I’ve always been skeptical when it came to teleconverters. The few times I used one I wasn’t really happy with the results, until now.
Together with some colleagues, I spent four days in northern Germany in the Feldberger Seenlandschaft to photograph White-tailed Eagles (Haliaeetus albicilla). Half of the day we were on a boat for fishing action, the other half waiting in a hide near a carcass. The weather was gray and foggy, so high ISO settings around 1600 – 5000 were required to obtain exposure times above 1250. Unfortunately, the eagles didn’t play along and we didn’t see any at the hide and only once had fishing action (which I missed…).
But at least I got some nice shots of Hooded Crows (Corvus corone cornix), Magpies (Pica pica) and Buzzards (Buteo buteo).
All photos below are shot from a hide at the same location and same distance, but on different days.
Teleconverter TC-14 II + 300mm/2.8
The photo below is taken with the Nikon D800, the Nikkor 300mm/f2.8 VR II combined with the teleconverter TC-14 II ending in an focal length of 420mm.
Teleconverter TC-14 II + 600mm/4
The photo below is taken with the Nikon D800, the Nikkor 600mm/f4 VR combined with the teleconverter TC-14 II ending in an focal length of 850mm.
Teleconverter TC-14 + 300mm hand-held from a boat
Both photos below are taken from a boat without using a tripod.