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Hoya 77mm Variable Density Filter

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Product Highlights
  • Variable 0.45-2.7 Density
  • Reduce Exposure by 1.5-9 Stops
  • Greater Control Over Exposure Settings
  • Low Profile, Rigid Aluminum Filter Ring
  • Optical Glass Construction

The Hoya 77mm Variable Density Filter is a solid variable density filter providing an exposure reduction of about 1.5 to 9 stops. The 0.45 to 2.7 density creates a darkening of the entire image, allowing you to photograph with a wider aperture or slower shutter speed than would normally be required. The degree of density is easily controlled by rotating the front filter ring, helping you to predetermine the additional exposure length required. By slowing your exposure time or increasing your aperture, you are able to control depth of field and convey movement more easily.

This filter is constructed from optical glass to maintain image clarity and is set within a slim profile aluminum ring, which helps to reduce the likelihood of vignetting when used on wide-angle lenses, and does not feature front threads.

Variable density filter allows you to dial in differing amounts of density from scene to scene
0.45 to 2.7 density filter darkens the image, allowing you to photograph with a longer shutter speed or wider aperture than normally required
Providing a reduction of 1.5 to 9 stops, this filter allows you to control depth of field and convey movement more easily
Slim profile filter ring helps to reduce the likelihood of vignetting with wide-angle lenses.
Type Variable density
Size 77 mm
Density 0.45-2.7 (1.5 to 9 stops)
Rotating Yes; to vary density
Effect Permits a longer exposure
Construction Optical glass; aluminum ring
Front Filter Thread Size N/A
Front Lens Cap Size 77 mm
Hoya 77mm Variable Density Filter
  • Hard Plastic Case
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
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    Hoya77mm Variable Density Filter
     
    4.3

    (based on 29 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

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      (12)

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    91%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Clear optics (23)
    • Easy to use (23)
    • Strong construction (21)
    • Firm mount (16)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Image manipulation (17)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Photo enthusiast (15), Semi-pro photographer (5), Pro photographer (4)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (25)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      like a new toy to play with

      I got this filter after reading several reviews, one by Ron Martinsen, in which he did a comparison between this filter and an older Singh-Ray he owned. His impressions were that it worked...Read complete review

      I got this filter after reading several reviews, one by Ron Martinsen, in which he did a comparison between this filter and an older Singh-Ray he owned. His impressions were that it worked very well. Then I found an article by Peter Hill from Sydney, Australia. His article is very informative, and his example photos using this filter with the camera that I use, was good enough to fully convince me I would soon own one. Peter's pictures are just really nice. There is no limiter on the range so you need to set your density level looking at the scale on the filter. If you go beyond the limits you get some really undesirable effects. It is probably a much less usable filter for someone who has a camera without live view, which permits you to see your composition where as the view finder only lets you see black, if you are at the black end. I have reluctantly kept a circular polarizer on my 24-105 for quite a long time simply because I don't like to be taking filters off and on constantly. It does backfire now and again because you need to tend to it for almost every shot, but i have trained my self to do that. Having said that, I have left the Hoya on my lens since it went on, and I will probably leave it on for a long time. The only issue I really have with it is that my lens cap will not clip onto it. I will need to solve that problem before too long. I think its fair to say that using this filter takes some getting used to. If you are shooting with your camera on BULB with the aperture set where you want it, you must give your best guess for your exposure time. It may take a couple of try's to get the exposure the way you like it, but this is kind of fun and probably good for your brain. The longer exposures are less critical. I have not taken much over a two minute exposure and to do that you have to be in some shade. It kind of goes without saying that you are on a tripod and have some kind of shutter release so you don't have to jiggle the camera. It is a lot of fun and a nice departure. I like to get out at night especially when there is fog. the more the better, and take 30 second exposures with the camera setting on aperture priority, so Im used to the process, Now I will more than likely start doing that in BULB, to remove the camera's 30 second limit. Read Peter Hill, "The Ultimate Guide To Neutral Density Filters" both for the information and the inspiration.

