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Variable ND Filter

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$ 108.99 USD$ 173.99 USD

  • Provides 2 to 8 Stops of Light Control
  • Rotating Ring to Choose Degree of ND
  • Eliminates Buying Many ND Filters
  • Use to Create Blurs/Special Effects
  • Use with Film or Digital
  • Wide Outer Ring Reduces Vignetting
  • Black Aluminum Filter Ring
  • ColorCore Glass
  • Made in the USA
$ 108.99 USD
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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.

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.

  • 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 with high quality optical glass using Tiffen’s ColorCore® technology
  • Made in the USA
  • 10-year warranty
Additional Information

52mm, 58mm, 62mm, 67mm, 72mm, 77mm, 82mm


Return requests for orders placed on the Tiffen website or through our sales team can be made within 30 days of receipt of your order except custom orders. Items must be in the original packaging, unused and in new condition.

All returns require a Return Authorization form which can be obtained by contacting us at with your Tiffen order # and/or receipt.  Once you submit a request, a return authorization with instructions will be provided to you. Returns without a return authorization will not be accepted.

Tiffen will pay for return shipping on any orders with errors caused by Tiffen.  We must be notified within the 30 day return window. Return shipping is the responsibility of the customer in all other instances. Returns for refunds to the original payment method only, no credit or exchanges.

Any questions, please contact our Customer Service Team at 800 645-2522 or via the Contact Us form available at the link above.


Defective items are covered by our Warranty policy.  Warranties vary by product, more information can be found below. Tiffen warrants its products to be free from defects in material and workmanship under normal conditions of use and service for the stated period of time listed below and based on the date of original purchase.  This warranty gives you specific legal rights, and you may also have other rights that vary from state to state. 

Tiffen's obligation under its warranty policy is limited at its option, to either repair or replace the defective product. If the product has been superseded, warranty replacement can be made with a current model of the same quality performing the equivalent function. 

This warranty is expressly made in lieu of all other warranties, expressed or implied, including specifically without limiting the generality thereof, any implied warranty or merchantability, and of all other obligations or liabilities.  Tiffen shall under no circumstances be liable for any consequential damages, expenses or losses or damages resulting from a defect of its product. 

Please submit all warranty inquiries at the link below.  Make sure to include a copy of your purchase receipt (no order or shipping confirmation), Tiffen order # (if ordered directly from Tiffen), a detailed description of the issue and how it happened as well as photos and/or narrated video to support your written description of the issue.

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I recommend this product


very good i would love a couple more steps on the same filter

Joshua W.
United States United States
I recommend this product

Don’t know how i ever lived without it

Been using this for a couple months now and I honestly can’t remember how I ever got a shot without it. I guess I just missed a lot of shots all the time tinkering with multiple filters.

I recommend this product

severe color cast

I've choosen Tiffen for my Vari ND since I wanted good quality but I'm fairly disappointed with it, after two year of use First, lack of hard stops makes it very hard, for run n gun shots, to avoid going accidentlly too far and getting an awful blue cast during the shot second, the ND has a very strong greenish and brownish color cast that had been confirm with several professionnal TV colorists I've worked with. I've written to Tiffen with test shots as exemple and they could never tell me if the filter was a bad unit or else Hence, I really don't recommend it.

The Tiffen Company

Victor, our apologies for not getting back to you. We will be sending you a Return Authorization for your filter to be replaced at no charge under warranty shortly.

United States United States
I recommend this product

Variable ND filter

I was extremely excited about your variable ND filter, but after using it several different times I'm consistently getting dark spots in every picture

The Tiffen Company

This sounds like you are experiencing the "X Bar Effect" which is mentioned in the VND User Guide that came with your filter. VND filters consist of two circular polarizing filters, when you have the VND density setting too dark and are shooting at wide focal lengths due to the optical physics of cross polarization you will see a dark blobby "x" in your image. To eliminate this from your images, zoom in, lighten the density setting on your VND filter or a combination of both until it disappears. If you have any additional questions, please feel free to contact us at the link below, we would be happy to assist you

Saxon M.

Makes Life Easy

This filter has 8 ND filters in one. Well made and sharp. The adjustable lens is silky smooth without any clicks or stops so you can make smooth transitions from on ND to another if you need to. Markings on the side help you see what ND filter you're on. I didn't experience any vignetting with my old prime lenses I'm using with my Canon 5D3, probably due to the tapered design. Makes life easy and saves time with just one ND filter that I can adjust with a short turn. Taking off and putting on different ND filters to get the right combination of f stop and exposure can be time consuming. This variable ND filter helps me save time so I can focus on being creative.

David P. Davis


I'm not in love with it. The product work fine but the evenness I the shading leaves something to be desired. This is the first product of this type I purchased so my point if reference is really limited.

The Tiffen Company

David, thanks for being a Tiffen customer. Our VND filter has no gradation in the glass. If you are experiencing any issues and have questions we would be glad to assist you. Please contact us via the link below. Make sure to provide a detailed description of your isssue and provide photo examples.


Probably the best variable ND I've tried.

I've seen no color cast with this filter. The optics are very good quality, so no degradation of image quality either. The price point is very good, much better than say Singh Ray, or Heliopan.

Tiffen C.

Five Stars

Works great!

John B.

Great filter.

You get what you pay for. Every cheap ND filter I have purchased has warbly glass and leaves my images blurry. This one is totally clean. Great filter.

Cyrus C.

... edges that are on the photographs are a bit annoying to finagle

The black edges that are on the photographs are a bit annoying to finagle.

Troy D. Turner

Perfect for outdoor bright light filming

Excellent variable ND filter. Best results when used to stop down 4 or more stops. As with all variable ND filters, it can produce a slight tint (greenish in this case) that can easily be corrected in post. This Tiffen filter also blocks out IR pollution. Get this 77mm size and then get inexpensive step-up rings to use it with all the your lens sizes. Highly recommended.


I would like to say this filter the best rangerment 2 to ...

When you maximum to 8 stop for long exposure photos, the photo one side too dark, I would like to say this filter the best rangerment 2 to 6 stop, But the filter's quality is perfect!!!!!!!

Roving R.

Works great for video

Great variable ND filter - I did a lot of research and the Tiffen came out on top time and time again and I can stand by it. Now is it better than a standard ND filter? No... but it can't be with 2 pieces of glass. I use this for video making on my camera and it delivers for that. I can quickly adjust the light coming into the camera so I can keep my camera at 24 FPS and 1/50 shutter speed for the best results - even in mid day sun. For photos, stick with normal ND filters to avoid any possible banding issues.


Fast shipping and quality product

I have had many Tiffen filters over the years. They just work well and are a great value

KEO i.

Works great. Thanks.

Works great. Thanks.


I was combining two separate filters together to accomplish the ...

I was combining two separate filters together to accomplish the ND slowed shutter speed that I needed for waterfalls ETC. It is so much easier to just adjust one rather than two.

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