• Tiffen 72VND 72mm Variable ND Filter
  • Tiffen 72VND 72mm Variable ND Filter
  • Tiffen 72VND 72mm Variable ND Filter
  • Tiffen 72VND 72mm Variable ND Filter
  • Tiffen 72VND 72mm Variable ND Filter
Tiffen 72VND 72mm Variable ND Filter
Tiffen 72VND 72mm Variable ND Filter
Tiffen 72VND 72mm Variable ND Filter
Tiffen 72VND 72mm Variable ND Filter
Tiffen 72VND 72mm Variable ND Filter

Tiffen 72VND 72mm Variable ND Filter

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  • Provides 2 to 8 stops of light control
  • Thin profile ring: 9 millimeter
  • Wider outer optic to help reduce vignetting at wide angles
  • Made with high quality optical glass using Tiffen's color core technology
  • Made in the USA

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Versatile and handy but with limitations. Versatile but ended up returning to try out some square filters instead.Pros: You can focus with it set to a lower stop setting, and then crank it up. If you were using fixed stop filters you can't do this, you'd have to take OFF the filters because it's hard for the camera to focus with too much filtering on.Cons: Vignetting/X-ing at too high stop levels. Difficult to use in combination with a dedicated circular polarizing (since this uses two polarized lenses in opposition to create the variability).Tips: Use back button focusing! Set the filter to minimum, then focus the scene (you can configure your camera to use a separate button than the shutter to focus). Then set the filter to desired stop, now set the exposure. My camera seemed to do just fine with automatic exposure metering with a lot of filtering on (just not automatic focusing). Now take your shot! (from a tripod with a remote shutter release, or with a timer delay of course). 4I am semi-pro photographer and do fashion/senior/family photos. I ... I am semi-pro photographer and do fashion/senior/family photos. I have always schedule my outdoor shoots early in the morning or later in the afternoon, because I can then use my 1 or 2 speedlights to get the light I want on the subjects. There have been situations where I had to do a session during bright daylight and I have had light control issues.Recently, I attended a class on mixing strobes with bright sunlight by using ND filters. The instructor had a $400 VARI-ND filter. I had a reputed brand ND2-ND400 Vari ND filter that I got here. When I attached that to my 85/1.8, I could not achieve sharp focus at all! That happened at all levels of stops. I had to use a Hoya 58mm 3X filter, which limited my creativity as I could not open up the aperture as wide as I wanted to.I bought this Tiffen filter with some trepidation. I use this on my 50mm/1.4 & 85mm/1.8 in conjunction with a set of Fotodiox step down rings. I have done 4 shoots with this filter, my AB800 in a Fotodiox 18" BD and I am beyond impressed! The focus is tack sharp and I have no color cast issues. I do use a digital target and/or Expodisk 2.0 to set custom WB. I can now get the creamy, dreamy Bokeh, and have the subject properly lit!They say that in Vari-ND filters, you get what you pay for. I don't know what a $400 filter does, but so far, for what I do, this filter fits the bill. 5Absolutely essential piece of gear. I debated for a while before I finally purchased this Variable ND filter. I knew it was important, but was always able to get by without using one for the most part unless I was shooting in broad daylight with no cloud coverage. After making this purchase, I don't know how I've gone so long without this.There are a few things to know when purchasing an ND filter. First, you want the Tiffen Variable ND. There are a few cheaper (as in $15ish), but they are extremely poorly made and will give a dark purple cast over the footage when the ND is turned up. Also, cheaper Variable ND's do not like zoom lenses, so prepare for nasty colors when zooming in. I have experienced none of those issues with the Tiffen.There's another, much more expensive Variable ND by Hoya, which in my opinion is not worth the money at all. Dave Dougdale did a very comprehensive review you should definitely check out comparing multiple ND's, and he preferred the look of the Tiffen over the Hoya which is twice as expensive.This is just personal preference, but when buying and ND, or any filter for that matter, buy the 82mm thread unless you absolutely don't want to for some odd reason. The reason for this is that they have multiple step down rigs that will allow you to change the filter thread. For example, I purchased the 82mm thread, and purchased a 82-77mm Step Down, 82-67mm Step Down, and 82-58mm Step Down ring. Now, instead of buying a new ND filter for all of my lenses and spending hundreds of extra dollars, I can buy a three dollar adapter. Yes, you'll have a much bigger filter on the end of your camera and it will look awkward, but you'll also have hundreds more in your pocket so it's all good.On a more technical term, I was able to keep 1/50 shutter at 24fps and f/4.0 with my A7s on a remotely sunny day with the ND set pretty high. I had to go up to a f/6.3 once, but without the NDI had to shoot at an f/22 and I was still +2 stops over exposed, so that just goes to show you how much range this ND gives you.If you ever plan on shooting out doors and keeping your shutter angle at 180 degrees without setting you aperture absurdly high, you need this. There's no other way to put it. 5Great Filter I ordered and received this filter and went shooting with my Nikon D750. This variable filter is outstanding! Below, I posted some photos I shot with it of a waterfall. It has a very sturdy build and I was able to get up to 20 second exposures during the daytime in Hawaii with perfect clarity! I highly recommend this filter and don't listen to the negative reviews, just like the wine community there is a certain level of snobbery in photography Ignore the arrogance and enjoy this outstanding bang for your buck filter!!! 