I had been toying with the idea of saving up for a Nikkor 400mm but had balked at the expense, especially knowing how little I would actually use it. So when I saw a Nikon TC-14B teleconverter on Craigslist in like new condition with box and all paperwork, I jumped. The only two lenses that I have that it will fit on (because of its extruding front element) are my Nikkor 300mm f4.5 and my Nikkor 135mm f3.5. Pity that my 80-200mm f4 won't fit!
But I took it out on Monday to see what I could do, in less than optimal conditions. The hummingbird photos were taken on the fly, wheeling the 300mm lens around on a tripod and dialing the focus down from infinity to guess at the distance -- these two frames are the only ones I got. I just wish my focus had been about 5 inches farther out! The shot of Glacier Peak is a four-shot panorama that I unfortunately underexposed. I'll get the TC out a little more to see what it can really do. And I'll try it on the 135mm, although I can't imagine the circumstance that would make that necessary.
The hummingbirds and mountain were at f5.6. The flowers were at f8.
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