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Nikon 52mm Circular Polarizer II Filter

B&H # NICP52 MFR # 2233
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Product Highlights

  • Multi-Coated
  • Slimmer Design Than Original Design
  • Front/Rear Threads Same Size
  • Makes a Blue Sky Bluer
  • Enhances Cloud Formations
  • Eliminates Reflections in Glass, Water
  • Rotating Front Ring
  • Black Filter Ring
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The 52mm Circular Polarizer II Filter from Nikon is an upgraded version of the original Nikon Circular Polarizer. This filter is now slimmer in design leaving the front and rear threads the same size as opposed to the original version that featured a larger front thread. The filter is now multi-coated which is a benefit in that it minimizes any flare and glare that reaches the sensor or film plane of your camera. This means more saturation and clearer images that are more crisp and contrasty.

The front ring rotates with the polarization visible in the viewfinder or on your LCD screen. When shooting on a bright day, this means you can control the "blueness" of the sky as well as having control of how distinct you want the cloud formations. For the outdoor shooter, this filter is a must since it is the only way to make a blue sky bluer. In addition, when shooting into water or glass, you can minimize or eliminate the reflections often associated with landscape or scenic photography. Therefore, if you're shooting a store window or inside a museum into a showcase, glass obstructions will no longer be a problem. A polarizer tends to have its maximum effect when used at right angle to the sun. A polarizing filter, along with a UV filter should be a part of everyone's gear.

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

This version of the filter is now slimmer than the original version that had a larger front thread. Presently, both front and rear threads are the same size
The glass is now multi-coated minimizing flare and glare on the sensor or film plane
Effective with cameras that use beam splitters in the path of the TTL light meter and with AF cameras
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
Type Circular Polarizing II Filter
Size 52mm
Grade Not Applicable
Filter Factor Between 2.3 and 2.8 (approx. +1.3 stops)
Multi-Coated Yes
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
Nikon 52mm Circular Polarizer II Filter
  • Plastic Storage Case
  • One-Year Warranty
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    Nikon52mm Circular Polarizer II Filter
     
    4.8

    (based on 61 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (52)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (8)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (1)

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    98%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Clear optics (49)
    • Easily mounted (44)
    • Consistent effect (39)
    • Firm mount (37)
    • Strong construction (37)

    Cons

    • Cross-threads easily (3)

    Best Uses

    • Color correction (21)
    • Image manipulation (18)
    • Lens protection (18)
    • UV protection (17)
    • Artwork (9)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (29), Casual photographer (13), Semi-pro photographer (9), Pro photographer (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (33)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Best On The Market

    Three reasons why this is by far the best CP on the market: One. It can be used with wide-angle lenses without narrowing of the field of view. The actual filter is slightly...Read complete review

    Three reasons why this is by far the best CP on the market: One. It can be used with wide-angle lenses without narrowing of the field of view. The actual filter is slightly larger than the diameter of your filter mount. Two. Nikon uses a special process for applying the filter. I won't go into the technical aspects, but it makes it so the two pieces of glass can be ultra thin which reduces unwanted desharpening. Three. Most CP filters reduce the amount of light coming into your lens by around 2 stops. This one is barely over 1 stop.
    This CP is a must have for landscapes, cityscapes, haze, glare, reflection, rainbows, waterfalls, and any situation where you want to increase color saturation.

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    Not what I expected

    I was expecting a very dramatic look to my shots with the polarizer. The blues to be brighter and bluer, the skys to appear more dramatic. It wasn't. It was a very slight...Read complete review

    I was expecting a very dramatic look to my shots with the polarizer. The blues to be brighter and bluer, the skys to appear more dramatic. It wasn't. It was a very slight variation.

    I didn't like the look when people entered my shot. This was not what I was looking for so I returned it. I would probably have kept it if I was into doing landscape work but, I rarely do.

    The build quality was decent. There is a certain technique to using one of these filters. The outside must be rotated to get a certain desired effect. The look changes as you do, your relationship to the angle of the sun also has a change to the final effect. I did not want to waste the time and energy to figure it out, especially when I found myself scrambling to remove it everytime I wanted to take picture of people which is 99% of the time. The filter is very delicate and tiny. I felt like I was threading a needle everytime I was putting it on in the field.