5Just get a fixed ND filter kit. This is a marginally useful product. Yes you can adjust how much light you let in. However, you have a very small usable range, the wider the angle the worse. Well before reaching the max setting you get pretty significant artifacts. I would see a huge X across the image, heavy vignetting, etc.. The attached picture (just quick test) was 2/3 of the way between min and max. As you can see the artifacts introduced are very heavy and were very apparent even mid-way between min and max. Shot on a X-T30 (crop sensor) with a XC 15-45mm. I made the mistake of buying two of these and the one I'm using on my full frame Nikon Z6 isn't any better. This just seems like a flawed technology. Just get couple of cheaper regular fixed ND filters. At this point even if I could only just have one ND filter I'd rather work around it than had wasted the money on a variable. Too bad I'm past the return period, it's what I get for not testing earlier. 2Good, but has limits This filter uses two circular polarizers to achieve a variable ND effect, and in the 2 to 4 stop range, it's pretty good. You can leave it on your lens at the minimum setting to focus, then stop it down for your actual shot. I found that when I went to the more extreme ranges (4-8 stops) for long exposure shots, I would get this strange X-shaped pattern of darkness across the frame, which ruined my exposures. This was really only apparent during extremely long exposures, though (15 seconds or greater), so it doesn't make this filter useless. That being said, it's a good choice for someone who doesn't have any other kind of ND filter and wants to start learning how to use them. 4Weird Color Cast & Vignette OverviewI got this ND filter so that I could control the shutter speed when shooting music videos and other videos but it is not usable for either. Sure it controls the shutter speed like it should but read on if you do not want to make the same mistake that I did.THE GOODLike anything this filter is not all bad. It feels high quality, it is very easy to dial in the exposure you need for a given shutter angle, and it threads on the lenses perfectly. I have Tiffen fixed ND filters and they are great.THE BAD1- Color Cast: This filter puts a serious green/blueish color cast on all of the footage. This is easy to correct for photography, but for video it's nearly impossible. The color cast is very difficult to see which is why I shot the whole music video and did not realize it until I went to color grade the footage. As soon as I applied my Rec709 LUT the colors went haywire. I ended up skipping rec709 correction completely and had to create a custom color grade by hand.2-Vignette: I have attached a picture showing the uneven vignette that this filter causes. In the upper left corner it starts affecting the image when it is dialed in at less than 60%. This is way before the X pattern starts to appear and once again was too faint for me to catch it on the monitor during the filming.3-Hard Stops: I bumped the filter a few times accidentally and it was very easy to over or under expose if I was not careful to dial it back in before filming. Hard stops would fix this, especially if you have to switch equipment or need to match ND filter strength between multiple cameras.CONCLUSIONI regret getting this filter and am now on the market for a better one. I may go to fixed ND filters but dialing in the exposure is so convenient, not to mention every second spent fiddling with gear is time lost filming on set. Maybe I just got one with problems but I cannot risk another video shoot with a filter that has this many problems. I would have rathered just use the shutter speed to control the exposure than to have a cast or vignette in my footage. 2Shoot LOG video at midday! Sony S-LOG3 video can be shot at midday while using a wide aperture with this filter. S-LOG3 minimum ISO is 800, so shooting during the day usually requires a fast shutter and tight aperture. With this filter dialed down to its darkest setting, I can maintain 1/50 second shutter and around f2-2.8 aperture. This makes all the difference in video quality. And the price is about as low as you'll find for a quality filter. Slightly warm color rendition. Vignetting may occur depending on your lens, but I have shot with a 17mm lens (Super35 crop) and encountered no issues. Made in USA! 5Works as it should Amateur photography hobbyist here. This is the only variable ND filter I've used, so can't say if it's the best out there. But it definitely allowed me to get very nice long exposure shots. I like that it's screw on and variable, which seems a lot easier to setup than the rectangular pieces of glass and mount. I went with the larger 77mm allowing me to just get adapters to fit smaller thread diameter lenses.Couple notes why I gave 4/5 stars:1) When I first received the filter, it was very difficult for me to change/turn the ND setting. It seemed as if it was stuck, thought I had a bad filter. But after I got it loosened up, it turns smoothly now.2) Wish it prevented turning past the ND min/max. Sometimes I've turned it past the max and fear I might damage it.3) Not sure if it's my lens or the filter, but I just started using it on a Nikon 12-24mm f/4 DX lens and I'm getting a lot of darkening at the max ND setting. So, have to go one down. It was working perfectly on the kit DX lens 18-55mm and a DX 35mm f/1.8 (with thread adapter) So, maybe it's how it works on the new lenses I'm using (which has the same 77mm thread size as the filter). 