2006-10-21 - Goose Grin

Yesterday I received a new piece of camera gear - a 1.7x teleconverter for my 70-200VR. What does that mean? Basically, I now have a 119-340mm F/4.8 VR lens :-) That's equivalent to a focal length of 510mm in 35mm standards. The extra reach will no doubt come in very handy.

I've only just started experimenting with it but I'm already getting shots I wouldn't have managed in the past. I've also realised that I'm going to have to work on my technique to ensure sharp shots with these long focal lengths...

Oh, and today marks my 600th daily photo!

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Fred Congrats on the 600th photo, Stephen.

Don't you feel a great sense of achievement to be able to keep up daily posting for well over a year with a job & social life.

Also, great on the teleconverter. I thought Nikon had a 1.4 and 2.0 but I haven't really kept up to date with their new products or anything recently.

I heard that teleconverts also degrade image quality... the bigger the teleconverter the more image quality you lose. That said, with an awesome camera such as the D200 with it's brilliant 11 mega pixels, this should be absolutely no problem, and you should still be able to manage fairly tight crops.
Stephen Cameron Thanks Fred :-) Yes, it is a great sense of achievement to make it this far, even with so much going on in my life. I'm not so good at replying to comments always but I read and appreciate all of them!

You're right about teleconverters degrading image quality. You also lose 1-2 stops of light by adding one. However, the Nikon 1.7x TC is offers a nice balance between reach and light loss.