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Kenko Pro300 Teleconverters
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Description: High quality teleconverters to fit various slr mounts. Full AF linking with most AF lenses.
Highest quality Hoya glass.
Available in 3 sizes, 1.4x 2x and 3x.
Keywords: Teleconverter 1.4x 2x 3x



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Andy Bright

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Registered: August 2002
Location: Watford
Posts: 4857
Review Date: Sun May 9, 2004 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Cost, compatability, optical quality
Cons: It\'s Kenko!

I am using the Nikon N-AFs versions, 1.4x and 2x.

These teleconverters have been making a big name for themsleves over the last few years. Despite the cheesy reputation that Kenko has in some quarters, these use the very best Hoya glassware and are often rated higher than the similarly priced Sigma teleconverters.

Against older Nikon teleconverters, these can more than hold their own in clarity of image and have the benefit of being very AF friendly with many lenses, unlike many of the archaic Nikon tc\'s.

In use the 1.4x results in nothing more than light being reduced by 1 f-stop... degradation of sharpness and contrast isn\'t really noticable vs the bare lens. AF speed on a lens using USM/AFSII/HSM isn\'t seriously reduced, still very rapid.

As with most 2x tc\'s, the PRO300 2x does represent a compromise in quality over the bare lens, contrast and clarity do suffer. What constitutes unacceptable results will be a personal issue, but the images imho can still be full of intricate feather detail.

From my experience of 35mm and 2x teleconverters (300mm f2.8 + Nikon 2x) the results do look better but this could well be down to the digital age and the ability to sharpen and adjust levels in-computer. I personally think that teleconverters have far more value in the digital era than they had before.

Naturally, the extra 2 f-stops of light loss may mean the AF will fail to operate on many camera/lenses. Few cameras will reliably operate in AF when faced with greater than f5.6 (so even an f4 lens you\'re unlikely to get much in the way of AF with an extra 2 f-stops taking things to f8), you never know though, I have a 70-300mm f5.6 that works o.k. in AF with a 1.4x tc

I don\'t own the 3x...but you can imagine for yourselves that this is for the very desperate times. I have seen a full size image taken with the 3x and a Nikon 600mm f4 and it wasn\'t too bad... but you really do need the sharpest of lenses to start with...and watch out for vignetting.

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Doug Greenberg

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Registered: December 2003
Posts: 1411
Review Date: Thu May 27, 2004 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Optically first-rate, adds tremendous versatility to one\'s SLR capabilities
Cons: Cuts available light, demanding higher ISO or slower shutter

I own all three Kenko Teleplus Pro teleconverters, the 1.4x, the 2x, and the 3x. I also own older Nikon 1.4x and 2x teleconverters. From my experience, the optical performance of the Kenko models is equal to the Nikons, and at a far lower price. Moreover, the Kenko Pro models have full metering capability with current DSLR models, plus screw-type autofocus capability that will work down to and even past f5.6. I have used the 1.4x teleconverter with my Nikon 80-400mm. VR zoom, and even at the equivalent of 560mm. f8, autofocus will function, albeit slowly. The VR function also works, albeit anemically.

Overall, for bird photographers looking to get more versatility and \"reach\" out of current telephoto lenses, these are the best available teleconverters (Tamron\'s \"Pro\" series apparently is identical, just with a different nameplate). I recommend them highly.

Most people believe that a 3x teleconverter is necessarily a kind of gimmick that can\'t possibly provide top-quality images. I have obtained some excellent pictures using mine, however, coupled with a 500mm. tele. That\'s 1500mm. of telephoto power!

The downside of these (and any) teleconverters is that they will magnify any optical flaw in the lenses being used. They work best on top quality, fast telephotos. If used with inexpensive optics, the results will be correspondingly disappointing. They also tend not to work well with zoom lenses. This is partly because zooms invariably have more optical compromises than primes, but also, I think, because adding five or seven additional optical elements to zooms already incorporating eighteen or twenty pieces of glass simply increases the likelihood of diminished optical performance.

Consequently, the 1.4x, for example, CAN be used with the popular \"reduced vibration\" telephoto zooms, but don\'t expect the same level of image quality one could achieve using a high quality, fixed focal length telephoto.

Another problem, of course, is that teleconverters reduce available light. A 1.4x will necessitate a 2x increase in exposure, a doubler requires opening up two full stops, and the 3x teleconverter requires three full stops additional exposure. This factor necessarily makes getting good images more difficult, the optical quality of the \"rig\" notwithstanding. If one is using a DSLR, the ISO setting can be increased. I have obtained quite satisfactory images using a Nikon 500mm. f4 lens with the Kenko Teleplus Pro 3x teleconverter with the ISO setting turned all the way up to \"High 2,\" which is, I believe ISO 6400. The noise level in these images is unavoidably significant, but using a noise reduction program like Neat Image, one can produce finished images that are surprisingly satisfactory.