4Very disappointed with this filter, and I was sold a used filter as new!! I have a Nikon D7200, and am leaving for Iceland in a few days, and after watching many videos I thought a neutral density filter might be a nice thing to have for taking photos of waterfalls and ocean. It seemed the variable density filter would be a nice compromise as I am not a professional, I would probably only use it a few times a year, and didn't want to invest a lot of money in a filter system. I had high regard for the Tiffen name, and after reading many of the reviews, I thought I would take a chance on the Tiffen 82mm VND filter.Since I never used one before I took my camera and tripod out at lunch yesterday and took some pictures of a nearby lake to practice (not a pretty setting, but I just wanted to get used to the filter). I set the shutter speed to 5 seconds, and took one picture at each of the setting marks. At the max end, I saw the problems that other reviews had noted, but figured I would just not use the max setting. I went back to my office and loaded the pictures onto my computer to look at them. The first four photos are unusable due to dark areas at various spots in the photos. Then I realized that there were marks in each photo. (If you look along the tree line you can see several marks, especially on the tree furthest to the right.)I first checked my wide angle lens but that was fine. Then I held the Tiffen up to a light and realized the scuff marks were on the lens and could not be cleaned off. It then dawned on m that I was sold a used lens as new. Since I am leaving for my trip in two days, I don't have time to order another, and frankly don't trust that I would get a new lens anyway. So it is being returned. What a disappointment. I will stop at a local camera shop today at lunch and see what kind of filters they have in stock.(in packing the filter back in the Tiffen box last night, I noticed a piece of paper that stated that Tiffen owed me a filter pouch and to go to their website, register the lens and they would send me a pouch. This further reinforced my opinion that I was sold a used lens as new. 1
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Description
  • Provides 2 to 8 stops of light control
  • Thin profile ring: 9 millimeter
  • Wider outer optic to help reduce vignetting at wide angles
  • Made with high quality optical glass using Tiffen's color core technology
  • Made in the USA
Reviews

Customer Reviews

Versatile and handy but with limitations. Versatile but ended up returning to try out some square filters instead.Pros: You can focus with it set to a lower stop setting, and then crank it up. If you were using fixed stop filters you can't do this, you'd have to take OFF the filters because it's hard for the camera to focus with too much filtering on.Cons: Vignetting/X-ing at too high stop levels. Difficult to use in combination with a dedicated circular polarizing (since this uses two polarized lenses in opposition to create the variability).Tips: Use back button focusing! Set the filter to minimum, then focus the scene (you can configure your camera to use a separate button than the shutter to focus). Then set the filter to desired stop, now set the exposure. My camera seemed to do just fine with automatic exposure metering with a lot of filtering on (just not automatic focusing). Now take your shot! (from a tripod with a remote shutter release, or with a timer delay of course). 4I am semi-pro photographer and do fashion/senior/family photos. I ... I am semi-pro photographer and do fashion/senior/family photos. I have always schedule my outdoor shoots early in the morning or later in the afternoon, because I can then use my 1 or 2 speedlights to get the light I want on the subjects. There have been situations where I had to do a session during bright daylight and I have had light control issues.Recently, I attended a class on mixing strobes with bright sunlight by using ND filters. The instructor had a $400 VARI-ND filter. I had a reputed brand ND2-ND400 Vari ND filter that I got here. When I attached that to my 85/1.8, I could not achieve sharp focus at all! That happened at all levels of stops. I had to use a Hoya 58mm 3X filter, which limited my creativity as I could not open up the aperture as wide as I wanted to.I bought this Tiffen filter with some trepidation. I use this on my 50mm/1.4 & 85mm/1.8 in conjunction with a set of Fotodiox step down rings. I have done 4 shoots with this filter, my AB800 in a Fotodiox 18" BD and I am beyond impressed! The focus is tack sharp and I have no color cast issues. I do use a digital target