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Cokin P164 Circular Polarizer Glass Filter

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Cokin P164 Circular Polarizer Glass Filter

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Product Highlights

  • Makes a Blue Sky Bluer
  • Makes Clouds Stand Out
  • Eliminates Reflections in Glass, Water
  • Rotates Within the Optional Holder

You Pay: $110.65

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This is the P164 Circular Polarizer Glass Filter from Cokin. It fits in the optional Cokin P Holder. Light rays which are reflected become polarized. Polarizing filters are used to select which light rays enter your camera lens. A polarizer helps make a blue sky bluer as well as making clouds stand out. It 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.

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

UPC: 085831270792
Type Circular polarizing filter
Size Cokin P
Grade Not Applicable
Filter Factor Between 2.3 and 2.8 (approx. +1.3 stops)
Multi-Coated No
Rotating Rotates within the holder
Effect Removes reflections and increases color saturation without affecting the overall color balance
Application Nature, Travel, Outdoor photography
Color Temperature No Change
Construction Glass
Front Filter Thread Size Not Applicable
Front Lens Cap Size Not Applicable
Packaging Info
Package Weight 0.25 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 4.646 x 3.78 x 0.472"

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CokinP164 Circular Polarizer Glass Filter
 
4.5

(based on 52 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (29)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (20)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (3)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (22)
  • Strong construction (19)
  • Clear optics (17)
  • Easily mounted (16)
  • Firm mount (13)

Cons

  • Cross-threads easily (3)
  • Doesn't fasten well (3)

Best Uses

  • Image manipulation (15)
  • Color correction (13)
  • Landscape photography (7)
  • Shooting outdoors (7)
  • Artwork (5)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Enthusiast (14), Photo enthusiast (12), Semi-pro photographer (6), Pro photographer (5), Parent (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (36)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

does its job, and does it well

I bought this polarizer as part of my Cokin system. I already had a Hoya circular polarizer, but it made sense to get something to go with the Cokin system. The advantage of...Read complete review

I bought this polarizer as part of my Cokin system. I already had a Hoya circular polarizer, but it made sense to get something to go with the Cokin system. The advantage of this is that the polarizer is easy to clean (the Hoya and other like it always get a little fogged up inside, in-between the two rotatable filters, and since the two filters cannot be disassembled the gunk cannot be cleaned).

A little difficult to insert and a little stiff to rotate, that's why gave it 4 stars. Overall, I love it and would recommend it to those who already use the Cokin system.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

It's a good concept, but...

This is the second time that I've purchased this item. The first one broke when it slipped out of the holder. I know that I've seen this issue mentioned previously. Not the fault...Read complete review

This is the second time that I've purchased this item. The first one broke when it slipped out of the holder. I know that I've seen this issue mentioned previously. Not the fault of the filter, but of the holder design. I have both the wide-angle and standard "P" units. The wide-angle version just doesn't have a reliable catch to keep the unit in place and should be used with extreme care, if at all.

Which leads to the second area where the product falls short. When I owned the first one, my widest-angle option was 18mm on an APSC sensor (28mm equivalent), and that worked fine as long as the wide-angle adapter was used. Now, I have 16mm available (24mm equivalent), and no matter what I do, there's significant vignetting at the corners of the images at the wide end.

So, at least in the case of the polarizer, the Cokin promise of "one filter for all lenses" just doesn't work with anything wider than a 28mm (if using full frame sensors).

Now I have a rather expensive filter that I can use with two of my lenses, but will have to purchase an even more expensive, low profile, single-purpose polarizer for my current WA and any others that I might purchase in the future.

It's heavy, well-constructed and does the optical job that it's designed to do... as long as you don't exceed its build-in limitations.

I would recommend the product as long as the individual understands the qualifiers stated above. It's not quite the solution that it's marketed as.

Reviewed by 52 customers

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4.0

All for better landscape shots !

By CJ

from Western North Carolina

About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Lightweight

Cons

  • Difficult to adjust

Best Uses

  • Landscape Photography

Comments about Cokin P164 Circular Polarizer Glass Filter:

Got this to use with graduated neutral density filters in the Cokin "P" holder. The fit is snug and adjustment is a bit less than desired. The results are good, however it seems that I loose about one more F Stop (when used alone without the addition of a graduated filter) compared to my Hoya screw on polarizer filter. While my use has been limited, I find that I use the Cokin system only when shooting from tripod and stick with my screw-on Hoya for all hand hold shoots. It is a somewhat cumbersome system but the results make it worth messing with the difficult adjustment. This system works best when you have all the time required to play with the adjustments. When a quicker shot is desired I use my screw-on polarizer plus hand hold a graduaded in front. The hand hold works best for quick shots and the "P" Holder for longer shutter speeds when movement becomes a major factor.

