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Tiffen58mm Graduated 0.6 ND Filter
 
4.4

(based on 28 reviews)

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of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (15)
  • Clear optics (10)
  • Strong construction (9)
  • Firm mount (8)
  • Consistent effect (4)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Color correction (5)
  • Image manipulation (5)
  • Landscape/scenery (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (9), Casual photographer (4), Semi-pro photographer (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (16)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Mostly good things

I have a full set of Hitech rectangular graduated filters. I have used them for years for 35mm, 4x5, and now digital. But I've recently started doing aerial photography with a camera suspended...Read complete review

I have a full set of Hitech rectangular graduated filters. I have used them for years for 35mm, 4x5, and now digital. But I've recently started doing aerial photography with a camera suspended from a kite line. I flew my Hitech filters a couple of times, but they're large, they're fragile, and I knew I'd damage one sooner or later. So I went looking for a screw-on filter.

The Tiffen 0.6 ND filter meets my needs pretty darned well. With a round screw-in filter, you lose the ability to adjust the graduation in your frame. But since kite aerial photography means you can't get your hands on the camera, this isn't a big minus. In side-by-side tests, it appeared to perform similarly to the Hitech.

I have two nit-picks with the filter:

First, the graduation only really covers the top 1/3 of the frame. Great if you're doing strictly rule-of-thirds compositions with the horizon at the top 1/3 line, but from exposure tests using the Hitech filters, I knew I wanted a 50/50 split. No luck. But it still performs well enough that I'm using it.

Second, it's not completely neutral. It gives the images a slight warm cast. I'm using this to photograph sunsets from the air, so I really don't care. But if you need a truly color-neutral filter, be forewarned.

After seeing the color cast, I popped the filter into a spectrophotometer at the place where I work. Sure enough, the pigment Tiffen is using for the neutral density filter passes more red than blue light, and basically stops blocking much at all past 700nm. So be forewarned if you're intending to use this for infrared photography! I double-checked this by sticking a Hoya R72 filter on a camera and just looking at the Tiffen ND 0.6 filter. It looked completely clear.

If I got this as a general-purpose filter, I probably wouldn't be as happy as I am. But since this was a very special purpose filter for a very special purpose application (aerial sunsets), none of the shortcomings I saw really affect me at all. So I'm pleased.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Safely delivered as described

Thanks again to B & H for timely delivery of product as purchased.
It all looks and works like it is supposed to.
I have only made one or two...Read complete review

Thanks again to B & H for timely delivery of product as purchased.
It all looks and works like it is supposed to.
I have only made one or two test shots.
So far so good.
I might have to add more stars when I learn how to use it to good effect.

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5.0

This product was bought for a very specific purpose

By Images de la tierra bonita

from Montclair, CA

Verified Buyer

Comments about Tiffen 58mm Graduated 0.6 ND Filter:

I bought this product for taking pictures of the Grand Canyon. There is marked difference between the canyon exposure and the sky. The sky is much brighter than the canyon landscape. Also there is very define edge between the top of the canyon and the sky. This will prevent over-exposing the sky and keeping a very good balance between the two, the top 1/3 of the image and the bottom 2/3rds. This does it job and saves post editing work

(0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

 
3.0

Pain in the neck

By Ronnie

from Sonoma

Comments about Tiffen 58mm Graduated 0.6 ND Filter:

It's not the product's fault. It's the concept that doesn't work. Every time I refocus, I have to adjust the filter. Live and learn.

 
4.0

Works well on everything short of 50mm without stacking UV

By Rick

from Springtucky

About Me Pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Compact
  • Durable
  • Easy to Use
  • Great Picture Quality
  • Lightweight

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Travel
    • Video

    Comments about Tiffen 58mm Graduated 0.6 ND Filter:

    This filter is made increadibly well, as any Tiffen filter normally is. Threads are nice, it rotates so smooth it barely tightens the filter farther on the lens. You can't ask for more with and made in USA product. My only gripe is the gradiant starting dead center on the filter. If you are using anything longer than about 40mm you don't really get the full affect of this filter on a full frame camera. I'd assume an APS-c sized sensor would be worse. With lenses with narrower view angles, such as canon 50mm f/1.4 or longer This filter is only shown in "full affect" or close to it if you stack it with a thicker UV filter to change the standoff distance and the view angle from the filter to the front element of the lens. Obviously I'm pushing it to the limit of what it supposed to do, considering they are probabaly only designed for wide lenses normally. When I set it up to work on a longer lens it's wonderful at what it does, and superb on a wide lens.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No
     
    3.0

    Safely delivered as described

    By Brian

    from Sydney, NSW, Australia

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Comments about Tiffen 58mm Graduated 0.6 ND Filter:

    Thanks again to B & H for timely delivery of product as purchased.
    It all looks and works like it is supposed to.
    I have only made one or two test shots.
    So far so good.
    I might have to add more stars when I learn how to use it to good effect.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No
     
    4.0

    58mm Graduated 0.6 ND Filter by Tiffen

    By VidNut

    from Arizona

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Easy to Use
    • Good Video Quality
    • Great Picture Quality

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Video

      Comments about Tiffen 58mm Graduated 0.6 ND Filter:

      It works well, and does not appear to add any color casts. I just wish I would have bought the 0.9, since the 0.6 does not seem to darken the sky enough.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No
       
      4.0

      Does the job

      By Kris Hamann

      from Buffalo NY

      Comments about Tiffen 58mm Graduated 0.6 ND Filter:

      This product does what it should. It helps catch the clouds and sky very well. Well built also.

