Could Topaz make Telephoto shots reasonable?

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Could Topaz make Telephoto shots reasonable?
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Using a Canon 6D, I hooked up my 100-400 L lens, took a shot at 3200 ISO at 400 mm, 1/2000 of a second, at f11, in broad daylight. The result was less noisy than I thought it would be, but of course it wasn't as sharp as a prime would be. I'm aware that no software will ever create an image that's as tack sharp as a high-end prime lens, but I've been wondering just how good the new Topaz sharpness and noise-reduction filters could be in creating an image that could be acceptable?

I first made various adjustments to the above-mentioned RAW file in Luminar 3, and then sharpened it in Topaz Sharpen AI, with the Focus settings at 90 and 90. I did not use DeNoise AI.The result was a virtually noise-free image that was very detailed indeed. I haven't yet checked closely for distortions, and I don't know how well Topaz could clean up and sharpen an image shot at dusk, with a much higher ISO setting, but what I've seen initially seems promising.

Of course, I'd much prefer a Canon 800 mm L prime lens, but I'm not so crazy about putting a major dent in my finances with the $13,000 invoice. I'm wondering if paying somewhat more than $400 for a 2x extender and learning to baby it for its best performance would yield acceptable results using today's latest software.

Opinions most welcome.

Canon EOS 6D
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