Vari-N-Duo Variable Neutral Density (ND) Filters

$390.00$480.00

The Vari-N-Duo is the best variable neutral density filter AND the best warming polarizer in ONE indispensable filter. Create exciting motion effects — and control glare and reflections and improve color saturation and tonal detail — all without stacking or changing filters. Just compose your shot, adjust focus, turn the polarizing ring to the desired look — and dial in density up to eight stops. It’s that easy.

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Create exciting motion effects — and control glare and reflections and improve color saturation and tonal detail — all without stacking or changing filters.

Just compose your shot, adjust focus, turn the polarizing ring to the desired look — and dial in density up to eight stops. It’s that easy.

“A revolution in multitasking, this all-in-one does the work of multiple neutral-density filters, a warming filter and polarizer. Two rotating rings offer continuously adjustable neutral density from 2.7 to 8 stops. Expensive, but could single-handedly replace almost every filter now jammed into your camera bag.” ~ Popular Photography

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Click for slideshow of the types of photos you could be creating with Singh-Ray Vari-N-Duo filter.

QUICK TIPS

  • Use a sturdy tripod and locking cable release.
  • Open the Vari-N-Duo to minimum density to compose and focus, dial in the desired polarization and density, then close your viewfinder shutter to minimize the chance of a light leak.
  • For easier control of the polarizing effect, set the filter density to minimum and turn both rings together until you see the desired look.
  • As with any polarizer, you may need to adjust polarization to avoid uneven skies with wide-angle lenses.
  • For best results, always use the Vari-N-Duo within its 2 2/3 and 8-stop exposure range.
  • You can stack other Singh-Ray filters on the Vari-N-Duo, but be alert to possible vignetting. At least one of the filters must also have a standard ring mount (to reduce thickness and minimize vignetting, our thin-mount filters do not have outside threads).

How the Vari-N-Duo slows down your shutter speed in a “typical” daylight scene

Without filter 1/500 sec. at f8
Vari-N-Duo at minimum density (2 2/3 stops) 1/80 sec. at f8
Vari-N-Duo at middle density (5 stops) 1/15 sec. at f8
Vari-N-Duo at maximum density (8 stops) 1/2 sec. at f8
Close your aperture for even slower shutter speeds 1 sec. at f11
2 sec. at f16
4 sec. at f22

 

“The Vari-N-Duo is highly recommended by many, many pro landscape photographers. It’s a winner.” ~ Jim Harmer, ImprovePhotography.com

The Vari-N-Duo also delivers in bright or less flattering light, 

so you don’t have to restrict your photography to the “magic hour” around sunrise and sunset.

Vari-ND product page_2Dennis Frates (fratesphoto.com)

“The Vari-N-Duo not only helps me create more unique images, it also extends my shooting opportunities

throughout the entire day. I would previously use the middle of most days to scout locations to revisit later when the lighting was better

— such as early morning or late evening — but now the Vari-N-Duo gives me many additional options in midday light.” ~ Dennis Frates

Some Vari-ND shooting ideas

  • Loosen the ballhead on your tripod and try panning or “swiping” vertically on a subject such as trees, or horizontally across a landscape or to track a moving car or bird in flight.
  • From a stationary position, try shooting gently moving flowers, the motion of people walking, flowing water and passing clouds.
  • Dial in density to maintain wider apertures and narrow depth of field while, for example, shooting macro subjects, using a flash, taking portraits in brighter light or shooting video.
  • Once you get started, you’ll find that the Vari-N-Duo opens up a whole new world of creative possibilities!
  • Experiment!

Vari-ND product page_1Michael Bielat (buffalo-wedding-photographer.com)

“For my needs, the Vari-N-Duo is a very magical combination. With these filters, I can finally get images of the caliber they should be. I’m not kidding when I say that I wish I could go back and re-live my first 10 years as a photographer with these filters.” ~ Michael Bielat

 

Vari-N-Duo: the best variable neutral density filter the best warming polarizer = one indispensable filter.

Click here for tips and techniques from top pros on using the Singh-Ray Vari-N-Duo variable neutral density filter.

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