Singh-Ray 82mm Vari-ND Variable Neutral Density Filter

Singh-Ray 82mm Vari-ND Variable Neutral Density Filter

Singh-Ray 82mm 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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The Singh-Ray 82mm 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)
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Singh-Ray 82mm Vari-ND Variable Neutral Density Filter
  • Storage Case
  • Warranted Against Manufacturer's Defects for 90-Days
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    Singh-Ray R-87 specs

    Filter Type Variable ND
    Density 0.8 (2.6 Stops) to 2.4 (8 Stops)
    Shape Circle
    Circular Size 82 mm
    Front Accessory Thread / Bayonet 82 mm
    Filter Thickness 0.56" / 14.2 mm
    Filter Material Glass
    Coatings None
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 0.26 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 5.0 x 3.3 x 1.2"

    Singh-Ray R-87 reviews

    82mm Vari-ND Variable Neutral Density Filter is rated 4.5 out of 5 by 27.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Serious quality at a serious price. Very high quality product as far as build and optics. Very expensive, however. I was on the fence for a long time as to whether it is worth it. So far I am very pleased and feel confident that this is something that will last. Has come in very useful in both video production and in time lapse photography. Note that the polarizing effects make the filter unusable at it's strongest setting at focal lengths under 35mm or so. With it dialed back a bit there are no problems. Also as far as vignetting goes, using a 77mm to 82mm step up ring , there is corner-only vignetting up to just shy of 13mm on a Tokina 11-16 2.8 with a Canon550d. Certainly usable at 11mm with a slight crop, but YMMV. Rated 4 stars only for the cost.
    Date published: 2012-03-14
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Just a fantastic product! As I love the look of smooth, glass-like water in landscape photos, as well as blurring people such that they are unrecognisable in busy urban locations, I really think this filter is a must-have. Due to its price, I hesitated for a long time before purchasing, but now wonder why did I wait so long? I would give this product a 5-out-of-5 star rating, except that the index points (which help you mark your spot) do not represent actual ND settings, but rather are there to 'help' you re-set your filter when you wish to recreate the effect. Would highly recommend.
    Date published: 2010-12-26
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Nicely built but vignetting is an issue I use this filter on both the Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8 and Tamron 24-70mm f/2.8. It's nicely built, performs well and certain f/ stops, and is easy to manipulate. However, on both lenses at the widest angles, it vignettes in the extreme corners forcing me to crop the frame which, of course, negates the wide angle effect. I own other Singh-Ray filters and have been happy to use them. However, because a variable ND polarizer necessarily requires two pieces of optics and makes for a thicker than normal filter, I would have thought that at the premium coin Singh-Ray expects to get, it would have built an overall thinner filter to mitigate vignetting. I would recommend that buyers consider cheaper alternatives. They may avoid vignetting no better than Singh-Ray does but you'll spend far less.
    Date published: 2013-06-26
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Easy and Versatile ND Filter I used the 82mm Vari-ND Filter for waterfall day shots. I read all the reviews prior to purchasing it so understood what I was purchasing. It was easy to use and I relied less on the ND indicators and more on the time of exposure I was seeking when looking for longer exposures (by rotating the filter) - very nice to have one filter to use in a variable capacity vs changing filters constantly particularly when you are in a stream trying to shoot a waterfall. I read about the vignetting - I used it on a Canon L-seris 16-35mm lens and noticed vignetting at about 24mm. I don't think this is a problem if you plan your shot ahead and frame it to account for this. As far as the price goes - Read the reviews and make your choice - I believe it is worth the price. Attached is a 24mm HDR shot that shows nice blur and slight vignetting.
    Date published: 2014-10-02
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from great product, crucial for DSLR shooting i use it mostly on the Canon 5D II and 7D when i'm shooting video. one of the problems with those cameras is that they don't have built in ND filters- which makes outdoor shooting problematic. this filter solves this completely and lets me shoot on whatever ISO, Shutter speed and Aperture i like. it is pricey, but you don't want to mess with your lenses optics by putting a bad filter in front of them so i do think it's worth it.
    Date published: 2011-01-19
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Excessive vignetting Excessive vignetting for up to 35mm. It is impossible to use in combination with Lee Filters on a 24-70 mm lens, the vignetting is permanent. Also it is extremely difficult to mount the Lee ring. Good quality, nice packaging, and it probably does what it says it does, but it is not for wide angle landscape photography. Very disappointing, I should have gone for single stop ND filters.
    Date published: 2013-01-03
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great product. Very easy to use. No need to buy different ND filters with different f-stops. Vignetting is significant when using it with 16-35mm lens on a full frame body. I am still trying out the filter & will fully test it out in on seascapes.
    Date published: 2012-08-29
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Maybe I expected to much Considering the price paid for this item, I was expecting something along the lines of perfection, but unfortunately that is not the case. The markings on the outer rings should be listed as useless. Make your own I guess. There is considerable color shifting beyond eight stops. Of course it's not rated past eight stops, but it begs the question of where that eight stops is, and if there is color shifting at less then eight stops. Same goes for the cross hatching. Have'nt had the chance to find this out for sure yet since I've only had this item a couple days. If I were only taking pictures, I do believe I would return this item, but this is a cats meow for shooting movies, and will learn to live with it's shotcomings. Also of note. A seperate polarizer such as a B+W KSM Circular will not work with this variable filter. It's still a darn good filter, but not a great one, as the price should imply.
    Date published: 2011-05-19
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