2019 update?: Which lens with 80D for sports (surfing) - Canon 400mm-f/5.6 or Canon 100-400mm ii?

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2019 update?: Which lens with 80D for sports (surfing) - Canon 400mm-f/5.6 or Canon 100-400mm ii?

Hi,

I can find some discussions, both here and elsewhere about which would be better between the Canon 400mm vs. the 100-400mm non-ii, mainly about BIF, but I was wondering about the Canon 400mm vs. the 100-400mm ii, for a sport like surfing, specifically with the 80D?

For what I am looking for, surfing, specifically, I can't foresee shooting close in...  distances are typically at about 50 to100+ yards, so the minimum focus distance is not a concern/issue.

I know that the 100-400mm has IS, vs. the 100mm, which doesn't, but I shoot mainly on a tripod, with a gimbal.

So things I am wondering about (in comparison) are AF speed with the 80D and IQ.

I am not currently planning to use a 1.4x extender, but I guess that is also a potential thing I might do, so I'm also interested in how that compares between those 2 lenses and using the 80D?

Sorry for lots of questions.  I've been thinking of renting both to try them, but I always (mentally) hesitate because that $100-200 for rental could go towards actual purchase :)!!

Jim

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