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Tiffen 77mm Variable Neutral Density Camera Lens Filter
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on 19 January 2012
I've recently got into DSLR Videography and I've been wanting a way to get low depth of field shots in bright light. This is where ND filters come in. I read a ton of different reviews and articles and decided that I wanted a variable ND filter as I didn't want the hassle of changing various graded filters whilst I was out shooting video. I'd read that some cheaper filters could have a color cast so I decided to pay that little extra and get the Tiffen. This filter is a superb quality. The build quality is perfect. It turns very smoothly and is nice and solid. It is advertised as having 2-8 stops and although I've read reviews saying that anything above 6 stops will produce a color shift (basically a dark 'X' on the picture) I have been able to shoot with 7 stops without a color shift. The 8th stop does seem to be a bit too close to maximum so I'd personally not go that far. But 7 stops is still a lot of light reducing power and I have been able to shoot in midday sunlight at F.4 with a nice low shutter speed without having to over expose the image. Also, since it has a low profile I'm getting no vignetting at all. I'm shooting with a 17-40mm Canon lens and even at 17mm there is no vignetting. I am shooting on a crop sensor camera though (500D) so I can't comment on the performance on a full frame camera. And the best part is that there is no noticeable color cast that I can see at all. I've very critically examined several different bits off footage I shot using this at various stops in various light and the colors all appear natural. I can't reccomend this highly enough if you need a variable ND filter.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on 15 November 2013
I've got to say this filter amazed me. I bought a cheap variable ND off Amazon, the...

'Neewer 77mm ND Fader Neutral Density Adjustable Variable Filter (ND2 to ND400)'

and needless to say it's absolutely terrible! Soft beyond belief, even for 1080P video. If you've used a variable ND that's softened your images (hopefully only test images) or video, you need to check out this Tiffen! Absolutely amazing, in test images I cannot see any reduction in detail on my Nikon D800 images and video test footage.

Incredibly impressive, well worth the investment. Comes with a nice storage pouch too, maybe a little wide, but quite frankly who cares, you can always buy a smaller replacement if you really want. Well packaged.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
on 16 May 2013
At the current price of around £150 for the 72mm model this is a good buy. Unlike cheaper faders such as the Polaroid the Tiffen doesn't soften the image at longer focal lengths. This is thanks to the high quality glass used in the construction.

Alas, all faders to date introduce a very slight colour cast (even the very expensive ones such as the Heliopan and Singh-Ray) so the Tiffen doesn't score marks on this point.

If you're on a tight budget a fader like the Polaroid is ok but if sharpness is critical you should strongly consider paying the extra for the Tiffen (or the Genus Eclipse). It is sharp at all focal lengths and (unlike the Heliopan) you won't have to rob a bank to afford one.

For a video test of 6 ND Faders head over to Youtube and check out Dave Dugdale's fader nd shootout. On test are the Polaroid, the Lightcraft MkII (not the new 'infected' version), the Genus (not the new 'Eclipse' model), the Tiffen, the Singh-Ray, and the Heliopan. Dave does tests for sharpness, colour cast, bokeh texture, and vignetting!

And guess which fader comes out on top!
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So, the delivery took two attempts. The delivery agent broke the first filter but the second arrived safe and sound.

What strikes you about this filter when you remove it from the soft sided case is that whilst not heavy, it's heavy enough to give the impression of real quality.

If I could change one thing that would be the ease of screwing it onto the front of a lens. The ring is slightly recessed which makes for fitting a bit of a pain in the ar$e. Persevere and all is well but easily fitting it certainly isn't.

I situ and frankly all works well. I can't say I'm seeing the colour cast folks write about but it's early days so I might revise that opinion in future.

Using my NIkon I have found the steps of the variable ND accurate but one thing to note, go slightly past 'max' which will adjust the shutter speed and the resulting image is severely underexposed. Take the ring back to 'max' and all exposure returns to normal. I don't know why it has this effect and I certainly won't ever shoot it past max, but the metering behaviour of the camera is odd.

Anyway, if you're on the lookout for a variable ND and don't want to buy a cheaper alternative then I can heartily recommend this Tiffen.
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on 18 June 2014
I Already have several ND, B+W at different intensity range but is sometimes a pain when videoing and you have to take one off and put another as light changing during the shoot. In that decided to get this Tiffen filter and test it out if any good.
first have to say I dont intend using it for photography shoot cause iam very happy using my fixed ND filters and getting better results,This is my first time buying Tiffen filter and have to say the quality is as most agree is awesome ,there is a color cast as with other type of ND filters and suffers a bit from vignetting with wider angle lens but correctable in the software ,what i dont like is its wider diameter which unable one to use lens hood or attach a *lens cap(*Pinch Lens Cap seems to hold on lightly though)
final question,Am I pleased with my purchase???? A bit too early to answer that but after using it for a while I will write an update to let you know Meanwhile I give this a 4 star ****
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 15 July 2014
Well, it's a variable ND, so it's got inherent problems (vignetting, X pattern), but as vND filters go, it's pretty good, for a fair price, compared to its competition.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on 29 April 2014
Not bad but does create dark X towards the top end of the scale which is frustrating therefore only a 3.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on 20 August 2014
On a purely practical note, it's very disappointing that there is no 77mm front thread meaning that you can't pop a lens cap on it when not in use.

This forces you to unscrew the filter from the lens and pack it back in to the pouch - and then unpack and reattach it - every time you take your camera in and out of your bag. If you're used to carrying your camera in a bag in a ready-to-use state - or just want to be able to protect the filter for periods when not in use - this seems like a strange omission.

I can't comment on the image quality, as I haven't used it out and about yet, but the lack of a front thread immediately points me towards a return.
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on 13 September 2014
Having had cheaper variable ND filters I was out off to be honest but caught this on a lightning deal. The fact it'll fit my wide angle (sigma 10-20) is ideal for landscape and the quality is great as long as you don't push it all the way to max darkness. Getting some great shots with this.
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on 8 August 2015
I really didn't like this and returned it for a refund. The variable ND effect is achieved by combining two polarising filters, but the results were awful and unusable. Very patchy. I bought the Hoya Pro ND 1000 filter instead and am very happy with that. See that review.
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