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Tiffen 58mm Variable Neutral Density Filter

B&H # TIVND58 Mfr # 58VND
You Pay: $95.95
Product Highlights
  • Provides 2 to 8 Stops of Light Control
  • Rotating Ring to Choose Degree of ND
  • Eliminates Buying Many ND Filters
  • Use to Create Blurs/Special Effects
  • Use With Film or Digital
  • Wide Outer Ring Reduces Vignetting
  • Black Aluminum Filter Ring
  • ColorCore Glass
  • Made in the USA
  • 10-Year Warranty

The 58mm Variable Neutral Density Filter from Tiffen offers a unique way of maintaining total control over your depth of field as well as presenting an efficient way to create some special effects. The filter is designed with a built-in rotating ring that controls neutral density ranging from 2 - 8 stops (0.6- 2.4). The heavier the density, the slower your shutter speed will be. This longer exposure allows the shutter to remain open long enough to record the same amount of light but will also create movement within the shot. Another major benefit of this filter is the elimination of having to buy and carry around individual neutral density filters. With this one filter, you can rotate to the degree of ND you want - a real time and money saver.

Simply mount the filter on your lens, set it to "Min" density then frame and focus. Care must be taken with focusing at heavier densities to make sure focus is accurate. However, if it isn't, switch to manual focus and rotate to the desired degree of filtration.

For example, if your standard exposure without the filter is 1/500 @ f/8 and you then set the filter to "Min", you change the shutter speed to 1/125 at the same aperture - thereby losing 2-stops of speed while gaining a hint of "blur" in the image. If that's not enough filtration, continue rotating the filter until you reach the shutter speed you desire. Using the above example, you can even get down to 1/8 second @ f/8 (8 stops). It should be noted that the calibration marks on the filter ring are to be used only for reference and should not be regarded as accurate settings for specific densities.

A Neutral Density filter is used to create some unusual special effects such as capturing the "blur" of the rippling water of a waterfall or the swirling effect of city traffic. Since it allows the use of slower shutter speeds in bright light, it becomes possible to create these special effects that would normally not be possible to capture without the filter. And, since it can also help to control your depth of field, it permits you to shoot at wider apertures. Ultimately, its value is in helping to prevent bright, overly washed out images shot in bright light.

The ColorCore process allows Tiffen to control the color and density of their filters, and the characteristics of special effects filters with much greater accuracy than typical dyed-in-the-mass filters, which usually exhibit color and density variations. In this way, Tiffen can better control the various densities of their filters and thereby create more exact degrees of filtration.

Thin Profile Ring (9mm) - The wider front filter ring helps reduce the possibility of vignetting (the darkening of corners) at wide angle
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

Neutral Density Filters Have Four Main Uses

To enable slow shutter speeds to be used, especially with high speed ISOs, to record movement in subjects such as waterfalls, clouds, or cars
To decrease depth of field by allowing wider apertures to be used, which helps separate subjects from their background
To decrease the effective ISO of high speed film (above ISO 400) and allow it to be used outdoors in bright situation
To allow cine and video cameras (which have fixed shutter speeds) to film subjects such as snow, sand or other bright scenes which could cause overexposure
ColorCore Technology
The ColorCore process allows Tiffen to control the color and density of their filters, and the characteristics of special effects filters with much greater accuracy than typical dyed-in-the-mass filters, which usually exhibit color and density variations. In this way, Tiffen can better control the various densities of their filters and thereby create more exact degrees of filtration
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 Variable Neutral Density
Size 58mm
9mm thick
Grade Not Applicable
Filter Factor 2-8 stops
Multi-Coated Not Applicable
Rotating Yes
Effect To use high speed ISOs in bright light
Application Nature, travel, outdoor photography
To create special effects such as movement, blur, within the shot
Color Temperature Not Applicable
Construction ColorCore glass
Front Filter Thread Size 67mm
Front Lens Cap Size 67mm
Tiffen 58mm Variable Neutral Density Filter
  • Black Nylon Pouch
  • 10-Year Warranty
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    Tiffen58mm Variable Neutral Density Filter
     
