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Tiffen 58mm Variable Neutral Density Filter

B&H # TIVND58 Mfr # 58VND
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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 and is not deep enough to accommodate a lens cap
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 Not Applicable
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 25 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (17)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (7)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 2 Stars

       

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    95%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (17)
    • Clear optics (13)
    • Strong construction (12)
    • Firm mount (9)
    • Durable (6)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Image manipulation (11)
      • Video (5)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Pro photographer (7), Semi-pro photographer (5), Photo enthusiast (4)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (18)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Great for video

      When shooting video, I usually set a 180° shutter angle to get motion blur that looks less "video-ish." In other words, I set the shutter speed for as...Read complete review

      When shooting video, I usually set a 180° shutter angle to get motion blur that looks less "video-ish." In other words, I set the shutter speed for as close to 1/48 sec as possible for 24 fps. At the same time, I prefer wide aperture settings (low f-stop) for most shots to achieve shallow depth of field. This combination makes it impossible to shoot outdoors on a sunny day or in a brightly lit interior without an ND filter.After using it for several shoots, I recommend the Tiffen Variable ND. The 58mm fits the main MFT zoom lens I use with my GH-4.The build quality feels solid and image quality was not degraded in any way that I could detect.The variable action allows you to set your shutter speed, aperture, and ISO exactly as you would like and then you can simply twist the outer ring of the ND filter until the image is exposed properly.It's reasonably priced and worth having over cheaper non-variable filters.If there is a con, the markings don't indicate the number of stops of light filtering, but that has little bearing on the way I use it.

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Heavy Blue Tint

      This filter caused such a strong blue tint on my footage that I thought I had my white balance settings wrong. I'm not sure if mine is defective, or if they are all like...Read complete review

      This filter caused such a strong blue tint on my footage that I thought I had my white balance settings wrong. I'm not sure if mine is defective, or if they are all like this.

      The construction seems good and it's easy to use, but because of the blue tint, this won't be getting any use from me.

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      4.0

      Great for video

      By Dax

      from Brooklyn, NY

      About Me Pro 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:

        When shooting video, I usually set a 180° shutter angle to get motion blur that looks less "video-ish." In other words, I set the shutter speed for as close to 1/48 sec as possible for 24 fps. At the same time, I prefer wide aperture settings (low f-stop) for most shots to achieve shallow depth of field. This combination makes it impossible to shoot outdoors on a sunny day or in a brightly lit interior without an ND filter.After using it for several shoots, I recommend the Tiffen Variable ND. The 58mm fits the main MFT zoom lens I use with my GH-4.The build quality feels solid and image quality was not degraded in any way that I could detect.The variable action allows you to set your shutter speed, aperture, and ISO exactly as you would like and then you can simply twist the outer ring of the ND filter until the image is exposed properly.It's reasonably priced and worth having over cheaper non-variable filters.If there is a con, the markings don't indicate the number of stops of light filtering, but that has little bearing on the way I use it.

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        5.0

        Amazing filter

        By J

        from NY

        Comments about Tiffen 58mm Variable Neutral Density Filter:

        Great filter beats buying multiple filters. Must for video

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        5.0

        A must have !!

        By larf

        from pahrump

        About Me Pro 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:

          For those of you who do not have this piece of gear may I suggest you do yourself a great favor and buy one. If you have blown out highlights then this is what you need.With this variable filter you can monitor how deep you need to go. I have found no negatives with this filter.

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          2.0

          Heavy Blue Tint

          By VidShooter

          from Canada

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

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            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Tiffen 58mm Variable Neutral Density Filter:

                This filter caused such a strong blue tint on my footage that I thought I had my white balance settings wrong. I'm not sure if mine is defective, or if they are all like this.

                The construction seems good and it's easy to use, but because of the blue tint, this won't be getting any use from me.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

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                5.0

                A Must Have for Video

                By Dakine Bret

                from Orange Country, CA

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Durable
                • Easy to Use
                • Good Video Quality

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Video

                  Comments about Tiffen 58mm Variable Neutral Density Filter:

                  I use this filter with my Panasonic GH4 on the 12-35mm lens while shooting video. It works beautifully! In bright light it's a must have. I haven't seen any color shifting or blurriness from use. It's economical and does what it should.

