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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

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
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 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 (Coarse Thread)
Front Lens Cap Size Not Applicable
Tiffen 82mm Variable Neutral Density Filter
  • Black Nylon Pouch
  • 10-Year Warranty
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    Tiffen82mm Variable Neutral Density Filter
     
    4.3

    (based on 40 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

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      (16)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 2 Stars

       

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    91%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (29)
    • Strong construction (24)
    • Clear optics (23)
    • Firm mount (22)
    • Durable (3)

    Cons

    • Inconsistent effect (4)

    Best Uses

    • Image manipulation (18)
    • Landscape/scenery (5)
    • Filter protection (3)
    • Lens protection (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Pro photographer (17), Photo enthusiast (8), Semi-pro photographer (8)
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    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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    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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    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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          4.0

          Good Buy

          By jimijam125

          from Greentown, PA

          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:

            Tiffen did a good job on this one. Does what it says and easy to use. Maintains depth of field while slowing the speed way down. Clear settings on the fiter and easy to turn and adjust filter.

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            5.0

            Excellent choice

            By Mark

            from Warren, MI

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

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            Pros

            • Compact
            • Durable
            • Easy to Use

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Travel

              Comments about Tiffen 82mm Variable Neutral Density Filter:

              Did a bit of research before buying this one. It is the best quality for the money. I am able to pull long shutter speeds and experiment with results. Sturdy built. Able to focus even at darker settings.

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              5.0

              MUST HAVE FOR SHOOTING VIDEO!

              By Symmetry Films

              from Grand Rapids, MI

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Filter Protection
                • Image Manipulation
                • Indie Films
                • Lens Protection
                • Outdoor Videography
                • Weddings

                Comments about Tiffen 82mm Variable Neutral Density Filter:

                I recently purchased this filter for my Sigma 24-105mm lens. I can honestly say that if I hadn't had this filter, the last shoot that I did would have gone horribly. The shoot consisted of quite a bit of outdoor scenes. Having the ability to shoot at a wider aperture to maintain a shallow DOF without blowing the image out was amazing! I researched a lot of different ND filters and finally settled on this one because I wanted the "Variable" option and didn't want to carry around of bunch of filters and step up or step down rings. Especially considering that the shots that I was getting outside were not always in my control, having a filter that I could just reach out and turn to adjust was super helpful.

                I'll admit that it is a little frustrating that I can't put my lens hood on over the filter but the payoff is way worth it to get the shots that I wanted.

                I don't have any issues with vignetting or the dreadful "X" even when I had the filter close to the "Max" mark. Then again I only shoot video and hardly ever do stills, so I can't speak on anything about how it performs there.

                Highly recommend anyone who is shooting video to take a look at getting ND filters, especially this one, because of its versatility.

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                2.0

                Too Much Vignetting

                By Greg

                from San Diego, CA

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Reviewer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Firm Mount
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                • Inconsistent Effect
                • Vignetting

                Best Uses

                • Image Manipulation

                Comments about Tiffen 82mm Variable Neutral Density Filter:

                I bought this to use for beach shots during the day and just before sunset. I wanted a filter I could easily adjust as the sun went down to keep my exposures the proper length. It does that well, but has a serious issue with vignetting. I find the vignette starting at about the half way point, or 4 stops and gets much worse as you get up to 8 stops. When viewing my photos in post, the vignette is too severe to make the shots useful. It is pretty good below 4 stops, but the purpose is to have up to 8 stops. That isn't even enough for a beach shot to slow the waves down enough to be smooth. 2 or 3 stops is just simply not enough.

                When I read the reviews before purchasing, I was aware there was a potential vignetting issue at the higher stops. I thought it was only in the corners and only around 8 stops. The filter creates a darkening in the top center of the frame, not what I was expecting. I'm replacing it with a Lee Big Stopper and non-variable 3 and 6 stop filters. This is certainly more expensive, but it isn't worth saving money if the results aren't good.

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                4.0

                Very well built, quality ND filter

                By Rodrigo

                from Holly Springs, NC

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Clear Optics
                • Firm Mount
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                • No Protective Cap Thread

                Best Uses

                • DSLR Video
                • Low Dof In Sunny Days

                Comments about Tiffen 82mm Variable Neutral Density Filter:

                Very nice product, extremely useful for keeping low DOF in broad daylight.

                Not very fond of installing it on location and not being able to put a lens cap on it (it's larger on front element and no thread so 77mm lens cap won't fit), making it tough to store unless I remove it.

                The filter can get stuck if installed too firmly on lens.

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                5.0

                One Filter Many Lenses

                By Pete

                from Bonita Springs, Florida

                About Me Photography Student

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Tiffen 82mm Variable Neutral Density Filter:

                    Tiffen's ND filters are great and so well made,very smooth to put on and take off. I bought one Tiffen 82 mm Variable ND filter then purchased adapter rings for all of my other lenses. Leaving the adapters on all of the lenses, it is a snap to move the Nd Filter from lens to lens on a shoot.

