Z6!! & 2xtc

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luckmurph

Member
Hi, I've recently purchased a Z6!! to go alongside my D5 mainly for wildlife, so far im very impressed in how the Z6!! is doing. Today for the first time i used it with the 500pf & 1.7tc and couldn't believe how quick it was on auto focus with the 1.7 and the images have come out lovely and crisp, admittedly the conditions were perfecti was really impressed as the tc on my D5 is poor it hunts all the time but the 1.4tc is brilliant both are the latest versions,
My question is how good is the 2xtc on the Z6!!? I've seen they now do a dedicated Z mount 2xtc would this work with the pf lens??
Thanks
Andy
 

Patrick M

Drives a Jeep
Supporting Member
NO. The z TC 1.4x and the 2x only work with one lens … the z 70-200 f2.8
You can still use the F mount converters with F mount lenses using the FTZ adaptor.
I’d expect future long zooms, maybe primes for the Z mount to use the z adaptors, but because of their shape, they cannot be used with any other lens at the time of writing.
 
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DRwyoming

Well-known member
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As Patrick posted above the Z series 2x TC won't work with the 500mm PF or any other F mount lens. I've had a similar experience using the TC-20 e iii with the 500mm PF and the Z6 II, the AF isn't bad and the image quality is surprisingly decent but the IQ does take a hit with the 2x TC attached. Pretty cool to shoot with a handheld 1000mm lens but it's still an f/11 combo wide open and things soften up enough that I don't use that setup very often though in a pinch I'd use it and expect to bump up the sharpening in post.
 

Owney

Member
i agree with with Patrick M. I like the Z 2x on my Z 70-200. I also use the F 1.4x with 500PF + FTZ. All good stuff.
 

luckmurph

Member
Thread starter
Thanks all, think ill hang back on the TC-20 e iii, and see if any new lenses come out with the Z9 😂
 

BillW

Well-known member
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Sorry, I am a little late in replying. I have used the F-mount 1.4x TCIII, 1.7x TCII and 2x TCIII with my 500 mm PF on Z7 and Z7II bodies (and to a lesser extent, a Z6II). All the AF points work across the frame, even with the 2x TCIII, although that TC produces an f11 combination with the 500 mm PF.

(As others have noted, the new Z mount TCs do not work with F mount lenses. At this point, the only Z mount lens they work with is the 70-200 f2.8 Z lens. I find they work nicely with that, especially the 1.4x TC Z. They will presumably work with subsequent longer Z mount telephotos, which I hope we will start to see soon.)

In optical quality, the 1.4x TCIII is the best of the 3. But I find both the 1.7x TCII and 2x TCIII are quite good -- definitely good enough for me to find them very useful in my wildlife photography. And I believe generally better than cropping to get the same field of view.

I have used the Z7II (and previously the Z7) with the 500 mm PF and 1.4x TCIII or 1.7x TCII to photograph larger birds in flight -- bald eagles, swans, great blue herons, sandhill cranes, great egrets and the like. I do find that AF is slower with the 2x TCIII than with the other 2 TCs, so I do not use if for BIF.

I got the 2x TCIII earlier this year to use in photographing a great blue heron rookery this spring with the Z7II and 500 mm PF. The nests were anywhere from 85 to 140 yards away, so I wanted all the focal length I could get. I mostly shot the combination from a tripod, but occasionally hand held. I had thought about renting the Nikon 800 mm f5.6 with its dedicated 1.25x TC, as that would have been excellent optically. But the 800 mm lens is also quite heavy and would have been expensive to rent for the 3 months that I photographed at the rookery.

The other reason decided to try the 2x TCIII is that Brad Hill mentioned on his site that he liked the 2x TCIII with his 500 mm PF on a ZII body. You might look at his site for some examples of photos he took with that combination.

I agree that it would be nice to see some new Z telephotos with the Z9 announcement.
 

luckmurph

Member
Thread starter
Sorry, I am a little late in replying. I have used the F-mount 1.4x TCIII, 1.7x TCII and 2x TCIII with my 500 mm PF on Z7 and Z7II bodies (and to a lesser extent, a Z6II). All the AF points work across the frame, even with the 2x TCIII, although that TC produces an f11 combination with the 500 mm PF.

(As others have noted, the new Z mount TCs do not work with F mount lenses. At this point, the only Z mount lens they work with is the 70-200 f2.8 Z lens. I find they work nicely with that, especially the 1.4x TC Z. They will presumably work with subsequent longer Z mount telephotos, which I hope we will start to see soon.)

In optical quality, the 1.4x TCIII is the best of the 3. But I find both the 1.7x TCII and 2x TCIII are quite good -- definitely good enough for me to find them very useful in my wildlife photography. And I believe generally better than cropping to get the same field of view.

I have used the Z7II (and previously the Z7) with the 500 mm PF and 1.4x TCIII or 1.7x TCII to photograph larger birds in flight -- bald eagles, swans, great blue herons, sandhill cranes, great egrets and the like. I do find that AF is slower with the 2x TCIII than with the other 2 TCs, so I do not use if for BIF.

I got the 2x TCIII earlier this year to use in photographing a great blue heron rookery this spring with the Z7II and 500 mm PF. The nests were anywhere from 85 to 140 yards away, so I wanted all the focal length I could get. I mostly shot the combination from a tripod, but occasionally hand held. I had thought about renting the Nikon 800 mm f5.6 with its dedicated 1.25x TC, as that would have been excellent optically. But the 800 mm lens is also quite heavy and would have been expensive to rent for the 3 months that I photographed at the rookery.

The other reason decided to try the 2x TCIII is that Brad Hill mentioned on his site that he liked the 2x TCIII with his 500 mm PF on a ZII body. You might look at his site for some examples of photos he took with that combination.

I agree that it would be nice to see some new Z telephotos with the Z9 announcement.
Many thanks Bill for your detailed reviews, i think if i see one secondhand at the right price ill get it!
 
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