Singh-Ray 77mm Vari-ND Variable Neutral Density Filter

Singh-Ray 77mm Vari-ND Variable Neutral Density Filter

Singh-Ray 77mm Vari-ND Variable Neutral Density Filter

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Product Highlights

  • Controls Up to 8 Stops of Light
  • Good for Blurring Motion
  • Holds Optical Quality at All Settings
  • Fast and Easy to Use
  • More Flexible than Using Many ND Filters
  • Excellent for Selective Focus
  • Excellent for Macro
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Singh-Ray R-86 overview

  • 1Description

The Singh-Ray 77mm Vari-ND Variable Neutral Density Filter - This neutral density filter gives you the capability to use fast film in bright sunlight. ND filters have several uses and offer the possibility to achieve otherwise unachievable results. They enable the shooter to adjust exposure without affecting color balance. ND filters reduce the amount of light reaching the film.

When used with a digital camera, you can effectively see how this filter works. After the initial exposure, you can check your LCD image and then make whatever change in exposure you feel you need to enhance your image. By rotating the ring, you can either increase or decrease the ND effect. This will be especially useful when trying to achieve "blurred" or "panned" shots.

The filter contains "index" points to help you mark your spot. They do not represent actual ND settings , i.e. non-calibrated - but are there to help you re-set your filter when you wish to recreate the effect.

Note: Singh-Ray cannot predict when vignetting may occur - especially with very wide angle lenses. To avoid vignetting, adjust your focal length, position, and/or composition to remove the vignetting - use your digital camera's display for reference.

Front ring can accept a Mor-Slo 5-stop Solid ND Filter or a Cokin holder for ND Grad Filters 1
Front Min/Max density ring lets you adjust density from 2-2/3 to 8 f/stops

Neutral Density Filters Have Four Main Uses

To enable slow shutter speeds to be used, especially with high speed films, 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

Neutral Density Factors

ND.3 (exposure adjustment = 1 stop)
ND.6 (exposure adjustment = 2 stops)
ND.9 (exposure adjustment = 3 stops)
In the Box
Singh-Ray 77mm Vari-ND Variable Neutral Density Filter
  • Storage Case
  • Warranted Against Manufacturer's Defects for 90-Days
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description

    Singh-Ray R-86 specs

    Filter Type Variable ND
    Density 0.8 (2.6 Stops) to 2.4 (8 Stops)
    Shape Circle
    Circular Size 77 mm
    Front Accessory Thread / Bayonet 77 mm
    Filter Thickness 0.56" / 14.2 mm
    Filter Material Glass
    Coatings None
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 0.22 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 3.9 x 3.9 x 1.0"

    Singh-Ray R-86 reviews

    77mm Vari-ND Variable Neutral Density Filter is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 50.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Valuable tool for nature photogs 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.
    Date published: 2011-09-05
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from 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 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!
    Date published: 2011-06-10
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Nice but not for me 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.
    Date published: 2013-12-12
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from AWESOME, AWESOME, AWESOME This one filter replaced multiple filters that would be needed to do the same as what this can do. The image quality is very sharp and the color is 100% accurate. This is great for shooting anything where you need to slow your shutter speed down. I just did a shoot of some waterfalls in Alabama and the shots look like they came right out of a National Geographic magazine. Take a look at the below link, photos numbered from 31-35 are all taken using this filter. I can't wait to go shoot more waterfalls.@
    Date published: 2011-02-07
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from The perfect camera companion If your tired of wishing that your photos look like those in your favorite photo magazines, then you'll want to add this filter to your bag of tricks. The 77mm Vari-ND filter by Singh-Ray offers you the inspiration and tool to get those milky waterfall shots that you've been dreaming of. The filter is easy to use and offers several stops along the way giving you complete creative control. It might seem a little pricey, but consider that this one filter replaces the need for several in order to reach it's magnitude. I never leave home without this filter in my bag. It tames even the most sunniest days and turns my 1 star photos into 4 or 5's.
    Date published: 2010-08-06
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Essential for outdoor HD DSLR filming I bought the Vari-ND filter to use with my Canon 5DmkII and prime lenses when filming HD DSLR. It is essential that I am able to reduce the amount of light while shooting to get film like shallow depth of field. When I am outdoor shooting in bright sunshine as well as with very bright interiors there really is no other option, unless you add a mattebox and have several square ND filters to go. The Vari-ND filter allows me to go really light when filming. I use a very compact rig with the 5D; a prime lense with the Vari-ND and a step up ring, a Zacuto Rapid Fire and the Z-Finder. The Vari-ND is expensive but it has great build quality, has performed flawlessly so far and I think it is well worth the price.
    Date published: 2010-03-04
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Quality 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
    Date published: 2013-11-23
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from The gear of my dreams. There are times you want to shoot the frame with f/5.6 + ISO100 + 1/30 sec outdoors in the middle of the day. So that you want to use the maximum sharpness out of your lens, very low noise due to ISO100 and the motion blur of 1/30 sec exposure. To do that you either have to carry the whole set of ND filters or simply the Singhray variND filter. It is best to use this filter with wide angle lenses having 52 to 67mm filter threads and step-up-rings to avoid the vingetting due to the thickness of the filter.
    Date published: 2009-11-24
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