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General Brand 52mm Circular Polarizing Filter

B&H # GBCP52 MFR # 52CP
General Brand 52mm Circular Polarizing Filter

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Product Highlights

  • Makes a Blue Sky Bluer
  • Enhances Clouds
  • Eliminates Reflections

You Pay: $15.74

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This is a 52mm Circular Polarizer Filter. Light rays which are reflected become polarized. Polarizing filters are used to select which light rays enter your camera lens. They can remove unwanted reflections from non-metallic surfaces such as water or glass and also saturate colors providing better contrast. The effect can be seen through the viewfinder and changed by rotating the filter. The filter factor varies according to how the filter is rotated and its orientation to the sun.

If you're out walking on a lovely day - in the mountains or at the beach - and you want to get a fabulous shot of a cloud-filled sky or make the water seem more saturated, then a polarizer is the way to go. This filter is the best way to make the clouds stand out, increase or decrease the saturation of the ocean or increase or decrease the reflection off the water. You can also use this filter when shooting into glass or windows since it will, again, either increase or decrease reflections.

If you're shooting black and white and want to simulate a threatening storm, try throwing on a #25 Red filter. The vista will take on the appearance of an imminent, ominous storm. 

Along with a UV or Skylight Filter, a polarizing filter should be a part of everyone's gear bag. It can turn a run-of-the-mill image into a stunning, creative photo by increasing color saturation.

Note: Circular polarizers are specifically designed for use with auto-focus SLR cameras (They will also work on manual systems without problems)

This filter eliminates ultraviolet rays from outdoor shots as well as polarizing the light to remove reflections, and increase color saturation, without affecting the overall color balance
Can dramatically enhance a blue sky and make the clouds more prominent
Used best at right angle to the sun
Effective with cameras that use beam splitters in the path of the TTL light meter and with AF cameras
Type Circular Polarizer
Size 52mm
Grade Not Applicable
Filter Factor Between 2.3 and 2.8 (approx. +1.3 stops)
Multi-Coated No
Rotating Yes
Effect Removes reflections and increases color saturation without affecting the overall color balance
Application Nature, travel, outdoor photography
Color Temperature Not Applicable
Construction Glass
Front Filter Thread Size 52mm
Front Lens Cap Size 52mm

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Tiffen52mm Circular Polarizing Filter
 
4.6

(based on 113 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (72)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (36)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (4)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Clear optics (55)
  • Easily mounted (42)
  • Easy to use (41)
  • Firm mount (39)
  • Consistent effect (36)

Cons

  • Cross-threads easily (6)

Best Uses

  • Lens protection (38)
  • Color correction (36)
  • Image manipulation (27)
  • UV protection (23)
  • Landscape photography (14)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (29), Semi-pro photographer (19), Casual photographer (15), Enthusiast (13), Pro photographer (6)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (79), Yes (4)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

still sometimes useful for digital

Some people feel that polarizers are made obsolete by photoshop, but having travelled through the southwest with this cheap filter as an experiment, I am convinced otherwise. Deepening the blue of the sky...Read complete review

Some people feel that polarizers are made obsolete by photoshop, but having travelled through the southwest with this cheap filter as an experiment, I am convinced otherwise. Deepening the blue of the sky at the time of capture means the sensor isn't trying to span as wide a dynamic range, which I speculate improves tonal detail. More importantly, the deep blue always looks great in pictures of sunny days, and recreating that depth in photoshop can sometimes enhance noise or bring in other artifacts. Finally, reducing haze means that landscape shots have more detail and depth, and clouds stand out more against the sky, rather than blending in.