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      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Build quality lacking

      I bought one of these to stop down my D610 when shooting video in daylight and it was a good performer optically. However the filter came apart while in my padded camera bag. The...Read complete review

      I bought one of these to stop down my D610 when shooting video in daylight and it was a good performer optically. However the filter came apart while in my padded camera bag. The filter consist of at least 6 different parts: 2 optical, 2 metal rings that comprise the frame and 2 inner metal rings bracketing the fioltering elements to the frame. The inner ring facing the front element of my lens popped out. I discovered the back filtering element of the filter resting on the face of my lens...luckily my lens' front element was in its most recessed position so that it couldn't be scratched. I managed to snap the pieces back into place, but immediately initiated a return on the filter.

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      5.0

      A must for your picture shooting...

      By Ken the camera man

      from Hurst, Texas

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Firm Mount
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Color Correction
        • Image Manipulation

        Comments about Hoya 77mm Variable Density Filter:

        HOYA VARIABLE DENSITY FILTER..A must for controlling lighting situations.....This filter can and will block strong lighting conditions when you may need a soft effect..... We can't dial up or down the sun, this filter will answer this situation.

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        4.0

        Adequate.

        By Andy

        from Central Valley, CA

        Comments about Hoya 77mm Variable Density Filter:

        The first thing I noticed with this filter is that there is no way to mount a lens cap. Not a big deal but considering I'm forced to not be able to properly protect this product then it deserves a reduced rating.

        The rotating ring spins infinitely i.e. nothing stops it when it reaches the point where the density no longer changes. This may seem dumb, like perhaps it's just that I need practice but consider when you're using a manual lens with 3 counter rotating rings, which as we all know the direction of those rotations can be different depending on what camera it's for, the infinitely spinning ring becomes difficult to manage when it should be the last one that concerns me.

        A serious quality issue with this product is the infamous X that is a common problem with VariND filters. In case you don't know about this: The infamous 'X' is an X-shaped gradient that forms in the filter, typically at darker densities. Surprisingly I wouldn't reduce the rating for this issue because it only appears at a density that is so dark I don't even get close to seeing the X.

        Despite the obvious pitfalls, this filter has good value but I think Bower makes them better.

        I can't recommend this product.

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        4.0

        Quick and Smooth Adjustment

        By CraigD

        from Ladson, SC

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Firm Mount
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Filter Protection

          Comments about Hoya 77mm Variable Density Filter:

          This variable ND filter gets the job done. It provides quick and smooth adjustment. The only thing I'd change would be to add threads so that a clear protector filter could be added.

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          • No

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          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Love it!

          By Kazi

          from San Jose, CA

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Reviewer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Image Manipulation

            Comments about Hoya 77mm Variable Density Filter:

            I took it for a test drive to California coast where the waves are ebbing and flowing. Started from Max to Min. at every other stop line beginning at 1/6 sec, 2 sec, 4 sec, 6 sec, 8 sec, and 10 sec. They all came out nicely, except 10 sec. might have been a little too dreamy. I used focal length of 24mm, f/29, ISO100, the attached photo was taken at 6 sec. There's a slight color shift towards warm but in this case it worked to my advantage; it was close to sunset. One negative element: My Tamron lens cap won't fit. Does Hoya make a lens cap to fit this filter?

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            • No

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            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            like a new toy to play with

            By fergy

            from Norwalk, Ct

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Clear Optics
            • Reasonably priced
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Long Exposure Times

              Comments about Hoya 77mm Variable Density Filter:

