About Vivitar Variable NDX Filter

Vivitar NDX Filters, Adjustable From ND2 - ND1000...

• Vivitar Filters are manufactured from high-quality solid optical materials. Each individual filter is heat-treated to avoid any rare movement or distortion.
• This Variable Neutral Density filter reduces intensity of all wavelengths or colors of light equally, giving no changes in hue or color rendition.
• The purpose of standard photographic neutral density filters is to allow the photographer greater flexibility to change the aperture, exposure time and/or blur of subject in different situations and atmospheric conditions.
• Instead of reducing the aperture to limit light, the photographer can add a ND filter to limit light, and can then set the shutter speed according to the particular motion desired and the aperture set as needed.



One reason why the Vivitar Variable NDX Filter is popular is because of its Easy to use

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Pros:
Easy to use (13),Clear optics (8),Strong construction (8),Firm mount (7)
Cons:
Inconsistent effect (4)
Best Uses:
Image manipulation (6)
Reviewer Profile:
Semi-pro photographer (8),Photo enthusiast (7)

Vivitar Variable NDX Filter Features

  • Provides Total Versatility in Neutral Density
  • Adjustable From ND2 - ND1000
  • Have Control of Any Lighting Environment
  • Simply Turn Its Exterior Ring to Access Any of the Neutral Density Settings
  • Save Time Changing or Adding Filters

Vivitar Variable NDX Filter Reviews

Review Snapshot®

 
3.5

(based on 17 reviews)

69%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

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  • 2 Stars

     

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  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

A good cheap vari ND

This is a great solution to using highspeed sync (or X-sync). This allows you shoot wide open and use flash, espcially in daylight. You can use any flash you want without having to buy a bunch of overpriced flashes that have the highspeed and ttl features. I shoot with off camera flash, so this is very important to me. It does have a color cast that starts from a blue and then will transition into an orange. No biggie, just a basic WB adjustment I can make later. I bought the 77mm version. I ...

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This is a great solution to using highspeed sync (or X-sync). This allows you shoot wide open and use flash, espcially in daylight. You can use any flash you want without having to buy a bunch of overpriced flashes that have the highspeed and ttl features. I shoot with off camera flash, so this is very important to me. It does have a color cast that starts from a blue and then will transition into an orange. No biggie, just a basic WB adjustment I can make later. I bought the 77mm version. I have two lenses that it will fit right on and I just use a step up adaptor for smaller threads. Only need one :)

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

You get what you pay for

I took a chance since there were no reviews on this product and the salesman said they are selling alot of these. What a mistake. You cannot use this ND filter below 50mm dx format when set to the darkest settings. White balance is totally inconsistant and produces a heavy blue tint. It is very poorly constructed and barely screws on securely.Save your money and invest in a B & W or Hoya which cost alot more but atleast they work as they should.

Reviewed by 17 customers

 
4.0

Excellent quality

By

from Atlanta,GA  -  Semi-pro Photographer

Sunrise and Sunset pics Excellent quality great build

 
4.0

Super Value

By

from Bloomfield Hillls, MI  -  Semi-pro Photographer

The filter rotates smoothly and works as advertised. It seems well built. For as little as I see using it, I just didn't see spending so much more on the professional's preferred brands.

(1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

 
2.0

Not for wide angle

By

from Elkton, MD  -  Semi-pro Photographer

I don't know how I missed the review that says you can't use it below 50mm, but I did. Just to make it clear, you can't use this on a wide-angle lens without getting bizarre dark and bright streaks. I tried it on my Sigma 10-20mm, and the results were horrible. The only other lens I have with a 77mm filter is my 170-500, which is plenty slow already. So I'll exchange it for an ND-8 filter, or the like. Another problem is that it's significantly wider than the filter size, so you can't put a lens hood on the lens you have this filter on. This may be true for all variable ND filters - I don't know.

 
2.0

One good, one bad

By

from Hot Springs, AR  -  Semi-pro Photographer

I bought an 82mm and a 77mm. The 77 worked fine all the way to fully stopped down. The 82 started showing dark bands 3 or 4 stops down, and a full dark X or Hourglass at 7 and 8 stops. I returned the 82 as unusable.

 
5.0

Excellent

By

from Sun City West  -  Photo Enthusiast

Works as described and then some.

 
5.0

All in ONE ND FIlter

By

from Upstate, NY  -  Semi-pro Photographer

This is a needed addition to any camera bag. It's always the RIGHT filter to enable you to slow down your shutter or open up your lens in ANY lighting situation. It works great for getting that silky water effect no matter how bright the scene is! It's a MUST HAVE!

 
4.0

Comparing with older filters

By

from Pearl City, HI  -  Casual Photographer

Received VND filter, appears to be good quality. Still prepping for trials with two different lenses.Comparing with previous single density filters.

 
4.0

Not bad for the price

By

from Tacoma, WA  -  Semi-pro Photographer

I bought this for long exposures in varying light conditions. Rather than have several different ND filters, these were very appealing. Generally, I buy more expensive filters, but I wanted to try one of these without spending too much. The price was certainly right and so far, it's performed very well. I'm impressed with the smooth turning operation and the dynamic variation in density. The images reflect the consistent density as well with no detectable degradation (sometimes present in less expensive filters). In all, Vivitar did an excellent job with this one.

 
5.0

Works Great

By

from Mesa, AZ  -  Photo Enthusiast

Works great. Love the variable amount of Nd you can use. No image quality loss whatsoever.

 
5.0

Excellent buy

By

from Illinois  -  Pro Photographer

If one is intent on using a neutral density filter, this is the one to buy. for the price of a couple of fixed densities, one can purchase this variable density filter and customize the desired density to fit the desired composition. The build is excellent andmoving between densities is smooth. Would highly recommend for landscape imaging.

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Shopper  Why Did You Choose This?
BILL S  To shoot long exposure water shots in daylight. Adds an additional variable in exposure independent of fstop, speed, ISO.
Brian W  what is the diameter of the outer threads of this filter?
LAWRENCE S  as measured with a digital caliper, the outer diameter of the threads is, as the filter states, 77 mm. the outer diameter of the filter itself is 87mm
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