Tiffen 77mm Variable Neutral Density ND Filter - 2 to 8 Stop Light Control


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About Tiffen

The Tiffen Variable ND Filter is a versatile and flexible tool, affording you the convenience of using several Neutral Density filters all in one. Primarily used as a photographic tool for controlling depth of field and exposure, the Variable ND is being sought in the video market as well because it is fast, easy to use, small and light-weight, and does not require additional accessories such as a matte box.

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Easy to use (14),Strong construction (6),Firm mount (5),Clear optics (4),Improves picture quality (4),Compact (3)
Best Uses:
Shooting outdoors (8),Image manipulation (3)
Reviewer Profile:
Tech savvy (5),Photo enthusiast (3),Semi-pro photographer (3)

Tiffen Features

  • Provides 2 to 8 stops of light control
  • Thin profile ring .9mm
  • Wider outer optic to help reduce vignetting at wide angles
  • Comes in Tiffen Professional packaging with padded black nylon pouch
  • Made in the US with high quality optical glass using Tiffen's ColorCore Technology
  • Tiffen 10-Year Warranty

Reviews about this item

Review Snapshot®


(based on 18 reviews)


of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

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Most Liked Positive Review


Tiffen Variable ND

This is a great product. I like how they made the filter bigger so you do not pick up any Vignettes. I have the Genus Variable ND also but it gives you an ugly yellow cast when you go to "8" - this one does not.


Most Liked Negative Review


Mixed feelings

The filter itself is beautfully dampened, making it rotate very smoothly. It is a heavy filter, making it feel professional, high-quality, and nice to hold. I debated with myself over purchasing this filter, asthere are two other Var ND filters which are generally regarded as being "the best", both of which cost a bit more than this one by around eighty to one hundred dollars or so. However, the fact that thif filter was priced at a third the cost of my wide angle lens, I figured that it must...

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The filter itself is beautfully dampened, making it rotate very smoothly. It is a heavy filter, making it feel professional, high-quality, and nice to hold. I debated with myself over purchasing this filter, asthere are two other Var ND filters which are generally regarded as being "the best", both of which cost a bit more than this one by around eighty to one hundred dollars or so. However, the fact that thif filter was priced at a third the cost of my wide angle lens, I figured that it must be pretty good itself, and in the end, economy won out over my gut feeling that I should have gone with the S*ingh R*y or Heli*pan brands. I have never used either of those other two brands, so I cannot say whether or not the problem I am about to describe is present in those or not. But I can tell you with a high degree of certainty that I have been very disappointed in this filter, particularly on large diameter (67mm or greater), wide-angle lenses. Both my 18-105 Nikkor, my 17-55 f/2.8 and my Tokina 12-24 f/4 both reveal a terrible inconsistency (towards the edges of the frame) in density, a phenomenon that increases exponentially as the density of the filter is increased. When it is rotated for maximum density, the left and right hand sides of the frame (especially in the corners) is at least 2 1/2 to 3 stops brighter than the rest of the frame. The effect is almost a reverse vignette, except that it isn't a notably circular effect. My suspicion is that the more expensive brands do not do this which, if I am correct, means that the $80 I saved up front is really costing me the full price of the filter, as I will eventually have to replace it. Just my $0.02."

Reviewed by 18 customers


This product is v-good


from Alexandria , VA  -  Aspiring Film Maker

I used this product to shoot video by the beach and it handles really good I like the product


Excellent product! Very high-quality.


from Philadelphia  -  Tech Savvy

This is an excellent product due to its high-quality, usefulness, and low price. It's easily adjustable. Its variable settings allows one to compensate for different light conditions. All metal and glass construction. It screws directly onto the lens front. Highly recommended!


