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Grey Heron with TC20E-III


Posted by Con Foley on Sat Jan 30, 2010 2:57 am

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Now that the new Nikon 2xTC is hitting the store shelves a lot of folks may have some interest in how it performs. I wrote a mini-review here
http://npss.org.sg/forum/viewtopic.php?f=7&t=4313
and I went out to capture some real world images. Here's one at 300 feet of a Grey Heron preening and warming up in the soft light of morning.
Taken with a D300, TC20E-III, 600VR, 1/400s, f/11, iso400, MLU, slight crop.
I think it came out pretty well for such an extreme equivalent focal length of 1800mm, let me know what you think.
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by KK Hui on Sat Jan 30, 2010 6:38 am
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Looks pretty good for a 2x with 600, Con!
I've seen a few shots of this combo from a friend of mine and it does hold up well ...

For the above image how much sharpening have you applied to it. Better still I like to see an unprocessed version.
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by Con Foley on Sat Jan 30, 2010 8:32 am
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Hi KK,

Okay, here you go. The image I posted had a fairly standard 200, 0.3, 0 amount of smart sharpen applied in PS4, no sharpening in camera or in raw conversion.

Here is the same image but with no sharpening at all in Photoshop or anywhere along the food chain, merely resized to 800 pixels.

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by tinyfishy on Sat Jan 30, 2010 9:33 am
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Impressive demonstration Con !!!
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by Kenneth F on Sat Jan 30, 2010 12:58 pm
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Looks like the new TC is a winner! Thanks for the demonstration!
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by milosphotos on Sat Jan 30, 2010 2:28 pm
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Now if you clone out the branch, you could turn this into a flight shot... just kidding. Impressive demonstration of a 600+2x and a nice image all on its own!
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by cartgate on Sat Jan 30, 2010 8:53 pm
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Excellent shot, Con! I had heard the new 2.0X is very, very good and your demonstration confirms it.
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by Homer on Sun Jan 31, 2010 12:31 am
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Hi Con,
Beautiful pose and details.Wow,very impressive at 1800mm.
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by KK Hui on Sun Jan 31, 2010 12:37 am
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Thanks for the second post, Con!
That further confirms the TC20E III is a very usable TC from Nikon!!!
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