teleconverter lens design
Comparison with the old version

Nikon AF-S TC-14E II teleconverter (old version)

Nikon AF-S TC-14E II teleconverter (old version)

Nikon AF-S TC-14E III teleconverter (new version)

Nikon AF-S TC-14E III teleconverter (new version)

Additional information

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  • Garth Muller

    “Fluorine coatings on the front and rear surfaces repel dirt and water droplets for clear views and easy removal”

    am i reading this wrong? since when does water or dirt get between the lens and the TC or the TC and the lens mount?

    • AlphaTed

      Um, when changing lenses while on the field?

      • Garth Muller

        mmmm, that one didn’t cross my mind.

        • Chris Pearson

          Also don’t forget the TCs don’t have the weather sealing gasket, well the older ones don’t but this one looks like it might have which is almost upgrade worthy on it’s own.

    • paul

      the fluorine coatings also help prevent cavities on the lens. ;)

      • Steve Griffin

        A cha chaaa!

  • http://inthemistphoto.com/ InTheMist

    I wonder if its worth upgrading.

  • itcrashed

    Yes! I’ve been waiting for this refresh!

  • John Tangney

    I wonder if the difference between old/new version of this will be noticeable on the new version of the 80-400 @ 400? If so, then well worth it! Besides, I know of an upcoming trip where I will be renting a 600 F4, and I assume it will make a difference there!

  • Keith Homan

    I need to see test between this one and the old one for me to upgrade as far as sharpness goes.

  • http://www.willnicholls.co.uk/ Will Nicholls

    I might need to get my hands on one of these after all.

  • whisky

    no ED elements, no aspherical elements, no word on a new optical design … but a new water repellant lens coating (similar to SH-PMC, or MRC filters) and a +$100 price increase.

    for me, it’s going to take some more convincing that it’s not just a new frame on the same old pair of glasses.

    • whisky

      new information: it is a new optical design. 7 elements in 4 groups vs. the old 5 elements in 5 groups.

      also, from nikon’s website:

      TC-14EIII Compatible lenses:

      AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G IF ED*1

      AF-S NIKKOR 200mm f/2G ED VR II

      AF-S VR Nikkor 200mm f/2G IF-ED

      AF-S NIKKOR 300mm f/2.8G ED V II

      AF-S VR Nikkor 300mm f/2.8G IF-ED

      AF-S NIKKOR 400mm f/2.8E FL ED VR

      AF-S NIKKOR 400mm f/2.8G ED VR

      AF-S NIKKOR 500mm f/4G ED VR

      AF-S NIKKOR 600mm f/4G ED VR

      AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/2.8G ED VR II

      AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor 70-200mm f/2.8G IF-ED

      AF-S NIKKOR 70-200mm f/4G ED VR

      AF-S NIKKOR 200-400mm f/4G ED VR II

      AF-S VR Zoom-Nikkor 200-400mm f/4G IF-ED

      AF-S NIKKOR 800mm f/5.6E FL ED VR*2

      AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR*2

      *1: AF not possible
      *2: Can be used when attached to f/8-compatible camera body

      Lenses compatible with the TC-14E II, but incompatible with the AF-S TELECONVERTER TC-14E III:

      AF-S Nikkor 300mm f/2.8D IF-ED II

      AF-S Nikkor 300mm f/2.8D IF-ED

      AF-S Nikkor 300mm f/4D IF-ED

      AF-I Nikkor 300mm f/2.8D IF-ED

      AF-S Nikkor 400mm f/2.8D IF-ED II

      AF-S Nikkor 400mm f/2.8D IF-ED

      AF-I Nikkor 400mm f/2.8D IF-ED

      AF-S Nikkor 500mm f/4D IF-ED II

      AF-S Nikkor 500mm f/4D IF-ED

      AF-I Nikkor 500mm f/4D IF-ED

      AF-S Nikkor 600mm f/4D IF-ED II

      AF-S Nikkor 600mm f/4D IF-ED

      AF-I Nikkor 600mm f/4D IF-ED

      AF-S Zoom-Nikkor 80-200mm f/2.8D IF-ED

      • Steve Griffin

        Interesting/disappointing that my AF-S 300/4 is NOT compatible.

        I may as well ditch that lens and buy a Pentax DA*300/4 + TC for my K-5 the way things are going or grab a Sigma 120-300 for my D800e’s and sell my 70-200VRII & 300/4 killing 2 lenses in one hit.

        Hard to know what to do really. It’d be nice to know what Nikon plans to do with the AF-S 300/4 before I do something crazy.

    • whisky

      note: of the lenses on that long list, the incompatibility of the TC-14EIII with the Nikon 300mm f4 stands out as the most glaring omission … but perhaps another indicator that a replacement for the 300mm f4 is not too far off in the distance?

      • manhattanboy

        Well that’s good news. It means that the street price of the 1.4 TC II will plummet like the hopes of the American Middle class. I maybe able to pick one up on the cheap.

    • JXVo

      Yep I think I will wait to see if it offers improved performance over my TC-14E-II which works very well on my 300 f4 but not so well on my 500 f4 VR. If the new converter is no longer compatible with my 300 f4 its not really a problem ‘cos what I need is a better TC for the 500.

    • Rudi

      Enjoy stunning depiction—nearly the same image quality that a lens alone
      produces—outstanding autofocus accuracy, full metering performance and
      even VR image stabilization.

  • d800e_Shooeter

    the optical design is new, just compare the lens construction diagram of TC-14E II to this TC-14E III.

