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Old Jan 27, 2010, 7:38 PM   #1
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Are there any inexpensive multiplier/converters out there for Nikon lenses that work well in day light? I want to capture wildlife shots without the expense of an expensive telephoto/zoom lens.
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Old Jan 27, 2010, 7:50 PM   #2
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In general, 1.4X and 1.5X teleconverters are good and reasonably priced. The cheap 2X teleconverters are not worth the price. I had a Quantaray 2X teleconverter that I started referring to as "the Purple Fringe Machine."

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Yes, I purchased a Quantaray zoom for my old D70 and it was hit and miss working even after taking it back and getting a replacement.
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Are there any inexpensive multiplier/converters out there for Nikon lenses that work well in day light? I want to capture wildlife shots without the expense of an expensive telephoto/zoom lens.
No, there really aren't any good inexpensive converters. The 1.7 is around $500, which while it isn't expensive, it's not cheap either. The other problem you have, is teleconverters do no work well with consumer grade variable aperture lenses, and Nikon even states not to use converters on those lenses. Some could even be potentially damaged by the use of a teleconverter. Fast expensive prime lenses work pretty good with converters, although image quality does suffer a bit. You could also get by with a constant aperture zoom, but again all these lenses are expensive.
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