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Tiffen 52mm Circular Polarizing Filter

You Pay: $16.99
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

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
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
Tiffen 52mm Circular Polarizing Filter
  • 10-Year Warranty
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    Tiffen52mm Circular Polarizing Filter
     
    4.6

    (based on 99 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (65)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (29)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

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      (1)

    98%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Clear optics (55)
    • Easily mounted (42)
    • Firm mount (39)
    • Consistent effect (36)
    • Strong construction (36)

    Cons

    • Cross-threads easily (6)

    Best Uses

    • Lens protection (38)
    • Color correction (36)
    • Image manipulation (27)
    • UV protection (23)
    • Artwork (11)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (29), Semi-pro photographer (19), Casual photographer (15), Pro photographer (6), Enthusiast (5)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (70), Yes (4)

    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

    Polarizing Filters are Fun and Useful!

    By Mike

    from Vicksburg, MS

    About Me Semi-Professional

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Inexpensive
    • Lightweight
    • Reliable

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape Photography
      • Macro Photography
      • Museum Photography

      Comments about Tiffen 52mm Circular Polarizing Filter:

      I use polarizing filters for outdoor photography to accentuate clouds and sky color. I also use them for archival photography at a small museum, to take pictures of objects on shelves to reduce reflection in the glass. I bought three different size polarizing filters, 52 mm, 55 mm, and 67 mm, for three different cameras, so my review is the same for all three filters. Also, I have always been satisfied with the quality of Tiffen filters.

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      5.0

      Tiffen

      By Nelson

      from Pelion Sc

      About Me Casual user

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Easy To Use
      • Lightweight
      • Reliable

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Everyday use

        Comments about Tiffen 52mm Circular Polarizing Filter:

        This ia a great polarizing filter. It works really well on my Nikon D3200. Thank you so much. Fits like a glove

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        • No

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        5.0

        Helps

        By Assonet River

        from barrfrench@

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

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

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Lens Protection

          Comments about Tiffen 52mm Circular Polarizing Filter:

          Helps reduce unwanted glare.

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          • No

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          5.0

          Great Value

          By rickyperezphoto

          from Gilberts, IL

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Easily Mounted
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Color Correction
            • Lens Protection

            Comments about Tiffen 52mm Circular Polarizing Filter:

            Photographing some landscape work for my brother-in-laws website. Really makes everything "Pop" without doing much editing.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Great shade for my pancake :)

            By VForce

            from OC,MD

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

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

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Image Manipulation
              • Lens Protection
              • UV Protection

              Comments about Tiffen 52mm Circular Polarizing Filter:

              I use that filter with my Canon 70d 40mm STM (pancake) lens . Fit perfect, easy to mount, great price and warranty .

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              • No

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              5.0

              Unbelievable blue skies!

              By Chris in ATL

              from Georgia

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Clear Optics
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Color Correction

                Comments about Tiffen 52mm Circular Polarizing Filter:

                Bought this to replace another lost filter and amazed by the deep blue skies it renders. Good low price filter i bought this and a 58mm also for two lenses.

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                5.0

                Great

                By Zoomy

                from Middleton, ID

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Consistent Effect
                • Easily Mounted
                • Firm Mount

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Image Manipulation

                  Comments about Tiffen 52mm Circular Polarizing Filter:

                  I love it

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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  tiffen filters

                  By Kev

                  from valparaiso in

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

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

                    Comments about Tiffen 52mm Circular Polarizing Filter:

                    easy install great for landscape

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                    • No

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                    4.0

                    Great Filter

                    By tylan morin

                    from scotts valley

                    About Me Photography Student

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about Tiffen 52mm Circular Polarizing Filter:

                          I'm getting into photography and videography and it works great for my 40mm prime lens it's good for getting rid of unwanted light in your photo's and video.

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                          • No

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                          4.0

                          Standard polarizing filter

                          By atm

                          from Brooklyn, NY

                          About Me Pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Clear Optics
                          • Consistent Effect
                          • Easily Mounted

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Color Correction
                            • UV Protection

                            Comments about Tiffen 52mm Circular Polarizing Filter:

                            Standard polarizing filter, economic option to use in all circumstances when shooting outside. I shoot mostly video and have had no problems with this filter so far.

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                            4.0

                            Good polarizing filter

                            By Woody

                            from Santa Rosa Ca.

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

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

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Image Manipulation
                              • Lens Protection

                              Comments about Tiffen 52mm Circular Polarizing Filter:

                              good effect simple design

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                              • Yes

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                              5.0

                              Excellent Filter.

