Reviews and Comments

"I first encountered Tiffen's filters at a demonstration during PDN Photo Expo last year. Their Dfx 3 filter suite provides over 2,000 presets, some of which emulate Tiffen's popular lens filters. This review is based on my first significant use of preset filters to enhance an image." More...
"Tiffen is a well known name in the film and video world by almost everyone working in the industry. Tiffen is mostly known for their lens filters and other equipment such as Steadicam. However, beyond their camera equipment, they also have a software division that has peaked interest in the post-production world. There are many different software that Tiffen offers such as plug-ins and standalone software. For this review, I’ll be focusing on Tiffen’s Dfx for Video/Film software." More...
"Tiffen really kept filmmakers in mind when making this product.  To my surprise, Dfx 3.0 came with a Day for Night filter.  Day for Night is a trick that filmmakers use when they shoot a scene in daylight, but then later darken it to make it look like night.  In order for the effect to work best, you should film during magic hour and then let the plugin do the rest." More...
"Dfx 3.0 is one of the best Photoshop plugins I’ve used to date. It’s is something photographers need to add value to their Photoshop filters library. It’s really easy to use and doesn’t require a super computer or lots of memory. It’s fast, customizable and has enough presets to keep you busy for days. When you can’t set your color during shooting or don’t have access to glass filters, Dfx 3.0 Photo does all the work for you. Dfx 3.0 Photo retails for $199 and can be purchased from Tiffen." More...
"With a decades-long reputation for manufacturing the finest lens filters and many complementary products, it’s no wonder that Tiffen offers what can only be considered the finest software for creating those same filter and other visual effects in Tiffen Dfx 3.0."  More...

"The Dfx interface is simple to use and easy to learn. Advanced Photoshop users will enjoy adding solid creative innovation to their workflow with the plug-in's stackable layer combinations."  

"I particularly love Tiffen's diffusion, special effects, and light modules, which enabled me to recreate a dreamy, surreal look, despite the hard light and deep shade conditions I faced when photographing the image." 

"For a more advanced or sophisticated editor accustomed to film processing techniques, Tiffen's Dfx 3.0 Plug-In offers extraordinary authenticity for film-like replication, traditional camera effects, and wonderful efficiency when paired with Photoshop or Lightroom."  

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German: "Eine der umfangreichsten Filter-Sammlungen bietet Tiffen an: Die Software Dfx v3 kommt mit einer neuen Filmsimulation und ist schneller geworden."  More...

English: "Tiffen offers one of the most extensive collections of filters: the Dfx v3 software comes with a new Filmsimulation and has become much faster."

"Tiffen Dfx V.3 for video/film is an invaluable plug-in that gives editors a wide variety of customizable effects for a great price. If you have an editor looking for a simple vignette and/or night vision effect, or even a more complex effect with wide-angle lenses and f-stop adjustments, Tiffen and Digital Film Tools have come together to bring you an action-filled plug-in that is as easy as an iPhone photo filter and infinitely customizable.  Tiffen Dfx V.3 gives the end user the ability to create almost any look and color treatment they can imagine, harnessing an enhanced multi-processor acceleration for fast rendering. With Dfx’s built-in Tiffen glass camera filters, specialized lenses, optical lab processes, film grain, color correction, natural light and photographic effects, Tiffen Dfx V.3 hands all the tools to the user without any limitations."  More...

“I have tried and tested several video plug-in filters over the years, some have been good, whilst others have failed to impress. This collection of filters gives you almost unlimited creative options with your video clips.”  More...

"The strength of DFX3 is the preset filter pack built-in. But Tiffen has added something here that I find really valuable. You aren’t just stuck with one preset. Each preset can be tweaked and often there are small thumbnails that will show you the difference. The interface is very easy to navigate and while the company offers plenty of webinars and teaching materials, it’s intuitive enough to figure out without much help. You can even customize the interface."  More... 

“Having tried and tested most plug-in filters over the years, I have found that some have been great fun to use and others a total waste of money. Few have managed to impress me to the point that I think I must have it, but Tiffen Dfx Digital Filter Suite V3 has totally won me over.” More...
 
"Tiffen Dfx Digital Filter Suite has totally won me over. This collection of filters gives you almost unlimited creative options with your photographs. The interface is well thought out and easy to use without having to refer to a hefty manual. If you do need more information, then there is a comprehensive PDF manual (546 pages) which can be accessed via the Help menu. Although the Dfx 3 filter suite is not cheap, it is inexpensive when you work out how much it would cost to buy the equivalent glass filters." More...
 
