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. Available in 52, 58, 62, 67, 72, 77 and 82mm.
Why use a Variable ND Filter?
Neutral density filters reduce the amount of light going through the lens into your camera. This 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 subjects. It also 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 blurred).
Variable ND Filters allow you to shoot high speed film (above ISO 400) in bright outdoor situations by reducing effective ISO and 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.