              I got this filter after reading several reviews, one by Ron Martinsen, in which he did a comparison between this filter and an older Singh-Ray he owned. His impressions were that it worked very well. Then I found an article by Peter Hill from Sydney, Australia. His article is very informative, and his example photos using this filter with the camera that I use, was good enough to fully convince me I would soon own one. Peter's pictures are just really nice. There is no limiter on the range so you need to set your density level looking at the scale on the filter. If you go beyond the limits you get some really undesirable effects. It is probably a much less usable filter for someone who has a camera without live view, which permits you to see your composition where as the view finder only lets you see black, if you are at the black end. I have reluctantly kept a circular polarizer on my 24-105 for quite a long time simply because I don't like to be taking filters off and on constantly. It does backfire now and again because you need to tend to it for almost every shot, but i have trained my self to do that. Having said that, I have left the Hoya on my lens since it went on, and I will probably leave it on for a long time. The only issue I really have with it is that my lens cap will not clip onto it. I will need to solve that problem before too long. I think its fair to say that using this filter takes some getting used to. If you are shooting with your camera on BULB with the aperture set where you want it, you must give your best guess for your exposure time. It may take a couple of try's to get the exposure the way you like it, but this is kind of fun and probably good for your brain. The longer exposures are less critical. I have not taken much over a two minute exposure and to do that you have to be in some shade. It kind of goes without saying that you are on a tripod and have some kind of shutter release so you don't have to jiggle the camera. It is a lot of fun and a nice departure. I like to get out at night especially when there is fog. the more the better, and take 30 second exposures with the camera setting on aperture priority, so Im used to the process, Now I will more than likely start doing that in BULB, to remove the camera's 30 second limit. Read Peter Hill, "The Ultimate Guide To Neutral Density Filters" both for the information and the inspiration.

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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              good quality

              By nick

              from new york

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Hoya 77mm Variable Density Filter:

                  i use it for great view.it has variable density that really helpful when i go outside .it got 1.5 to 9 stop ,so i just need to take one filter with me .

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                  • No

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                  (2 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  4.0

                  Works okay but ... too thick?

                  By MNP

                  from Roseville, CA

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Clear Optics
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                  • Inconsistent Effect

                  Best Uses

                  • Image Manipulation

                  Comments about Hoya 77mm Variable Density Filter:

                  This is an nice filter but I can see black on the edges of the images when I use it. I'm thinking maybe this is too thick when put on top of a clear filter?

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                  • No

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                  4.0

                  Useful filter

                  By robOcity

                  from Denver, CO

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Clear Optics
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Limit Depth Of Field
                    • Long shutter speed

                    Comments about Hoya 77mm Variable Density Filter:

                    This filter allows you to slow your shutter enabling to use fill flash or to blur moving water, or limit depth-of-field, all under mid-day sun. It is well constructed and comes the round case that is easy to open once you need it and otherwise stays closed. Optical quality is excellent. My only quibble is that my lens cap will not attach to it as it because it lacks exterior threads.

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                    • No

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                    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    5.0

                    great build, effective

                    By john

                    from Philly, PA

                    About Me Casual Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Image Manipulation

                      Comments about Hoya 77mm Variable Density Filter:

                      This filter is very nicely built and easy to use. It's effective and it seems to do what it supposed to do to provide the stops needed to be reduced. A great filter.

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                      • No

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                      (7 of 9 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      1.0

                      Not the first time but will be the last!

                      By DP Alex

                      from Dallas, TX

                      About Me Pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Clear Optics

                      Cons

                      • Loose Glass
                      • Weak Construction

                      Best Uses

                      • Paperweight
                      • Paper weight

                      Comments about Hoya 77mm Variable Density Filter:

                      I've been recommended Hoya filters and have used them. There's a big awful common issue with Hoya's products: the filters come loose from the rings and spin freely inside! This has happened to my UV filters which does not affect the image so it wasn't a deal breaker and just very annoying. Now this Variable Density filter with the spinning glass issue makes it unusable. Even though the glass filters are good, I am very disappointed with the build quality from Hoya and all their products. I will no longer be purchasing Hoya any longer.

