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Tiffen 52mm Circular Polarizing Filter

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Product Highlights

  • Makes a Blue Sky Bluer
  • Enhances Clouds
  • Eliminates Reflections
  • High Quality ColorCore Glass
  • Black Aluminum Filter Ring
  • Made in the USA
  • 10-Year Warranty
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You Pay: $19.95

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Tiffen 52mm Circular Polarizer Filters - 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
UPC: 049383028195
Type Circular Polarizer
Size 52mm, 5mm thick
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 ColorCore Glass
Front Filter Thread Size 52mm
Pitch Thread = 0.75
Front Lens Cap Size 52mm
Packaging Info
Package Weight 0.1 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 3.465 x 2.913 x 0.551"
Tiffen 52mm Circular Polarizing Filter
  • 10-Year Warranty
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    Tiffen52mm Circular Polarizing Filter
     
    4.6

    (based on 122 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (80)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (37)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

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      (1)

    98%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Clear optics (55)
    • Easy to use (46)
    • Easily mounted (42)
    • Firm mount (39)
    • Consistent effect (36)

    Cons

    • Cross-threads easily (6)

    Best Uses

    • Lens protection (38)
    • Color correction (36)
    • Image manipulation (27)
    • UV protection (23)
    • Landscape photography (21)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (29), Semi-pro photographer (19), Enthusiast (16), Casual photographer (15), Pro photographer (6)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (85), Yes (5)

    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

    A great filter!

    By shutterbugger1

    from Washington State

    About Me Semi-Professional

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Everyday use
      • Landscape Photography
      • Traveling

      Comments about Tiffen 52mm Circular Polarizing Filter:

      We use this any time that we am shooting with the sun in certain positions, when shooting on the water or near water. Have no problems with this brand of filter at all. I bought it as a gift for a friend getting into photography because I feel it is one of the best filters a person can own.

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      • Yes

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      4.0

      Good quality & price

      By Birdman

      from Placerville, CA

      About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Lightweight

      Cons

      • Difficult To Use

      Best Uses

      • Landscape Photography
      • Traveling

      Comments about Tiffen 52mm Circular Polarizing Filter:

      I use the filter for landscape and closeup flower pics. Very even polarization effect across the frame. I'm quite pleased with the filter, and will use it regularly in the field. Images of cloud effects over the Sierra mountains & Lake Tahoe have been fantastic.
      These filters don't work well when wearing gloves. The edge of the threaded ring, while grooved, is not easily accessible when installing and removing the filter. Motion of the polarizing ring, however, is quite smooth.
      Very little glare effects from the Sun, but best to use a lens shade.
      With proper care due any filter, I expect it to last a lifetime of service.

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      • No

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      5.0

      Good Quality

      By Tundracamper

      from Southeast, US

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Landscape Photography

        Comments about Tiffen 52mm Circular Polarizing Filter:

        Suprisingly good quality for the price.

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        • No

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        5.0

        Awesome

        By Cole Grodzin Photography

        from Atlanta, Georgia

        Comments about Tiffen 52mm Circular Polarizing Filter:

        I am a car photographer. I go to car shows to take pictures. At these shows sometimes it can be very sunny and hard to take pictures. I was able to take pictures without decreasing the sharpness but increasing the quality. Great product overall!!

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        5.0

        Love it

        By Leanne

        from Oconomowoc, wi

        About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Easy To Use
        • Lightweight
        • Reliable

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Everyday use
          • Landscape Photography
          • Traveling

          Comments about Tiffen 52mm Circular Polarizing Filter:

          Excited to use it on vacation to Yellowstone, even if the weather is poor or the sun too high in the sky I will have great photos. So easy to purchase and to know I got a great product. Super fast free shipping. Love the reviews right in the website.

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          • No

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          5.0

          Great Filter

          By CaseyB

          from Columbus, Ohio

          About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easy To Use
          • Lightweight

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Landscape Photography
            • Traveling

            Comments about Tiffen 52mm Circular Polarizing Filter:

            This filter is great for cutting out reflections when taking photos of water or through glass

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            • No

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            5.0

            Well priced

            By J

            from New York, NY

            About Me Professional

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Lightweight
            • Reliable

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Everyday use
              • Landscape Photography
              • Traveling

              Comments about Tiffen 52mm Circular Polarizing Filter:

              Tiffen filters have always been reliable. Quality glass and manufacturing.

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              • No

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              5.0

              Does its Job

              By SamO

              from California

              Comments about Tiffen 52mm Circular Polarizing Filter:

              Little loss of image quality, if any. Nice price!

