Tiffen 72mm Variable Neutral Density Filter

Tiffen 72mm Variable Neutral Density Filter

Tiffen 72mm Variable Neutral Density Filter

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Tiffen 72mm 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 72VND overview

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The 72mm 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: 884613012625
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Tiffen 72mm Variable Neutral Density Filter
  • Black Nylon Pouch
  • Limited 10-Year Warranty
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    Tiffen 72VND specs

    Filter Type Variable ND
    Density 0.6 (2 Stops) to 2.4 (8 Stops)
    Shape Circle
    Circular Size 72 mm
    Front Accessory Thread / Bayonet Unthreaded
    Filter Thickness 0.35" / 9 mm
    Filter Material Glass
    Coatings None
    Packaging Info
    Package Weight 0.35 lb
    Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 6.063 x 5.591 x 1.102"

    Tiffen 72VND reviews

    72mm Variable Neutral Density Filter is rated 4.3 out of 5 by 50.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Useful and well built but beware the X If you've read up on variable ND's you've likely heard of the X pattern of darker and lighter sections of the frame that can occur. That is certainly what I found while using this with my A7s II. Once I dialed the filter to anymore than about half it's range the X appeared very prominently. As it is a function of physics you can't blame it on Tiffen so 5 stars for quality of build and ease of operation, but know there's a good chance you'll get the X, too. However, as a partial work around I unscrewed the filter 1/4 turn putting the darker triangles of the X to the left and right sides of the frame leaving my subject in the lighter, center area. Not perfect but it worked! Also be aware that the filter is larger than your lens diameter (to allow wide angle use) so your sunshade won't mount once it's attached.
    Date published: 2016-03-23
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from Good Piece Of Equipment But ... This ND filter does what it says it does and does it pretty well. Only issue I had with it is the butterfly effect or dark edges. This issue might be MY fault, hence, I'm not bashing the product. I had it on a 72mm wide angle (10-24mm) lens. I read the reviews before I bought this and several mentioned that this butterfly effect showed up at wide open settings. Problem on my end was that this effect was there on almost all the stops. But as I say, the product isn't horrible by any means. To repeat, it may be the photographer's problem more than the equipment. Would I still recommend this? By all means! The photos ended up coming up crisp, clear with no distortion (other than what I mentioned already) etc...
    Date published: 2015-06-15
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great !! After reading the reviews and checking out a couple of review videos, I decided to buy this one instead of the Heliopan. Is the Heliopan better? Well, Yes, but you're paying around 120% more for a filter that's maybe 15% - 20% better. The Tiffen filter indeed adds a little contrast to your image and I did see a little green tendency, BUT it's barely noticeable and it's easily fixed in post. Didn't see the X pattern that some people mentioned, but I did mantain the dial between the second and next-to-last dots, so I guess it appears only when you take it too far.
    Date published: 2017-10-19
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Guess Work I purchased this Tiffen 72mm Variable ND because it was cheaper than some of the others and because it got good reviews. I'm using it with a Sony NEX-FS100 kit lens among other lenses so I purchased the widest thread that I needed and planned to use step up rings for anything smaller. I purchased a Tiffen 67mm to 72mm step up ring for use with my fs100 kit lens and I was very surprised when I attached them both and the white mark on the variable ND that shows me which stop I am on was facing down instead of up. So just be aware of this issue. There aren't hard stops on this ND so without being able to see the marker you either need to create your own or just guess.
    Date published: 2012-07-03
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from pink stripe when at highest density It was OK at lower densities but had pink stripe at highest densities
    Date published: 2014-05-17
    Rated 4 out of 5 by from An essential piece of DSLR video gear I ordered this product to use with my 7D which I primarily shoot video with. After reading numerous positive online reviews I decided to get one. This is my first variable ND filter, and so far, so good. The glass and build seems solid and, of good quality. Fits very well on my 72mm thread Sigma 18-35 1.8, and enables me to shoot great quality images/video in the very harsh Australian Sun. Comes with a well made convient case and shipped from B&H in a very short time. The only thing I can say against it is that the filter spin seems a little too smooth for my liking. Otherwise the image quality from it is superb, and I guess at the end of the day that's all that really matters. Overall solid product, I'll be sticking to Tiffen after this purchase.
    Date published: 2013-12-10
    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 Fantastic! I use this primarily for video. I has really helped me get shallower depth of field when working in outside/bright lighting conditions. The fit and finish on this is excellent and I really like the min/max markings on the side of the dial. Very intuitive and easy to use. There really isn't anything bad to say about this item.
    Date published: 2015-09-11
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