and/or Expodisk 2.0 to set custom WB. I can now get the creamy, dreamy Bokeh, and have the subject properly lit!They say that in Vari-ND filters, you get what you pay for. I don't know what a $400 filter does, but so far, for what I do, this filter fits the bill. 5Absolutely essential piece of gear. I debated for a while before I finally purchased this Variable ND filter. I knew it was important, but was always able to get by without using one for the most part unless I was shooting in broad daylight with no cloud coverage. After making this purchase, I don't know how I've gone so long without this.There are a few things to know when purchasing an ND filter. First, you want the Tiffen Variable ND. There are a few cheaper (as in $15ish), but they are extremely poorly made and will give a dark purple cast over the footage when the ND is turned up. Also, cheaper Variable ND's do not like zoom lenses, so prepare for nasty colors when zooming in. I have experienced none of those issues with the Tiffen.There's another, much more expensive Variable ND by Hoya, which in my opinion is not worth the money at all. Dave Dougdale did a very comprehensive review you should definitely check out comparing multiple ND's, and he preferred the look of the Tiffen over the Hoya which is twice as expensive.This is just personal preference, but when buying and ND, or any filter for that matter, buy the 82mm thread unless you absolutely don't want to for some odd reason. The reason for this is that they have multiple step down rigs that will allow you to change the filter thread. For example, I purchased the 82mm thread, and purchased a 82-77mm Step Down, 82-67mm Step Down, and 82-58mm Step Down ring. Now, instead of buying a new ND filter for all of my lenses and spending hundreds of extra dollars, I can buy a three dollar adapter. Yes, you'll have a much bigger filter on the end of your camera and it will look awkward, but you'll also have hundreds more in your pocket so it's all good.On a more technical term, I was able to keep 1/50 shutter at 24fps and f/4.0 with my A7s on a remotely sunny day with the ND set pretty high. I had to go up to a f/6.3 once, but without the NDI had to shoot at an f/22 and I was still +2 stops over exposed, so that just goes to show you how much range this ND gives you.If you ever plan on shooting out doors and keeping your shutter angle at 180 degrees without setting you aperture absurdly high, you need this. There's no other way to put it. 5Great Filter I ordered and received this filter and went shooting with my Nikon D750. This variable filter is outstanding! Below, I posted some photos I shot with it of a waterfall. It has a very sturdy build and I was able to get up to 20 second exposures during the daytime in Hawaii with perfect clarity! I highly recommend this filter and don't listen to the negative reviews, just like the wine community there is a certain level of snobbery in photography Ignore the arrogance and enjoy this outstanding bang for your buck filter!!! 5Just get a fixed ND filter kit. This is a marginally useful product. Yes you can adjust how much light you let in. However, you have a very small usable range, the wider the angle the worse. Well before reaching the max setting you get pretty significant artifacts. I would see a huge X across the image, heavy vignetting, etc.. The attached picture (just quick test) was 2/3 of the way between min and max. As you can see the artifacts introduced are very heavy and were very apparent even mid-way between min and max. Shot on a X-T30 (crop sensor) with a XC 15-45mm. I made the mistake of buying two of these and the one I'm using on my full frame Nikon Z6 isn't any better. This just seems like a flawed technology. Just get couple of cheaper regular fixed ND filters. At this point even if I could only just have one ND filter I'd rather work around it than had wasted the money on a variable. Too bad I'm past the return period, it's what I get for not testing earlier. 2Good, but has limits This filter uses two circular polarizers to achieve a variable ND effect, and in the 2 to 4 stop range, it's pretty good. You can leave it on your lens at the minimum setting to focus, then stop it down for your actual shot. I found that when I went to the more extreme ranges (4-8 stops) for long exposure shots, I would get this strange X-shaped pattern of darkness across the frame, which ruined my exposures. This was really only apparent during extremely long exposures, though (15 seconds or greater), so it doesn't make this filter useless. That being said, it's a good choice for someone who doesn't have any other kind of ND filter and wants to start learning how to use them. 4Weird Color Cast & Vignette OverviewI got this ND filter so that I could control the shutter speed when shooting music videos and other videos but it is not usable for either. Sure it controls the shutter speed like it should but read on if you do not want to make the same mistake that I did.THE GOODLike anything this filter is not all bad. It feels high quality, it is very easy to dial in the exposure you need for a given shutter angle, and it threads on the lenses perfectly. I have Tiffen fixed ND filters and they are great.THE BAD1- Color Cast: This filter puts a serious green/blueish color cast on all of the footage. This is easy to correct for photography, but for video