Which 100-400 for outdoor sports?

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Which 100-400 for outdoor sports?

I'm considering adding a 100-400 lens for reach and to add some flexibility to my kit for shooting my son's outdoor sports: baseball and soccer.  This year I used my 70-200 f2.8L with the 1.4x extender and was happy with the results.  But, this left me with a 24-70/2.8 on my 5D4 which rarely got used as it was just too short.  The 70-200 (without extender) on the 5D4 would have been the ideal 2nd body/lens combo.

So now my thinking is put a 100-400 on the 7D2 and the 70-200 on the 5D4.  The 100-400II is the obvious choice, but is more than I'm willing to spend.  So I'm considering these:

  • Canon 100-400 version 1
  • Sigma 100-400
  • Tamron 100-400

AF performance is my top priority for sports, so my thinking is to go with the older Canon.  But...the Siggy and Tamron are newer designs, and I much prefer their extending zoom over the push/pull of the Canon.  So maybe the AF advantage isn't as great for the Canon as I'm assuming?  Image quality for all three seems close enough to call it a wash.

The Sigma doesn't have a tripod collar, and it's a $150 add-on for the Tamron.  I use a monopod a lot for outdoor sports, so more points for the 2nd hand Canon here.

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