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              5.0

              Does its job well

              By TandemBob

              from Springfield, VA

              About Me Semi-Professional

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Lightweight
              • Reliable

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Landscape Photography
                • Macro Photography

                Comments about Tiffen 52mm Circular Polarizing Filter:

                Good for taking glare out of water, such as lakes and streams

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                • No

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                4.0

                Great Filter

                By Scott

                from Oconomowoc, WI

                About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Lightweight
                • Reliable

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Everyday use
                  • Landscape Photography
                  • Traveling

                  Comments about Tiffen 52mm Circular Polarizing Filter:

                  Great optics. Can't beat the price!

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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Good quality, works well

                  By Kanoebillder

                  from Wayne, NJ

                  About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Durable
                  • Easy To Use

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape Photography
                    • Traveling

                    Comments about Tiffen 52mm Circular Polarizing Filter:

                    I use the polarizing filter to make blue skies darker and cut down reflections off of green vegetation. It rotates smoothly with no slop and does the job. Images details seem just as sharp with the filter as without. I like it.

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                    • No

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                    4.0

                    Does the job well

                    By leigh

                    from Los Angeles, CA

                    About Me Professional

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Durable
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Lightweight
                    • Reliable

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Everyday use
                      • Landscape Photography

                      Comments about Tiffen 52mm Circular Polarizing Filter:

                      Affordable and effective.

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      Great Filter For The Money

                      By scottcvp1

                      from Puyallup, WA

                      About Me Professional

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Durable
                      • Easy To Use
                      • Lightweight
                      • Reliable

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Everyday use
                        • Landscape Photography
                        • Portraits
                        • Traveling

                        Comments about Tiffen 52mm Circular Polarizing Filter:

                        Upgraded lens and needed a polarizing filter that would fit my new lens. This was a bargain compaired to the others out there. The filter works great, does exactly what I want. I'm a happy customer. B & H does it again and again for me. Thank you so much!

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                        • No

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                        4.0

                        Inexpensive choice

                        By regi

                        from Bronx, NY

                        About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Everyday use
                          • Landscape Photography
                          • Traveling

                          Comments about Tiffen 52mm Circular Polarizing Filter:

                          I usually just keep a polarizer on my lens all the time, and Tiffen's hit my sweet spot in terms of price. i lose things like this all the time and bought an extra one.

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                          • No

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                          5.0

                          Good color values

                          By griz

                          from el segundo, ca

                          About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

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                          Pros

                          • Durable
                          • Easy To Use
                          • Lightweight
                          • Reliable

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Landscape Photography
                            • Macro Photography
                            • Portraits
                            • Traveling

                            Comments about Tiffen 52mm Circular Polarizing Filter:

                            Cuts down great on glare. Carries the usual cooler look to the photos that can easily be adjusted in any program like Lightroom.

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                            • No

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                            5.0

                            Works as intended

                            By RG

                            from Nicaragua

                            Comments about Tiffen 52mm Circular Polarizing Filter:

                            Works perfectly. You can't go wrong for the price.

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                            4.0

                            Great

                            By Gianni

                            from Italy

                            About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Durable
                            • Easy To Use
                            • Lightweight

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Landscape Photography
                              • Traveling

                              Comments about Tiffen 52mm Circular Polarizing Filter:

                              A good product for a small price

                              • Was this a gift?:
                              • No

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                              5.0

                              It works exactly as expected

                              By Arterm

                              from Saratov, Russia

                              About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Use

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Landscape Photography
                                • Shooting At Skating Rinks

                                Comments about Tiffen 52mm Circular Polarizing Filter:

                                Bought this for Nikon 55-200mm and it works perfectly. You turn it around to match the scene and desired effect. It allows for instance to shoot through skating rink glass walls. Sky gets more saturated and looks nicer. It can be stacked with other filters.

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                                • No

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                                4.0

                                Worth it

                                By djt832

                                from Wisconsin

                                Comments about Tiffen 52mm Circular Polarizing Filter:

                                Definitely worth the price and much better than you would expect too. I bought it to use temporarily in between camera/ lens upgrades and I have been very happy with the results.

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                                5.0

                                52mm Circular Polarizing Filter by Tiffe

                                By udespare

                                from Chicago

                                About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Durable
                                • Easy To Use
                                • Lightweight

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Landscape Photography
                                  • Macro Photography
                                  • Portraits
                                  • Traveling

                                  Comments about Tiffen 52mm Circular Polarizing Filter:

                                  Great CP, easy to use...fits perfect with SRP GOPRO adapter1

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