The Tiffen Variable ND filter is a unique, 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, lightweight, and does not require additional accessories such as a matte box.
Allows the use of slow shutter speeds, with high speed films or digital cameras, to record movement/image blur in
subjects such as waterfalls, clouds or any fast moving subject
Gives you full control over your depth of field. You are able to decrease depth of field by using wider
apertures, which helps separate subjects from their background (subject matter in focus while your background is
Allows you to shoot high speed film (above ISO 400) in bright outdoor situations by reducing effective ISO
Enables cine and video cameras (which have fixed shutter speeds) to film subjects such as snow, sand or other
bright scenes which could cause overexposure.
For example, when shooting outdoors your camera’s shutter speed may be set at 1/500 at f8 with no Variable ND on the lens. By adding a Variable ND filter to your lens and setting it at the minimum density (2 stops) the shutter speed is now 1/125 at f8 and at maximum density (8 stops) your camera’s shutter speed would be ½ second at f8. This could be converted into even slower equivalent exposure by reducing the lens aperture – 1 second at f11, or 2 seconds at f16, or 4 seconds at f22.
The Tiffen Variable ND filter operates on the same principle as a Circular Polarizer – rotate until you reach your desired effect and shoot. It allows you to have continuous control over the amount of light coming through your lens in an approximate range of 2 (ND 0.6) to 8 (ND 2.4) stops – while maintaining the integrity of your image. Note: The evenly spaced indexing marks between MIN and MAX do not represent calibrated stops. They are for reference only, to be used as a density bench-mark to return to a previous setting.