  • Was this a gift?:
  • No

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4.0

Good, but slight color shift

By Bryguy

from Los Angeles, CA

About Me Professional

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy To Use
  • Reliable

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Landscape Photography

    Comments about Cokin P164 Circular Polarizer Glass Filter:

    Good value, but not perfect.This works well, but does slightly shift the color, more than I expected. I don't have a lot of experience with polarizers, so I can't really compare it, but I was surprised to have my image lose as much light and have a slight blue cast to it when using this polarizer. It completely knocks out reflections though - so it does the job!It works with the p-size cokin filter holders.

    • Was this a gift?:
    • No

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    5.0

    Nice Polarizer Filter

    By Gene

    from Conway, SC

    About Me Semi-Professional

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Lightweight

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape Photography
      • Traveling

      Comments about Cokin P164 Circular Polarizer Glass Filter:

      Wanted to have a polarizer filter to fit my Cokin system holder. This does a nice job & works fairly well. I had other polarizers to fit various lens sizes but with this, I can use it on every lens I have.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      A polarizer for the masses.

      By Barry the Photographer

      from Auburn, CA

      About Me Professional

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Flexibility

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Everyday use
        • Landscape Photography
        • Traveling

        Comments about Cokin P164 Circular Polarizer Glass Filter:

        I really like the Cokin polarizer as I don't have to buy three different filters for my three lenses.

        I've had one for 7 years and got a scratch and I ordered a new one.

        It has always worked well for me.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        5.0

        I would buy this product again and again

        By k,ho

        from nyc

        Verified Buyer

        Comments about Cokin P164 Circular Polarizer Glass Filter:

        cost little more but amazing useful for any size of lens not over 86mm,it'll made nice action of water look or color adjustment

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        5.0

        Good product

        By Fabio

        from Orlando Fl

        About Me Parent

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Improves Picture Quality

        Cons

        • Bulky Design

        Best Uses

        • Shooting Outdoors

        Comments about Cokin P164 Circular Polarizer Glass Filter:

        I am still learning to use the polirizer, but the produc was in good condition.

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        4.0

        Great Filter for the Money

        By Jakub

        from Clarks Summit, PA

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        See all my reviews

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Cloudy Sky
          • Flat Water

          Comments about Cokin P164 Circular Polarizer Glass Filter:

          I have lenses in 5 different filter sizes. Cokin P164 with the P-series holder is an economical and practical solution to my PL and ND (including graduated ND!) filter needs. Polarization is not as strong as with the more expensive PL filters but I am satisfied. Good value.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No
          • Similar:
          • HOYA CPL, Tiffen CPL

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          5.0

          Works as advertised

          By Dimitri

          from Washington DC

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Cokin P164 Circular Polarizer Glass Filter:

              Solid construction and, unlike other reviewers, I found that it fits well both the standard and the slim Cokin filter holds.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              5.0

              Good

              By Ynadaf

              from India

              About Me Photography Student

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

              • Doesn't Fasten Well
              • Hurts

              Best Uses

              • Artwork
              • Color Correction
              • Image Manipulation

              Comments about Cokin P164 Circular Polarizer Glass Filter:

              Really solid build ring does work gr8 But it just hurts on the finger when try to turn it.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

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              (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

               
              3.0

              It's a good concept, but...

              By NWWanderer

              from Astoria, OR

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Pros

              • Clear Optics
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

              • Doesn't Fasten Well

              Best Uses

              • Color Correction
              • Reflection control
              • Saturating skies

              Comments about Cokin P164 Circular Polarizer Glass Filter:

              This is the second time that I've purchased this item. The first one broke when it slipped out of the holder. I know that I've seen this issue mentioned previously. Not the fault of the filter, but of the holder design. I have both the wide-angle and standard "P" units. The wide-angle version just doesn't have a reliable catch to keep the unit in place and should be used with extreme care, if at all.

              Which leads to the second area where the product falls short. When I owned the first one, my widest-angle option was 18mm on an APSC sensor (28mm equivalent), and that worked fine as long as the wide-angle adapter was used. Now, I have 16mm available (24mm equivalent), and no matter what I do, there's significant vignetting at the corners of the images at the wide end.

              So, at least in the case of the polarizer, the Cokin promise of "one filter for all lenses" just doesn't work with anything wider than a 28mm (if using full frame sensors).

