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Tiffen 82mm Variable Neutral Density Filter

B&H # TIVND82 Mfr # 82VND
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You Pay: $179.95
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 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
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
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 48 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (26)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (18)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (1)

    93%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (34)
    • Strong construction (24)
    • Clear optics (23)
    • Firm mount (22)
    • Great picture quality (6)

    Cons

    • Inconsistent effect (4)

    Best Uses

    • Image manipulation (18)
    • Landscape/scenery (10)
    • Travel (5)
    • Filter protection (3)
    • Lens protection (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Pro photographer (19), Photo enthusiast (10), Semi-pro photographer (9)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (41)

    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

     

    Too Much Vignetting

    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...Read complete review

    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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    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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    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.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • 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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              • No

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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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                • No

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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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                  • No

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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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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Excellent choice

                    By Mark

                    from Warren, MI

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    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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                      • No

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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.

                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No

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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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                        • No

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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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                            • No

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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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                              • No

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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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