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| p.3 #18 · Official: Nikon 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G AF-S VR released! |
Elan II wrote:
Some better photos at that link. I don't see anywhere there nor elsewhere that the tripod collar is included. It's not listed as an included accessory either. At the same time, I don't see it offered for sale separately, so you could be right. It would help if you could provide a source.
<strike>I know this sounds hookey, but now I can't find the link where someone verified that it is included. I searched my browser history with no success.</strike>
However, as you mention, the collar is not listed as a separate accessory. Note that none of the high-end zooms on the Nikon USA site specifically list the tripod collar... all show the tripod mount but don't mention it. I checked the old 80-400, 70-200 f4, 70-200 f2.8, 200-400 f4 and they don't list the collar as an included accessory either.
Furthermore, the product page does show the lens with and without the collar and does not say in fine print "sold separately". It's my opinion that the collar is simply considered to be part of the lens itself and therefore not specifically mentioned.
Sorry, not much to go on in the way of proof.
UPDATE: I found it! Go to this page:
click on "New 80-400 AF-S: Tripod mount shown. Is it supplied?"