Nifty tool!


from Minnesota  -  Avid photographer

I've used this to shoot waterfalls in bright sunlight and was really pleased. It was great to have just one filter that gave me a range of options, rather than the set of filters I used to carry. I didn't have any problem at all with odd color casts or distortion when using it within the recommended minimum and max. It would be nice though if the filter had stops at those min. and max points - if you aren't looking at the settings, it is easy to go past them.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


Terrific ND Filter


from Sun Prairie, Wisconsin  -  Advanced Amature

Unlike several reviewers who complainted about the variable ND filter at the highest settings, I read the instruction book and learned you do not use this at the maximum and minium rotation. You stop at the marked Min and Max settings. No cross star affect when you follow the directions. I have used this on a Nikon 17-55mm F/2.8 lens and got great results. I tested the ND settings at min in one step increments up to the max settings. The pictures were excellent. No issues with AF or AE or apterure mode. Love the quality of the filter and the smooth turning ring with excellent tacile feedback. No problems putting the Tiffen Variable ND filter onto the lens. And the dots were reasonably close to the top of the lens and plainly visible. I have enlarged the image on the computer screen and the ND filter did not appear to affect image quality. Excellent investiment. Better than buying 2 or 3 ND's when you get a range of 2 to 8/10. Stongly recommended.


Cutting down the Light


from Warrington, Pa

I use this product for waterfall shots. It is very effective for cutting down the light when you want to get waterfall shots in even in Sunlight. The only things about the filter that proved challenging, at least to me was being able to place the filter on the lens properly. It's a little tricky because this is a filter with 2 to 8 stops. It is not a filter you can just fit on and start turning the base until it gets tight. Also, because it is a filter that protrudes from the lens, it does not allow for a lens hood to be placed on the lens. Finally, due to the cutting down of the light. It makes it hard to take a HDR portrait of someone by the falls even with a flash on the camera. You can't seem to brightened up the person as well as if you were just using a UV filter. But for the shear silkiness effect and control of how much light comes in, it is a good filter.

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


Uneven ND Effect


from Mt Airy, MD  -  Tech Savvy

The density effect is uneven past 3 stops. I can't see how this filter could be useful in any critical application, and am surprised this filter passed Tiffen's quality standards.


Love this filter.


from Southern California  -  Tech Savvy

Love this filter. It's like having 4 filters in one.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Tiffen 77mm Variable ND Filter 2-8 stop


from Apache Junction, Az.  -  Aspiring Film Maker

Excellent filter for when you need to increase your exposure time, I love the variable over individual ND filters because it's much more convenient.

(0 of 7 customers found this review helpful)


neutral density


from san mateo ca 94403  -  Technically Challenged

ok not grate

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)


Quality filter


from Provo, UT

This filter works great! As long as you don't try to push it beyond the MIN or MAX density, the image quality is fine. The filter feels solid. The only thing that I don't like is that when it screws onto my NIkon's 24-70mm f2.8, the MIN and MAX markings are on the bottom, but that's no fault of the filter. On my 70-200mm f2.8, it is easily viewable on the side.


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Shopper  Why Did You Choose This?
JAMES E O  The Tiffen was recommended by a local store which carries another brand. Their brand has coating problems. I have been very satisfied with the Tiffen.
BRIAN D  Is there a label on the filter showing the stop reductions (i.e 2,3,4,5,6,7,8) or is it just "min . . . . . . max"? I need to know that I am at 4 stop reduction for example. How do I do that?
ETHAN B  There are marks on the side of the filter indicating stop reductions. These are indicated with dots, not with the numbers per se. It starts with an triangle indicating "Min" (1), two lighter grey dots (2,3), one ligher white dot (4), then three grey dots (5,6,7), finally an arrow indicating "Max" (8). They assume you can do the math, but numbers, and some lines in-between, would have been helpful. However, such a system probably would have resulted in considerably higher production costs, hence a more expensive product. This is a very good ND filter, somewhat heavy but well-built, and no apparent optical problems. I like it a lot!
PC C  Will vignetting be a problem when using Nikon 16-35?
RICHARD T  I used it with my 12-24 Nikki's zoom just fine. no vignetting. however when I stacked with my UV filter I DID get vignetting at 12mm.
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