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General Brand 52mm Circular Polarizing Filter

B&H # GBCP52 Mfr # 52CP
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Product Highlights
  • Makes a Blue Sky Bluer
  • Enhances Clouds
  • Eliminates Reflections

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 99 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (65)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (29)

  • 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)
  • Firm mount (39)
  • Consistent effect (36)
  • Strong construction (36)

Cons

  • Cross-threads easily (6)

Best Uses

  • Lens protection (38)
  • Color correction (36)
  • Image manipulation (27)
  • UV protection (23)
  • Artwork (11)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (29), Semi-pro photographer (19), Casual photographer (15), Pro photographer (6), Enthusiast (5)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (70), 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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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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              • No

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              5.0

              Great

              By Zoomy

              from Middleton, ID

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Consistent Effect
              • Easily Mounted
              • Firm Mount

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Image Manipulation

                Comments about Tiffen 52mm Circular Polarizing Filter:

                I love it

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                • No

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                5.0

                tiffen filters

                By Kev

                from valparaiso in

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Color Correction
                  • Image Manipulation
                  • Lens Protection
                  • UV Protection

                  Comments about Tiffen 52mm Circular Polarizing Filter:

                  easy install great for landscape

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                  • No

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                  4.0

                  Great Filter

                  By tylan morin

                  from scotts valley

                  About Me Photography Student

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Tiffen 52mm Circular Polarizing Filter:

                        I'm getting into photography and videography and it works great for my 40mm prime lens it's good for getting rid of unwanted light in your photo's and video.

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                        • No

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                        4.0

                        Standard polarizing filter

                        By atm

                        from Brooklyn, NY

                        About Me Pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Clear Optics
                        • Consistent Effect
                        • Easily Mounted

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Color Correction
                          • UV Protection

                          Comments about Tiffen 52mm Circular Polarizing Filter:

                          Standard polarizing filter, economic option to use in all circumstances when shooting outside. I shoot mostly video and have had no problems with this filter so far.

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                          • No

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                          4.0

                          Good polarizing filter

                          By Woody

                          from Santa Rosa Ca.

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Image Manipulation
                            • Lens Protection

                            Comments about Tiffen 52mm Circular Polarizing Filter:

                            good effect simple design

                            • Was this a gift?:
                            • Yes

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                            5.0

                            Excellent Filter.

                            By iroman68

                            from Upland, CA.

                            About Me Casual Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Clear Optics
                            • Easily Mounted

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Color Correction
                              • Lens Protection
                              • UV Protection

                              Comments about Tiffen 52mm Circular Polarizing Filter:

                              Excellent filter for the price.

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                              • No

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                              4.0

                              Best Bang for the buck

                              By Bornoffire911

                              from Central PA

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Pros

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

                              Cons

                              • Cross-Threads Easily

                              Best Uses

                              • Color Correction
                              • Image Manipulation
                              • Lens Protection
                              • UV Protection

                              Comments about Tiffen 52mm Circular Polarizing Filter:

                              I have the 62mm version and it does its job and does it well. You have to watch out for the threads. I been lucky so far but it's easy to get the threads stripped if your not paying attention. One thing I do like is it's durability. I was taking shot of a stream going into a lake standing on a trail bridge. After twisting several times after several shots I decided to call it a day. As I took my camera off my tripod I heard a thud hit the deck and splash. I looked sure enough my polarizer twisted off went into the stream. I found a long enough branch to reach and coral into over rocks and other sediments. After retrieving there was not a noticeable scratch.

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                              4.0

                              Inexpensive must for outdoor shots

                              By Fencer

                              from Chicago, IL

                              About Me Casual Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easily Mounted

                              Cons

                              • Cumbersome Attachment

                              Best Uses

                              • Landscape
                              • Lens Protection
                              • Outdoor

                              Comments about Tiffen 52mm Circular Polarizing Filter:

                              Rotates independently from threaded attachment. However, with little room to grip this can make it cumbersome to attach to the lens. Useful tool to have in the camera bag.

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                              • No

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                              4.0

                              polarizer for fun outdoor photos

                              By Barak the Rock

                              from All over, USA

                              About Me Casual Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

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

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Artwork
                                • Color Correction
                                • Image Manipulation
                                • Lens Protection
                                • UV Protection

                                Comments about Tiffen 52mm Circular Polarizing Filter:

                                Easy to use, good for keeping on as a protective lens, too

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                                • No

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                                4.0

                                works as advertised

                                By mickey

                                from dc

                                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

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

                                Cons

                                • Cross-Threads Easily

                                Best Uses

                                • Color Correction

                                Comments about Tiffen 52mm Circular Polarizing Filter:

                                cuts glare, works sort of like an ND
                                but you can turn the dial so to speak
                                and get the measure of filtered light you
                                want.

                                good product. for the money

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                                • No

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                                5.0

                                Good Filter

                                By On a cruise

                                from the state that says "Isn't Texas cute."

                                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

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

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Color Correction
                                  • Image Manipulation
                                  • Lens Protection

                                  Comments about Tiffen 52mm Circular Polarizing Filter:

                                  Rotating the filter allowed me to remove sunlight reflections in the water. Happy with purchase.

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                                  3.0

                                  OK For the Price

                                  By TXLeeVee

                                  from TX

                                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                  Pros

                                  • Inexpensive
                                  • Minimizes Reflection
                                  • Reduces Glare

                                  Cons

                                  • Poorfair Colorsaturation
                                  • Poor To Fair Contrast

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Auto Photos

                                  Comments about Tiffen 52mm Circular Polarizing Filter:

                                  For the price, the filter is OK. Reflections are minimized, but the contrast is only fair. Compared this one to a Marumi I had purchased for another camera and the Marumi was far better. Contrast and color saturation were much better. The blues at wide angle were more evenly dispersed. The adjusting ring is smoother. The Marumi was about 4 times the price, though. If you need an inexpensive CPL to minimize reflections and use at moderate to high zoom this will get the job done. If you are interested in better definition, contrast, wide angle and green/blue saturation, look elsewhere. I wouldn't recommend this for landscapes, but would for an inexpensive way to remove reflections on cars at a car show.

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                                  5.0

                                  Amazing

                                  By Megan

                                  from Colorado

                                  About Me Photography Student

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Clear Optics
                                  • Consistent Effect
                                  • Easily Mounted

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                      Comments about Tiffen 52mm Circular Polarizing Filter:

                                      I had an assignment to photograph a fish hatchery and we all know how hard it is to get an image through the water of the fish and this helped immensely. My skies are no longer blown out on sunny days. I don't know how i went without this filter for so long.

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                                      5.0

                                      Camera Sunglasses

                                      By Traveller

                                      from Los Angeles

                                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Clear Optics
                                      • Easily Mounted

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Color Correction

                                        Comments about Tiffen 52mm Circular Polarizing Filter:

                                        I use it a lot to reduce glare outdoors.

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                                        • No

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