it's nearly impossible. The color cast is very difficult to see which is why I shot the whole music video and did not realize it until I went to color grade the footage. As soon as I applied my Rec709 LUT the colors went haywire. I ended up skipping rec709 correction completely and had to create a custom color grade by hand.2-Vignette: I have attached a picture showing the uneven vignette that this filter causes. In the upper left corner it starts affecting the image when it is dialed in at less than 60%. This is way before the X pattern starts to appear and once again was too faint for me to catch it on the monitor during the filming.3-Hard Stops: I bumped the filter a few times accidentally and it was very easy to over or under expose if I was not careful to dial it back in before filming. Hard stops would fix this, especially if you have to switch equipment or need to match ND filter strength between multiple cameras.CONCLUSIONI regret getting this filter and am now on the market for a better one. I may go to fixed ND filters but dialing in the exposure is so convenient, not to mention every second spent fiddling with gear is time lost filming on set. Maybe I just got one with problems but I cannot risk another video shoot with a filter that has this many problems. I would have rathered just use the shutter speed to control the exposure than to have a cast or vignette in my footage. 2Shoot LOG video at midday! Sony S-LOG3 video can be shot at midday while using a wide aperture with this filter. S-LOG3 minimum ISO is 800, so shooting during the day usually requires a fast shutter and tight aperture. With this filter dialed down to its darkest setting, I can maintain 1/50 second shutter and around f2-2.8 aperture. This makes all the difference in video quality. And the price is about as low as you'll find for a quality filter. Slightly warm color rendition. Vignetting may occur depending on your lens, but I have shot with a 17mm lens (Super35 crop) and encountered no issues. Made in USA! 5Works as it should Amateur photography hobbyist here. This is the only variable ND filter I've used, so can't say if it's the best out there. But it definitely allowed me to get very nice long exposure shots. I like that it's screw on and variable, which seems a lot easier to setup than the rectangular pieces of glass and mount. I went with the larger 77mm allowing me to just get adapters to fit smaller thread diameter lenses.Couple notes why I gave 4/5 stars:1) When I first received the filter, it was very difficult for me to change/turn the ND setting. It seemed as if it was stuck, thought I had a bad filter. But after I got it loosened up, it turns smoothly now.2) Wish it prevented turning past the ND min/max. Sometimes I've turned it past the max and fear I might damage it.3) Not sure if it's my lens or the filter, but I just started using it on a Nikon 12-24mm f/4 DX lens and I'm getting a lot of darkening at the max ND setting. So, have to go one down. It was working perfectly on the kit DX lens 18-55mm and a DX 35mm f/1.8 (with thread adapter) So, maybe it's how it works on the new lenses I'm using (which has the same 77mm thread size as the filter). 4Very disappointed with this filter, and I was sold a used filter as new!! I have a Nikon D7200, and am leaving for Iceland in a few days, and after watching many videos I thought a neutral density filter might be a nice thing to have for taking photos of waterfalls and ocean. It seemed the variable density filter would be a nice compromise as I am not a professional, I would probably only use it a few times a year, and didn't want to invest a lot of money in a filter system. I had high regard for the Tiffen name, and after reading many of the reviews, I thought I would take a chance on the Tiffen 82mm VND filter.Since I never used one before I took my camera and tripod out at lunch yesterday and took some pictures of a nearby lake to practice (not a pretty setting, but I just wanted to get used to the filter). I set the shutter speed to 5 seconds, and took one picture at each of the setting marks. At the max end, I saw the problems that other reviews had noted, but figured I would just not use the max setting. I went back to my office and loaded the pictures onto my computer to look at them. The first four photos are unusable due to dark areas at various spots in the photos. Then I realized that there were marks in each photo. (If you look along the tree line you can see several marks, especially on the tree furthest to the right.)I first checked my wide angle lens but that was fine. Then I held the Tiffen up to a light and realized the scuff marks were on the lens and could not be cleaned off. It then dawned on m that I was sold a used lens as new. Since I am leaving for my trip in two days, I don't have time to order another, and frankly don't trust that I would get a new lens anyway. So it is being returned. What a disappointment. I will stop at a local camera shop today at lunch and see what kind of filters they have in stock.(in packing the filter back in the Tiffen box last night, I noticed a piece of paper that stated that Tiffen owed me a filter pouch and to go to their website, register the lens and they would send me a pouch. This further reinforced my opinion that I was sold a used lens as new. 1
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