                              By iroman68

                              from Upland, CA.

                              About Me Casual Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Clear Optics
                              • Easily Mounted

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Color Correction
                                • Lens Protection
                                • UV Protection

                                Comments about Tiffen 52mm Circular Polarizing Filter:

                                Excellent filter for the price.

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                                • No

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                                4.0

                                Best Bang for the buck

                                By Bornoffire911

                                from Central PA

                                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                Pros

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

                                Cons

                                • Cross-Threads Easily

                                Best Uses

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

                                Comments about Tiffen 52mm Circular Polarizing Filter:

                                I have the 62mm version and it does its job and does it well. You have to watch out for the threads. I been lucky so far but it's easy to get the threads stripped if your not paying attention. One thing I do like is it's durability. I was taking shot of a stream going into a lake standing on a trail bridge. After twisting several times after several shots I decided to call it a day. As I took my camera off my tripod I heard a thud hit the deck and splash. I looked sure enough my polarizer twisted off went into the stream. I found a long enough branch to reach and coral into over rocks and other sediments. After retrieving there was not a noticeable scratch.

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                                4.0

                                Inexpensive must for outdoor shots

                                By Fencer

                                from Chicago, IL

                                About Me Casual Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easily Mounted

                                Cons

                                • Cumbersome Attachment

                                Best Uses

                                • Landscape
                                • Lens Protection
                                • Outdoor

                                Comments about Tiffen 52mm Circular Polarizing Filter:

                                Rotates independently from threaded attachment. However, with little room to grip this can make it cumbersome to attach to the lens. Useful tool to have in the camera bag.

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                                4.0

                                polarizer for fun outdoor photos

                                By Barak the Rock

                                from All over, USA

                                About Me Casual Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

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

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

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

                                  Comments about Tiffen 52mm Circular Polarizing Filter:

                                  Easy to use, good for keeping on as a protective lens, too

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                                  • No

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                                  4.0

                                  works as advertised

                                  By mickey

                                  from dc

                                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

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

                                  Cons

                                  • Cross-Threads Easily

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Color Correction

                                  Comments about Tiffen 52mm Circular Polarizing Filter:

                                  cuts glare, works sort of like an ND
                                  but you can turn the dial so to speak
                                  and get the measure of filtered light you
                                  want.

                                  good product. for the money

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                                  5.0

                                  Good Filter

                                  By On a cruise

                                  from the state that says "Isn't Texas cute."

                                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

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

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Color Correction
                                    • Image Manipulation
                                    • Lens Protection

                                    Comments about Tiffen 52mm Circular Polarizing Filter:

                                    Rotating the filter allowed me to remove sunlight reflections in the water. Happy with purchase.

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                                    3.0

                                    OK For the Price

                                    By TXLeeVee

                                    from TX

                                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                    Pros

                                    • Inexpensive
                                    • Minimizes Reflection
                                    • Reduces Glare

                                    Cons

                                    • Poorfair Colorsaturation
                                    • Poor To Fair Contrast

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Auto Photos

                                    Comments about Tiffen 52mm Circular Polarizing Filter:

                                    For the price, the filter is OK. Reflections are minimized, but the contrast is only fair. Compared this one to a Marumi I had purchased for another camera and the Marumi was far better. Contrast and color saturation were much better. The blues at wide angle were more evenly dispersed. The adjusting ring is smoother. The Marumi was about 4 times the price, though. If you need an inexpensive CPL to minimize reflections and use at moderate to high zoom this will get the job done. If you are interested in better definition, contrast, wide angle and green/blue saturation, look elsewhere. I wouldn't recommend this for landscapes, but would for an inexpensive way to remove reflections on cars at a car show.

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                                    5.0

                                    Amazing

                                    By Megan

                                    from Colorado

                                    About Me Photography Student

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Clear Optics
                                    • Consistent Effect
                                    • Easily Mounted

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                        Comments about Tiffen 52mm Circular Polarizing Filter:

                                        I had an assignment to photograph a fish hatchery and we all know how hard it is to get an image through the water of the fish and this helped immensely. My skies are no longer blown out on sunny days. I don't know how i went without this filter for so long.

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                                        5.0

                                        Camera Sunglasses

                                        By Traveller

                                        from Los Angeles

                                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

                                        • Clear Optics
                                        • Easily Mounted

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Color Correction

                                          Comments about Tiffen 52mm Circular Polarizing Filter:

                                          I use it a lot to reduce glare outdoors.

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