Panny 100-400

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Panny 100-400
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As I said elsewhere, I've lost my long lens option.
Just read a very positive review of the 100-400 Panny.  Very sharp wide open in the centre, which with a lens that slow is mostly how it would be used.  Also amazingly small and light, and not stupid money.  
The answer then?
Trouble is I keep seeing appalling samples here and people complaining.  It must be one of the following:
1.  The positive review is wrong and it's soft, in which case I'll give it a miss.
2.  It is subject to sample variation, in which case I should pay well over the odds for a UK stock one.
3.  An 800mm EFL is a b*stard to manage, and the people with soft results haven't mastered it.
Which?
Another option is the 200 f2.8 and matching TC.  Primes are a menace for action shooting, but it looks like a damn good lens.
I'm a landscaper, I don't really need a hugely long lens very often. When I do, it doesn't need to be fast, but it does need to be SHARP.  I'm not going to spend arm plus leg on this.
For reference, I had the Panny something to 300 consumer lens and sold it, it wasn't sharp enough.

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