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Tiffen 77mm Variable Neutral Density Filter

BH #TIVND77 • MFR #77VND
Tiffen
Tiffen 77mm Variable Neutral Density Filter
Key Features
  • 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
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.
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Tiffen 77VND Overview

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

Tiffen 77VND Specs

Filter TypeVariable ND
Density0.6 (2-Stop) to 2.4 (8-Stop)
Circular Size77 mm Filter Thread
Front Accessory Thread / BayonetUnthreaded
CoatingsNone
Filter Thickness0.35" / 9 mm
Filter MaterialGlass
Packaging Info
Package Weight0.35 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH)6.05 x 5.6 x 1.15"

Tiffen 77VND Reviews

Had one for years, used on almost every shoot.

By Justin
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-06-26

Love this filter. I've now got two of the 82mm size with multiple step-down rings to fit all of my lenses. Works perfect, never noticed any major degradation of IQ. Use one almost every time I shoot video.

Controversial feelings.

By Victor
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2022-06-25

Generally, the variable ND filters are very useful. They allow to focus to desired areas without removing, and save time on selecting a desired exposure length. I tested 82mm filter on my Nikon Z6 with 14-30/4 lens. This Tiffen works. However, light reducing is not linear, and I have to play a lot, catching a proper position. Beside that, some parts of image got lighter (maybe, due to wide lens?). The filter is oversized, so lens hood needs to be removed. I put 4 stars because it was a sale. I would choose Hoya or B+W if was ready to spend 200.

Works as expected.

By Jack
Rated 5 out of 5
Date: 2022-06-24

Use this mainly for color shift and contrast. Does the job.

Buyer Beware: No notice that lens caps/hoods won't fit

By Colton
Rated 1 out of 5
Date: 2022-06-24

There is no notice or warning that the actual size of the filter differs from the mm lens size. Using this filter on my $2k lens means I CANNOT use the hood OR the standard lens cap, and now I'm trying to research a lens cap that will even fit this filter. I'm planning on returning the product solely for this glaring lack of information, and seeking an alternative that either uses the standard mm specs, OR offers a disclaimer with info on how to adjust for these issues.

strange vignetting

By Vladimir
Rated 1 out of 5
Date: 2022-06-17

There is some strange vignetting present in the corners of the image when the filter is near max. Also, the ring for changing the darkness is too sensitive and there are no stops at the max and min settings.

Great results but has issues

By Tammi
Rated 2 out of 5
Date: 2022-06-12

Love the results however it's very difficult to impossible to get it off your lens.

Worth it if it's on sale.

By Craig
Rated 4 out of 5
Date: 2022-06-26

Got this thing for $45 after BH savings and mail in rebate. Thank you! Though honestly that's the only way it's worth it. There's a frustrating green color cast as well as vinetting on the edges at the min or max ND settings due to no hard stops. However, If shooting in log this cast is easy enough to fix in post production. You also won't be able to use a lens hood with this. I'd go for a nicer filter like polar pro if you can't deal with the color cast. If you want to use a lens hood as well, avoid variable ND's altogether. Still, it's a good value tool to maintain my shutter speed though any lighting.

Maybe I'm stupid, but...

By Bryan
Rated 3 out of 5
Date: 2022-06-26

I've been using this ND filter for a while and I swear it has reversed its minimum to maximum range. All of the sudden, one day, the minimum became the darkest stop on the filter and the maximum became the brightest stop. Happy to change my review to 5 stars, because I used to love this thing, but unless someone can tell me I'm doing something wrong and that it's not something messed up with the filter, I can only give it 3.

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