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Singh-Ray77mm Vari-ND Variable Neutral Density Filter
 
4.5

(based on 48 reviews)

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98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (40)
  • Strong construction (25)
  • Clear optics (24)
  • Firm mount (20)
  • Compact (3)

Cons

  • Inconsistent effect (3)
  • Pricey / poor value (3)
  • Vignetting (3)

Best Uses

  • Image manipulation (17)
  • Landscape/scenery (6)
  • Color correction (4)
  • Shooting outdoors (3)
  • UV protection (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Semi-pro photographer (17), Photo enthusiast (12), Pro photographer (9), Professional photographer (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (37)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Vari Indeed

This "set" of filters is great for travel photography and for anyone trying to lighten their load. The initial investment is a bit steep, but compared to buying all the...Read complete review

This "set" of filters is great for travel photography and for anyone trying to lighten their load. The initial investment is a bit steep, but compared to buying all the filters this one does, it's a good value.

I used mine for the first time last week for mid-day photography on a Mexican beach and was able to slow my shutter to 15 seconds! Yes, at midday!

I added a split neutral density filter and got some great shots, but also some garbage. You must be careful about how light strikes the front of filters - especially stacked filters.

Because this set is thick, it may cause vignetting on wide angle lenses - it does with my Nikkor 17-55mm, f/2.8.

It's a great addition to my bag and I recommend it!

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Pricey, good for what it is

I needed a neutral density filter (or several) to slow down my shutter speed during time lapse and nature photography. I was drawn to the Singh-Ray based on several reviews and especially as...Read complete review

I needed a neutral density filter (or several) to slow down my shutter speed during time lapse and nature photography. I was drawn to the Singh-Ray based on several reviews and especially as it offers multiple grades of density simply by a twist of its outer ring. So, here's my take:1. Great optical clarity.2. Good performance over its range of density3. Definitely not good with wide angle! (You get zones of darkness, not uniform darkness at less than 20 mm based on my experience.)4. High price.5. As received, the filter had a light film of fog over both glass surfaces. I suspect this was due to it being shipped in a plastic bag. Sheesh.If I were to do this over, I would use the money to buy a couple or three solid neutral density filters instead of one variable filter. That said, I plan to keep the Singh-Ray for now.

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5.0

Must have filter for slowing moving wage

By DakotaKid

from Rochester, Michigan

About Me Pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Waterfalls

    Comments about Singh-Ray 77mm Vari-ND Variable Neutral Density Filter:

    Excellent quality glass. Adds quite a bit of depth to the lens, though, so you need to watch out for vignetting on the wider zoom lenses.

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    4.0

    So far so good

    By Jesse

    from Westchester, NY

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Easy to Use

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Family Photos
      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Portraits

      Comments about Singh-Ray 77mm Vari-ND Variable Neutral Density Filter:

      I have yet to really put this Variable ND filter to use but the build quality seems good and so far from the very light experimentation I've done with it, it seems to do what I am looking to do...bring down the ambient and allow me to utilize my strobes outdoors to overpower the sun while staying under 1/250th of a second at a wide aperture. 4 out of 5 only b/c of the limited time I've had with it.

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      3.0

      Nice but not for me

      By DaveG

      from Ontario, CA

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy to Use

      Cons

      • Bulky

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery

      Comments about Singh-Ray 77mm Vari-ND Variable Neutral Density Filter:

      Camera= D600 (full frame)
      Lens= Wide at 24mm
      Lens thread=72mm
      Filter thread=77mm
      72mm to 77mm step up ring used
      I got white edge vignettes at 24mm which were on their way out at 35mm and the black "X" pattern at high filter setting. If I'd buy this again I'd consider it to be a 2-6 stop Variable ND filter and not to 8 unless it clears up at a longer focal length but my settings as explained above gave me literally unusable photos. I must say, do your homework before buying a filter like this. Research the "X" pattern with Variable ND filters and understand what can go wrong before you spend the money. I thought I read up on it but obviously not enough. I'm sure this is a nice filter but I have since returned it.

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      4.0

      Good Quality

      By Rodrigo

      from Kamloops, Canada

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

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      Pros

      • Compact
      • Durable
      • Easy to Use

      Cons

      • Bulky

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery

      Comments about Singh-Ray 77mm Vari-ND Variable Neutral Density Filter:

      The product itself is well built and I'm pleased with the results at dusk/ night so far.
      The maximum settings on this filer will give you a purple color cast, so I avoid using it at those settings.