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    5.0

    As advertised

    By Ohnodoh

    from Mid west.

    Comments about Nikon 52mm Circular Polarizer II Filter:

    Works as advertised. The filter is able to be spin in either direction independently of the screw-in attachment to get the desired effect. Price wasn't the cheapest but I wanted a decent filter that I could trust to do its job.

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    4.0

    Nikon 52mm cp2 filter

    By Aj

    from Carmichael CA

    Comments about Nikon 52mm Circular Polarizer II Filter:

    Great quality, clarity, and cleans easily. Rotates easily to the polarized setting and do sentget stuck to the lense like some. I like nikon filters and this one is great for a cpf. It is not extremely dark so ddon'tcount on a long exposure during the day but if you want to kill some glare or get some better definition does the job. I do wish they put a stop on the filter so that Iit would not rotate 360 degrees and you wouldn'thhaveeevento hunt for the filter.. otherwise works great..

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    5.0

    Works perfectly.

    By Dan

    from Denton, TX

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Artwork
      • Color Correction

      Comments about Nikon 52mm Circular Polarizer II Filter:

      Fits smoothly onto the lens of my Nikon. Very easy to see what kind of shot you are getting when you adjust the filter. Just follow the common guidelines concerning f stops when using a polarizing filter and the shots come out great. Very well built, the kind of quality you would expect from Nikon.

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      5.0

      best i've tried

      By jmw1976

      from charleston sc

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Color Correction
        • Lens Protection
        • UV Protection

        Comments about Nikon 52mm Circular Polarizer II Filter:

        effective in all the ways that a CP filter should be. the knurling on the edge is also aggressive enough that you can easily handle the filter, despite its low profile.

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        • No

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        5.0

        Excellent for Landscaping Photography!

        By LP Photo

        from Bear Lake, MI

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

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

          Comments about Nikon 52mm Circular Polarizer II Filter:

          Improves landscape contrast in general making a total difference versus without using the filter. Great for artistic landscaping photography either as hobby or professionally!

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          • No

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          5.0

          Looks great, to my untrained eye

          By Cyberskier

          from Wrightsville, PA

          About Me Casual Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Consistent Effect
          • Easily Mounted
          • Firm Mount

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Nikon 52mm Circular Polarizer II Filter:

              I'm the textbook definition of an amateur, but I've loved this so far. I don't have anything to compare it to, but I have no glare on my photos, and colors such as skies and grasses are much richer.

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              5.0

              Excellent Filter

              By Mary

              from Los Angeles, CA

              About Me Casual Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

              • Doesn't Thread Easily

              Best Uses

              • Color Correction
              • Image Manipulation

              Comments about Nikon 52mm Circular Polarizer II Filter:

              I use this in bright sunlight or when I want to capture a certain mood. It adjusts easily to increase or decrease the polarization. I do have a bit of a problem attaching it: just when I think it's on straight and the threads aligned I find it is going on crooked and I have to back off and begin again. Not sure why the threads don't "lock" into the correct place more easily, however, this would not affect my decision to re-purchase this same item.

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              5.0

              Great landscape shots

              By Blondie Grimm

              from Roanoke, TX

              About Me Casual Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easily Mounted

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Color Correction
                • UV Protection

                Comments about Nikon 52mm Circular Polarizer II Filter:

                I had seen a tv show that suggested you buy a polarizer filter for landscape shots. My husband and I went to Big Bend National Park. I took pics with and without the filter. The filter really enhances your photos. Its easy off and on makes it great for interchanging with another lens.

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                • No

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                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                5.0

                Easy install and great quality!

                By Brent

                from Virginia

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Nikon 52mm Circular Polarizer II Filter:

                    This filter installs in a flash with no worry of cross-threading and the rotating ring works very smoothly. After strenuous examination of photos I have found no image degradation whatsoever. Definitely worth the price.