Still, when using teleconverters, particularly the 2x and 3x versions, the necessary use of slower shutter speeds will always be an issue. Consequently, using a very sturdy tripod and tripod head is a good idea, and taking measures to minimize \"mirror slap\" is also recommended. The Nikon D100, for example, has a special anti-vibration setting that delays exposure a few seconds while mirror vibration dissipates. For some kinds of bird photography (i.e., a bird that isn\'t moving around), this is a good solution.

Overall, the judicious use of these teleconverters adds tremendous versatility to one\'s SLR rig, providing that the lens(es) you use are of high quality and that you take the appropriate measures to achieve the best possible exposures you can get, given the limitations imposed by the use of teleconverters.
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DiggitalD

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Registered: May 2005
Location: huntington beach, ca
Posts: 316
Review Date: Tue January 31, 2006 Would you recommend the product? No | Price you paid?: $200.00 | Rating: 3 

 
Pros: cheap
Cons: you get what you pay for

After reading so many good reviews, I decided to try the Teleplus Pro 300 2X tc. When I got it - even knowing that it was a Kenko - I was still shocked at how poorly it was made. The cheap plastic housing and flimsy contacts made me wonder how I could spend $200 on such junk. I already owned a Sigma 1.4 tc which is super solid. I tried the Kenko anyway and was disappointed to find that the autofocus didn\'t work with my Sigma 100-300 f4 EX lens. It just zoomed all the way out, then all the way in, reeeeally slowly. This may be the fault of the tc or the Nikon D70\'s extremely poor autofocus system. I set the camera up on a tripod, manually focused on some fruit at different aperatures, a took a bunch of shots using a remote trigger. The images were all quite soft. The only pictures that weren\'t useless were shot around f11. I returned the Kenko a few days later.
Even if Kenko is using Hoya glass, which is just decent, the build of this tc is still typically low-grade, knock-off quality.
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condyk

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Registered: April 2005
Location: jewellery Quarter, Birmingham, UK
Posts: 213
Review Date: Mon July 16, 2007 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 10 

 
Pros: Great price, comparible to Sigma/Canon, flexible
Cons: None

A great Tcon, or at least the 1.4x is. The 2.0x, as with other brands, impacts too much on IQ for my liking. I have owned Sigma's and Canon and see no difference in IQ. Highly recommended. Also, very flexible design allows use with a much wider range of lenses than the Sigma or Canon.

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sayuri
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Registered: August 2010
Location: San Fran
Posts: 2
Review Date: Mon August 23, 2010 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 8 

 
Pros: Inexpensive
Cons: None

THough I did not purchase this product for myself and received it as a gift, I was aware of the pricing and feel that this is an excellent product for the cost. I agree with the above user that the flexible design allows use with a much wider range of lenses than the Canon.
Highly recommended by myself and friends of mine that have used it.
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charlesbruck
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Registered: February 2011
Location: Charleston
Posts: 1
Review Date: Sun February 20, 2011 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 9 

 
Pros: Fairly easy to use
Cons: None, so far....

I am in the market for one and have never owned any of their products so I was hoping to find some convincing reviews. After reading those above, I think I will go forward and make my big purchase :)

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Review Date: Thu February 24, 2011 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
Pros: compatibility
Cons: a bit slower shutter speed

Excellent product for the price.
Definitely would recommend for any level of user.

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chrismbroome
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Registered: July 2011
Location: Leeds
Posts: 15
Review Date: Fri February 3, 2012 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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Hi,

I currently have a Sigma 150-500mm lens. Can anybody recommend a good all round teleconverter for this lens. I currently use it with a Panasonic GH2 and get some super reaches out of it. 2600mm zooms but I just seeing if I can push it any further.

Is this Kenko Pro300 Teleconverters any good or is nikon version better. Also would a 1.4 or 2x be the best option. I know form what people of said that they can reduce image sharpness so any advice on a good priced teleconverter would do the Job?

Thanks

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daavidfischer
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Registered: October 2012
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Review Date: Mon October 15, 2012 Would you recommend the product? Yes | Price you paid?: None indicated | Rating: 0 

 
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I have been using the Nikon N-AFs versions, 1.4x and 2x for the past few years. I am not a professional or anything and hence the ease of use attracted me a lot. I want to change it since there are so many better ones in the market nowadays. Can you suggest a replacement? Thanks.
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