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Tiffen 77mm Color Graduated Neutral Density 0.6 Filter
|Photo Filter Thread Size||77 Millimeters|
|Photo Filter Effect Type||Graduated Neutral Density|
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- Half Color, half clear with a graduated density transition for a smooth blending of Color
- Also for use in black and White imaging
- 72 millimeter diameter
- Neutral gray appearance drops exposure
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Tiffen Neutral Density Filters
These filters reduce the amount of light passing through the camera lens without changing the color of the scene. They are especially useful in bright light conditions to help prevent overexposure. Neutral Density filters also allow proper exposure at a wider lens opening for reduced depth-of-field to highlight a key subject by making the foreground and/or background out of focus. ND’s are must have filters especially if you are thinking of doing more landscape and nature photography.
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Often, you want to balance light intensity between two areas within a scene. This is important outdoors to allow more sky detail while properly exposing the foreground. Exposing for the foreground will produce a washed-out, over-exposed sky, exposing for the sky will leave the foreground dark, underexposed.
The perfect solution to transform a pallid sunrise or sunset into something spectacular. A neutral density 0.6-to-clear is often best for balancing sky to foreground.
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Tiffen 62mm color graduated neutral density 0.6 filter provides the solution of creating a balance between two areas within a space. Neutral density filters that are in the range of 0.6 to clear are often used to balance off the sky and the foreground. Mostly suitable for outdoor photography, this filter ensures that the clarity of the sky can be distinguished from the foreground of the subject. Perfect for the beach, sunrise and sunset shots. One can also rotate the filter to choose which parts of the frame they want darkened. The outcome is great depth in the pictures, color distinction and controlled exposure.
Although this filter is good for daylight outdoor photography, it still could come in handy if one wants to shoot black and white photos. All one has to do is position the dark part of the filter to correspond to the light area of the subject. It can also be used to take shots of the moon and the stars over a hill or mountain at dusk. Without a filter, the sky will be over exposed and the hill or mountain underexposed but with a filter both are exposed and well balanced. This is definitely the filter that will allow you to get a clear definition of the sky and surrounding landscape. Going for only $62.90 this filter should be in every camera bag.
The build quality of Tiffen filter is good since it is made from glass. Some Cokin filters for example are made from plastic which scratches easily. The threads on the Tiffen filter also makes it easy to fit and remove from the lens. Worries of damaging the lens will never arise while using this lens. There is however one drawback with the Tiffen neutral density filter.
It doesn’t fit seamlessly with the Canon lens. A little hard to get on there, in my personal opinion. Hopefully Tiffen will rectify this mechanical issue. Also,it can be tricky when it comes to partitioning between the filtered and unfiltered areas. This though can be overcome with regular practice. Other than that, Tiffen never disappoints and one can be confident that they will get their value for money with this neutral density 0.6 filter.
Tiffen offers a guarantee on their web site. I sent them an email explaining the issue, and illustrated with photos, and histograms showing the problem. There was a long time delay then I got a return authorization email from them. I returned the defective filter via USPS. That was a month ago. I have heard nothing since.
I do not recommend buying anything from this company.
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The bad: it's expensive no doubt about it yet you get what you pay for.
It's a very good addition to your street photo toolkit. The filter frame is thinner than normal yet they've managed to cram in a trace of screw so that you can still attach the newer and stronger Canon lens cap. The rotating action is smooth from day one; don't be fooled by the current displayed picture (Aug 2014): the graduation border is "hard" by all accounts (as hard as any of the "grad hard" rectangular filters from Cokin or LEE). If you are reading this because you've tested other filters and want to know how this one stacks up: The manufacturing process for the dark area doesn't produce any discernible polarization effect so you're safe. They claim two F stops in the dark area and they're very close to that (at least on a 5D MKIII).
Bottom line: if you have a Canon "L" lens (or Nikon equivalent) then by all means you can't go cheaper. Add a step-up adapter from 77 to 82 and you're safe from vignetting even at 16mm. If OTOH you simply wanna know what's this whole "fixed gradual filter" all about there's absolutely no point in spending money on this one, there's way cheaper alternatives for beginners.
If you are after a circular grad filter this is certainly one to consider.
As for price, I used this on extensive L series Canon lenses so don't consider cheap filters as I don't want to affect optical quality.
A make and filter I'd happily recommend.