80-200AFS + 1.7TC or 70-300VR?

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80-200AFS + 1.7TC or 70-300VR?
Jun 17, 2010

I'm going on a trip next week and I was wanting to bring something that can get me near 300mm. I have both the 80-200AFS and the 70-300VR, but I don't have a TC for the 80-200 that can do better than the 70-300. I just tried out the 80-200 + kenko 1.4xTC (latest version) and at f/5.6 the 70-300 is better while at f/8 the 80-200+1.4Kenko TC is slightly better. At f/4 the 80-200+1.4xTC is pretty blurry at 100%.

I was wondering if I splurged for the Nikon 1.4xTC or 1.7xTC if the IQ would improve enough over the Kenko 1.4x to beat the 70-300VR AND how well the IQ would be wide open with either?

Anyone tried the 80-200AFS with either the 1.4x or 1.7x Nikon TCs? And if you have, do you have the 70-300VR and have compared the two?

Thanks -

John

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