    My biggest “worry” is a new 70-200 f/2.8 VR might well be on its way, “designed to take the maximum advantage of the latest teleconverters, with FL elements and coating, and VR III, and blah blah blah” for US$3000.

  • Chris Weller

    What I really want is a 1.7x III. The current 1.7 is useless on everything including the 2.8 lenses.

    I’m guessing they will announce that when they announce the new 500 and 600. Who knows.

    • Morris

      IF they are making a 1.7x III that can perform as the 1.4x II (IQ but longer reach)
      i might be waiting for that.

      • Nikon

        Agree…but in my case…I’m not sure I really need it as the TC-20E-III works like a dream in my setup…without any AF adjustments…Yet. Until Focal supports the D4s I won’t know if I need any adjustment. My photo’s indicate probably not.

    • Nikon

      The reason I haven’t given Nikon my money for the TC17E-II.

    • Graham Blaikie

      I use the TC17E II with my 70-200 f2.8 VR and find it exemplary. At 200mm (340mm) spray drops are pin sharp across the image. AF is lightning fast. The bokah is not as good as the 70-200 on its own but is never an issue with my wildlife photos.

    • Marcel Speta

      i have tc17e-ii as well and can’t say anything bad… so why do you feel a need for III upgrade?
      *** I am using it on my 300/2.8 VRII and D3s ***

      • Chris Weller

        Sorry. Let me clarify. Based on my experience with all three converters and the reviews I’ve studied from sources I trust, the 1.7ii performs no better or likely worse than the 2.0 III. Therefore, on my 2.8 lenses, it is useless. I’d either go with the 1.4 for better image quality or 2.0 for more reach. Ending up a 5.6 on the 400 2.8 is just fine.

        I’ve also used the 1.7ii on the 300 f/4 and found the focusing severely compromised and picture quality a big step down from the 1.4. I’ve also generally read at multiple sources that the 1.7 and 2.0 (even the 2.0 III) do not perform well on the current Nikkor f/4 exotics (500, 600). Having said that, I have not personally tried that combo. So to me it’s useless on the f/4 primes as well, because I don’t want to spend $10-$15k on a rig and end up with questionable IQ.

        I think, properly spec’d the 1.7 III could be a very useful product because you can end up at f6.7 instead of f/8 with and f/4 native lens and this should mean you could focus acceptably on the pro bodies and get good results with a 1/3 – 2/3 stop down at f/8 – f/9 range.

        Anyway that’s my working opinion at the moment. I am encouraged to see that two readers found the 1.7 more than acceptable. Having said that I sold mine for the reasons stated above. If they come out with a 1.7 III and a new 300 f/4 or 400 f/4, even 500 f/4, that will likely be my new birding combo.

  • Nikon

    WTH…not compatible with non-VR versions of older lenses. Whats up with that? Nikon?

    • Morris

      open your wallet is the message

      • Nikon

        I don’t mind spending extra for a better (if it is) teleconverter…but to not make it compatible with the older non-VR is robbery. Though I’m happy with the TC-14E-II on my 400mm 2.8 AFi. Even the TC-20E-III is stellar with my lens and my D4s.

        I would love to know the reason for the non-compatibilty…other than forcing us to upgrade to VR which most of us don’t need who use lenses like this. Technique is the best answer to VR.

        • HotDuckZ

          AF-i is no any part or service anymore, good luck.

          • Nikon

            And your reason for saying this good news is????

            This so not true. I just had my AFi serviced by Nikon Canada a little over a year ago. They replaced the part which attaches to camera, re-calibrated AF, cleaned, among other things. Plus my AFi is a US model… I’m not NPS but they went out of their way to service quickly. Had it back in 2weeks after they shipped to Ontario for the servicing.

            Any major part not made anymore may be a problem but I’m not worried!!! Works still like brand new…because they build made them like tanks.

    • kotozafy

      And no AF even with the AF-S micro 105mm VR !

  • Nikon User

    Does it work for FT1 mount?

    • HotDuckZ

      Depend on lens you use with.

  • Marcel Speta

    i do not see weather sealing (rubber ring around the mount), why ??!
    Then the one on normal pro lense is pretty useless! WTF

    • gerry

      it looks like the metal is now flush with the plastic, which wouldn’t require the weather sealing.

      • Marcel Speta

        maybe, must have it in hands and give it try …

  • Spy Black

    Damn! You can’t put it on a 35mm f/1.4 to make it a 50mm f/2…

    • Mike

      Or an 85 1.4 to get a 120 f/2

  • ak8518

    Have to see some sample shots. Current TC-14EII is fine with 400/2.8 VR at F/5, little softness wide open F/4 but acceptable. Hope this allows better use wide open.

  • fred

    How come the old one has 10 pins and the new one only 8 pins?

    • nwcs

      Nikon’s successful cost reduction measures.
      /s

  • fred

    Looking at the list of lenses that are not compatible with the new converter, this may motivate people like me to buy the old one while they still can. Any word when the old 1.4 teleconverter is to be discontinued?

    • nwcs

      There are *plenty* of used ones. You can probably get the used ones at a bigger discount once the new one starts shipping.

  • whisky

    “This item will be released on August 28, 2014.”
    — amazon, adorama …

  • Michael

    Does anyone have the MTF chart for the TC14E-II, for comparison? I quickly checked the U.S., India, and Japan Nikon sites but couldn’t find it.

  • Nikon User

    Does it work for budget lenses like AF-S DX 55-300 VR???

  • rob

    Has anyone tried the ‘elder’ TC-14E II on an AF-S VR Micro-Nikkor 105mm f/2.8G IF ED? Any comments?

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