I had also hoped to use it to shoot through windows, in particular on planes and trains, but I found that the refraction in the kinds of window materials used there made it such that the polarizer produces weird vignetting effects. Useful in cars though. It depends what angle the sun is to your shot, but in some cases it can reduce or eliminate reflections from within the car.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Decent at best

This is a budget filter. I don't claim to be a professional but this filter isn't even up to par for an enthusiast. The mount on it is very weak and never seems to...Read complete review

This is a budget filter. I don't claim to be a professional but this filter isn't even up to par for an enthusiast. The mount on it is very weak and never seems to thread on correctly. Optically it is sufficient but from time to time it actually will fall right off the lens while you are turning the ring. The ring action is smooth and relatively consistent. If you are looking for one of these I would suggest looking at something like the Hoya multi coated one for only a little more.

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4.0

Great Filter

By Scott

from Oconomowoc, WI

About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Lightweight
  • Reliable

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Everyday use
    • Landscape Photography
    • Traveling

    Comments about Tiffen 52mm Circular Polarizing Filter:

    Great optics. Can't beat the price!

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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    5.0

    Good quality, works well

    By Kanoebillder

    from Wayne, NJ

    About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Durable
    • Easy To Use

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape Photography
      • Traveling

      Comments about Tiffen 52mm Circular Polarizing Filter:

      I use the polarizing filter to make blue skies darker and cut down reflections off of green vegetation. It rotates smoothly with no slop and does the job. Images details seem just as sharp with the filter as without. I like it.

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      • No

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      4.0

      Does the job well

      By leigh

      from Los Angeles, CA

      About Me Professional

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight
      • Reliable

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Everyday use
        • Landscape Photography

        Comments about Tiffen 52mm Circular Polarizing Filter:

        Affordable and effective.

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        • No

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        5.0

        Great Filter For The Money

        By scottcvp1

        from Puyallup, WA

        About Me Professional

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Easy To Use
        • Lightweight
        • Reliable

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Everyday use
          • Landscape Photography
          • Portraits
          • Traveling

          Comments about Tiffen 52mm Circular Polarizing Filter:

          Upgraded lens and needed a polarizing filter that would fit my new lens. This was a bargain compaired to the others out there. The filter works great, does exactly what I want. I'm a happy customer. B & H does it again and again for me. Thank you so much!

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          • No

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          4.0

          Inexpensive choice

          By regi

          from Bronx, NY

          About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Everyday use
            • Landscape Photography
            • Traveling

            Comments about Tiffen 52mm Circular Polarizing Filter:

            I usually just keep a polarizer on my lens all the time, and Tiffen's hit my sweet spot in terms of price. i lose things like this all the time and bought an extra one.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Good color values

            By griz

            from el segundo, ca

            About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Durable
            • Easy To Use
            • Lightweight
            • Reliable

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Landscape Photography
              • Macro Photography
              • Portraits
              • Traveling

              Comments about Tiffen 52mm Circular Polarizing Filter:

              Cuts down great on glare. Carries the usual cooler look to the photos that can easily be adjusted in any program like Lightroom.

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              • No

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              5.0

              Works as intended

              By RG

              from Nicaragua

              Comments about Tiffen 52mm Circular Polarizing Filter:

              Works perfectly. You can't go wrong for the price.

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              4.0

              Great

              By Gianni

              from Italy

              About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Easy To Use
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Landscape Photography
                • Traveling

                Comments about Tiffen 52mm Circular Polarizing Filter:

                A good product for a small price

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                • No

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                5.0

                It works exactly as expected

                By Arterm

                from Saratov, Russia

                About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape Photography
                  • Shooting At Skating Rinks

                  Comments about Tiffen 52mm Circular Polarizing Filter:

                  Bought this for Nikon 55-200mm and it works perfectly. You turn it around to match the scene and desired effect. It allows for instance to shoot through skating rink glass walls. Sky gets more saturated and looks nicer. It can be stacked with other filters.

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                  4.0

                  Worth it

                  By djt832

                  from Wisconsin

                  Comments about Tiffen 52mm Circular Polarizing Filter:

                  Definitely worth the price and much better than you would expect too. I bought it to use temporarily in between camera/ lens upgrades and I have been very happy with the results.

