Kirk Lens Collar/Tripod Mount - 80-400mm f4.5-5.6 VR
$110, shipping & paypal included!
This is the lens collar that transforms the OLD AF VR 80-400 f/4.5-5.6. (Not the new AF-S lens.)
It supports the lens both front and back, unlike the flimsy, basically useless stock collar. It can be removed WITHOUT detaching the lens from the camera, allowing an easy switch from tripod to hand held. The integral Arca-Swiss style foot is long enough to to locate the lens nodal point over the tripod center, eliminating parallax errors and allowing accurate multi-shot panoramas. It completely changes the experience of shooting with the 80-400, and makes it usable on a tripod.
One small issue is that the clamping screw is not retained, & falls off when loosened. Easily solved by fitting a snug O-ring over the threads. I'll include extra O-rings - enough to last a lifetime!
Pic shows how collar supports the lens front and back. The collar is lined with super slick non-marring UHMW plastic, making camera+lens rotation a breeze.
Sells new for $160. Yours for $110, paypalled, shipped. Sorry, lens not included
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