Nikon TC-14E II teleconverter listed as discontinued again

After Nikon Sweden listed the TC-14E II teleconverter as discontinued few weeks ago, we now have a major retailer (DigitalRev) who also marked the 14E II teleconverter as discontinued. With the upcoming Winter Olympics in Sochi (February 2014), I will not be surprised if this TC and the Nikkor 300mm f/4 lens get updated.

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  • David G.

    Updating this TC and the 300 f/4 before the Olympics makes a lot of sense indeed.

    • I agree, but with Nikon you never know.

      • King of Swaziland

        Yes, Nikon seems to have gone into a shell, lately.

        • Yes, the same thing happened after they released the D700. It seems that after every major release, Nikon needs few years to rejuvenate.

          • KnightPhoto

            The astounding thing that came out after the D700 was the D3S. To me that was a huge huge achievement for Nikon.

            But yeah, it’s 2013 now and they better jump on that D400/300 VR (and a pro Nikon 1, and a DX mirrorless cam, and you name it).

            As an aside I will purchase the new 300mm/f4 (mostly for my V1), and any new TC14 or TC17 (For birding on FX).

            • Plug

              I too would definitely purchase a new 300 f4 and new TC14 if I was able to upgrade my D300s, as a lightweight birding combination.Otherwise I am not too bothered. Nikon should see that a D400 would spawn other sales.

            • peterw


              you mean that a D300(s) with present 300F4 AF-S and tc 14EII is good enough as long as long as there is no D400?
              sounds like…

              my personal NAS would be satisfied for some time not getting a D400 when a 300 F4G AF-S VR would turn in. My heavily cursed (sorry) Kenko/Soligor extension rings will work much better on G-lenses.

              However, in strong contrast to the former TC20 EII, and also in the much better present TC20 EIII, the quality of the TC14 EII is certainly not problematic.(which depends on one more thong than the convertor, of course).

            • Plug

              No, I do not mean that.. currently I use my D800 with TC14 or TC17 and 300f2.8 for birding and other wildlife. Bloody heavy! I want something lighter that attempts to equal the quality and that has a large buffer and higher fps. I won’t change until there is a suitable high-end DX body and will just continue to lug around the heavier combination.

            • peterw

              that makes real-world sense

              (some of your points are the reason why I ‘still’ use a D700 and D300(s). However 1), you have more detail with your D800. However 2), I carry my 500 and tripod with joy… oefff. To save wheight, I leave the D700 at home… Consideration: if you are going to have a picture opportunity, the results should be as good as possible, which takes time and effort. If not, then travel really light: without camera. However 3), if one should have to work in muddy wedlands or on alpine slopes… ).

              perhaps your solution could be a possible D800s (6 fps) with this new 300 F4? 😉

            • neversink

              OK… I don’t get it. I am not a fan of the Nikon 1 series as of yet. But I understand why it would be great to have a small camera like that — All the components are compact and light weight. But I do not understand why anyone would want to use a large lens on this camera with tiny sensors.
              Use the lens on any Nikon FX body and crop. Now compare it with the images on the Nikon 1 series. The IQ will be much sharper and better on the FX camera.
              Now if the Nikon 1 had at least a DX sensor, then I might understand why you would want to use a full frame lens on a tiny camera.
              Good luck.

            • KnightPhoto

              I think what you are missing is that many of us have the big rig FX cameras and super-telephotos as our main rigs but are looking for light but decent rigs for when that is needed. And many others are either financially or weight constrained, so Nikon will be better off covering all three market segments and covering it well.

              Sure I’ll also take a DX mirrorless Nikon 2 with 10fps, on-sensor PDAF, and 30fps fixed focus. Nikon can cover this need in 1 inch and DX sensors. As far as I am concerned on the FX front I can live without mirrorless for the next 5 or 10 years. For me mirrorless is about when I want to go light or when I want crazy fps.

