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Tiffen 77mm Ultra Contrast 3 Filter

B&H # TIUC377 Mfr # 77UC3
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Product Highlights
  • Uses Ambient Light to Open Shadows
  • Lightens Shadows to Capture More Detail
  • Lowers Contrast Evenly Throughout
  • Generates No Flare or Halation
  • ColorCore Glass
  • Made in the USA
  • 10-Year Warranty

The 77mm Ultra Contrast 3 Filter from Tiffen helps to open your shadows by using the ambient light surrounding the image area as well as the light in the actual image itself. It lowers contrast uniformly throughout, with little or no loss of sharpness within the scene, even where there are varying degrees of brightness.

Shadow areas will reveal more detail but without any flare or halation from direct light sources or bright reflections. The Ultra Contrast works similar to a Tiffen Low Contrast filter with the difference being that it reduces contrast throughout the entire image whereas a Low Contrast filter will only open the shadows.

The 3 Ultra Contrast filter is a grade stronger then a #2. By now, shadow detail is readily apparent. Contrast continues to be evenly lowered throughout the image. As with the other grades of this filter, no highlight flare is produced.

Tiffen's ColorCore glass is produced through a process that entails permanently laminating the filter material in between two pieces of optical glass that are ground flat to tolerances of a ten-thousandth of an inch, then mounting them in precision aluminum rings.

Bright lights or sunlight create problems when the ratio between the highlight and shadow areas is beyond the latitude of the film; if you expose for the highlights, the shadows appear without detail; if you expose for the shadows, the result is washed-out, overly bright highlights
Contrast reduction is achieved by lightening shadows without overexposing or darkening or by darkening highlights without darkening shadows further
Even direct shooting into the sun produces no flare or halation
Tiffen's ColorCore glass is sealed between two optical glass sheets. In this way, Tiffen can better control the various densities of their filters and thereby create more exact degrees of filtration. This process makes for greater accuracy of color as opposed to glass that is simply dyed and become subject to deviation during the dye process
Tiffen, a leader in the filter industry, proudly makes its filters in the USA and backs up its products with a solid 10-year warranty
Type Ultra Contrast
Size 77mm
5mm Thick
Grade 3
Filter Factor Not Specified by Manufacturer
Multi-Coated Not Applicable
Rotating Not Applicable
Effect Lowers contrast uniformly throughout the scene
Application When the ratio of highlight to shadow is beyond the latitude of the film
When contrast control is required without effecting sharpness or generating flare or halation
Color Temperature Not Specified by Manufacturer
Construction ColorCore Glass
Front Filter Thread Size 77mm
Front Lens Cap Size 77mm
Tiffen 77mm Ultra Contrast 3 Filter
  • Black Storage Pouch
  • 10-Year Warranty
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    Tiffen77mm Ultra Contrast 3 Filter
     
    4.0

    (based on 5 reviews)

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    75%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (4)
    • Clear optics (3)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Image manipulation (3)
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      3.0

      not the contrast pancrea

      By Baden

      from Madagascar

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

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      Pros

      • 23 stop enhancement

      Cons

      • Flare

      Best Uses

        Comments about Tiffen 77mm Ultra Contrast 3 Filter:

        I experimentally bought the Tiffen Ultra Contrast 3 filter with some high expectations for high contrast images. While the filter does provide about a 2/3 stop shadow enhancement, that does come at a cost:

        1) The filter is very prone to flare, so images have to be metered to the bright spots, which constrains the applicability.

        2) The filter does "filter", so a landscape situation with a bright sky and shadow earth, which might be an ideal application, is not viable, as the image clarity is degraded.

        Altogether, the filter's usefulness is very limited, and I suspect a movie situation where shadow enhancement is desired, and image clarity is not paramount, may be as good as it gets.

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        4.0

        Very pleased...

        By Jem

        from Tuscaloosa, Alabama

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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        Pros

        • Clear Optics
        • Easy To Use

        Cons

        • Loose Mount

        Best Uses

        • Color Correction
        • Image Manipulation

        Comments about Tiffen 77mm Ultra Contrast 3 Filter:

        I love this filter. Originally wanted a 1, as I thought a 3 might have too strong of an effect but this was just right. Allows me to disable highlight tone priority and reduce contrast optically. All footage remains sharp and there's very little if any bloom in the highlights. Threads on mine have a slight imperfection that sometimes makes it tough to screw onto the lens. Not a big deal.

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        5.0

        Must have for videographers!

        By AlexVig

        from Moscow, Russia

        About Me Pro Photographer

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        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Color Correction
          • Image Manipulation

          Comments about Tiffen 77mm Ultra Contrast 3 Filter:

          One of the best way to solve problem with too many contrast (low DR) in my Canon videoDSLR cameras (5DmarkII/7D/550D). Really more gain (analog - not digital!) in low light zones of footage. Ideal for "flatter" output and postprod color grading.
          Thanks, Tiffen!

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          3.0

          Good for improving hi contrast scenery

          By Mike

          from Leakey, TX

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          Pros

          • Clear Optics
          • Easy To Use
          • Firm Mount

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Image Manipulation

            Comments about Tiffen 77mm Ultra Contrast 3 Filter:

            Helps with scenery shots and the birds in the trees that I watch.

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            5.0

            Good help against California sun

            By Bashtan

            from Cupertino, CA

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            Pros

            • Clear Optics
            • Easy To Use
            • Firm Mount
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Controlling contrast

              Comments about Tiffen 77mm Ultra Contrast 3 Filter:

              Sometimes I find it to be difficult to make nicely exposed shots under California sun. This filter helps to keep contrast under control.

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