Tiffen 77mm Variable Neutral Density Filter

Tiffen 77mm Variable Neutral Density Filter

Tiffen 77mm Variable Neutral Density Filter

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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
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Tiffen 77VND overview

  • 1Description

The 77mm 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 1/2 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
UPC: 884613010607
In the Box
Tiffen 77mm Variable Neutral Density Filter
  • Black Nylon Pouch
  • Limited 10-Year Warranty
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    • 1Description

    Tiffen 77VND specs

    Filter Type Variable ND
    Density 0.6 (2 Stops) to 2.4 (8 Stops)
    Shape Circle
    Circular Size 77 mm
    Front Accessory Thread / Bayonet Unthreaded
    Filter Thickness 0.35" / 9 mm
    Filter Material Glass
    Coatings None
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 0.4 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 6.0 x 5.6 x 1.3"

    Tiffen 77VND reviews

    77mm Variable Neutral Density Filter is rated 4.4 out of 5 by 420.
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Bulky but effective The design of this filter is compact in comparison to stacking ND filters, however it is large enough that I cannot use it with my lens hoods. The Max setting, combined with f/22 aperture, allowed me to shoot into the sun. There is considerable vignetting, though. On my 5DmkII, the edges of the filter are in frame at the corners below 40mm. This filter will allow you to turn beyond the Max position. doing this introduces anomalies of uneven exposure across the frame - just as warned by the package enclosure. This effect is not seen within the normal operating range.
    Date published: 2015-05-24
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good product The filter performs as advertised. We are warned that a cross pattern might be seen near the minimum transmission setting or the filter but I could not get it. There is a colour shift instead. Otherwise it works very well. Negatives: 1. The filter being 77 mm in diameter is set into a ring with diameter so large that on no 77 mm lens I have the lens shade can be used once the filter is mounted on the lens. 2. The soft envelope-type pouch supplied with the filter is a very good idea but the one supplied with this filter is too large. With the camera bag space at premium a smaller pouch would be a very nice thing to have.
    Date published: 2016-07-05
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great Value This variable ND is great for the price. The build quality is there and, for this type of filter is pretty clean offering very little color cast or loss of sharpness. One thing I don't like is that the Max/Min doesn't have any hard stops (rotation limits) to prevent the X pattern that can happen when exceeding the markings on the filter barrel. Because the reading lands differently on different lenses when screwed on, you can find yourself checking it at weird angles. The velcro pouch it comes with is also a nice, added value. Minus one star for no hard stops, otherwise a solid 5 for a hundred bucks.
    Date published: 2016-05-22
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Does not work as intended! Bought this for use on my 5DII on my 24-105 canon lens. Simply put, you will not get usable ND filter between 2-8 stops. Beyond about 3.5 stops or so, there is CLEARLY nonuniform blotchiness. Sure you see the dreaded black X beyond 8 stops (revelation: you actually see it at about 6-7 stops). So, if all you want is a good ND filter from 2-4 stops, this will work fine; of course, I'd save the money and buy a couple of individual NDs and skip this thing. Oh, at 24mm, borderline vignette; stack even the thinnest of filters on top, major vignette.
    Date published: 2012-04-21
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Filter This is my first ND filter so I am not comparing this to any other ND filter. I have used it a few times in the last month that I have had it and the effects are wonderful. The only down side I see of this is that the threads on this filter are not as smooth as some of the other filters I have. So be careful when you screw it in. And once you are ready to turn the from ring to get the desired density be careful that the filter does not unscrew. It does what it is supposed to do. For someone using it for the first time here are some pointers. - Switch to Manual Focus - Do not depend on the camera metering - Careful while turn the front ring.
    Date published: 2015-11-27
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Works, but not with wide angle lenses I use this for shooting video in bright light, in order to have more control over depth-of-field. It does a great job with only the slightest color shift, but doesn't seem to work well with focal lengths smaller than 50mm (on a crop sensor) without getting the dreaded X pattern. No vignetting with wide angle lenses, even at 10mm, but useless with those lenses except for the minimal setting (2 stops). Not sure if this limitation is just for this filter, or if all ND filters suffer from this, but it's not nearly as versatile as I had hoped.
    Date published: 2013-01-29
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Works very well but get the wrench Good construction, takes some getting used to to find the amount of ND you dialing in, but then is very effective. I noticed no vignetting on my 28-200mm lens,shooting rapids on the Potomac. Two suggestions: Tiffen should include a lens cap with this filter. Otherwise, when mounted on lens, especially in the field, very hard to keep clean. Also, filter can easily become too tight on the lens barrel. Filter wrench can remove, but a trick I learned is to run a sharp pencil along the filter threads. Graphite acts like a lubricant.
    Date published: 2012-03-25
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from This review is to correct a negative rev I gave a negative review of this item because of my own stupidity. I had said that it caused varied light and dark areas on the image but that was because I adjusted it outside of the indicated limits on the filter. There is no mechanical stop on the filter so be careful to adjust it within the indicated limits and it works perfectly.
    Date published: 2015-04-13
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