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Tiffen 82mm Variable Neutral Density Filter

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Tiffen 82mm Variable Neutral Density Filter

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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
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You Pay: $179.95

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The 82mm 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
UPC: 884613012632
Type Variable Neutral Density
Size 82mm
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 95mm
Front Lens Cap Size Not Applicable
Packaging Info
Package Weight 0.35 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 6.0 x 5.5 x 1.2"
Tiffen 82mm Variable Neutral Density Filter
  • Black Nylon Pouch
  • 10-Year Warranty
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    Tiffen82mm Variable Neutral Density Filter
     
    4.4

    (based on 57 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (33)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (18)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (2)

    90%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (41)
    • Strong construction (24)
    • Clear optics (23)
    • Firm mount (22)
    • Great picture quality (13)

    Cons

    • Inconsistent effect (4)

    Best Uses

    • Image manipulation (18)
    • Landscape/scenery (14)
    • Travel (6)
    • Weddings (6)
    • Sports/action (5)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Pro photographer (23), Photo enthusiast (12), Semi-pro photographer (12)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (48)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Great filter, poor protective pouch...

    Very good quality build and image through the glass..The supplied protective pouch arrived ripped and slowly ripped further...Contacted Tiffen, they send another pouch but way too small - 52mm instead of...Read complete review

    Very good quality build and image through the glass..The supplied protective pouch arrived ripped and slowly ripped further...Contacted Tiffen, they send another pouch but way too small - 52mm instead of 82mm.Voice messages left for Tiffen were not returned...

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Good But.....

    This is the second version of this type of filter I've had (dif companies and sizes), but they both exhibit the same issues. It isn't that the markings are uncalibrated so that the...Read complete review

    This is the second version of this type of filter I've had (dif companies and sizes), but they both exhibit the same issues. It isn't that the markings are uncalibrated so that the first marks may be 1/3 stops but the last mark may be a 2 stop change. If you use in camera metering that's OK, otherwise it's a bit dicey. Also, if you are photographing even tones some paterning sometimes creeps in at the highter levels. Other than that it is a versitile thing to have.

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    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    Rad, totally rules

    By dsh

    from Brooklyn, NY

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Tiffen 82mm Variable Neutral Density Filter:

        i love this thing - especially since getting the a7s, it's awesome. i work with guys who use this on their red epic dragon kits when they are using it for run and gun. get it - especially the 82mm because it will fit all your other lenses

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        5.0

        Best birthday present ever!

        By Jamie

        from Greenville, NH

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Great Picture Quality

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery

          Comments about Tiffen 82mm Variable Neutral Density Filter:

          Great for shooting Waterfalls, even when there's an abundance of light.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • Yes

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          1.0

          Poor Design - it stuck on my lens, waste of money

          By Canon Shooter

          from Somerset, NJ

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

            Cons

            • Poor Product Design

            Best Uses

              Comments about Tiffen 82mm Variable Neutral Density Filter:

              The product design is very poor - the first time I used it, the filter got stuck on my lens and would not come out. The variable filter part keeps turning while the mount that was mounted to my lens barrel would not turn. I tried many tricks and tips after internet search and youtube tutorials. Nothing worked. I had my friends give a try with no luck. Finally, I took it to the Canon Professional Services, and it costed me over $300 to have the filter removed. They said this problems happens alot to people who used the Tiffen Variable ND filters because of its poor design. They had to change the whole lens barrel because the filter would not come out without breaking or bending the lens barrel. I had to pay this much to rescue my $[$] lens. Don't risk your expensive lens and save your money on better filters. I would never buy this variable ND filter again.

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              • No

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              3.0

              Variable ND Filter

              By Linc

              from Florida

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Comments about Tiffen 82mm Variable Neutral Density Filter:

              Use for long exposure requirements in daylight conditions

              This is advertised as an 8-stop Filter. Practically, gives me about 6 stops max

              Light reduction is not equal between each marked stop. Darkening rapidly increases during last 3 stops

              Purple artifacts/coloring become apparent as you get to the darker end.

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              5.0

              Tiffen is my go to filter for my Canons.

              By Pix in VA

              from Centreville, Va

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Compact
              • Durable
              • Easy to Use
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery

                Comments about Tiffen 82mm Variable Neutral Density Filter:

                Tiffen is my go to filter. This is however my first time using a Variable ND filter. I think I will enjoy not having to carry multiple filters

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                • No

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                5.0

                Great pieces of glass

                By Phil

                from Winston Salem, NC

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Sports/Action

                  Comments about Tiffen 82mm Variable Neutral Density Filter:

                  I decided to buy this one after watching Dave Dougdale's comparison of 5 ND faders:
                  Polariod ND fader Filter
                  Genus ND fader Filter
                  Lightcraft Fader ND Mark II
                  Tiffen Variable ND
                  Singh-Ray Vari-ND Filter
                  Heliopan 77mm Variable ND Filter

                  I was prepared to spend twice the price, but the tiffen appeared to be of exellent quality. I bought it and was not at all disapointed. XD

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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  My B&H experience

                  By vince rocha

                  from Toledo, OH

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Video
                    • Weddings/Events

                    Comments about Tiffen 82mm Variable Neutral Density Filter:

                    I just purchased the 82mm filter for my Canon 5D mark3. I shoot weddings and short films and this was vital in my shoots that were outside. To really maintain the sallow depth of field and obtaining a cinematic look this tool is crucial. I like how easy it is to use and the quality is par. Overall it's a must have to capture stunning video.

