Canon 100-400mm V1 or 2X III extender with 70-200mm III for Safari?

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Abbott Schindler Senior Member • Posts: 2,852
Re: Canon 100-400mm V1 or 2X III extender with 70-200mm III for Safari?

I’d go with the 400 (I) and wish that I had the (II). I’ve had both and the v2 is better in terms of sharpness, IS, min focus distance, and for me, general handling.

You wonder whether you’d get much other use from a 100-400. Have you considered it for landscapes (one of my favorite lenses for capturing detail) or closeups of birds,(like at a window feeder), flowers and similar subjects (with and without an extension tube) and so on?  100-400 is such a useful range that a) I can’t imagine not having one, and b) I’d try to stretch and buy even a used v2 copy.

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