      Due to my inexperience with this type of filters, when I bought it I thought it would give me enough stops to shoot in daylight or sunset for over a minute exposures.. but the truth is that is not enough.. So I will buy a MOR SLO 10 or 15 to darken the image further and therefore achieve longer exposure times without blowing the highlights

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      5.0

      Great product

      By AES

      from Peoria, AZ

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

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      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Firm Mount
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Image Manipulation

        Comments about Singh-Ray 77mm Vari-ND Variable Neutral Density Filter:

        Perfect for those slow shutter and long exposure. Great clarity and colors. I can't imagine how many shots I have missed...

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        4.0

        Works like it should

        By Garret

        from Springfield, MO

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

        • Expensive

        Best Uses

        • Image Manipulation

        Comments about Singh-Ray 77mm Vari-ND Variable Neutral Density Filter:

        I use this filter on my 5d mk3 and it works well. Anything wider than about 30mm and you'll get some very noticeable vignetting on a full frame sensor but its easily compensated for. I have used it stopped almost completely down and have never noticed any color casting at all. I've used cheaper vari nd's as well as the old two polarizer trick but this far surpasses both.

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        5.0

        AWESOME filter

        By YW

        from San Francsco, CA

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Image Manipulation

          Comments about Singh-Ray 77mm Vari-ND Variable Neutral Density Filter:

          I just bought this filter and went and took some pictures. Very happy with the out come.

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          3.0

          Pricey, good for what it is

          By BobB

          from Baltimore, MD

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Clear Optics
          • Easy To Use

          Cons

          • high price
          • Inconsistent Effect
          • Uneven At Wide Angle

          Best Uses

          • Lenses Above 35mm

          Comments about Singh-Ray 77mm Vari-ND Variable Neutral Density Filter:

          I needed a neutral density filter (or several) to slow down my shutter speed during time lapse and nature photography. I was drawn to the Singh-Ray based on several reviews and especially as it offers multiple grades of density simply by a twist of its outer ring. So, here's my take:1. Great optical clarity.2. Good performance over its range of density3. Definitely not good with wide angle! (You get zones of darkness, not uniform darkness at less than 20 mm based on my experience.)4. High price.5. As received, the filter had a light film of fog over both glass surfaces. I suspect this was due to it being shipped in a plastic bag. Sheesh.If I were to do this over, I would use the money to buy a couple or three solid neutral density filters instead of one variable filter. That said, I plan to keep the Singh-Ray for now.

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          5.0

          High quality glass

          By LT

          from Chicago

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Clear Optics
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Image Manipulation

            Comments about Singh-Ray 77mm Vari-ND Variable Neutral Density Filter:

            I love the ability to vary the amount of light transmited. It allows me to only carry one ND filter on hikes or when travelling. The filter takes time to get used to using, but it is well worth it.

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            5.0

            It really works!!

            By geodav52

            from Queensland, Australia

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Image Manipulation

              Comments about Singh-Ray 77mm Vari-ND Variable Neutral Density Filter:

              This filter, whilst not cheap, really does its job to perfection, with total simplicity and saves me so much time compared to when using other systems.

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              5.0

              The right choice

              By TheAlchemist

              from Arlington, MA

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

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              Pros

              • Clear Optics
              • Easy To Use
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Exposure modification
                • Image Manipulation

                Comments about Singh-Ray 77mm Vari-ND Variable Neutral Density Filter:

                I spent quite a bit of time deciding if I should spend the extra money on this Singh-Ray variable ND filter or try to get one of the less expensive options from Hoya or Tiffen (Off-brand is likely not worth it as they still cost a lot and the quality is not well known). I ultimately decided after reading through some reviews to go with the Singh-Ray. The Tiffen reported having issues at the max setting with a dark "X" pattern showing up and affecting the image. The Hoya was not in stock and I could not find much info on it, however I have had good experience with their filters. I ultimately decided to go with the more expensive Singh-Ray based on the positive reviews and my great experience with their 4x6 ND and Grad ND filters. I was not disappointed. This is a very well made filter. I am very pleased with in construction, use and image quality. This is a 2-8 stop filter and 8 stops is dark, but very useful. It works great for hiding wandering pedestrians/tourists in scenes and also getting some great bokeh by using lenses with a wider aperture in bright daylight, plus many other uses. I do not know if spending a extra on the slim mount version is worth it. I've read reports that on ultra wide angle lenses, such as in the 14-20mm range, you will get vignetting with both the standard and slim so I ended up getting the standard. So far I have only had slight vignetting which is easily taken care of in post so I am pleased with my choice.

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                5.0

                never fear mid-day sun again.

