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Nikon Teleconverters AF TC-16 and TC-16A

When the
Nikon F3AF SLR camera was introduced, Nikon also brought along the first autofocus teleconverter with a revolutionary concept. As when it is used in combination with F3AF SLR camera (With DX-1 AF finder attached), the TC-16 could "convert" many of the Nikkor lenses from 24 mm to 300 mm with a minimum maximum aperture of f/2.0 or faster (Which includes the Nikon Series E lenses introduced at the same period) with an instantly transformed autofocus capability.

Mounted between the Nikon F3AF camera body with the DX-1 AF Finder installed, the only camera assembly the TC-16 can work with, it increases the prime lens's effective focal length to 1.6X with but a 1-1/3 f/stop loss in effective aperture. TC-16 able to work with a large number of lenses, providing autofocus operation with F3AF only (i.e., focus-aid function not available) with Nikkor and Nikon Series E lenses. A built-in micromotor enables the teleconverter lens elements to move, assuring virtually instantaneous focus detector and pinpoint subject focus with the F3AF SLR camera.

Instruction Manual of Nikon AF TC-16 in HTML format |

The F3AF with DX-1 finder, the companion AF-Nikkor 80mm f/2.8( attached onto camera) and AF-Nikkor 200mm f/3.5 ED-IF.

Credit: Images courtesy of Mr MCLau/Edward Ngoh ® <> copyright © 2003.

The multiple element lens construction in the TC-16 ensures your teleconverter delivers adequetely high optical performance with negligible decrease in image quality. As with most Nikon optics, the TC-16 benefits from Nikon Integrated Coating (NIC), applied to all air-to-glass surfaces to reduce ghost images, flare and to make color rendition more natural-looking with constant high contrast images. Note: Serial Number for the original AF TC-16 may have been started from 200001

LENS/TELECONVERTER COMPATIBILITY The following table lists a variety of Ai-type Nikkor and Nikon Series E lenses which can be used with the Nikon AF Teleconverter TC-16 during its introduction.

Nikkor 24mm f/2.0
Nikkor 24mm f/2.0S
Nikkor 28mm f/2.0 (Product number 540021 or higher)
Nikkor 28mm f/2.0S
NikRor 35mm f/1.4S
Nikkor 35mm f/2.0 (Product number 931001 or higher)
Nikkor 35mm f/2.0S
Nikkor 50mm f/1.2
Nikkor 50mm f/1.2S
Nikkor 50mm f/1.4 (Product number 3988001 or higher)
Nikkor 50mm f/1.4S
Nikkor 50mm f/1.8
Nikkor 50mm f/1.8S
Series E 50mm f/1.8
Nikkor 50mm f/2.0 (Product number 3640001 or higher)
Nikkor 55mm f/1.2
Noct Nikkor 58mm f/1.2
Noct Nikkor 58mm f/1.2S
Nikkor 85mm f/1.4S
Nikkor 85mm f/2.0
Nikkor 85mm f/2.0S
Nikkor 105mm f/1.8S
Nikkor 135mm f/2.0
Nikkor 135mm f/2.0S
Nikkor 200mm f/2.0 IF-ED
Nikkor 200mm f/2.0S IF-ED
Nikkor 300mm f/2.0S IF-ED

Important Note:

1. You can distinguish Ai-S from Al lenses through the color of the minimum aperture indication on the aperture-direct-readout (ADR) scales - the Ai-S's scale is engraved in orange, that of Al in white. 2. It is impossible to attach the TC-16 to any prime lens on which another tele-converter has been mounted 3. If the prime lens is the 300mm f/2 IF-ED, make sure you don't use its dedicated teleconverter TC-14C at the same time. 4. Non-AI-type lenses cannot be used with the TC-16. 5. Do not attempt to mount any lens other than those listed in the table above (especially any AI-modified lens or other manufacturers' lenses) on the TC-16 - this will damage both lens and teleconverter. Check the | Instruction Manual section of Nikon AF TC-16 in HTML format | for more information

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