"Once you open the program up for the first time it’s a little intimidating because the interace is a little scairy with endless filter choices and thousands of customizable presets available to process your images. The filters, however are organized in such a logical, intuitive and easy to use fashion and they are simply a guide or jumping off point to begin your post processing. Once you open the DFX Interface in your editing program that’s where this program really shines because you are presented with numerous presets across the top of your screen and a simple editing interface on the right with a myriad of simple to use slider based adjustments controls." More...
 
"Instead of buying a film pack, a set of clean up filters, some lighting plug-ins and so on, why not just buy one package that does everything? That’s the premise of the Tiffen Dfx 3 suite, which works as a standalone program or as a plug-in for a variety of creative software packages. In this update alone there are ten new filters for optical effects, multi-core support, colour overlays, debanding, JPEG compression cleanup, noise removal, 113 film stocks, key lighting, texture application, image tone overlays and rays of light." More...
“I tested Tiffen Dfx digital filter suite for video and film. And I know this sounds like hyperbole, but it knocked my socks off.” And he concludes with “If you ever buy only one set of filters/effects for your video/movie projects, then I would definitely consider Tiffen Dfx to be the one.” More...
 

 

"After firing up Dfx, though, I realized it took a different approach than any other filter set I’d used, starting by recreating Tiffen’s legacy of film filters for digital, making it feel much more like a traditional darkroom tool – except on steroids…"  

"One great thing about using Dfx as a Smart Filter is that you can go back and modify the settings at any time. This flexibility is incredibly valuable if you decide you want your final image to be prepared for a different purpose, or just want to update its look." More...


     
  "The Tiffen DFX 3 Video/Film Plug-in was truly a pleasant surprise. It offers a tremendous number of high-quality filters to create an almost endless range of looks. In addition, it features additional specialized filters that go beyond just creating “looks” that could be invaluable depending on your project." More...
 
     
 

"Two prime examples of the advantages to working within the Dfx interface are the Gobo (seen below) and Light effects. Gobo and Light simulate, in software, what would normally be an on-set lighting design. The coolness—and diversity—of these effects is immediately evident when you open the Dfx interface."  

"Beyond the color-based filter effects, the Tiffen Dfx pack really shines when enhancing imaged in a more granular, non-color way. The famous Tiffen Pro-Mist look known to DPs is available in to editors with the Pro-Mist Dfx filter, which softens the overall image. In the right situation it can produce a really nice look. All of the other Dfx lens filters provide some good, useful looks that aren’t based on color either."  

"Tiffen is by no means limited to color tools. Also included in the Tiffen Dfx package are several image repair tools, including DeBand, DeBlock and DeNoise, and aperture and lighting tools like Rays, Night Vision and X-Ray." More... 

     
  "As I mentioned in the beginning, I was a total onOne and Nik Software snob. If I’m behing honest, I tried Dfx out just because I thought I had to since I’ve been hearing a lot about it lately, but I had already resigned myself to thinking I wouldn’t like it over my beloved onOne and Nik filters. But I gotta tell you, I was pleasantly surprised. Not only will I not be uninstalling this one, but I have a feeling I’m going to be using it a lot more for certain effects." More...
     
 

The Tiffen Dfx v 3, a new generation digital filter suite package that offers users a full range of filters and image editing manipulation tools that surpasses any Photoshop tool you've ever used.

I’ve been impressed with Tiffen’s Dfx v3 software from the time the company launched the very first version, because of the extensive collection of effects and especially filters—digital versions of many of Tiffen’s photographic filters that we used to use so commonly with film cameras.  More...

     
 

"I must confess that previous versions of Tiffen’s Dfx Digital Filter Suite, while interesting, did not make the final cut of power tools in my personal digital toolbox. All that’s changed in 3.0." "Using all these presets along with the additional controls provided in the Parameters window produces an almost infinite number of combinations and permutations of effects, making Tiffen’s Dfx 3.0 the ultimate Lego set of digital filters. You can use it to build anything!"

"Of all the special effects and filter software products that I’ve tested over the years, Tiffen’s Dfx 3.0 is the one where the more I used it, the more I liked using it, and I found something new and fun to do each time it was launched."  More...

     
  "Tiffen Dfx is a very extensive plug-in for working with filters and photographic effects. Besides the usual color and gradient filters are also filters for converting to black and white, adding grain or blur fine example of an image. All effects can also on parts of the image to be applied. This is a very extensive mask function is available. Tiffen Dfx is so complete that it takes awhile before it can read and write. For the digital darkroom enthusiasts is ideal: you will never get tired of the possibilities. The price of the bundle is about $ 200 and that given the quality offered entirely reasonable. Based on the variety and quality of the filters we know Tiffen Dfx v3.0 a Pixelmania Award far. Highly recommended!"  More...
     
 

Though there are lots of software titles that provide similar filters and effects, Dfx 3.0 is one of the few software titles that allow you to work seamlessly back and forth between stills and video. So, for photographers who find themselves delving both into stills and motion, the software provides a single destination for enhancing and improving digital imagery.  

