Mini Test

£65, $90 for 77mm fit­ting

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When you’re tak­ing long ex­po­sure pho­to­graphs by day, you need a pow­er­ful neu­tral den­sity fil­ter to pre­vent your shots be­ing blown out. We look at six ND op­tions to find you the best

Tif­fen’s older stan­dard ND 3.0 fil­ter is a typ­i­cal triple-den­sity fil­ter that gives the usual 10-stop light re­duc­tion. How­ever, in our tests it gave a very pro­nounced red colour cast when used on a D7000, and the ef­fect was still no­tice­able to a lesser ex­tent when fit­ted on a D610. Ac­cord­ing to Tif­fen, the new IR Cut edi­tion is spe­cially en­gi­neered to re­duce ‘in­fra-red and far-red pol­lu­tion’. In our tests, we did find that it gave a much more neu­tral colour bal­ance on both cam­eras.

The stan­dard of con­struc­tion is very good, with a low-pro­file de­sign to com­bat vi­gnetting, even when used on ul­tra-wide lenses, and no light seep­age around the edge of the fil­ter. The claimed 10-stop den­sity is very ac­cu­rate. If you’re on a limited budget, this fil­ter is a very good buy.

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The thin con­struc­tion re­duces vi­gnetting even on wide lenses

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