Tiffen 77mm Variable ND filter

ND filters remain one of the most useful on-camera accessories you can have, because they give you an immediate creative solution that can’t be replicated in Photoshop – yet!

Tiffen 77mm Variable ND filter 

Tiffen 77mm Variable ND filter 

So a variable, screw-in (if rather expensive) ND like this definitely has its uses. You alter strength by rotating the filter, although the increments marked from Minimum to Maximum around the filter’s edge aren’t a precise guide that allows you to immediately find each of the different strengths – from 2 to 8 stops. The construction of this filter is very good, though it will need looking after if you want to protect your costly investment. Fortunately, Tiffen supply it in a padded pouch for safe storage. A filter like this can be used for the popular creative purposes of shooting long exposures, but it will also simply dampen down the light hitting the sensor if you want to control depth-of-field on sunny days. If you are into shooting video with your DSLR this might be really handy. Don’t rotate beyond the Maximum setting or you’ll risk colour shifts and other quirks ruining your shot. The best thing with this filter is its simplicity – screw it on and away you go.

Specification

  • Street price: £129 (As of July for 77mm version)
  • Visit: www.tiffen.com

his review was first published in the July 2012 issue of Practical Photography - download back issues here.