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                    4.0

                    does the trick

                    By chace imaging

                    from jackson wy

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Image Manipulation

                      Comments about Tiffen 82mm Variable Neutral Density Filter:

                      overall good, does vignette slightly at full ND

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                      4.0

                      Top quality with minor issues

                      By Cruiser

                      from Santa Fe, NM

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                      • Can't Use Hood
                      • Can't use lens cap

                      Best Uses

                      • Image Manipulation

                      Comments about Tiffen 82mm Variable Neutral Density Filter:

                      Nice filter with excellent build quality. I bought it to allow me to shoot wide open during the day. The problem I ran across was that, because of the wider outer ring which helps reduce vignetting, you can't use a lens hood or a lens cap. This is a big problem for me since I live in the desert and it is very sunning and dusty.

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                      5.0

                      AMAZINGLY USEFUL

                      By NielsBohrd

                      from NY, NY

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Tiffen 82mm Variable Neutral Density Filter:

                          I took this piece of kit out into the New Mexico desert (an abandoned dump, actually) to cover a fast moving news story on the BlackMagic 4k camera w/ EF lenses. It allowed me to quickly and accurately hit challenging exposure changes while maintaining pleasing backgrounds. It also stood up to 80mph winds with blowing dust very well. While it is no replacement for a proper mattebox and a full set of 4x5 filters, this piece of gear will save your [*] when budget or time will not allow a full crew served solution.

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                          3.0

                          The cross, the cross

                          By gracie

                          from Niceville FL

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                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use
                          • Firm Mount
                          • Strong Construction

                          Cons

                          • Can't Use Hood
                          • Can't use lens cap
                          • Inconsistent Effect
                          • The Dreaded Cross
                          • Vignetting

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Tiffen 82mm Variable Neutral Density Filter:

                            I had high hopes for this variable ND filter. I wanted to take photos on the beach in bright sun and go for that silky water I've only been able to get when it's almost dark and do long exposure HDR. But I can't live with the dreaded cross at max and almost max density. And the vignetting before that. I knew from the reviews that my lens cap and hood wouldn't fit with this filter on and decided I could live with that (I used my hand as a hood to prevent the flares from that bright sun). But for the first time ever, I returned a product to B&H (which they made very easy for me!). I ordered a .9 NONvariable ND filter. Haven't received it but I think it'll do the job and without the dreaded cross.

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                            5.0

                            A must have for long exposure photograph

                            By Dlee

                            from South Texas

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                            Pros

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

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Tiffen 82mm Variable Neutral Density Filter:

                                Able to get the silky water effect no matter the time of day. A must have for long exposure photograph

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                                4.0

                                Best variable ND filter for the price

                                By Henry

                                from Philly, PA

                                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Clear Optics
                                • Firm Mount
                                • Strong Construction

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Image Manipulation

                                  Comments about Tiffen 82mm Variable Neutral Density Filter:

                                  I did a lot of research on the topic and was pleased that what I learned was indeed true. The Tiffen variable ND is a great product. One or two little issues exist for me however...it is very narrow and difficult easily grip the adjustment ring, and you can easily rotate beyond the adjustment scale.

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                                  5.0

                                  Great for photos & videos

                                  By Francesco

                                  from Walnut Creek, CA

                                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Easy To Use
                                  • Strong Construction

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Image Manipulation

                                    Comments about Tiffen 82mm Variable Neutral Density Filter:

                                    A moderate price, you can have a neutral density filter 82mm, which will be very useful in photography, video and doing long exposures without extreme vignetting. You can not use the hood but no big problem.

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                                    4.0

                                    Sharp, good quality

                                    By Thedrmmr5

                                    from Madison AL

                                    Comments about Tiffen 82mm Variable Neutral Density Filter:

                                    This filter is good for the money. It leaves the lens pretty sharp for the price. Fits right on my 16-35 and used an adapter for my 50 1.4. The X factor is very noticeable with the filter fully engaged, but back off two noches and it's fine. Did not see much Xing on my 50mm

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                                    5.0

                                    Best of the Rest

                                    By Ray M

                                    from San Diego

                                    Comments about Tiffen 82mm Variable Neutral Density Filter:

                                    This filter replaced my light craft workshop fader nd because it's simply better. My main issue with the lcw fader nd is that it caused images to soften out. You don't have this issue with the Tiffen filter. It's comparable in quality to the lcw so the build is very good. Though the carrying case for the Tiffen is sub par. Overall this is a great filter and B&H is the perfect place to pick it up. If you've been researching this filter stop thinking about it and order it from B&H.

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                                    4.0

                                    Good filter

                                    By Patrick G.

                                    from San Diego/Los Angeles

                                    Comments about Tiffen 82mm Variable Neutral Density Filter:

                                    Great build and a very easy fix for having multiple filters. I have many different lenses so I recommend buying the 82mm and buying a set of step down rings so that it can fit multiple lenses.

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                                    5.0

                                    Does the trick!

                                    By Zack X

                                    from Los Angeles, CA

                                    About Me Pro Photographer

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Clear Optics
                                    • Easy To Use
                                    • Strong Construction

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Image Manipulation

                                      Comments about Tiffen 82mm Variable Neutral Density Filter:

                                      Perfect for shooting DSLR footage on the fly. Half the cost as the higher end and looks just as sharp. Exactly what I would expect from Tiffen. My only "con" would be that the barrel of the filter has no stop end, so you could theoretically bump it past it's max recommended stop.

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