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Tamron SP AF 2X Teleconverter 35mm Converters

3.5/5 (6 Reviews)


Product Description

- 2x the mag ratio of original lens.
- Multiple layer coating.
- Maximum barrel diameter 2.6 in. (66.7mm).


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Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by tcchou71 a Beginner

Date Reviewed: September 10, 2004

Bottom Line:   
With this 2xTC, I see chromatic aberrations that are not present in the original lens. This is particularly noticeable as red fringing. Otherwise, pictures are sharp.

I've also tried the non-SP version of the Tamron 2xTC. Not surprisingly the SP version is better, although only moderately so - there is somewhat less CA, and also less purple fringing introduced.

I only recommend buying this if you have a very fast base lens, or mostly shoot stationary objects with tripods. Like all 2x TCs, you lose 2 stops of light, which will make your lens 4x slower. For moving objects, where you'd like to retain autofocus, the 1.4x TC might be more practical.

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Duration Product Used:   2-5 years

Price Paid:    $194.00

Purchased At:   Adorama

Similar Products Used:   Tamron MC7 (non-SP version of 2x converter)

Type of photography:   Outdoor


Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Lthlwpn1979 a Intermediate from Des Moines, IA

Date Reviewed: August 14, 2003

Strengths:    Compact and light
Picture quality awsome
Good price, can find for $200 new


Weaknesses:    Haven't found any yet

Bottom Line:   
This doubler is a great bargain! I've heard a lot of compliments on Tamron's SP line and I agree with them. I used it on my Canon 70-300 IS USM and Sigma 170-500 lenses. On both lenses there was no noticeable light falloff or color change. The shot looked dark through the view finder on my Rebel 2000 but the prints proved otherwise. Autofocus doesn't work with the converter on but the Image Stabilizer still worked well. This piece is set up for autofocus on lenses with the three additional connectors. The converter is fairly compact and light, which is a bonus for outdoor work. Be careful about what lenses you use it with. The 70-300's rear glass element is flush with the mount, so I had to zoom it out a bit before putting the doubler on. It's too bad Canon doesn't make a 7 element converter for other than the L series.

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Duration Product Used:   2-5 years

Price Paid:    $150.00

Purchased At:   ebay

Similar Products Used:   Tamron 1.4x

Type of photography:   Outdoor


Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:5
Submitted by B-Dawg a Professional from Pitman, NJ

Date Reviewed: April 5, 2002

Strengths:    Inexpensive, but a quality build. Tamron's pretty good at putting out very good, if not excellent products.

Weaknesses:    By the shots I've taken, it seems best to overexpose a little - a half a stop or so - to get a perfect shot.

Bottom Line:   
The Tamron 2x SP is another example of a quality third-party piece of equipment that'll produce images just as good as the big guys.

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Duration Product Used:   2-5 years

Price Paid:    $189.00

Purchased At:   17th St. Camera

Type of photography:   Other


Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:4
Submitted by Jemini Joseph a Expert from Milwaukee, WI

Date Reviewed: May 17, 2001

Strengths:    Auotofocus, Built, Compatible with AF Nikkor 80-200 f/2.8 D ED

Weaknesses:    Lack of sharpness

Bottom Line:   
Not as sharp as Nikon TC-201. I took more than 10 comapring shots with TC-201, at no point I felt this is better than TC-201. If you are big fan of autofocus, then this is good. Works perfect with 80-200 f/2.8 D ED lens(new model). Used Velvia slide for testing.

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Duration Product Used:   6-10 years

Price Paid:    $195.00

Purchased At:   B & H Photo

Similar Products Used:   TC-201

Type of photography:   Outdoor


Overall Rating:3
Value Rating:3
Submitted by BJ Nicholls a Expert from Salt Lake City

Date Reviewed: March 19, 2001

Strengths:    Provides AF and aperture capability that Nikon converters lack.

Weaknesses:    With the Nikon 70-300 ED zoom, the converter creates significant chromatic abberation that is not seen with the Nikon TC-201. Not as sharp as the Nikon converter in my tests with this lens.

Bottom Line:   
Anyone posting a review of a teleconverter should mention which lens or lenses they have used it with. Although the Tamron Pro converter (which is identical to the Kenko Pro model) rates highly, it may not work well with all lenses. With my 70-300 ED Nikkor, my Nikon TC-201 significantly outperforms the Tamron unit. Unfortunately, the Nikon converter doen't have electical contacts or an AF linkage.

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Duration Product Used:   21+ years

Price Paid:    $170.00

Purchased At:   cameraworld.com

Similar Products Used:   Nikon TC-201, Sigma 2X APO

Type of photography:   Outdoor



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