     
  All things considered, however, Tiffen Dfx is still a hugely likeable package at a very reasonable price. It lets those with little knowledge and skill create professional-style effects very quickly, and there are so many presets, it will be some time before you’ve worked your way around even a fraction of the tools on offer. Warmly recommended.
     
 

When we say high end, we’re talking most every film stock, grain filter, grads, fulls, etc to give you the range of a full palette of effects.  Which also means creative choice.  There is artistry in the photo post production world and the Tiffen DFX 3.0 set gives you options like you only imagined. And then some.  More...


     

 

"Well, it’s obvious that I’m in love with this effects plug-in. I’m still experimenting with it and just having a hard time finding fault with what Tiffen has created here in what I feel is one of the most professional and valuable 3rd party effects plug-ins on the market. While you won’t find a lot of zany special effects in this package, you will find plenty of creativity-inspiring presets and pleasing results. You might just probably fall over from sticker shock when you first see the $599 price tag, but I tell you, this plug-in IS a must-have addition that every editor/filmmaker should have in their toolbox!"  More...

     
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Tiffen Dfx v3 filters are a huge asset in motion graphics and still image work, a wide set of high-quality creative tools and problem solvers that are very stable, easy to use, and a boon to inspiration. Depending on your application and focus of interest and use, any of the Dfx packages—standalone (for stills only), plug-ins for stills/photo, and plug-ins for video and film—are great value and can give great additional value to your productions. More...

     
 

I just began using the plug-in version for Lightroom and I was totally impressed with the ease of use and the quality results. With a photo selected in Lightroom, I chose Edit -> in Tiffen Dfx and a new window opened full screen. (Actually in two screens since I’m using dual monitors.)  With a preview choice of either 1024 or 2048 pixels wide, I had a nice large image to see the results of the filters as I picked them. Heck, you can even size the thumbnails small, medium or large. More... 

     
  "I have to say that I was very impressed, to the point of blown away, by this effects suite. I am not usually the type of editor to spend hours and hours in color correction and ‘looks,’ so it was nice to work with a suite that made this kind of work easy, quick and fun. The more I continue to edit with this in my arsenal, the more I find myself relying on DFX for fast lighting correction and color-correction."  More...
     
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"Any post production house is far stronger with this software than the price tag would lead you to believe. Tiffen's Dfx 3.0 is worth every penny, and far more." More...

     
 

"One of the most comprehensive digital filter suites of them all, however, has to be Tiffen’s Dfx program, which is now on version 3.0. Tiffen is a name familiar to anyone who has placed a traditional glass filter on the end of his or her lens to achieve an effect or look. The company’s been making filters and lens accessories for photographers, filmmakers, cinematographers and TV camera operators for over 70 years, and they’re still making them—even in this increasingly non-analogue world.  So it would make sense that a business that knows how to make actual glass filters would have a good grasp on the simulated, digital variety. And Tiffen does. Dfx 3.0 is an across-the-board filter spectacular with so many options for adding effects to your photos you might feel overwhelmed. Instagram, it’s definitely not.  But no worry. Half the fun of Tiffen Dfx 3.0 is exploring the wide array of options even if occasionally you may head down the wrong filter path."  More...

     
 

Practically Every Digital Filter & Effect Except the Kitchen Sink" - "I’ve been impressed with Tiffen’s Dfx software from the time the company launched the very first version, because of the extensive collection of effects and especially filters—digital versions of many of Tiffen’s photographic filters that we used to use so commonly with film cameras. Now with digital we can use software to emulate the effects of many of these filters in post-production, which is a great benefit because it lets you get really creative with your older images as well as those you just took. I love being able to go back to digital images that I shot years ago and tweak them in ways I wasn’t able to at the time the images were shot. "

     
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Tiffen is an interesting company that create quite a few products that I didn’t know about. One of those products is called DFX which is a filter suite with what seems like an endless supply of filters. The program comes in both Standalone and Plugin configuration. I’ve played with both and the only difference between the two is the Standalone comes with it’s own RAW converter.  More... 

     
  Color Shadow, a filter option in the very artistic Tiffen Dfx digital filters and creative effects works easily to create a vivid pop art look with a photograph. I've been experimenting with a few ideas for a simple flower photo that had humble beginnings in black and white. Inverting the image, and using Dfx Color Shadow provided endless variations and creative opportunities for a colorful Andy Warhol look.  More...

At the recent CES (Consumer Electronic Show) in Las Vegas, the Hauppauge, Long Island-based Tiffen Company introduced products directed at photographers and videographers giving them the ability to produce stunning and powerful images, and has won prestigious awards like Videomaker’s Best of CES 2012.  More...

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