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                    • No

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                    5.0

                    Best 52mm filter

                    By Tonyc

                    from Mexico

                    About Me Photography Student

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Artwork
                      • Color Correction
                      • Lens Protection
                      • UV Protection

                      Comments about Nikon 52mm Circular Polarizer II Filter:

                      Besides bringing a protection barrier it has very good results on every picture.

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      Good choice: easy tu buy prompt deliver.

                      By Patrick_HL

                      from Santiago, Chile.

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Consistent Effect

                      Cons

                      • Cross-Threads Easily

                      Best Uses

                      • Color Correction

                      Comments about Nikon 52mm Circular Polarizer II Filter:

                      The filter worked as expected. Most outstanding is how easy was to purchase it from B&H and how shortly I had it after I put the order.
                      Thank you!.
                      Patricio Herrera.

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                      • No

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                      4.0

                      Does the trick

                      By Big Al

                      from Just West of Chicago

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                      • Pricey compared to others

                      Best Uses

                      • Artwork
                      • Color Correction

                      Comments about Nikon 52mm Circular Polarizer II Filter:

                      Like everything Nikon, it's a bit pricey, but the usual B&H discount helps to lessen the blow. I dropped this filter on as soon as I got it and went outside on a cool clear day to shoot a couple of test shots of the oak trees around my house. So far, I like what I see. The sky is much more vivid and the trees really have rich contrasting color. As expected, you lose a couple of stops in the process but that is easily compensated for if you remember to do it. Overall, I think this was a very good purchase.

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                      4.0

                      very cool

                      By doc

                      from NJ

                      About Me Casual Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Clear Optics
                      • Consistent Effect

                      Cons

                      • Cross-Threads Easily

                      Best Uses

                      • Lens Protection
                      • UV Protection

                      Comments about Nikon 52mm Circular Polarizer II Filter:

                      well made of course, ITS A NIKON !

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      Great Polarizer

                      By worriedman

                      from Mount Carmel, TN

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Artwork
                        • Color Correction
                        • Lens Protection

                        Comments about Nikon 52mm Circular Polarizer II Filter:

                        This is a great filter. It's a Nikon and that says it all. I use it around water especially waterfalls and the results are great.

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                        5.0

                        Does the Job....well

                        By Fred

                        from Key Largo, FL

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Clear Optics
                        • Easily Mounted

                        Cons

                        • Cross-Threads Easily

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Nikon 52mm Circular Polarizer II Filter:

                          Performs beautifully as advertised. Great results.

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                          • No

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                          5.0

                          Pops Color

                          By Bgrace

                          from Atlanta,Ga

                          About Me Casual Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Clear Optics
                          • Easily Mounted
                          • Firm Mount

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Image Manipulation
                            • Lens Protection

                            Comments about Nikon 52mm Circular Polarizer II Filter:

                            Does exactly what it says.

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                            • No

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                            5.0

                            Great Quality

                            By Marcelo Trad

                            from Brazil

                            About Me Pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

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

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Nikon 52mm Circular Polarizer II Filter:

                                Use it Professionaly
                                Very slim, soft ajustment and nice quality glass.

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                                • No

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                                (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                5.0

                                Great, Great,Great I'm Lovin It

                                By Pattytoo

                                from Thornton, CO

                                About Me Casual Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Clear Optics
                                • Easily Mounted
                                • Firm Mount

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Lens Protection
                                  • UV Protection

                                  Comments about Nikon 52mm Circular Polarizer II Filter:

                                  I Love the size and it fits my Nikon D3100 perfectly!!!

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                                  • No

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                                  4.0

                                  Cool filter

                                  By drunkensoldier

                                  from Martinsville, VA

                                  About Me Casual Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Clear Optics
                                  • Easily Mounted
                                  • Firm Mount

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Image Manipulation
                                    • Lens Protection
                                    • UV Protection

                                    Comments about Nikon 52mm Circular Polarizer II Filter:

                                    Does what's it's supposed to do.

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                                    • No

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                                    5.0

                                    Nikon

                                    By freseve

                                    from Honduras

                                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                          Comments about Nikon 52mm Circular Polarizer II Filter:

                                          Great product

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