Wildlife lens or teleconverter combo?

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Fuzzwang
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Wildlife lens or teleconverter combo?
3 months ago

I'm looking for a decent option to shoot wildlife and birds with. Currently I'm asking way too much from my 70-210 beercan. I find I'm almost continuously using it at 210mm where it obviously doesn't perform best and even then I need more reach. I need to stay under £1000 if at all possible as I'm on a budget (aren't we all?) but I'm not averse to second hand if I can get it. Currently I'm considering hiring and trying...
70-400mm 4-5.6 G SSM although I'm worried it may prove too heavy for being in the field all day. I'd rather avoid relying on a monopod if possible to keep myself fully mobile.

70-300mm 4.5-5.6 G SSM although I've read it can be a little soft at 300 which is where I'm likely to use it.
Thirdly I've debated about getting a teleconverter but I have little to no knowledge in how much impact they'd have on IQ or light as well as being less researched in what I could team it with for good results.
I'd really welcome some advice from those who have used or know these lenses as I'm currently going round in circles reading reviews that praise and slate them in equal measure!

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