       
      5.0

      Did just what I wanted.

      By Paul

      from North central Arkansas

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy to Use
      • Great Picture Quality
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery

        Comments about Tiffen 58mm Graduated 0.6 ND Filter:

        I used this filter where part of a waterfall was in full sun with part of it shaded. It worked perfectly.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No
         
        4.0

        Does what it's meant to

        By Gallopingphotog

        from Amarillo TX

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy to Use

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery

          Comments about Tiffen 58mm Graduated 0.6 ND Filter:

          Useful for darkeniing a bright sky so landscape details are not lost. The graduation is soft, it is hard to see any visible line. Glass is good, no distortion in anything I have shot thus far.
          In hindsight I wish I had bought a 3-stop instead of a 2-stop.
          Only reason for not rating it a 5 is the ring isn't brass, and also the plastc box it came in fell apart when I opened it so is useless to store the filter.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No
           
          5.0

          Tiffin .6 ND filter

          By kd7flc

          from Portland, OR

          Verified Buyer

          Comments about Tiffen 58mm Graduated 0.6 ND Filter:

          Works great

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          5.0

          Great for sunsets

          By Jim

          from Hawthorne New Jersey

          Verified Buyer

          Comments about Tiffen 58mm Graduated 0.6 ND Filter:

          Great Filter, and as always great service.

          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          A must have

          By aragen

          from Doral, FL

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy to Use
          • Great Picture Quality
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Landscape/Scenery
            • Travel
            • Wildlife Photos

            Comments about Tiffen 58mm Graduated 0.6 ND Filter:

            This is a good choice when you need to take some high contrast pictures, I am using this when I need to take a picture in a training room where I have the bright light of the projector and people at one side.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Good quality for the price!

            By FRISCO

            from St.Louis,Mo.

            About Me Casual Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Clear Optics
            • Easy To Use
            • Firm Mount
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Color Correction
              • Image Manipulation

              Comments about Tiffen 58mm Graduated 0.6 ND Filter:

              No need for that high dollar one , this works fine for me!

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              nice filter

              By nian

              from Rochester,NY

              About Me Casual Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Clear Optics
              • Easy To Use

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Color Correction

                Comments about Tiffen 58mm Graduated 0.6 ND Filter:

                I'm taking pictures as a hobby. This filter really ballance the bright sky and foregrong subject.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                Good filter

                By Nicole

                from Baltimore, MD

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Comments about Tiffen 58mm Graduated 0.6 ND Filter:

                I bought this product to use on an assignment in Oklahoma. I bought it because it was recommended to be good use for landscapes. It was an easy fit on my lens and it did its job. ND filters are great for exposure versatility in bright settings, especially the graduated filter to keep a bright sky from being blown out.

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No
                 
                5.0

                Great Filter for adjust exposure

                By Osvaldo Ponce

                from C.A.B.A. - Buenos Aires - Argentina

                About Me Pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use

                Cons

                • Inconsistent Effect

                Best Uses

                • Image Manipulation

                Comments about Tiffen 58mm Graduated 0.6 ND Filter:

                Great Filter for adjust exposure

                • Was this a gift?:
                • No

                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                apturing more that the lens can see

                By rhussjr

                from Gastonia, NC

                About Me Tech Savvy

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Improves Picture Quality

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Shooting Outdoors

                  Comments about Tiffen 58mm Graduated 0.6 ND Filter:

                  Lets me hold the shutter open longer to get the dark areas of my subject into the image, especially when the sun is rising or setting and not being over exposed.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Works as advertised

                  By Chili Willie

                  from Albany, NY

                  About Me Advanced amateur

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easy To Use
                  • Improves Picture Quality

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscapescenery
                    • Shooting Outdoors

                    Comments about Tiffen 58mm Graduated 0.6 ND Filter:

                    Great for toning down a bright sky. The graduated effect give you play over a sharp transition. In most ladscape scenes the cutoff is not sharp and the graduated filter provides a more natural look.

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    Good filter

                    By Rad

                    from Jacksonville, FL

                    About Me Casual Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Clear Optics
                    • Easy To Use

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Image Manipulation

                      Comments about Tiffen 58mm Graduated 0.6 ND Filter:

                      Given the mounting type, this is a reasonably good filter for the price. The optics is clear.

                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No

                      (1 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      3.0

                      Happy purchases

                      By Yeehaa cowgirl

                      from Kuttawa, KY

                      About Me Casual Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Firm Mount
                      • Strong Construction

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Color Correction

                        Comments about Tiffen 58mm Graduated 0.6 ND Filter:

                        I am using this filter to take pictures at work and out on the trails horseback riding. For the cost it really does it's job well

                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No
                         
                        5.0

                        58mm Filter

                        By Jazz Cat 56

                        from Northern Virginia

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Clear Optics
                        • Easy To Use
                        • Firm Mount
                        • Strong Construction

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Exposure correction

                          Comments about Tiffen 58mm Graduated 0.6 ND Filter:

                          I have used a lot of Tiffen filters over the years and I never been disappoint with there quality. The price and quality of this filler is no exception. For my purpose it works great.

                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • No

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