Nikon 2x Tele Converter TC-E2

The Nikon 2x Tele Converter TC-E2 package comes with the lens and front and rear caps.

Nikon 2x Tele Converter TC-E2

There are some important notes:

The on-camera lens is equivalent to a 38mm - 152mm zoom (35mm equivalent). Since this converter has a magnification of 2.0, mounting it on the camera effectively changes the zoom to 76mm - 304mm (35mm equivalent). However, not every focal length in this range can be used. See below. Since adding a converter on top of a lens always reduces some optical quality, normally only the combined focal length that is not available with the on-camera lens (i.e., 152mm-304mm) will be used. In this range we have most of the popular moderate telephoto focal lengths: 180mm, 200mm and 300mm. The relative positions on the zoom scale are shown in the table below:

Focal Length 152mm 180mm 200mm 300mm
Zoom Scale 33% 46% 54% 98%

Therefore, if the combined focal length is less than 152mm, use the on-camera lens rather than a converter. Otherwise, vignetting will occur. See the image below.

Vignetting may occur if a shorter combined focal length is used

Shooting in Telephoto 1 mode or Regular Mode

You can use the Telephoto 1 mode. See General Operations for the way of selecting a converter mode. Once this mode is selected, the on-camera lens is zoomed all the way in so that the combined focal length is 304mm (35mm equivalent), and the zooming button can only be used to zoom in and out between the range of 14.1mm and 32mm (or 134mm and 304mm - 35mm equivalent) to prevent vignetting. Moreover, both internal and external flashes are disabled. Please keep in mind that this mode is only available in M-REC.

You do not have to enter a converter mode to use a lens converter even if you are in M-REC. This means you can use this tele converter in the Regular mode. See General Operations for the details.


The minimum camera-subject distance is 30cm/11.7 in. If the distance is shorter than this, the camera fails to focus. Should this happen, you can use the Close-Up mode. Another possibility is the use of Nikon's high quality two-element, achromatic #5T (1.5) and #6T (2.9) close-up filters. They have a thread size of 62mm.

Filter Issues

The filter thread size is 62mm.

Focus Distance

If you use Manual Focus in M-REC or use Infinity focus mode (i.e., the mountain icon) in either A-REC or M-REC, the focus distance is different from the actual distance. Consequently, you should ignore this distance and use the LCD monitor to make sure your subjects are in focus.


Here are a number of sample images. Most of them were taken using longer focal lengths near the 230mm end on a 990 or the 304mm end on a 995.

Click on the image to see a larger one

Technical Data

The following technical information are taken from Nikon's manual. These information are for 950/990/995 only, and should be different for other Nikon cameras.

Item Technical Data
Number of lenses 4 elements in 3 groups
Magnification x2
Combined focal length 304mm (35mm equivalent)
Combined max. aperture F4.0 at tele side