This kit includes: 500mm f/4L IS II USM super telephoto lens, Calumet Large Lens Gimbal Head and Calumet 8157 4-Section 8X Carbon Fiber Tripod.
The 500mm f/4L IS II USM super telephoto lens is a worthy successor to the lauded Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS USM. The new EF lens features redesigned Fluorite optics that deliver sharper images with less chromatic aberration. The magnesium and titanium construction elements help reduce the weight of the lens.
Because image stabilization technology in super telephoto lenses may inadvertently over-compensate and interfere with composing and framing distant or moving subjects, the EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM includes an advanced third Image Stabilization mode (Mode 3) that activates the image stabilization only when the shutter button is fully pressed. This allows users to pan fast-moving subjects and then activate IS only when it is precisely required. Additionally, all three IS modes give the equivalent effect of a shutter speed four stops faster, ideally positioning the Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM for professional action photography, from sports to nature.
The addition of the Power Focus mode enables smooth focus change when shooting video. Buttons and switches are redesigned for intuitive, deliberate operation, and dust and water sealing keeps the EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM functioning flawlessly in even the most challenging environments.
Calumet Large Lens Gimbal Head
This is the simplest, smartest, and sagest support for anyone shooting long-lens photography, including nature, landscape and sports photographers. The Gimbal head provides fluid-smooth, virtually weightless, pan and tilt movements for most long lenses that will not only improve your performance and image quality, but will also minimize accidental damage to your expensive equipment. Its gimbal design makes it possible to rotate your lens around its center of gravity and to do so with utmost precision and safety. Its simple, straight-forward design and high-quality construction make the Gimbal Head easy to use in all types of environments and all sorts of weather.
4-Section 8X Carbon Fiber Tripod
The 8000 Series tripods were designed to meet the needs of today’s traveling photographer. They feature legs that are made out of eight layers of the latest carbon-fiber technology, which is renowned for its amazing strength-to-weight ratio. In addition to carbon fiber legs, the 8157 tripod features strong magnesium-alloy components, non-slip rubber leg locks and rubber feet with retractable stainless steel spikes.
Other unique design features include a spring-loaded mounting platform with ¼-20 and 3/8" mounts, a built-in spirit level for quick leveling and foam leg covers for over-the-shoulder carrying comfort. The 8157 also features three-position leg-angle adjustments, a grooved center column for added stability and comes with a carrying case with shoulder strap.