    • AM

      But this is Nikon. Most likely, due to recent events, they’re not thinking in Sochi 2014 but Tokio 2020.
      What makes sense to anybody, doesn’t make sense to Nikon, and vice versa.

  • David

    I’d be so happy if they made one of these TCs with full AF functionality on the 105VR. It’s listed as not having compatible AF (on their chart) when in reality it works … somewhat. The images are gorgeous, and to have a 180mm f/4 with VR for the small size and price of a TC would be amazing.

  • pegdrgr

    Looks like it might be time to sell my 1.4 too. I sold my 300 f/4 about a month ago in preparation for the possible new one. After picking up the new 80-400 AF-S I wasn’t using the 300 f/4 much anyway. I really hope these come to fruition!

    • spicynujac

      How do these two lenses compare? I hear Nikon may update the 300 f/4 and I have used the old 80-400. I’m looking to buy one of the two for amateur wildlife and sports.

      • pegdrgr

        I found the previous 80-400 to be too slow of focus, and not as sharp as I would like. The current 300 f/4 I thought was a heck of a deal, and a great lens. I didn’t have great success with it combined with a 1.4TC, as it would front focus significantly. The new 80-400 blows away the previous 80-400 in focus speed and accuracy, and therefore the number of keepers. If you have a $2700 budget I have no doubt that you will be served best by the newest 80-400, out of the current 300 f/4, previous 80-400, and the current 80-400. That is a pretty large chunk of change for a amateur, so my second choice of the currently available offerings would be the 300 f/4. However, since there seems to be some indication that a new 300 f/4 will be on the market soon, I wouldn’t buy a new one, as you are likely to take a hit in resale value. I purchased my 300 f/4 used, got a fantastic copy, and ultimately sold it about a year later for $8 less than I paid for it.

        I guess basically I would recommend it like this. If you have the budget the current 80-400 is fantastic. It will allow you great flexibility on sports shots, with additional reach over a 300mm lens for wildlife.

        If that is out of your budget and you want the best quality and need it now, get the current 300 f/4 used. Worst case you may lose a couple hundred on selling it if they do release a new 300 f/4 and you decide you have to have that one.

        If you can hold off for a bit, wait and see what the rumored 300 f/4 brings. It doesn’t have the flexibility of a zoom, but it doesn’t have the price tag of one either. With some skill and practice you can crop the image later have have very sharp images framed to your taste.

        Finally, there is always the current 70-300. It is not in the same league as the 80-400 or 300 f/4, but it is a great value. I picked one up for a friend locally for $275 a few months ago. You can certainly develop your skills on that lens for a while, and then when the newest greatest shiny lens comes out you can pick one of those up and sell the 70-300 for what you paid for it.

  • Spy Black

    No great loss.

  • Until now, I thought I was immune to the “buy just before update” bug. Now I see how it feels – if true.

  • whisky

    i wonder how many people would still want the 300mm f4 replacement if it were a shorter/lighter DO AF-S lens for approx. $3,000? as much critique as the 80-400mm got for it’s $2,700 price point, i notice it’s back-ordered at both B&H and Adorama.

    i’d welcome a premium TC for either lens — even at a significantly higher price point if the performance was worth it.

    • James

      I bought a 300mm F/2.8 VR II off ebay in like new condition for $3300, so $3000 for a measly F4 is far too much.

      • Global

        Your one case does never satisfy a mass market. But good tip, for those looking!

      • whisky

        no manufacturer can compete against themselves in the second hand market. which is why they constantly come out with new and improved product — or die.

  • Global

    They better make a 300mm/f4 VR for the Japanese Olympics. If that event doesn’t deserve adding VR for the Japanese — then nothing will.

  • Mark

    What’s wrong with the TC-14E II? It’s incredible sharp combo with my AFS 300/2.8. No need to replace.

  • can’t find one in shanghai anywhere .. and anything else i want, it’s here

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