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                      2.0

                      Build quality lacking

                      By yoog

                      from Hillsborough, CA

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Reviewer

                      Pros

                      • Clear Optics
                      • Easy To Use

                      Cons

                      • Loose Mount
                      • Weak Construction

                      Best Uses

                      • Image Manipulation

                      Comments about Hoya 77mm Variable Density Filter:

                      I bought one of these to stop down my D610 when shooting video in daylight and it was a good performer optically. However the filter came apart while in my padded camera bag. The filter consist of at least 6 different parts: 2 optical, 2 metal rings that comprise the frame and 2 inner metal rings bracketing the fioltering elements to the frame. The inner ring facing the front element of my lens popped out. I discovered the back filtering element of the filter resting on the face of my lens...luckily my lens' front element was in its most recessed position so that it couldn't be scratched. I managed to snap the pieces back into place, but immediately initiated a return on the filter.

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                      • No

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                      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      4.0

                      Very good product

                      By Taxman

                      from Thornhill, Ontario, Canada

                      Verified Buyer

                      Comments about Hoya 77mm Variable Density Filter:

                      Great product in General. However, I just noticed that the price if this item in your website is now $[$] while I paid $[$].

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                      5.0

                      Fantastic

                      By KC

                      from Vancouver CA

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Image Manipulation

                        Comments about Hoya 77mm Variable Density Filter:

                        Very useful Does what it promises to do

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                        • No

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                        5.0

                        Nice filter

                        By mk

                        from Santa Monica, CA

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Image Manipulation

                          Comments about Hoya 77mm Variable Density Filter:

                          Really helped me to take some longer exposures by the ocean and some nice sunsets.

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                          • No

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                          (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          4.0

                          Amazing Filter

                          By Rory

                          from Atlanta, GA

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Image Manipulation

                            Comments about Hoya 77mm Variable Density Filter:

                            Product functions as advertised. The slim form factor is what attracted me most. Some variable ND filters I have used in the past are wider then the lens outer casing. This makes it impossible to attach the default lens hood to prevent lens flares when shooting outdoors, which is what I bought this for in the first place.

                            The only down side is the sensitivity in the higher filter ranges, which after using this filter I have now discovered is common across all of products of this type. It takes only a fraction of a turn to increase or decrease the amount of exposure which makes it hard to find the right amount of adjustment.

                            Also, the markings on the outer ring do not clearly state specific stops which might also prove useful. Again, something that no one does, but is still a negative.

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                            5.0

                            Easy All in One Filter

                            By John

                            from Villa Hills, KY

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

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

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Image Manipulation

                              Comments about Hoya 77mm Variable Density Filter:

                              Extremely pleased with few times I have used my new filter. Great range of density, and easy to pack just one filter.

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                              • No

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                              4.0

                              77 mm Variable Density Filter by Hoya

                              By Inder

                              from Davis, CA

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

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

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Image Manipulation

                                Comments about Hoya 77mm Variable Density Filter:

                                I have used this filter with my Canon 5D Mark3 and EF 70-200 F2.8 L II USM Lens. It worked great. It is easy to sue and solidly built.

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                                5.0

                                Great for Shooting @ an Aperture of F2.8

                                By Demetrick Banks

                                from Ridgeland, MS

                                About Me Pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

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

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Filter Protection
                                  • Image Manipulation
                                  • Lens Protection
                                  • UV Protection

                                  Comments about Hoya 77mm Variable Density Filter:

                                  I used this filter to shoot a 5K Walk during a sunny Saturday morning to shoot some of my images at F2.8.

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                                  • No

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                                  5.0

                                  Great Variable Density Filter

                                  By Tony

                                  from New York, NY

                                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Clear Optics
                                  • Firm Mount
                                  • Strong Construction

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Image Manipulation
                                    • Longexposures

                                    Comments about Hoya 77mm Variable Density Filter:

                                    Minimum vignetting and 'X' crosses, appearing just above 7 stops. 9 stops total, great image quality, need to say more?

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                                    • No

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                                    (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                     
                                    4.0

                                    Works as expected

                                    By George

                                    from Paradise California

                                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Clear Optics
                                    • Easy To Use

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Image Manipulation

                                      Comments about Hoya 77mm Variable Density Filter:

                                      I used the product to allow slow shutter speeds in sunlight. It worked well within limits. I expected that a cross pattern would appear if used at the darker positions. It did what I needed it to do.

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