Nikon Z Teleconverter TC-2.0x review

The Nikon Z Teleconverter TC-2.0x aims to prove that twice as much really can be twice as good, and for more than just bumping up your telephoto reach.

Nikon Z Teleconverter TC-2.0x
(Image: © Matthew Richards)

Digital Camera World Verdict

By nature, high-quality telephoto lenses tend to be big, heavy and expensive. That makes it especially frustrating if your telephoto prime or zoom runs out of reach when you’re shooting the likes of action, sports and wildlife photography, and you need to buy and carry additional heavyweight glass. Or do you? The Z TC-2.0x doubles the reach of most Nikon Z-system telephoto lenses while adding very little to their size and weight. As usual, you lose a couple of f/stops in aperture brightness but image quality and all-round performance remain very good indeed. While the TC-2.0x is pretty pricey for a teleconverter, it’s still a massive saver in expense as well as size and weight, compared with doubling up on telephoto lenses.


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    Solid, weather-sealed build

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    Remarkably good performance

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    Doubles your reach and macro potential


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    Fairly expensive for a teleconverter

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    The usual 2 f/stops of aperture reduction

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The Nikon Z Teleconverter TC-2.0x aims to make amends. Traditionally, teleconverters have earned a dubious reputation for spoiling the image quality of lenses that they’re coupled with. That’s not surprising because a teleconverter is a bit like a glorified magnifying glass that enlarges a portion of the image circle from a lens, while also magnifying every imperfection in its optical performance. Autofocus can also be affected, resulting in relatively pedestrian speeds. But as we’ve reported previously, Nikon says its Z-mount teleconverters will not degrade image quality, and that you’ll ‘enjoy the focusing speed you’ve come to expect from Nikon Z’. We’re here to put those claims to the test, for the TC-2.0x as well as for the TC-1.4x, reviewed separately.

Here’s how the TC-2.0x compares with the smaller TC-1.4x for physical size. (Image credit: Matthew Richards)

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Matthew Richards

Matthew Richards is a photographer and journalist who has spent years using and reviewing all manner of photo gear. He is Digital Camera World's principal lens reviewer – and has tested more primes and zooms than most people have had hot dinners! 

His expertise with equipment doesn’t end there, though. He is also an encyclopedia  when it comes to all manner of cameras, camera holsters and bags, flashguns, tripods and heads, printers, papers and inks, and just about anything imaging-related. 

In an earlier life he was a broadcast engineer at the BBC, as well as a former editor of PC Guide.