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    A necessity

                    By Zenus Film

                    from Romania

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Timelapse

                      Comments about Tiffen 82mm Variable Neutral Density Filter:

                      i always use it outside with my 16-35.

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      Nice Gear for a Series Photographer or Videographer

                      By Upshot LLC

                      from West Richland, WA

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Durable
                      • Easy to Use
                      • Good Audio Quality
                      • Good Video Quality
                      • Great Picture Quality

                      Cons

                      • Bulky

                      Best Uses

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

                      Comments about Tiffen 82mm Variable Neutral Density Filter:

                      This is the second of these filters I have purchased to use in Photography and for video. We have a small business and two DSLR cameras thus we have two Filters now.
                      It works great and has a smooth feel to it. The photos when using this filter come out great. I have used my first one on about 50 shoots now and so far no issues. This new version does feel a bit more tight when adjusting the filter both come with a great such for safe keeping. I have used it with a UV filter and without. No complaints at all would recommend it for quality and Price.

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                      5.0

                      Performs as Advertised

                      By Ron

                      from Davis, CA

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Family Photos
                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Sports/Action
                        • Weddings/Events
                        • Wildlife Photos

                        Comments about Tiffen 82mm Variable Neutral Density Filter:

                        Easy to use. Performs as advertised to give you more control over the depth of field.

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                        • No

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                        5.0

                        Filter

                        By Linecrosser

                        from Cincinnati

                        Comments about Tiffen 82mm Variable Neutral Density Filter:

                        Amazing!!! Thanx B&H
                        Satisfied customer

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                        4.0

                        82mm Variable ND filter by Tiffen

                        By Brian

                        from Torrance, CA

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy to Use
                        • Great Picture Quality

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Travel

                          Comments about Tiffen 82mm Variable Neutral Density Filter:

                          So far so good. I live near the beach and this filter is really helping with my photography. It is great to show the motion in an image. This filter is larger than the lens and doesnt will not fit the lens cap, nor does it come with its own cap for protection. So be careful

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                          • No

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                          5.0

                          Works well. Easy to adjust

                          By Mountain Man Rich

                          from Colorado

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy to Use

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Travel

                            Comments about Tiffen 82mm Variable Neutral Density Filter:

                            Works well for extending exposure time while shooting waterfalls in bright light. Easy to change settings - just turn the outter ring.

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                            • No

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                            5.0

                            Why did I wait?

                            By Charlie

                            from Huachuca City, AZ

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy to Use
                            • Great Picture Quality
                            • Lightweight

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Landscape/Scenery
                              • Sports/Action

                              Comments about Tiffen 82mm Variable Neutral Density Filter:

                              Although I have some other uses in mind, I used this product to slow the water flow in a small mountain canyon stream, I was very pleased with the results at various settings. This will become a very useful addition to my camera bag.

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                              • No

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                              5.0

                              Great for DSLRs

                              By Mike

                              from Charlotte, NC

                              About Me Pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

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

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

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

                                Comments about Tiffen 82mm Variable Neutral Density Filter:

                                A great option if you're looking to control the amount of light while maintaining a shallow depth of field.

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                                • No

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                                5.0

                                great!!

                                By Herb

                                from Dallas tx

                                About Me Pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easy to Use
                                • Great Picture Quality

                                Cons

                                • Bulky

                                Best Uses

                                • Landscape/Scenery

                                Comments about Tiffen 82mm Variable Neutral Density Filter:

                                easy to used ... bought it for my largest diameter lens & then step down rings for the rest of my lens!

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                                • No

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                                4.0

                                Pretty good for the money

                                By Andrew

                                from Colorado

                                Comments about Tiffen 82mm Variable Neutral Density Filter:

                                This filter works just fine, but I wish it had the following:

                                A way to tell (being able to feel clicks?) at each stop to adjust the filter

                                A lens cap.

                                Other than that, I like it

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                                4.0

                                Functions as expected!

                                By David

                                from Boston, MA

                                About Me Pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easy to Use
                                • Good Video Quality

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Landscape/Scenery
                                  • Video

                                  Comments about Tiffen 82mm Variable Neutral Density Filter:

                                  The Tiffen 82mm Variable ND Filter works just as it should. The only downside is that is does not have hard stops, but for the price I think it is the best out there!

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                                  4.0

                                  Pro Quality VariND

                                  By ECUPHD

                                  from NC

                                  About Me Pro Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • COST
                                  • Durable
                                  • Easy to Use
                                  • Image Quality

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

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

                                    Comments about Tiffen 82mm Variable Neutral Density Filter:

                                    I've tested several Vari NDs against the Tiffen and I'm satisfied there is no appreciable image quality issues, certainly not enough to warrant the extra cost from some of the other manufacturers. I have an 82, 77 and 52 and use them primarily for daylight exteriors for video, I also use Tiffen 4X4s in my matte-box rig.

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                                    5.0

                                    Good for the Price

                                    By David Y

                                    from Castro Valley, CA

                                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Easy to Use
                                    • Great Picture Quality

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Landscape/Scenery

                                      Comments about Tiffen 82mm Variable Neutral Density Filter:

                                      Wanted something that was variable so I would have to keep swapping my filters. I watched a review which tested 6 different ones. Tiffen seemed like a logical choice. Thus far it works and doesn't seem to impact the sharpness. Also, just have to remember a couple of things.

                                      1. Don't go to the max of the settings (I always back off 1 notch). Or else you will get the famous X
                                      2. Make to adjust your White Balance before taking the shot (common anyway).

                                      But, overall for the price and versatility I am happy with it. I normally carry different filters and have to take the time to swap them out. Sometimes not a good idea, when the family is waiting for me to finish.

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