Nikon Z7 + 70-200mm f/2.8E FL VR + TC20e III teleconverter – Good Enough for Travelling? ​


Does the Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8E FL VR lens still produce good images with the 2x teleconverter? I’d seen mixed reviews so I wanted to find out for myself!

We’re travelling to Georgia in May and I’ll be taking my light and versatile Nikon 70-200mm f/2.8 FL VR lens. Rather than also take my bulky Nikon 200-500mm f/5.6E, I wondered if I could use teleconverters to get more reach when I need it instead. I already knew that the Nikon TC14e III 1.4x converter works very well with this lens, but I was less sure about the TC20e III 2x converter and couldn’t find any reviews of that combination with the Nikon Z7 and FTZ adapter. I wanted to test the usability and image quality for myself, so I went out to find some red deer to photograph, and recorded this short video so I could share my little photographic experiment!

Having tested the lens and teleconverter in a few different situations, I can say that the combination to works very well. There are obviously some penalties when using the teleconverter (some loss of image sharpness, maximum aperture f/5.6, and less responsive autofocus / vibration reduction), but the image quality is still good and I feel these are acceptable given the weight and size advantages. For trips where weight is less of an issue, or when wildlife photography is the main focus, I’ll still be using the 200-500mm lens, but for travelling, I’m happy to take the 70-200mm with my 1.4x / 2x teleconverters and leave the bigger lens at home.

Note: This is my own opinion based on my specific equipment and experiences. I am very lucky to be using the latest versions of both lens and teleconverter (second hand from eBay) and appreciate that results from different versions of either could be significantly different. Even with the same equipment, variation between different copies of the lens are possible, so mileage may vary! All images were post processed in the same way as they would have been if I’d used the 200-500mm lens. For the comparison image, post processing settings were identical.

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Music: “Legacy” by Luke Moseley

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Equipment I used (or discussed) in this video (full list available here: with Amazon Affiliate Links – you pay nothing extra but Amazon pays me a tiny percentage if you use the link.

Photographic kit:
Nikon Z7 FX Mirrorless Camera:
Nikon Z-Nikkor 24-70mm f/4 S Lens:
Nikon AF-S 70-200mm f/2.8E FL ED VR IF Lens:
Nikon AF-S 200-500mm F5.6E ED VR Lens:
Nikon Teleconverter TC14e III:
Nikon Teleconverter TC14e III:
Velbon CF630 Tripod:
Really Right Stuff BH-55 Head:
Peak Design Slide Summit Strap:
Nikon ENEL15b Rechargeable Li-ion (for Nikon Z7):
Sony 128GB G-Series XQD Card (for Nikon Z7):
Sony USB3.1 XQD Card Reader:

Video Recording:
DJI Osmo Pocket miniature gimbal:
DJI Osmo Pocket Expansion Kit:
UltraPod II mini-tripod:
Ulanzi LED Video Light:

Other Field Kit:
HyperJuice power pack:
Leica Trinovid 10×25 BCA Binoculars:

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23 thoughts on “Nikon Z7 + 70-200mm f/2.8E FL VR + TC20e III teleconverter – Good Enough for Travelling? ​”

  1. I have a Nikon F4 body with a Nikon AF 70-300mm Nikon zoom lens.

    As an alternative to the bulky and expensive Nikon AF 300-500mm lens I was considering buying in August, if I use a Nikon Nikkor TC-20E III teleconverter on my Nikon AF 70-300mm lens, , will the AF autofocus feature still work and what range will the converter extend my 70-300mm Nikon lens to?

    Thank You

  2. Nice video. I've always purchased the best teleconverters I could find from Nikon and they never seem to get things sharp enough for me. I just lose too much quality with them. So, for me, I wouldn't recommend the AF-S Teleconverter TC-20EIII… disappointed me too many times. Just carry the 200-500 or you'll hate yourself if it's a once in a lifetime image capturing opportunity. It also impacts the F-stops… your images are fantastic btw. I do also love the 70-200 FL VR – I don't mind lugging the larger 200-500 lens… in the end, it's worth it.

  3. Interesting video! I got the Z6 and my Tamron 150-600 I is not working anymore, they say they bring an update, but I am actually considering selling it and investing in the 200-500mm plus maybe a 1.4x converter. Have you ever tested that? And also love the music, damn when I hear that I want to film another wildlife outdoor series 😀

  4. Hi Geoff, great video. Best I could find with the Z mirrorless and a teleconverter. I am interested to know whether you can help me more on specifics. I've got a Z6 and 80-200mm AFS. I am looking for the best teleconverter quality wise and trying to decide between the TC17e ii and TC20e iii (as here) – TC14 isn't enough reach. 2x is obviously better for reach and preferred although less important to me as I am mostly an event photographer. As I understand the z series cameras work better which make a few reviews I've seen online redundant.. This started off a short question and ended up a bit bigger. Your advice is much appreciated 🙂

  5. I enjoy your videos Geoff first class.. any chance of increasing the view time on your spec captions … feels a bit 'hurried '. Please keep your vids coming . Ted. Nottingham.

  6. I’m curious. I tried a Nikkor 300mm f/4 VR with a 1.4 Nikkor teleconverter with FTZ on Z7 giving me 420mm. My shots were difficult to focus and when I got home, I had decided that the VR on the lens was acting in violation of the body VR. I tried the same setup with the lens VR off and got better images. Did your Nikkor 70-200 have the VR on?


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