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Hoya 52mm Circular Polarizer Super-HMC Thin Filter

You Pay: $44.95
Product Highlights
  • Helps to Eliminate Reflections and Glare
  • Reduces Haze and Blue Cast in Landscapes
  • Greater Color and Tonal Saturation
  • Thin Mount for Wide Angle Lenses
  • Seven-Layer Super-HMC Coating

The Hoya 52mm Circular Polarizer Super-HMC Thin Filter helps to reduce reflections and glare by filtering out light that has become polarized due to reflection from a non-metallic surface. The light from the sun naturally becomes partially polarized due to reflecting off electrons in air molecules, causing the light to scatter into what appears as haze. A polarizing filter arranges, and filters, this directionally polarized light perpendicularly to the reflected light, allowing for the absorption of much of this light. This results in a noticeable reduction of glare and reflections from non-metallic surfaces and an increase in the saturation of skies and foliage.

A circular polarizer only differs from a linear polarizer in that it contains a quarter wave plane in addition to the linear polarizing filter. The addition of this quarter wave plane is to circularly polarize the linearly polarized light for the use of auto focus and exposure functions. Due to how the light is broken down and filtered with a linear polarizer, auto focus and exposure accuracy become skewed during use. When the light becomes circularly polarized, it permits the use of these functions.

This filter features a seven-layer Super-HMC multi-coating, which helps to reduce internal flare and reflections. Thin filters are specifically designed for use with wide angle lenses and do not have front threads for stacking additional filters.

Helps to reduce reflections and glare by filtering out light that has become polarized due to reflection from a non-metallic surface.
Polarizing filters arrange, and filter, directionally polarized light perpendicularly to the reflected light, allowing for the absorption of much of the light.
Clears up haze in distant landscapes and provides more saturated, vivid colors.
Strongest effect when used at a 90° angle from the sun.
Seven-layer multi coating helps to minimize internal reflections and ghosting and maintain an overall neutral color balance.
Thin mount filter ring helps to prevent vignetting when used on wide angle lenses.
Type Circular polarizer
Size 52 mm
Filter Factor About 2.5 (1.3 stops)
Multi-Coated Yes; Super-HMC
Rotating Yes
Effect Eliminates reflections and haze and improves color and tonal saturation
Construction Optical glass
Front Filter Thread Size N/A
Front Lens Cap Size 52 mm
Hoya 52mm Circular Polarizer Super-HMC Thin Filter
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    Hoya52mm Circular Polarizer Super-HMC Thin Filter
     
    4.7

    (based on 7 reviews)

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Clear optics (3)
    • Consistent effect (3)
    • Firm mount (3)
    • Strong construction (3)

    Cons

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        4.0

        works well

        By sgt grahahm

        from puxico Missouri

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Home

          Comments about Hoya 52mm Circular Polarizer Super-HMC Thin Filter:

          works well very low distortion on the edges

          • Was this a gift?:
          • Yes

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          5.0

          Works Great

          By Jimmyd

          from South Carolina

          About Me Semi-Professional

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Durable
          • Easy To Use
          • Lightweight
          • Reliable

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Landscape Photography
            • Macro Photography
            • Traveling

            Comments about Hoya 52mm Circular Polarizer Super-HMC Thin Filter:

            Does an excellent job

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            4.0

            Slim Design and Smooth Operation

            By Goat Boy

            from San Joaquin Canyon, CA

            About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Slim Low Profile Design

            Cons

            • Unnecessarily Bulky Case

            Best Uses

            • Landscape Photography
            • Shooting Through Windows
            • Subjects Under Water

            Comments about Hoya 52mm Circular Polarizer Super-HMC Thin Filter:

            So far I'm very satisfied with this filter. Hoya filter multicoating consistently performs well in independent tests. I use it primarily for landscapes to darken the sky and add drama. Also good for eliminating reflections when shooting through windows or into water. The slim design makes it easy to stow in a crowded photo bag and reduces the chances of vignetting with short-focal length lenses. As usual, the squareish case provided by Hoya is oversize and clunky. I was able to substitue an earlier, circular one from a different manufaturer that fits the filter more closely.

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            • No

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            5.0

            very good, but not cheap

            By B

            from WI

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about Hoya 52mm Circular Polarizer Super-HMC Thin Filter:

              excellent results, construction, and overall quality.

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              5.0

              IT IS THIN THE FRONT MIGHT BE TO THIN

              By Jack

              from NORTH CAROLINA

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Clear Optics

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Image Manipulation

                Comments about Hoya 52mm Circular Polarizer Super-HMC Thin Filter:

                I bought this Hoya filter to compliment my Voigtlander 20mm f/3.5 COLOR SKOPAR SL II LENS
                I wanted something as high a quality as the lens. I have seen no degradation in quality between the lens alone or with the filter. The filter is super thin. According to the Hoya web site the glass is 1mm thick and the whole filter is 5mm thick. The question of coatings is somewhat of a mystery. According to the official Hoya web site it has seven coatings all on the inside glass. I checked all over the Internet and they were saying that it just has seven coatings. Now why they would put the only seven coatings on the rear glass is beyond me. They talk of some other technology used for the front of the filter. If it is true or not I don't know. However the results are excellent. I have one annoyance with this lens and it is caused by the fact that the lens is so thin for wide angle lenses. It is the rotating metal ring that rotates which causes the polarizer to do its work. It is so thin that I have trouble grasping the thing. It can be done but not with ease. Also, there is no filter screw in the front. It goes with the territory of buying a thin filter at least it comes with a front filter cover that slips on. All and all, like I said this filter complements my lens. My lens is 20mm and 30mm on a FX full frame camera. If I ever one day I get an FX full frame Nikon digital it will again become 20mm and at that focal length a thin filter is imperative. Also the container says : Made by Tokina and also Made in Japan.

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                5.0

                Great filter

                By rbusato

                from Vitoria, Brazil

                About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Artwork
                  • Color Correction

                  Comments about Hoya 52mm Circular Polarizer Super-HMC Thin Filter:

                  This filter is really thin and well made.

                  It has several uses, you can increase the blue sky intensity and avoid or emphasize light reflection, usually from water or windows (once I had emphasized reflection from some tree leafs that were under direct sun light).

                  After the UV filter, this is the one to have in your bag.

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                  5.0

                  Great Polarizer

                  By Kindestdolphin

                  from Tucson, Az

                  About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Glare reduction

                    Comments about Hoya 52mm Circular Polarizer Super-HMC Thin Filter:

                    I use this primarily for my shots of clouds and sky, but I have also used it as a 1.5X - 2X ND filter.

                    It is easy to use, and helps to get those shots always wanted of sky and water.

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