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Nikon 72mm Circular Polarizer II Filter

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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 72mm 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
UPC: 018208022571
Type Circular Polarizing II Filter
Size 72mm
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 72mm
Front Lens Cap Size 72mm
Packaging Info
Package Weight 0.16 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 4.0 x 4.0 x 0.75"
Nikon 72mm Circular Polarizer II Filter
  • Plastic Storage Case
  • One-Year Warranty
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    Nikon72mm Circular Polarizer II Filter
     
    4.8

    (based on 71 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (58)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (12)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (0)

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      (1)

    97%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Clear optics (51)
    • Strong construction (49)
    • Firm mount (45)
    • Consistent effect (25)
    • Easily mounted (23)

    Cons

    No Cons

    Best Uses

    • Color correction (33)
    • Image manipulation (16)
    • Lens protection (16)
    • UV protection (10)
    • Filter protection (5)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (29), Semi-pro photographer (14), Casual photographer (11), Enthusiast (10), Professional (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (37)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Good Product

    I use this filter on a 18-200 mm Nikon lens. It is easy to mount and dismount, is very effective in filtering glare from subjects such as water and plants. I've had...Read complete review

    I use this filter on a 18-200 mm Nikon lens. It is easy to mount and dismount, is very effective in filtering glare from subjects such as water and plants. I've had no problems with this filter.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Be very careful

    Just finished talking with TS at Nikon. If a drop of rain water stays on the filter for more than 60 seconds--the water will lift the coating and the filter will be...Read complete review

    Just finished talking with TS at Nikon. If a drop of rain water stays on the filter for more than 60 seconds--the water will lift the coating and the filter will be ruined. Interesting property for a filter that is to be used outdoors where one can be caught in a shower at any time.

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    5.0

    It's Worth the Extra Cost

    By Phanntom

    from Everywhere USA

    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Artwork
      • Color Correction

      Comments about Nikon 72mm Circular Polarizer II Filter:

      After my recent move up to the D610 FX I decided I wasn't going to put possibly inferior filters in from of my sensor, so opted for the Nikon CP II. I use it primarily for landscape shooting and have only had one opportunity to use it so far, but it's all I hoped it would be.

      I'm still getting use to the thin profile of it because it's so thin, it's easy to turn the whole thing rather than just the outer ring.

      The threading quality is excellent...with is both a positive and negative. It's a positive because it doesn't get stuck on the lens, it's a negative because it doesn't get stuck on the lens. More specifically...it's easy if you're not paying attention to turn the whole thing, loosening it on the lens, rather than just the outer ring.

      As far as image quality...it's a perfect, distortion free piece of glass.

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      4.0

      Too thin

      By Stan

      from Woodbridge, N.J.

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Clear Optics

      Cons

      • Cross-Threads Easily

      Best Uses

        Comments about Nikon 72mm Circular Polarizer II Filter:

        I found that what is advertised as a virtue, its thiness, is actually a negative. I find that it is difficult to remove from the lense because of the very small gripping surface.l

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        5.0

        Quality and Reliability

        By Dasya's

        from Tennessee

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Strong Construction

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Image Manipulation
          • Reflections

          Comments about Nikon 72mm Circular Polarizer II Filter:

          This polarizer is well made, does not bind, and has the added benefit of being "slimmer" that typical units.

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          4.0

          Sweet and solid.

          By Craiga

          from Boston, MA

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Clear Optics
          • Easily Mounted
          • Firm Mount

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Image Manipulation

            Comments about Nikon 72mm Circular Polarizer II Filter:

            Very light and slim. Comes with clear plastic case.

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            5.0

            Can't be without it for Landscape Photos

            By Rich

            from Las Vegas, NV

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

                Comments about Nikon 72mm Circular Polarizer II Filter:

                Excellent for beautiful blue skies and for removing reflective glare.

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                5.0

                perfect

                By RA

                from Olive Branch MS

                About Me Casual Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Consistent Effect
                • Easily Mounted

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Color Correction

                  Comments about Nikon 72mm Circular Polarizer II Filter:

                  Blue Sky, see through water, no glare on glass. Great filter. Works well.

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                  5.0

                  Outstanding piece of glass

                  By Bri Guy

                  from Helena, MT

                  About Me Photography Student

                  Pros

                  • Easily Mounted
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape Photography

                    Comments about Nikon 72mm Circular Polarizer II Filter:

                    I use this filter for shooting long exposures of flowing water and can't say enough good things about it. It cuts the glare off of wet surfaces, and enhances contrast and color saturation. I give it my highest recommendation.

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                    5.0

                    Essential for photography

                    By Denis

                    from Montréal, Canada

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easily Mounted
                    • Firm Mount
                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Color Correction

                      Comments about Nikon 72mm Circular Polarizer II Filter:

                      Slim, easy to use

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                      5.0

                      Simple but important enabler

                      By Alice

                      from Maui-Hawaii

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Artwork
                        • Eliminates reflections
                        • Sharp Images

                        Comments about Nikon 72mm Circular Polarizer II Filter:

                        I use it for two things: 1) outdoor photos to sharpen clouds and oceanic wave details; and 2) to allow me to make documentary copies of paintings in frames and under glass - without refections.It is surprising how many really good amateur-semi-professional photographers do not know what polorizer filters can do for them.

