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Canon EF 200-400mm f/4L IS USM 1.4x Extender

Review Date: Jul 27, 2015 Recommend? yes | Price paid: $10,800.00 | Rating: 10 

Pros: IQ, AF, Flexibility, f/4 vs f/5.6 in 100-400, built-in TC
Weight if you like handholding, price (but for me it is worth its cost)

I will preface this with my use for this lens has been mainly birds and some other wildlife.
This lens is a beast in good ways of build quality and in less good ways like weight. The inclusion of the 1.4TC is the best thing I've seen in a modern lens. The flexibility this gives you to go from 200-560 instantly is a huge benefit if you are shooting a variety of subjects or subjects at different distances. With the newer cameras like 1DX and 7D2 that have the option to automatically keep you same overall exposure when you flick in and out the TC makes this lens behave like a flawless 200-560 f/4-f/5.6 lens.I have also had great success adding the external 1.4TCIII and using the lens as a 280-784mm f/5.6-f/8 lens. I have even got good images with 2xTCIII and internal at 1120mm f/11 believe it or not (MF or LV focus only).

The cons to this lens is the weight for extended handholding and travel.

IQ is top notch and AF response is very good.

Highly recommended if it suits your needs.