Tiffen 58mm Variable Neutral Density Filter

Tiffen 58mm Variable Neutral Density Filter

Tiffen 58mm 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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Size: 58mm


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  • 1Description

The 58mm 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 1/8 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: 884613012595
In the Box
Tiffen 58mm Variable Neutral Density Filter
  • Black Nylon Pouch
  • Limited 10-Year Warranty
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    • 1Description
    Filter Type Variable ND
    Density 0.6 (2 Stops) to 2.4 (8 Stops)
    Shape Circle
    Circular Size 58 mm
    Front Accessory Thread / Bayonet Unthreaded
    Filter Thickness 0.35" / 9 mm
    Filter Material Glass
    Coatings None
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 0.2 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 4.8 x 4.4 x 1.1"
    58mm Variable Neutral Density Filter is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 42.
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great for video When shooting video, I usually set a 180 shutter angle to get motion blur that looks less video-ish. In other words, I set the shutter speed for as close to 1/48 sec as possible for 24 fps. At the same time, I prefer wide aperture settings (low f-stop) for most shots to achieve shallow depth of field. This combination makes it impossible to shoot outdoors on a sunny day or in a brightly lit interior without an ND filter.After using it for several shoots, I recommend the Tiffen Variable ND. The 58mm fits the main MFT zoom lens I use with my GH-4.The build quality feels solid and image quality was not degraded in any way that I could detect.The variable action allows you to set your shutter speed, aperture, and ISO exactly as you would like and then you can simply twist the outer ring of the ND filter until the image is exposed properly.It's reasonably priced and worth having over cheaper non-variable filters.If there is a con, the markings don't indicate the number of stops of light filtering, but that has little bearing on the way I use it.
    Date published: 2014-11-11
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good value I did a lot of research and settled on the Tiffen, and I'm not disappointed. The image quality is excellent.. I use it on Lumix 12-35 and 35-100 lenses on the Pocket Camera - true, the front filter size means having to buy another lens hood, but I got a collapsable rubber one - 7 bucks - hardly a deal breaker. My only complaint is that the dial turns so freely that it's possible to change it accidentally while focusing - still better than click stops.. I fixed that simply by sliding on a wide rubber band (from a broccoli head!) so that it just touches the knurled ring.
    Date published: 2013-11-17
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Works Great I use this on a GH4 to control the shutter speed when shooting video, and to be able to achieve slow shutter when desired. It works so well that it's become a permanent fixture on the camera. One thing that I didn't realize when I ordered it was that the front of the filter is larger then the back, so the cap for the lens is to small to fit the filter. If you leave it on the camera like I do you'll want to get a cap for it.
    Date published: 2015-11-08
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from A must have !! For those of you who do not have this piece of gear may I suggest you do yourself a great favor and buy one. If you have blown out highlights then this is what you need.With this variable filter you can monitor how deep you need to go. I have found no negatives with this filter.
    Date published: 2014-10-19
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great. Minimal Color Shift Very very slight color shift when fully stopped down. Some of the most mild I have seen. Especially for this price it is a great deal. It changes the 58mm end to 67mm so I got a new lens cap for this. Works great.
    Date published: 2014-08-11
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Product Did some research on variable ND filters and after some debate, decided to go for the Tiffen. Very pleased so far! Has definitely changed the way I am able to shoot video with my Canon 70D outside. First day I tried it, I was filming a rowing practice on a lake with lots of light. Without the filter, the best I could do with the camera adjustments in video mode still had the image completely washed out. With the ND filter, the image quality was excellent!
    Date published: 2016-04-28
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Essential tool for video A variable ND filter is a must for controlling exposure when shooting in a bright environment. It allows the use of wide open lenses and therefore a shallow depth of field even in direct sunlight with a proper shutter speed (180 degrees) for video. This filter allows me to set my camera for proper video, then simply dial in the perfect exposure using the filter. Unlike cheaper alternatives, this filter does not degrade image quality or bokeh smoothness. And since smooth bokeh and a shallow depth of field is the whole reason for using a Variable ND filter, using one that destroys the bokeh is useless. This filter is also useful for pictures, allowing for long exposures even in bright light.
    Date published: 2014-07-15
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Great to a point I have always loved Tiffen filters. I bought this filter to go on my Lumix 12-35mm lens (24-70mm eq.) on my GH5. I almost sent it back for a set of non-variable filters but I like the variable for shooting video which is mostly what I do. It works great til you get to about 1.8 at 12mm (24mm), then some strange things happen. The diagonal areas will go dark while the opposite diagonal areas go light. At 18mm (36mm) it is better and at 25mm (50mm) it acts totally normal. I seems to have something to do with the very wide angle of the lens. If it is not pushed too dark it is fine.
    Date published: 2017-08-21
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