              Now I have a rather expensive filter that I can use with two of my lenses, but will have to purchase an even more expensive, low profile, single-purpose polarizer for my current WA and any others that I might purchase in the future.

              It's heavy, well-constructed and does the optical job that it's designed to do... as long as you don't exceed its build-in limitations.

              I would recommend the product as long as the individual understands the qualifiers stated above. It's not quite the solution that it's marketed as.

              • Was this a gift?:
              • No

              Share this review

              (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              4.0

              Great Filter

              By VT Photographer

              from Vermont

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Clear Optics
              • Easily Mounted
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Cokin P164 Circular Polarizer Glass Filter:

                  Nice filter, easy to use. Fits into the holder nicely and is easy to turn.

                  • Was this a gift?:
                  • No

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                  5.0

                  P164 Circular Polarizer

                  By Lynn

                  from Indiana

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Color Correction
                    • Image Manipulation
                    • UV Protection

                    Comments about Cokin P164 Circular Polarizer Glass Filter:

                    Awesome for color saturation. Nice quality item

                    • Was this a gift?:
                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Great product

                    By John W

                    from Clinton Township, MI

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Image Manipulation

                      Comments about Cokin P164 Circular Polarizer Glass Filter:

                      This is my second time purchasing this, I recently broke my previous filter when it fell out of the holder. This works great, and I like the Cokin P filter holder. Very easy to use and it works like it should.

                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No

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                      (0 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      5.0

                      p164 Circular Polarizer glass Filter

                      By rene58

                      from mount Gambier south Australia

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                      • Cross-Threads Easily

                      Best Uses

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

                      Comments about Cokin P164 Circular Polarizer Glass Filter:

                      I have juse the p164 so far it work great.
                      for starters at dslr it is a very good cpl.

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                      • No

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                      4.0

                      great item

                      By willie

                      from Delaware

                      About Me Parent, Tech Savvy

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Improves Picture Quality

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Shooting Outdoors

                        Comments about Cokin P164 Circular Polarizer Glass Filter:

                        I consider my self a skilled photo enthusiast that loves to take photos of practically anything. I bought this polarizer to deal with the harsh light of the sun when in the southern part of the US. I used it last weekend to shoot a family reunion and have to say this polarizer is awsome, looking at the photos, the blues are very vibrant and the whites are very crisp.
                        I would definitely purchase others ofthis quality in the future.
                        At this time I have not used it for a long period of time to give negative feed back on this product.

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                        • No

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                        5.0

                        Good as Expected

                        By merkuri2

                        from L.A.

                        About Me Tech Savvy

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Improves Picture Quality

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Shooting Outdoors

                          Comments about Cokin P164 Circular Polarizer Glass Filter:

                          This CPL is a very good product and works just fine in the Cokin system. Even when stacked with a ND filter or other it works just fine although other seem to have a bit of difficulty. Clear, crisp quality of glass. Thx.

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                          • No

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                          5.0

                          Cokin P164 Circular Polarizer

                          By Ed Car

                          from Huntington Beach, CA

                          About Me Film Professional, Tech Savvy

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use
                          • Improves Picture Quality

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Shooting Outdoors

                            Comments about Cokin P164 Circular Polarizer Glass Filter:

                            Using for my "P" Series. I have no complaints about the rotation edges "being too sharp." Easy to rotate, and great quality of build and image production. I think it's perfect!

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                            • No

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                            (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            3.0

                            I would buy this product again

                            By matt5655

                            from New York

                            About Me Parent

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Use

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Shooting Outdoors

                              Comments about Cokin P164 Circular Polarizer Glass Filter:

                              I can use this filter with any lens I have that takes the P series filter holder.

                              • Was this a gift?:
                              • No

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                              (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              4.0

                              nmuller

                              By nmuller

                              from Buffalo, NY

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Compact Design
                              • Easy To Use
                              • Improves Picture Quality

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Shooting Outdoors

                                Comments about Cokin P164 Circular Polarizer Glass Filter:

                                Easy to use
                                Works great

                                • Was this a gift?:
                                • No

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                                4.0

                                Works as expected

                                By Gary

                                from Austin, Tx

                                About Me Amateur

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Shooting Outdoors

                                    Comments about Cokin P164 Circular Polarizer Glass Filter:

                                    The cokin circular polarizer worked as expected with the filter holder. The filter was a bit difficult to rotate in the holder, and the teeth around the edge of the filter could be a bit sharp on the finger tips.

                                    The polarization seemed to be slightly less pronounced than some other circular polarizing filters I have used. But it still had a noticeable affect on blue skies and clouds and reflections on water.

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