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on Aug 2, 2018 in Moose's Camera Bag

2x the Verstality

Magnificent Hummingbird
captured by D5 / 180-400VR / TC-20eIII

I’ve received a bunch of emails in regards to the 180-400VR lens, basically asking is it worth the price? At the same time, is it really versatile? Now that I have shot with it for a month, I can tell you that it is more than worth it. The 180-400VR is truly more than I expected, the quality and versatility with its built-in 1.4x is brilliant! But at that price, can it do more?

Many have asked what’s it like with the TC-20eIII 2x? You can see my results here and the 24×30″ prints are mind blowing! The image quality is not what I expected, it fas surpasses it. What about operation? The AF operation with the 180-400VR and TC-20eIII which is at f/8 is pretty amazing even in low light.

teleconverterFocal Lengthf/stop
none180-400VRf4
Int 1.4x252-560mmf5.6
Int 1.4x & Ext TC-14eIII352-784mmf8
2x TC-20eIII360-800mmf8
Int 1.4x & Ent TC-20eIII504-1120mmf11

With built-in 1.4x engaged and the TC-20eIII connected, you’re now at f/11 and AF operation becomes sluggish. With the AF in the dead center of the frame, it works pretty well but go outside the center and in low light, not operation as you might expect. What you see above are photos taken of a four-inch critter with the 180-400VR locked on a tripod. The focus was not touched after the first image. I then zoomed, activated the internal 1.4x or attached the TC-20eIII for the results you see. Bottomline, I wouldn’t hesitate to a second to recommend this combo and will use it myself over and over again.

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