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                        5.0

                        Amazing quality

                        By JCNAME

                        from Mexico

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Image Manipulation

                          Comments about Nikon 72mm Circular Polarizer II Filter:

                          I use this product for architecture an nature photography and had excellent results from the very first time I used it, excellent built quality and really easy to use..

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                          5.0

                          Excellent buy. Outstanding results.

                          By Snookie

                          from Danville, Ca.

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Clear Optics
                          • Consistent Effect
                          • Easily Mounted

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Color Correction
                            • Color Saturation
                            • Gradient Creation
                            • Image Manipulation

                            Comments about Nikon 72mm Circular Polarizer II Filter:

                            Used this filter now for 2 weeks on my Nikkor AF-S ED 18-200mm with great results. I take a lot of landscapes along the California coast where harsh reflections can be present. This filter significantly helps in reducing these, plus adding depth in color saturation. I found that, in experimenting with other cheaper brands, I did not get the results I do now with this filter. You get what you pay for, especially in coating and construction quality. This filter is well worth the price and will give optimal results. Not good to go cheap with a great lens on your SLR.

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                            5.0

                            Great Product

                            By aaitchs

                            from New York City

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

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

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Color Correction

                              Comments about Nikon 72mm Circular Polarizer II Filter:

                              Essential for landscape and travel photography

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                              5.0

                              speedy delivery

                              By TT

                              from Canada

                              About Me Casual Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

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

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                  Comments about Nikon 72mm Circular Polarizer II Filter:

                                  Nikon product is always good.

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                                  5.0

                                  Works great.

                                  By SailorRN

                                  from Marina Del Rey, CA

                                  About Me Casual Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                    Cons

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                                        Comments about Nikon 72mm Circular Polarizer II Filter:

                                        I like that it adjusts to where you want it. The filter gives a bluer sky and more detailed clouds for outdoor photography.

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                                        4.0

                                        Consistent quality

                                        By AlexPotiomkin

                                        from Mexico.

                                        About Me Pro Photographer

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Clear Optics
                                        • Consistent Effect
                                        • Easily Mounted

                                        Cons

                                        • Chromatic aberration

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Color Correction
                                        • Image Manipulation

                                        Comments about Nikon 72mm Circular Polarizer II Filter:

                                        I am a Canon user but use Nikon filter polarizers because they are SLIM, simple, and well built.

                                        As for the image quality is very good. I guess it could be better, but I haven't used another brand.

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                                        5.0

                                        Always on.....

                                        By Alex

                                        from DC

                                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Easily Mounted

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                            Comments about Nikon 72mm Circular Polarizer II Filter:

                                            The Nikon Circular Polarizer is well worth the investment. I take mostly landscape and nature photography and I always have this on my lens.

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                                            5.0

                                            Nikon quality

                                            By PHOTO BUG

                                            from CHICAGO,IL.

                                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                            Verified Buyer

                                            Pros

                                            • Easily Mounted
                                            • Firm Mount
                                            • Strong Construction

                                            Cons

                                              Best Uses

                                              • Color Correction

                                              Comments about Nikon 72mm Circular Polarizer II Filter:

                                              For water or window scenes.

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                                              5.0

                                              GOOD QUALITY FILTER

                                              By MUGGSY

                                              from NORTH DAKOTA

                                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                              Verified Buyer

                                              Pros

                                              • Easily Mounted
                                              • Strong Construction

                                              Cons

                                              • None

                                              Best Uses

                                              • Lens Protection
                                              • UV Protection

                                              Comments about Nikon 72mm Circular Polarizer II Filter:

                                              HAVE THESE ON ALL MY LENSES NO COMPLAINTS

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                                              5.0

                                              Fine polarized filter

                                              By ski

                                              from Oriental, NC

                                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                              Verified Buyer

                                              Pros

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

                                              Cons

                                                Best Uses

                                                • Artwork
                                                • Color Correction
                                                • Image Manipulation

                                                Comments about Nikon 72mm Circular Polarizer II Filter:

                                                Fine product, reduces glare and reflection, and enhances color creating pleasant effect. I bought this filter in B&H and used on vacation trip in Utah and Arizona. Deeply blue sky contrasts strongly with red mountains and green vegetation.

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                                                5.0

                                                Excellent product

                                                By Nancy

                                                from Ft Myers, Fl

                                                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                                Verified Buyer

                                                Pros

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

                                                Cons

                                                  Best Uses

                                                    Comments about Nikon 72mm Circular Polarizer II Filter:

                                                    I am very satisfied with my new filter. I was replacing a different brand I had for several years. This one is much thinner and is very easy to turn to the precise amount of light wanted.

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