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The sharpness is actually very good at 560 mm, the image with the two human beings ( ) photographing the waterfall is just a tad front focussed. You can find tiny, tack sharp straws if you look elsewhere, but it takes a dedicated pixel peeper to do that
What is underwhelming, and not possibly subject to user error, copy variation or anything else but the lens+TC, is the red-green CA you can easily see towards the right edge, in the walkway.
Edit: Peter, you found the sharpness as well. Well done
Trust me, I am a dedicated pixel peeper I think I have spent more time pixel peeping the images I shot with the 500 ii loaner I got off CPS than I actually spent shooting (with and without 1.4 x ii) with it
To me, there is nothing in any sample, anywhere (front focused, back focused, focus nailed on subject) in these RAW files that says supertele prime like quality. I managed to tear my eyes away from the two cute ladies and view that straw at 100%. It's in focus just as I saw it earlier, but I'm still not impressed.
I've even converted a couple of the RAWs myself using DPP and compared to 70-200/2 x iii and the winner is....(hint, the combo costs 6 times less) I'm not bashing the new lens, just these samples. As I said I'd like to see more samples and I think we might then get to see what all the fuss is about. The portrait of the guy is as close to decent as any of these shots gets. Obviously that's just me... blind and fussy