Tiffen 62mm Variable Neutral Density Filter

Tiffen 62mm Variable Neutral Density Filter

Tiffen 62mm 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: 62mm


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  • 1Description

The 62mm 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: 884613012601
In the Box
Tiffen 62mm Variable Neutral Density Filter
  • Black Nylon Pouch
  • Limited 10-Year Warranty
  • Table of Contents
    • 1Description
    Filter Type Variable ND
    Density 0.6 (2 Stops) to 2.4 (8 Stops)
    Shape Circle
    Circular Size 62 mm
    Front Accessory Thread / Bayonet Unthreaded
    Filter Thickness 0.35" / 9 mm
    Filter Material Glass
    Coatings None
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 0.25 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 4.8 x 4.3 x 1.1"
    62mm Variable Neutral Density Filter is rated 4.7 out of 5 by 20.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Really Nice Filter - Minor Difficulties This filter is very easy to use and for me has Mage long exposure photography a lot easier I also have the Tiffen 10 stop ND but after using this filter I think the 10 stop may have even more limited use. Perhaps it was just the shooting circumstances but I never had to switch to manual shooting mode and calculate shooting times with this filter. And I was very pleased with results. I varied my aperture settings many times and all were easy enough to shoot with. Once focused I did switch from auto focus to manual focus and I was good to go. I would definitely recommend this filter.
    Date published: 2015-04-02
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Quality Product and Great Results I know there are a lot of cheaper filters I could have bought but why would I? I spent a lot of money getting a quality camera and quality lenses because I wanted to get super sharp images. So it only makes sense to get a quality filter to aid the process! I made the right decision! The Tiffen filter has worked great. Now I'm getting the super sharp images I want and am able to get silky smooth waterfalls without the blown out areas. I love this filter!!
    Date published: 2015-07-21
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from I Trust Tiffen I have an entire Pelican 1500 case full of screw on filters, plus other cases for rectangular matte box filters. I've got some of everything, but I must say Tiffen is my most trusted brand. This 62mm variable ND was purchased for a specific lens, an Olympus Zuiko 12-40mm f/2.8 PRO. Filters can get expensive, so my standard configuration is 77mm filters. Each lens I purchase, I also buy a Lowe Pro lens case and a dedicated adapter ring so that a 77mm filter can be fitted. This is a good overall strategy especially for primes and lenses that I tend to use in a deliberate way. However, I will buy a dedicated filter for specific lenses that are mostly used in the heat of the moment when there is no time for rigging. The Olympus 12-40mm zoom is used exactly in this way, when I need something versatile to shoot documentary video with a Panasonic GH4 in uncontrolled conditions. Variable ND is essential for video in small DSLR and mirrorless cameras, so for this purpose having a dedicated filter for a single lens is important. Tiffen filters are quality made and inspire confidence. I have purchased much more expensive filters, and also less expensive, but Tiffen really hits the sweet spot with reliable quality for professional use without the extreme prices that some others command. For someone like me who has spent more on a filter collection than most people ever spend on all their photographic gear, I am not trying to cut corners and Tiffen allows me to have what I need on hand rather than a hit or miss collection of filters and a big wish list that I would never be able to afford. Note: Tiffen Variable ND filters have larger outside dimensions that the inner lens thread size. This is important to avoid vignetting because variable ND filters all consist of two filters in a single mount. Just be aware that this arrangement makes it difficult or impossible to use a factory lens hood.
    Date published: 2015-01-26
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from The Sunglasses for Your Lens Have you ever been outside shooting at a low f-stop, low ISO, and slow shutter speed? I do that quite often, but sadly the picture comes out white. HOWEVER, this product saves the quality of the image quality. It's generally smart to keep the brightness of the image 1 stop down and the variable feature of this filter does just that. It's much more effective than prime filters, for lack of a better term. If you want to film movies during the day and get awesome shallow depth of field shots, this is the product for you!
    Date published: 2013-10-23
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from works well with Panasonic Lumix The variable ND filter works with the Pansonic Lumix - except at the far max end... it darkens and 'wows out'; but other than that it has been a great help when photographing ancient ruins in Greece - which have an extreme range of gray which are normally very hard to capture correctly
    Date published: 2016-09-15
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Variable and Very Useful The 62mm Variable Neutral Density Filter by Tiffen is the variable neutral density filter you dreamed of. This filter allows you to take artistic control over your images without taking the time to interchange neutral density filters. If you enjoy shooting in the moment, high speed, or anything that needs quick little adjustments but still want control over the depth of field and other techniques you can accomplish with neutral density than this is the filter for you!
    Date published: 2014-03-26
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from See the world in a different light At a recent photo club meeting, the subject of variable ND filters came up. I was not familiar with them but after hearing what they can do, I went on line and bought the Tiffen. The day after it arrived I was out shooting in the middle of the day, bright sunshine. I was especially interested in using the filter to get some blur into moving water. The existing light required that unfiltered, no matter how much I closed down my lens I was shooting much too fast for this. Using the filter in increments I was able to get the exact shot with plenty of detail. Shooting digital, I don't care if only one or two shots are what I want. The only criticism is that while the various settings are marked, darkening is always continous. This is a mixed blessing. On the one hand I have infinite options for adjusting the darkening effect. On the other, it is difficult if not impossible to use the same setting over and over because you never know if there has been small movement. This is an excellent tool to have in your kit. The filter is easy to attach/detach and use. It produces progressively darker images or slows down the action depending on how you adjust the exposure. The packaging includes clear instructions on use and care. Would I buy it again, absolutely. Will I recommend it to friends? Definitely.
    Date published: 2012-06-12
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Works great for DSLR Video I am using this filter to achieve shallow depth of field and correct exposure in various lighting conditions (mostly sunny days) using a 70-300 telephoto on my DSLR. It's easy to use and has worked well for me. One downside it is difficult to screw onto the end of my Tamron 70-300. If I am not careful I may strip the teeth by not screwing it on evenly. This is more likely a cheap materials issue with the Tamron.
    Date published: 2014-07-29
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