Well, I have done a little research and have found that the 1000x ND filter inside the 400mm f/2.8 near the camera end is good if one is extremely careful. But, for the sun, the recommended way is to use a filter over the front of the lens, which cuts out about 99.99% of the light, yet is sharp enough for nice photos. And is less than $150. And, this allows one to visually look through the lens and adjust position, focus, etc. These filters are what one uses for safe viewing of a solar eclipse.
Either way, the process is one which requires a lot of careful preparation. I will use an alignment tool, so as to line up the lens with the sun via a shadow like a gun sight, mounted on the top of the lens and the camera. SImply moving the lens around on the tripod until the shadow lines up, locking the tripod, and then beginning the viewing process. I think I will have the bracket set up in camera as well so I can shoot several shots, then turn the lens away from the sun and view the results. This may be my excuse to purchase an iPad so as to tether the camera and not have to move anything to see the viewer, just cover the front of the lens and look at the iPad image.
Now that I have been talking to myself on this thread, maybe some are reading it.... If anyone has taken photos of the sun, seen the edges in resolution adequate to see the solar flares, let them post here on this thread.