Tamron 1.4X SP AF PRO

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1.4x $219
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(From company literature) The SP AF PRO-series teleconverters, with a re-designed optical construction (4-group/5-element for 1.4X and 4-group/7-element for 2X), are designed to be used with lenses that are f/2.8 and of focal lengths of 90mm or greater. This would make the use of the SP teleconverters ideal for the Tamron SP90mm f/2.8 macro, 70-210mm f/2.8 and 300mm f/2.8. Relative illumination is significantly improved resulting in better overall contrast and resolution across the entire image field. In addition, chromatic aberration and astigmatism are better compensated for by virtue of the use of higher-grade glass materials and more sophisticated design techniques than used in universal-type teleconverters. When used with lenses with smaller maximum apertures (f/4 and f/5.6, for example), there will be little difference in image quality as compared with the standard Tamron teleconverters. When used with lenses wider than 90mm, the SP teleconverters can actually compromise image quality.

Tamron 1.4X SP AF PRO User Reviews

9.0/10 average of 1 review(s) Build Quality 9.0/10 Image Quality 9.0/10
  • 9 out of 10 points and recommended by cman3002 (1 reviews)
    Optical quality comparable to Canon 1.4, but less expensive
    Ineffective or loss of AF with certain lenses (typical of teleconverters)

    Image quality on same level as Canon 1.4x II converter, for $100 less. As is the case with the Canon teleconverter, AF will be affected on lenses with minimum apertures of f/5.6 or smaller, however, with the Tamron, AF is possible with both Canon and non-Canon lenses.

    reviewed January 27th, 2007 (purchased for $169)