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Tiffen 77mm Variable Neutral Density Filter 77VND for Camera lenses
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- Provides 2 to 8 stops of light control
- Thin profile ring - 9mm
- Wider outer optic to help reduce vignetting at wide angles
- Made with high quality optical glass using Tiffen's ColorCore™ technology
- Made in the USA
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The Tiffen Variable ND filter is a unique, versatile and flexible tool, affording you the convenience of using several Neutral Density filters all in one. Primarily used as a photographic tool for controlling depth of field and exposure, the Variable ND is being sought after in the video market as well because it is fast, easy to use, small, lightweight, and does not require additional accessories such as a matte box. Available in thread sizes 52, 58, 62, 67, 72, 77 and 82mm. The Tiffen Variable ND filter operates on the same principle as a Circular Polarizer – rotate until you reach your desired effect and shoot. It allows you to have continuous control over the amount of light coming through your lens in an approximate range of 2 (ND 0.6) to 8 (ND 2.4) stops – while maintaining the integrity of your image. Note: The evenly spaced indexing marks between MIN and MAX do not represent calibrated stops. They are for reference only, to be used as a density bench-mark to return to a previous setting.
Features Of The Tiffen Variable ND
Tiffen Variable ND Allows the use of slow shutter speeds, with high speed films or digital cameras, to record movement/image blur in subjects such as waterfalls, clouds or any fast moving subject. Gives you full control over your depth of field. You are able to decrease depth of field by using wider apertures, which helps separate subjects from their background (subject matter in focus while your background is blurred) Allows you to shoot high speed film (above ISO 400) in bright outdoor situations by reducing effective ISO. Enables cine and video cameras (which have fixed shutter speeds) to film subjects such as snow, sand or other bright scenes which could cause overexposure.
Tiffen Variable ND
|Item Dimensions||3.5 x 1 x 3.5 inches|
|Item Display Weight||2 pounds|
|Item Weight||1 pound|
|Photo Filter Thread Size||77 mm|
|Shipping Weight||0.26 pounds|
|Style Name||Filter Only|
The Tiffen variable ND filter is a unique and flexible tool, affording you the convenience of using several neutral density filters in one Neutral density filters reduce the amount of light going through the lens into your camera. By reducing the light you are able to achieve the following: • Allows the use of slow shutter speeds, with high speed films or digital cameras, to record movement/image blur in subjects such as waterfalls, clouds or any fast moving subject • Gives you full control over your depth of field. You are able to decrease depth of field by using wider apertures, which helps separate subjects from their background (subject matter in focus while your background is blurred) • Allows you to shoot high speed film (above ISO 400) in bright outdoor situations by reducing effective ISO • Enables cine and video cameras (which have fixed shutter speeds) to film subjects such as snow, sand or other bright scenes which could cause overexposure Primarily used for controlling depth of field and exposure, the variable ND is easy to use, small, lightweight, and does not require additional accessories. Neutral density filters reduce the amount of light going through the lens into your camera. By reducing the light you are able to use of slow shutter speeds, with high speed films or digital cameras, to record movement/image blur in subjects such as waterfalls or any fast moving subject. It also gives you full control over your depth of field. The Tiffen variable ND filter operates on the same principle as a circular polarizer - rotate until you reach your desired effect and shoot. It allows you to have continuous control over the amount of light coming through your lens in an approximate range of 2 (ND 0.6) to 8 (ND 2.4) stops - while maintaining the integrity of your image. Box Contains 1 x Filter 1 x Instruction manual 1 x Filter pouch
Top Customer Reviews
Pros: You can focus with it set to a lower stop setting, and then crank it up. If you were using fixed stop filters you can't do this, you'd have to take OFF the filters because it's hard for the camera to focus with too much filtering on.
Cons: Vignetting/X-ing at too high stop levels. Difficult to use in combination with a dedicated circular polarizing (since this uses two polarized lenses in opposition to create the variability).
Tips: Use back button focusing! Set the filter to minimum, then focus the scene (you can configure your camera to use a separate button than the shutter to focus). Then set the filter to desired stop, now set the exposure. My camera seemed to do just fine with automatic exposure metering with a lot of filtering on (just not automatic focusing). Now take your shot! (from a tripod with a remote shutter release, or with a timer delay of course).
In conclusion, I don't think it's a bad ND filter, I just think for my line of work and many other's it's not suitable. I suggest getting a non-variable ND, it's more money, yes, but I've found variables to be more "miss" than "hit".
Recently, I attended a class on mixing strobes with bright sunlight by using ND filters. The instructor had a $400 VARI-ND filter. I had a reputed brand ND2-ND400 Vari ND filter that I got here. When I attached that to my 85/1.8, I could not achieve sharp focus at all! That happened at all levels of stops. I had to use a Hoya 58mm 3X filter, which limited my creativity as I could not open up the aperture as wide as I wanted to.
I bought this Tiffen filter with some trepidation. I use this on my 50mm/1.4 & 85mm/1.8 in conjunction with a set of Fotodiox step down rings. I have done 4 shoots with this filter, my AB800 in a Fotodiox 18" BD and I am beyond impressed! The focus is tack sharp and I have no color cast issues. I do use a digital target and/or Expodisk 2.0 to set custom WB. I can now get the creamy, dreamy Bokeh, and have the subject properly lit!
They say that in Vari-ND filters, you get what you pay for. I don't know what a $400 filter does, but so far, for what I do, this filter fits the bill.
First thing I realized was the reviews were right, you cannot use your lens hood with either filter. I believe you can buy a lens cap that will cover one or the other; otherwise you have to be really careful. The greater problem outdoors though is without the lens hood you can get horrible flare.
BOTH lens have a COLOR CAST; it's described as "warm" but it's a warm green cast which might be fine for landscapes for some people, but even with custom WB using a gray card and color checker, and shooting in RAW, I was not happy with the cast. It wasn't fully correctable on skin tones with either filter; especially nasty at greater density. At the lightest density the cast was more correctable but still not as accurate as without the filter.
BOTH lens have a VIGNETTE at anything below 35mm, especially the more density you use. The Tiffen was worse on some lens, achieving the infamous X very clearly and quickly, whereas the Singh-Ray had a more muted X only at the higher density. The vignetting wasn't limited to corners, both crept in at the sides in landscape mode or top/bottom in portrait mode in anything greater than light density. That was a deal breaker.
As you can imagine, when you darken the background you darken everything, and you have to light your subject. First problem was not being able to use my lens hood with either filter! This created horrible lens flare that ruined shots, so I repositioned the subject, but the near-sunset shots on an overcast day were just ghastly with lens flare and a green cast that was impossible to correct. When I got the background dark enough the subject was so dark my 580exII in an EZbox at max power was not strong enough to light the subject unless the box was right beside him. Lighter density was great, it brought down the intensity of the light perfectly and allowed for fill flash just fine. But, the color cast was a deal breaker...so much so sharpness wasn't even a consideration at that point, so I can't comment on sharpness!
I returned both filters (thank you amazon and Adorama). I know others have had joy and success with both filters, but for my needs these just did not work. Even the landscapes had a cast I did not like, and I do professional retouching, too, so I know all the tricks. And why have a vari-ND filter if you can't use it below 35-40mm on your 17-40mm lens at 17mm? I think if someone just wants to use one for a very light density and doesn't care about skin tones, then they'd be ok with it. You will find portrait and landscape photographers who love or hate the vari-ND filters. Each to his/her own.
Well made, does what it's intended.
A little bit of flare / noise at full stop...but to be expected.
Great for my ND stops on the go...without having to change filters all the time. Definitely spend the money on good filters - this one's worth it!