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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Great variable ND filter

                  By Ben

                  from Memphis, TN

                  About Me Photography Student

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Compact
                  • Durable
                  • Easy to Use
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Video

                    Comments about Tiffen 58mm Variable Neutral Density Filter:

                    Use mostly for video to keep wide open in bright light.

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    GREAT FILTER

                    By sachamama

                    from Los Angeles

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Compact
                    • Durable
                    • Easy to Use

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Tiffen 58mm Variable Neutral Density Filter:

                        I used it on my A&R/zeiss lens and it works great.

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                        5.0

                        Great. Minimal Color Shift

                        By Elvis Ripley

                        from Tulsa, ok

                        About Me Pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Compact
                        • Durable
                        • Easy to Use
                        • Great Picture Quality

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Tiffen 58mm Variable Neutral Density Filter:

                            Very very slight color shift when fully stopped down. Some of the most mild I have seen. Especially for this price it is a great deal.

                            It changes the 58mm end to 67mm so I got a new lens cap for this. Works great.

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                            • No

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                            4.0

                            Quick and not Necessarily Dirty

                            By El Mateo Verde

                            from San Diego, CA

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Compact
                            • Durable
                            • Easy to Use
                            • Good Video Quality
                            • Great Picture Quality
                            • Lightweight

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Landscape/Scenery
                              • Sports/Action
                              • Travel
                              • Video
                              • Weddings/Events
                              • Wildlife Photos

                              Comments about Tiffen 58mm Variable Neutral Density Filter:

                              A must have for adjustable ND.

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                              • No

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                              5.0

                              Handy little thing for the camera bag

                              By ALM

                              from New York, NY

                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Compact
                              • Durable
                              • Easy to Use
                              • Lightweight

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Video

                                Comments about Tiffen 58mm Variable Neutral Density Filter:

                                Just got this a few weeks ago and it's already saved me a few times: in capturing video in the middle of the day, and also in using strobes. Nice to be able to have another way to control the amount of light coming in. Adjustment ring is very smooth and feels solidly constructed.

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                                5.0

                                Essential tool for video

                                By A Hill

                                from Lancaster, PA

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Video

                                    Comments about Tiffen 58mm Variable Neutral Density Filter:

                                    A variable ND filter is a must for controlling exposure when shooting in a bright environment. It allows the use of wide open lenses and therefore a shallow depth of field even in direct sunlight with a proper shutter speed (180 degrees) for video. This filter allows me to set my camera for proper video, then simply dial in the perfect exposure using the filter.

                                    Unlike cheaper alternatives, this filter does not degrade image quality or bokeh smoothness. And since smooth bokeh and a shallow depth of field is the whole reason for using a Variable ND filter, using one that destroys the bokeh is useless.

                                    This filter is also useful for pictures, allowing for long exposures even in bright light.

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                                    • No

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                                    5.0

                                    Great for the price

                                    By Daniel

                                    from RSM, CA

                                    Comments about Tiffen 58mm Variable Neutral Density Filter:

                                    Best filter for the price and range.

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                                    4.0

                                    Really Cool!

                                    By Johnny

                                    from Newbury Park, CA

                                    About Me Photography Student

                                    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:

                                      Works Great!

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                                      • No

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                                      5.0

                                      A BMPCC best friend

                                      By David

                                      from Montréal

                                      Verified Reviewer

                                      Pros

                                      • Clear Optics
                                      • Easy To Use
                                      • Strong Construction

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Image Manipulation

                                        Comments about Tiffen 58mm Variable Neutral Density Filter:

                                        I bought this item to match my 12-35mm lens on my Blackmagic Pocket Camera, and after few weeks of use, I think it's a must buy. This is the first and only Variable ND filter I got, but for what I can say, it's working very well for the price! And, also, It's give you an "analog" light control over those buckly control from the camera. Perfect for int/ext transition.

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                                        • No

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                                        5.0

                                        Excellent

                                        By photog22

                                        from California

                                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                        Pros

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

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                            Comments about Tiffen 58mm Variable Neutral Density Filter:

                                            What do you know, Tiffen has a real winner with this variable ND. Well designed to avoid vignetting. Useful markings for different levels of ND. Quick to adjust when shooting video. My res test photos show no perceptible loss of sharpness compared to shooting without the filter.

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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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                                              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                               
                                              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.

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                                                • 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

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                                                  • No

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                                                  (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                                                   
                                                  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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