    4.6

    (based on 10 reviews)

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Clear optics (8)
    • Strong construction (7)
    • Easy to use (6)
    • Firm mount (5)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Image manipulation (7)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Photo enthusiast (3)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (7)

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      5.0

      Great Filter

      By Drockin

      from Morgantown

      About Me Casual Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Filter Protection
        • Image Manipulation
        • Lens Protection

        Comments about Tiffen 58mm Variable Neutral Density Filter:

        Great filter for long exposure photos, have used this filter the past few weeks and have really gotten some great shots with it.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • Yes

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        4.0

        Solid feel

        By Teen With a Camera

        from WA, USA

        Comments about Tiffen 58mm Variable Neutral Density Filter:

        I haven't used this filter that much but one thing that I have noticed is the solid feel of it. It is made of metal and when I turn it, it doesn't feel like it is going fall apart like some other filters I have used. As for the function of the filter, I haven't played with it enough yet to see how well it works.

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        5.0

        nice filter

        By Long Island Coastal Photographer

        from Huntington NY

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Color Correction
          • Image Manipulation

          Comments about Tiffen 58mm Variable Neutral Density Filter:

          It's a Tiffen and it works as expected. Nice build quality, and satisfying results.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          5.0

          great product

          By gjetleyk

          from columbia, sc

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Clear Optics
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Filter Protection
            • Image Manipulation

            Comments about Tiffen 58mm Variable Neutral Density Filter:

            works exactly how it should, very sharp glass

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            4.0

            Great filter

            By Marijke

            from San Francisco, CA

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Image Manipulation
              • UV Protection

              Comments about Tiffen 58mm Variable Neutral Density Filter:

              I use this filter for my Panasonic GH3, mostly when filming. It gives you more space to play with your aperture when recording under sunny/bright circumstances. Nice piece of gear. A must really. I only wish the filter was cheaper. There are actually a lot less expensive filters on the market.

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              • No

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              5.0

              Good for the price

              By jwelsh

              from Philadelphia

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Clear Optics
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Image Manipulation

                Comments about Tiffen 58mm Variable Neutral Density Filter:

                Good quality for the price, and a must have accessory for BMPCC

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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                5.0

                Good value

                By Mac

                from Monterey, CA

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Best For The Price
                • Clear Optics
                • Easy To Use

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Allows Dialing In F Stop

                  Comments about Tiffen 58mm Variable Neutral Density Filter:

                  I did a lot of research and settled on the Tiffen, and I'm not disappointed. The image quality is excellent.. I use it on Lumix 12-35 and 35-100 lenses on the Pocket Camera - true, the front filter size means having to buy another lens hood, but I got a collapsable rubber one - 7 bucks - hardly a deal breaker.

                  My only complaint is that the dial turns so freely that it's possible to change it accidentally while focusing - still better than click stops.. I fixed that simply by sliding on a wide rubber band (from a broccoli head!) so that it just touches the knurled ring.

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                  • No

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                  4.0

                  good filter

                  By gcs

                  from chile

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Clear Optics

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Image Manipulation

                    Comments about Tiffen 58mm Variable Neutral Density Filter:

                    it does the job

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • Yes

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                    5.0

                    "Variable" ND Filter

                    By Set Monkey

                    from Studio City, CA

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Firm Mount
                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Tiffen 58mm Variable Neutral Density Filter:

                        I dont have to have a set of ND filts, less gear less weight.

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                        4.0

                        Just what i needed!

                        By BCfromBC

                        from Rossland British Columbia

                        About Me Casual Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Image Manipulation

                          Comments about Tiffen 58mm Variable Neutral Density Filter:

                          This was just what I needed to be able to slow down my shutter enough to do time-lapse photography during bright sunny conditions.

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                          • No

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