Clean, Tight, and Graphic with the Nikon AF-S Teleconverter TC-17E II « Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

Clean, Tight, and Graphic with the Nikon AF-S Teleconverter TC-17E II

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This image was created on May 23, 2018 down by the lake near my home with the Induro GIT 304L/Mongoose M3.6-mounted Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 600mm f/4E FL ED VR lens, the Nikon AF-S Teleconverter TC-17E II, and the mega mega-pixel Nikon D850 DSLR.. ISO 400. Matrix metering +1/3 stop; 1/400 sec. at f/11 in Manual mode. AUTO1 WB at 8:26am on the first clear day in weeks.

I chose a single AF point two up and three to the right of the center AF point//Shutter Button/Continuous (AI Servo in Canon) AF was active at the moment of exposure. The selected AF point was squarely on the bird’s pupil.

Phase detection AF Fine-tune value: +1.

Image #1: Sandhill Crane on nest/tight head portrait

Clean, Tight, and Graphic with the Nikon AF-S Teleconverter TC-17E II

I thought that there was a version III of the Nikon AF-S Teleconverter TC-17E but when I was unable to find one on the B&H site that I use to create the links. After a while I went to the trunk of my SUV and was still a bit surprised to see the Nikon AF-S Teleconverter TC-17E II. That said, the 1.7X II is super-sharp and the Nikon AF performs very nicely. For me it opens up whole new world’s behind able to work at 1020mm with the 600 and then having lots of cropping freedom with the great D850 image files. At present, I plan to use it only with my only Nikon f/4 lens, the 600mm. I am so in love with the TC-E17 at this point that I am not even sure that I will be taking the Nikon AF-S Teleconverter TC-20E III on the big trip to Europe.

Sandhill-Crane-tending-eggs-_MAI0584-Indian-Lake-Estates,-FL

This image was created on May 24, 2018 down by the lake near my home with the Induro GIT 304L/Mongoose M3.6-mounted Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 600mm f/4E FL ED VR lens, the Nikon AF-S Teleconverter TC-17E II, and the mega mega-pixel Nikon D850 DSLR.. ISO 400. Matrix metering at zero: 1/500 sec. at f/9 in Manual mode. AUTO1 WB at 7:25am on the clear, still morning.

One to the left of the center AF point/d-25/Shutter Button/Continuous (AI Servo in Canon) AF was active at the moment of exposure. The selected AF point was on the bird’s cheek just above, to the right of, and on the same plane as the bird’s eye.

Phase detection AF Fine-tune value: +1.

Image #2: Sandhill Crane tending eggs

Moving the AF Point

It has taken quite a while but I am finally getting adept at moving the AF point around on my D-850 bodies. I usually use the Sub-selector to move the AF point but sometimes I use the larger Multi-selector. At times when I press the side of the Sub-selector to move the AF point it does not move it. I have learned in those situations that I need to instantly half-press the shutter button to “re-set” the system so that I can move the the AF point as desired. Note: to return to the center AF point press the Multi-selector straight in.

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Which of today’s featured images is the stronger one? Please let us know why you made your choice.

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12 comments to Clean, Tight, and Graphic with the Nikon AF-S Teleconverter TC-17E II

  • Thank you all for the warm welcome! I’m very excited to be a part of BAA for the next year! I expect to learn a lot and help Artie in many ways. Hopefully, I’ll get to meet some of you on some trips or IPTs.

  • avatar Arthur Morris/BIRDS AS ART

    Thank you all for sharing your thoughts. I like them both but like the color of the red cap better in Image #1.

    with love, artie

  • avatar Dale Longfellow

    Art versus nature. Unlike others, I struggled all day with this choice. As an artist clearly #1 because of the vibrant color of the head and eye. As one who studies bird behavior #2 because of the story it tells and movement. My heart says #1, and my mind says #2.

  • avatar David Policansky

    Congratulations to you and Amy. I prefer the second image for all the reasons others have given. I also like the way the bird’s head and leg seem to arrive from different directions from somewhere in space but obviously are connected.

  • avatar Guido Bee

    #2 because there is something going on. #1 is super sharp, but just lacks the impact / interest of #2. If I had not seen #2 after the first image, #1 would have been really nice.
    I’m glad you are having good luck with the 1.7x. It works well for me with prime lenses (200 F/2.0, 300 F/4.0 and 600 F/4.0). AF is bit slower than the naked lenses, but sharpness is pretty good for my needs. 2.0x (mine is a model II, as is my 1.4x) but my lenses are about a generation older, so they kind of match up.
    Congratulations on having Amy join the BAA family. Sounds like a win-win to me. Be well.

  • I much prefer the second image.
    You are correct. On the 1.7, version II is the latest while the 1.4 and 2.0 are both on version III. I have the latest version of the 1.7 and 2.0 but my 1.4 is one version back, the II. I’m glad you like the 1.7. I think the 1.7 is a major Dark Side advantage. No 1.7 from Canon! There is a lot of range between a 1.4 and a 2.0, especially on a 600mm! The 1.7 fills that gap nicely. Perhaps once you start talking about how much you like yours, Nikon will sell enough of them to develop a 1.7 III. 🙂

  • Artie, I love the second image without a doubt by leaps and bounds. I have seen many tight head portraits (and taken a few myself) but unless something interesting is going on, even a perfectly super-sharp image is just that – a technically great picture. The second image is so much more – there is motion (I can visualize the bird gathering up the twigs around the eggs), there is feeling (how protective birds are of their eggs, the sense of a caring mother), there is promise (like the eggs hatching into beautiful chicks), there is coziness (what could be more cozy than a bird’s nest). So, yes, second images is much stronger in many levels. If only the bird’s head was turned a little towards the camera to expose the eye more, it would’ve been a bit stronger but as such, the eye doesn’t really bother me. I can see the second image on a magazine cover but not the first.

  • avatar Dom Leone

    I think image #1 is the stronger image because when I saw it my reaction was “Wow” but
    I like image # 2 more because of the story it tells.
    Good luck to both of you. Looks like a win-win.

  • avatar Muriel McClellan

    Love the second one. The neck leading down to the eggs is spectacular. What a shot.

  • avatar Tom Kreulen

    Looks like you hired a winner. Good luck to both of you!

  • avatar juan Tolentino

    Wow, really good news about Amy, I read her blog (and subscribed) and she really sounds like a formidable young lady ( I know she is since you picked her). God Bless.

  • avatar Frank Sheets

    A big welcome to Amy!

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