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NEUTRAL DENSITY

WHY USE A NEUTRAL DENSITY FILTER?

What does a neutral density filter do? These filters reduce the amount of light passing through the camera lens without changing the color of the scene.  They are especially useful in bright light conditions to help prevent overexposure.  Neutral Density filters also allow proper exposure at a wider lens opening for reduced depth-of-field to highlight a key subject by making the foreground and/or background out of focus. ND’s are must have filters for landscape photography, digital photographers, this neutral density filter guide will help you determine the best neutral density filter for your situation. ND filters are one of the essential digital camera filters.
  • Solid Neutral Density
  • IR Neutral Density
  • Graduated Neutral Density
  • Attenuator/Blender
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NEUTRAL DENSITY – DEPTH OF FIELD COMPARISON
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SOLID NEUTRAL DENSITY

Solid Neutral Density (ND filter)

These filters reduce the amount of light passing through the camera lens without changing the color of the scene.  They are especially useful in bright light conditions to help prevent overexposure.  Neutral Density filters also allow proper exposure at a wider lens opening for reduced depth-of-field to highlight a key subject by making the foreground and/or background out of focus.

  • Eliminates overly bright, washed-out images
  • Balances exposure
  • Controls depth-of-field
  • Allows slower shutter speeds to produce blurred motion effects
  • Available with High Quality – Water White Glass

Densities:
.3 (1 Stop), .6 (2 Stop), .9 (3 Stop), 1.2 (4 Stop), 1.5 (5 Stop), 1.8 (6 Stop), 2.1 (7 Stop), 2.4 (8 Stop), 2.7 (9 Stop), 3.0 (10 StopXLE Series – aXent)

Sizes:
30mm, 30.5mm, 37mm, 40.5mm, 43mm, 46mm, 49mm, 52mm, 55mm, 58mm, 62mm, 67mm, 72mm, 77mm, 82mm

IR NEUTRAL DENSITY (IRND)

Infra Red Neutral Density (IRND)

Is a combination of both an infrared control filter and a neutral density filter. An IRND is ideal for HD cameras, which have greater low-light sensitivity and, subsequently, an increased susceptibility to IR contamination. When using a standard neutral density filter to counter the increased light sensitivity afforded by the HD sensor, the effects of infrared pollution become more apparent. This filter combines an ND filter with a comparable IR control filter to eliminate the spill of infrared light reaching the sensor while still maintaining the extra exposure benefits of a neutral density filter.

  • Academy Award® Winning Filter Technology
  • Combines ND filter with IR Control Filter
  • Water White Glass
  • Eliminates overly bright, washed-out images
  • Balances exposure
  • Controls depth-of-field
  • Allows slower shutter speeds to produce blurred motion effects

Densities:
.3 (1 Stop), .6 (2 Stop), .9 (3 Stop), 1.2 (4 Stop), 1.5 (5 Stop), 1.8 (6 Stop), 2.1 (7 Stop), 2.4 (8 Stop), 2.7 (9 Stop), 3.0 (10 StopXLE Series – advantiX & apeX)

Sizes:
40.5mm, 52mm, 55mm, 77mm, 82mm

GRADUATED
NEUTRAL DENSITY

Color Grad® (Graduated) Neutral Density 

Often, you want to balance light intensity between two areas within a scene. This is important outdoors to allow more sky detail while properly exposing the foreground. Exposing for the foreground will produce a washed-out, over-exposed sky, exposing for the sky will leave the foreground dark, underexposed.

  • Part clear, part neutral density, with a smoothly graded transition between
  • A Color-Grad ND.6-to-clear is often best for balancing sky to foreground
  • Neutral gray appearance drops exposure
  • Multi Coated, Digital HT version also available

Densities:
.6 (2 Stop)

Sizes:
49mm, 52mm, 55mm, 58mm, 62mm, 67mm, 72mm, 77mm, 82mm

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BLENDER/ATTENUATOR 

Blender/Attenuator

The Tiffen Attenuator / Blender screw-in ND filters have been designed to offer a fine degree of neutral light control attenuation on wide-angle lenses. The smooth transition across the surface of the filter is designed to aid light control within your image area for a number of purposes, including maintaining a constant exposure range across your image when you have a bright sky. This ND grad features a density strength of 1.2 which allows you to increase exposure by four stops to suit individual situations.

  • Available in ND 0.6 & ND 1.2 Densities
  • Quick, compact and simple alternative to filter holders
  • Rotational ring which allows for adjustment of grad position
  • Eliminates overly bright, washed-out images
  • Especially useful in bright light conditions to help prevent overexposure

Densities:
.6 (2 Stop), 1.2 (4 Stop)

Sizes:
40.5, 43mm, 46mm, 49mm, 52mm, 55mm, 58mm, 62mm, 67mm, 72mm, 77mm, 82mm

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Neutral Density vs Polarizer

Must have photography filters 2017, there are three essential DSLR photography filters that should be in every photographers bag of tricks, especially if you want to improve landscape photography, this page explained about the importance of ND filter photography. The second essential filter is the UVP or UV Protector filter which not only protects your lens from the elements, drops and other accidents, they absorb UV light and can be kept on your camera lens at all times. You can learn more about Tiffen’s line of UV Protection and Absorption Filters by clicking here. The third essential camera filter is the Polarizer, like the Neutral Density there are different types of Polarizers you can learn more about them by clicking here.

In a nutshell, the difference between a Neutral Density filter and a Polarizer filter is that ND filters help prevent overexposure and can highlight a subject by making the foreground or background out of focus. While Polarizing filters reduce glare which may wash out an image, producing dramatically blue skies, polarizers will also remove glare from non-metallic surfaces, such as windows and water. If you found our Neutral Density Directory informative check out…

Extreme Long Exposure 10-stop ND Filters

Tiffen also makes the XLE Series filters, three extreme long exposure 10-stop Neutral Density filters; Apex, Advantix and Axent, click her for more about these.