Contemplating long telephoto, or teleconverter

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Contemplating long telephoto, or teleconverter

I'm thinking about getting either a Nikon 200-500 f/5.6, or similar, or getting a couple of teleconverters for my Sigma 70-200 f/2.8.

I shoot mostly concerts, and f/5.6 is going to be a lot less useful than f/4. I also occasionally shoot some day time wildlife (whales, seals, squirrels, that kind of thing), though not seriously like many wildlife shooters. Here, f/5.6 is probably not going to be much of a stretch mostly. I would like to try my hand at rally photography, though we really only have one event per year here, so not sure how that would pan out.  It's mostly for futzing around on my own stuff, and getting a bit closer for concerts.

Has anyone out there tried both approaches, and do you have any recommendations on which would be best?  I'm not concerned about corner sharpness, or even vignetting.  As long as I can put my subject in the centre and get a nice sharp image, I'm fine.  I understand the loss of 1 stop for the 1.4X and 2 stops for 2.0X, and this is partly the reason I'm leaning towards teleconverters vs. 200-500 - I can go to 280mm at f/4.

I do not have any local camera stores where I can try these out.

Rich

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Nikon D610 Nikon D500 Tokina AT-X Pro 11-16mm f/2.8 DX Sigma 70-200mm F2.8 EX DG OS HSM Sigma 17-50mm F2.8 EX DC OS HSM +10 more
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