                By porter

                from Winona, MN

                About Me Pro Photographer

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                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Singh-Ray 77mm Vari-ND Variable Neutral Density Filter:

                    Shooting wide open in bright sunlight is just another valuable option available to you with this filter. Looking forward to adding a new portrait "style" after purchasing this.

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                    4.0

                    Fantastic except...

                    By thematters

                    from LA\CA

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                    • Vignetting

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Singh-Ray 77mm Vari-ND Variable Neutral Density Filter:

                      I primarily use this filter for my 24-105 lens when I shooting outdoor events. Everything is fantastic on it except when zoomed out (24 to 30 range) when I start to notice a vignette caused by the filter's depth. Other than that, great filter.

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                      5.0

                      Easy Adjustment for Slow Shutter Speed

                      By Greyheart

                      from California

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Image Manipulation

                        Comments about Singh-Ray 77mm Vari-ND Variable Neutral Density Filter:

                        This filter is a great addition if your goal is to force a slow shutter speed with an aperture and light conditions that otherwise meter a faster speed as correct exposure. Easy to adjust while metering through viewfinder -- just turn the filter and watch the exposure needle head for zero as the image darkens. Very well made and easy to use.

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                        4.0

                        Gets the job done

                        By Sierra Bob

                        from Kernville, CA

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Firm Mount
                        • Provides flexibility
                        • Strong Construction

                        Cons

                        • Expensive
                        • Inconsistent Effect

                        Best Uses

                        • Blurred water
                        • Eclipse photos
                        • Image Manipulation

                        Comments about Singh-Ray 77mm Vari-ND Variable Neutral Density Filter:

                        I use this filter to slow shutter speed for blur shots, and (with another filter) for sun photography. It provides great flexibility in terms of lengthening exposures, introduces no distortion and does what it is supposed to. The one drawback, uneven skies and color shifts in the frame, especially with wide angle lenses. The greater variance in angle to the sun in the frame, the more color shift. It's as much intensity as tonal shift in most instances. Frankly, it seems a bit pricey for what it is, but there is nothing else like it on the market to my knowledge.

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                        5.0

                        Pure magic

                        By kwelty

                        from Santa Cruz, CA

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Clear Optics

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Depth-of-field control

                          Comments about Singh-Ray 77mm Vari-ND Variable Neutral Density Filter:

                          Specifically bought for video on the Canon 5D, this filter essentially serves as my iris while shooting video. Full 8 stop range makes it useful in sunlight and shade. Far superior to the Polaroid version and at 3 times the cost, it better be. But the optics are superb and the resulting shallow DOF is gorgeous!

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                          5.0

                          Great quality

                          By Dweebus

                          from Manassas, VA

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Clear Optics
                          • Easy To Use

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about Singh-Ray 77mm Vari-ND Variable Neutral Density Filter:

                              Variable ND is great for creativity

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                              5.0

                              2 to 8 stops no wait.

                              By DBLClick Photo

                              from Manassas

                              About Me Tech Savvy

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Compact Design
                              • Easy To Use

                              Cons

                              • None

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Singh-Ray 77mm Vari-ND Variable Neutral Density Filter:

                                The Singh-Ray Vari-ND filter offers the flexibility of a set of filters in one slim package. No Stacking required.

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                                5.0

                                Valuable tool for nature photogs

                                By Thomas

                                from Warren, Ct

                                About Me Professional photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Available in slim mount
                                • Controls light
                                • Easy To Use
                                • High Quality
                                • Improves Picture Quality
                                • Professional results

                                Cons

                                • High cost

                                Best Uses

                                • Create ethereal scenes
                                • Shooting moving water
                                • Shooting Outdoors
                                • Shoreline photography

                                Comments about Singh-Ray 77mm Vari-ND Variable Neutral Density Filter:

                                I'm a Pro scenic landscape-nature and travel photographer. I'm often confronted with a situation where an ND filter is necessary to create an artistic touch for a marketable print. Before the Vari-ND filter I may have found myself composing with the tripod on wet slippery rocks photographing a waterfall or river scene. I would need to compose, focus and then find a way to install either an ND6 or ND10 without sliding into the river or worse dropping an expensive filter. Those days are now over! I can set up, compose and focus with the Singh-Ray vari ND in place while on the lightest setting and simply adjust the filter like a Circular Polarizer.

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                                1.0

                                Too big for a 24mm lens

                                By Via

                                from Paris

                                Verified Buyer

                                Comments about Singh-Ray 77mm Vari-ND Variable Neutral Density Filter:

                                Only for use up to 30mm!!!
                                Be careful with a 24 mm lens

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