Best teleconverters in 2024: how they work, what to look for

Best teleconverters
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The best teleconverters offer a more affordable way to increase your photographic reach without having to buy a longer lens. Essentially, they are like a secondary lens or magnifying adaptor that fits between your lens and the camera body, which then enlarges the central part of the image. 

Generally speaking, you'd use a teleconverter with a telephoto lens – wide-angle prime and zoom lenses are not usually compatible. Because teleconverters extend the focal range of a telephoto lens without degrading the image quality, they're very popular with nature and wildlife shooters who need to fill the frame to small subjects.

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Sebastian Oakley
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For nearly two decades Sebastian's work has been published internationally. Originally specializing in Equestrianism, his visuals have been used by the leading names in the equestrian industry such as The Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI), The Jockey Club, Horse & Hound, and many more for various advertising campaigns, books, and pre/post-event highlights.

He is a Fellow of The Royal Society of Arts, holds a Foundation Degree in Equitation Science, and is a Master of Arts in Publishing.  He is a member of Nikon NPS and has been a Nikon user since the film days using a Nikon F5 and saw the digital transition with Nikon's D series cameras and is still to this day the youngest member to be elected into BEWA, The British Equestrian Writers' Association. 

He is familiar with and shows great interest in street, medium, and large format photography with products by Leica, Phase One, Hasselblad, Alpa, and Sinar. Sebastian has also used many cinema cameras from the likes of Sony, RED, ARRI, and everything in between. He now spends his spare time using his trusted Leica M-E or Leica M2 shooting Street photography or general life as he sees it, usually in Black and White.