Tiffen 82mm Variable Neutral Density Filter

Tiffen 82mm Variable Neutral Density Filter

Tiffen 82mm Variable Neutral Density Filter

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Tiffen 82mm 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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The 82mm 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: 884613012632
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Tiffen 82mm Variable Neutral Density Filter
  • Black Nylon Pouch
  • Limited 10-Year Warranty
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    Tiffen 82VND specs

    Filter Type Variable ND
    Density 0.6 (2 Stops) to 2.4 (8 Stops)
    Shape Circle
    Circular Size 82 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) 6.0 x 5.5 x 1.2"

    Tiffen 82VND reviews

    82mm Variable Neutral Density Filter is rated 4.2 out of 5 by 107.
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good for the Price Wanted something that was variable so I would have to keep swapping my filters. I watched a review which tested 6 different ones. Tiffen seemed like a logical choice. Thus far it works and doesn't seem to impact the sharpness. Also, just have to remember a couple of things. 1. Don't go to the max of the settings (I always back off 1 notch). Or else you will get the famous X 2. Make to adjust your White Balance before taking the shot (common anyway). But, overall for the price and versatility I am happy with it. I normally carry different filters and have to take the time to swap them out. Sometimes not a good idea, when the family is waiting for me to finish.
    Date published: 2014-06-27
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from wouldn't buy it again... As with other reviews, there is serious vignetting and exposure banding, but at it's max density the blue/cyan shift was so severe as to render my images unusable. Since I didn't discover this until after the BandH return period had expired I had to deal with Tiffen customer service. While they did replace the filter, it was only after a lengthy written explanation that it wasn't my lens/camera combo that was the issue but their filter. You can see the blue shift just putting the filter up to your eye. It's the worst I've seen in 40 years of using ND filters. Unfortunately, the replacement filter suffers the same blue/cyan shift, although not as pronounced....for the price you pay for this, it's not worth it!!! Buy something else!
    Date published: 2018-02-24
    Rated 2 out of 5 by from Too Much Vignetting I bought this to use for beach shots during the day and just before sunset. I wanted a filter I could easily adjust as the sun went down to keep my exposures the proper length. It does that well, but has a serious issue with vignetting. I find the vignette starting at about the half way point, or 4 stops and gets much worse as you get up to 8 stops. When viewing my photos in post, the vignette is too severe to make the shots useful. It is pretty good below 4 stops, but the purpose is to have up to 8 stops. That isn't even enough for a beach shot to slow the waves down enough to be smooth. 2 or 3 stops is just simply not enough. When I read the reviews before purchasing, I was aware there was a potential vignetting issue at the higher stops. I thought it was only in the corners and only around 8 stops. The filter creates a darkening in the top center of the frame, not what I was expecting. I'm replacing it with a Lee Big Stopper and non-variable 3 and 6 stop filters. This is certainly more expensive, but it isn't worth saving money if the results aren't good.
    Date published: 2014-05-31
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from Not My Favorite Filter Was using it on some Canon zooms for video. I've used the ProMaster version in a smaller filter size - it has hard stops at the ends of the ND range, which I can't tell you what a difference that alone makes. Due to the way a filter works, you can view your image through the viewfinder and think it's working correctly, then find that there are circular vignettes near the edges of your frame that arc into it when viewed on a monitor. I understand that if you have the time to properly set up a shot and double check it won't be a problem (as you should) but it just didn't compare favorably to the Promaster versions I've used before. TLDR: It works well at blocking light, but the user experience isn't great.
    Date published: 2016-06-21
    Rated 1 out of 5 by from Vignetting and muddy color This filter causes very significant vignetting on my Canon EF 16-35mm f/2.8 L lens set to 35mm on my 5DMkIII. It also added a very muddy yellow/green color to my shots and lowered the contrast. Disappointed since I bought this specifically to use on this lens. It might be ok on other lenses, but not when set to a high ND value on this one.
    Date published: 2016-09-15
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from Good value I have the 77 mm version of this filter, but needed the 82 mm as I upgraded my Canon Pro zooms, whic use this size.I use this filter to shoot DSLR video with cinematic look slow shutter and shallow depth of field. I also use it for motion blur effect for stills, and for nice bokeh portraits in bright sunlight.Very solidly built and Made in the USA. I switched from B+W and Singh Ray filters to Tiffen as the quality of the higher end Tiffen filters are great they are made domestically and the price is good.No vignetting on wide angle lenses like Singh-Ray Vari ND.Issue with ANY vari ND filter is that I cannot trust the camera's internal metering reliably. I am bracketing the shots that can take some time for stills. For video a test clip is a good idea to check exposure.Lens hood use is limited or require some ingenuity.
    Date published: 2013-04-28
    Rated 3 out of 5 by from The cross, the cross I had high hopes for this variable ND filter. I wanted to take photos on the beach in bright sun and go for that silky water I've only been able to get when it's almost dark and do long exposure HDR. But I can't live with the dreaded cross at max and almost max density. And the vignetting before that. I knew from the reviews that my lens cap and hood wouldn't fit with this filter on and decided I could live with that (I used my hand as a hood to prevent the flares from that bright sun). But for the first time ever, I returned a product to B&H (which they made very easy for me!). I ordered a .9 NONvariable ND filter. Haven't received it but I think it'll do the job and without the dreaded cross.
    Date published: 2014-05-06
    Rated 5 out of 5 by from For me, iris control. I use my 5D Mark III as my field camera. By field, I mean out of country. Having a camera that is small and compact is what I prefer. First and foremost, dslr's are still cameras, not video cameras. I'm used to working with Varicams and the hard iris/aperture stops that the dslr use make it near impossible to keep your exposure clean when moving from light to dark situations. That's where this baby comes in handy. I leave my dslr wide open and my shutter locked and use this to force the brightness down smoothly without clicks or pops from the wheel and internal components. An added bonus is that I keep my shallow depth of field in the brightest of days.
    Date published: 2013-10-17
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