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03-29-2016, 07:22 AM   #1
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Having issues with the Tamron 1.4 Teleconverter

I have been out taking gobs of pictures with the K3 and the DA*300 and didn't have any issues. The last couple of outings I have tried using the Tamron-F 1.4X Pz-AF MC4 and it seems like the camera/lens is searching to focus in small increments. I have cleaned contacts on the camera,lens and both sides of the teleconverter. I am shooting using a tripod and shoot still objects.

I was wondering if anyone else has had this issue and if so were they able to correct it.

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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i have the same issue with the 50-135. I think it's just a quirk of the combo.
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Have you tried the TC with another lens or the lens by itself? Sometimes if light is not good enough the lens will have a hard time focusing.
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I read that the tc may not AF well in some circumstances if the lens is not F 2.8 or brighter.

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I have the same Tamron TC as you. It's just par for the course using a TC. Mine has a harder time with the DA 50-135 and the DA 200. My F*300 seems to work the best with a lot less hunting. I've come to the conclusion that the TC works best for stationary objects using a tripod. It is what it is.........
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Thanks for all the replies. At least I know it isn't something that I'm doing.

Is there a better teleconverter for this than the Tamron? I am using it for wildlife so the extra reach is really nice. I also have the Sigma 50-500, but I'm not ready to start lugging that thing around.

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QuoteOriginally posted by jbrowning Quote
Thanks for all the replies. At least I know it isn't something that I'm doing.

Is there a better teleconverter for this than the Tamron? I am using it for wildlife so the extra reach is really nice. I also have the Sigma 50-500, but I'm not ready to start lugging that thing around.

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If you want to spend $450 on the new Pentax HD 1.4 TC many people swear by it for the DA*300, but I'm just not willing to part with that much cash for a TC. I paid $115 for my Tamron TC so I'm happy with that.
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I totally agree with you Driline. I'm not will to spend that amount right now.

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QuoteOriginally posted by jbrowning Quote

Is there a better teleconverter for this than the Tamron?
The Pentax one is excellent.

Never had focus problems with it as described here.

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Have you tried the Pentax teleconverter with the Sigma 70-200 f/2.8 or the Sigma 50-500?

Those are about the only other lenses I use anymore.

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QuoteOriginally posted by jbrowning Quote
Have you tried the Pentax teleconverter with the Sigma 70-200 f/2.8 or the Sigma 50-500?

Those are about the only other lenses I use anymore.

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It depends which Sigmas your talking about

The HD converter will work well with all screw drive Sigmas but Sigma HSM reverse engineering is flaky
the Sigma 70-200 f2.8 EX OS wil not focus well with the HD converter

For the HSM Bigma you need others to respond.
Sigmas I have and tried the HD converter with

Sigma 400 Telemacro = good
Sigma Bigma EX = good
Sigma 70-200 EX = good
Sigma 70-200 EX os = unusable

IMO the HD converter is considerably better value as an in lens converter than the Pz tamron/teleplus etc it works
I bought my Pz 1.4 and 2.0 converters years ago and paid 32 and 8 respective about what they're worth .!
I paid 379 for my HD converter and again feel I got value.

If you want/need to drive in lens Pentax lens in AF with a converter and have full SR etc then don't throw any money on the non functional Pz legacy converters.
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I have the same Tamron TC, and use it with my DA55-300. I've had such great luck with it, wildlife almost exclusively. I don't find it "hunts" any more than the 55-300 does without the TC. All my photos of wildlife are handheld.
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