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                  5.0

                  52mm Circular Polarizing Filter by Tiffe

                  By udespare

                  from Chicago

                  About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Lightweight

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape Photography
                    • Macro Photography
                    • Portraits
                    • Traveling

                    Comments about Tiffen 52mm Circular Polarizing Filter:

                    Great CP, easy to use...fits perfect with SRP GOPRO adapter1

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                    4.0

                    Worked better than expected

                    By roboman32

                    from Central, Oklahoma

                    About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Lightweight
                    • Reliable

                    Cons

                    • Not Durable

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Tiffen 52mm Circular Polarizing Filter:

                      Product was affordable and turned out to work better than I thought it would for the price. Would reccomend.

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                      • No

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                      4.0

                      Good pictures

                      By experimental photography

                      from chicago

                      Comments about Tiffen 52mm Circular Polarizing Filter:

                      Bought this 52 mm polorizer for a Nikon d3200. I'm not a professional photographer so I can't compare this product with the more expensive ones but I did notice a big difference while using this inexpensive polorizer , the skies do look better more blue I guess. Would recommend this product for starters then see if you need something better. This was good for me.

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                      5.0

                      Great Product

                      By Angel

                      from Central Florida

                      Comments about Tiffen 52mm Circular Polarizing Filter:

                      Great quality and value! Deciding factor was warranty and build in USA.

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                      5.0

                      Polarizing Filters are Fun and Useful!

                      By Mike

                      from Vicksburg, MS

                      About Me Semi-Professional

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Inexpensive
                      • Lightweight
                      • Reliable

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Landscape Photography
                        • Macro Photography
                        • Museum Photography

                        Comments about Tiffen 52mm Circular Polarizing Filter:

                        I use polarizing filters for outdoor photography to accentuate clouds and sky color. I also use them for archival photography at a small museum, to take pictures of objects on shelves to reduce reflection in the glass. I bought three different size polarizing filters, 52 mm, 55 mm, and 67 mm, for three different cameras, so my review is the same for all three filters. Also, I have always been satisfied with the quality of Tiffen filters.

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                        • No

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                        5.0

                        Tiffen

                        By Nelson

                        from Pelion Sc

                        About Me Casual user

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Durable
                        • Easy To Use
                        • Lightweight
                        • Reliable

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Everyday use

                          Comments about Tiffen 52mm Circular Polarizing Filter:

                          This ia a great polarizing filter. It works really well on my Nikon D3200. Thank you so much. Fits like a glove

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                          • No

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                          5.0

                          Helps

                          By Assonet River

                          from barrfrench@

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Clear Optics
                          • Easily Mounted
                          • Firm Mount
                          • Strong Construction

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Lens Protection

                            Comments about Tiffen 52mm Circular Polarizing Filter:

                            Helps reduce unwanted glare.

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                            • No

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                            5.0

                            Great Value

                            By rickyperezphoto

                            from Gilberts, IL

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easily Mounted
                            • Strong Construction

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Color Correction
                              • Lens Protection

                              Comments about Tiffen 52mm Circular Polarizing Filter:

                              Photographing some landscape work for my brother-in-laws website. Really makes everything "Pop" without doing much editing.

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                              • No

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                              5.0

                              Great shade for my pancake :)

                              By VForce

                              from OC,MD

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Clear Optics
                              • Consistent Effect
                              • Easily Mounted
                              • Firm Mount
                              • Strong Construction

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Image Manipulation
                                • Lens Protection
                                • UV Protection

                                Comments about Tiffen 52mm Circular Polarizing Filter:

                                I use that filter with my Canon 70d 40mm STM (pancake) lens . Fit perfect, easy to mount, great price and warranty .

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                                • No

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                                5.0

                                Unbelievable blue skies!

                                By Chris in ATL

                                from Georgia

                                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Clear Optics
                                • Strong Construction

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Color Correction

                                  Comments about Tiffen 52mm Circular Polarizing Filter:

                                  Bought this to replace another lost filter and amazed by the deep blue skies it renders. Good low price filter i bought this and a 58mm also for two lenses.

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