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Tiffen 52mm Linear Polarizer Filter

You Pay: $12.95
Product Highlights
  • Helps to Eliminate Reflections and Glare
  • Reduces Haze and Blue Cast in Landscapes
  • Greater Color and Tonal Saturation
  • ColorCore Technology

The Tiffen 52mm Linear Polarizer Filter helps to reduce reflections and glare by filtering out light that has become polarized due to reflection from a non-metallic surface. The light from the sun naturally becomes partially polarized due to reflecting off electrons in air molecules, causing the light to scatter into what appears as haze. A polarizing filter arranges, and filters, this directionally polarized light perpendicularly to the reflected light, allowing for the absorption of much of this light. This results in a noticeable reduction of glare and reflections from non-metallic surfaces and an increase in the saturation of skies and foliage.

A linear polarizer only differs from a circular polarizer in that it does not contain a quarter wave plane that enables use of auto focus and exposure features. Linear polarizers are best suited for use with manual cameras, such as view cameras, that are not dependent on internal mechanisms to determine focus or metering settings.

Tiffen filters are made using ColorCore technology, a process that involves laminating the filter substrate between 2 pieces of optical glass, grinding flat to a tolerance of 10,000th of an inch, and then mounting to precision metal rings.

Helps to reduce reflections and glare by filtering out light that has become polarized due to reflection from a non-metallic surface.
Polarizing filters arrange, and filter, directionally polarized light perpendicularly to the reflected light, allowing for the absorption of much of the light.
Clears up haze in distant landscapes and provides more saturated, vivid colors.
Strongest effect when used at a 90° angle from the sun.
Constructed using Tiffen's ColorCore technology.
Type Linear polarizer
Size 52 mm
Filter Factor About 2.5 (1.3 stops)
Rotating Yes
Effect Eliminates reflections and haze and improves color and tonal saturation
Construction ColorCore glass
Front Filter Thread Size 52 mm
Front Lens Cap Size 52 mm
Tiffen 52mm Linear Polarizer Filter
  • 10-Year Limited Warranty
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    Tiffen52mm Linear Polarizer Filter
     
    4.3

    (based on 12 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (8)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (1)

    91%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Clear optics (9)
    • Easy to use (9)
    • Firm mount (7)
    • Strong construction (4)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Lens protection (5)
      • Color correction (4)
      • Filter protection (3)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Semi-pro photographer (5), Photo enthusiast (4)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (7)

      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Great Polarizer for the cost

      Glass is flawless, as expected from Tiffen. Works well with my 50mm Normal Canon lens, though can easily become unscrewed while trying to adjust the polarization.

      Glass is flawless, as expected from Tiffen. Works well with my 50mm Normal Canon lens, though can easily become unscrewed while trying to adjust the polarization.

      VS

      Most Liked Negative Review

       

      Junk

      I ordered two of these filters to use as a cheap variable neutral density filter (two perfect linear polarizers with their relative polarization vectors at 90 degrees will completely extinct light). I get...Read complete review

      I ordered two of these filters to use as a cheap variable neutral density filter (two perfect linear polarizers with their relative polarization vectors at 90 degrees will completely extinct light). I get roughly a two f stop change in overall light transmission while stacking and rotating the filters. This is extremely poor performance (polarized sunglass pairs usually do much better). There is some polarization effect for normal photographic use (minimizing non-metallic surface reflections and darkening the sky) but they are not as good as an old Vivitar linear polarizer that I have had for 30 years or more. Something is wrong with these filters.

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      5.0

      Cheap but good

      By MinAZ

      from Phoenix, AZ

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Clear Optics

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Color Correction

        Comments about Tiffen 52mm Linear Polarizer Filter:

        Very decent filter for the price.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        5.0

        Simple and Effective

        By Dave

        from Albany, NY

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Clear Optics
        • Easy To Use

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Filter Protection
          • Lens Protection

          Comments about Tiffen 52mm Linear Polarizer Filter:

          This filter can protect your lens as well as improve your outdoor photography. Excellent price.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

           
          4.0

          Good product for the price

          By Argun Tekant

          from Vancouver, BC

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Cheap
          • Clear Optics
          • Easy To Use

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Color Correction
            • Image Manipulation

            Comments about Tiffen 52mm Linear Polarizer Filter:

            I mostly use this product to ward off reflections from windows when shooting through them, and I have not noticed any degradation of the image under those already difficult circumstances.

            The rotation movement is smooth, but there is a slight grinding (why it lost a rating star). Although, the grinding is not severe enough for me to buy a more expensive product the next time even if it were smoother, or annoying enough given I don't use the filter all the time.

            • Was this a gift?:
            • No

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            3.0

            Decent Linear Polarizer

            By Photo Rat

            from Seattle, WA

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

              Cons

                Best Uses

                  Comments about Tiffen 52mm Linear Polarizer Filter:

                  Not the best available, but definitely more than adequate for when I will use it! Good value for the price.

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                  5.0

                  LP Filter

                  By stan

                  from san diego, ca

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Clear Optics
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Firm Mount

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Tiffen 52mm Linear Polarizer Filter:

                      Does it all.

                      • Was this a gift?:
                      • No

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                      5.0

                      good

                      By thekingofboggle

                      from edmonton, canada

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Firm Mount
                      • Strong Construction

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Lens Protection

                        Comments about Tiffen 52mm Linear Polarizer Filter:

                        good

                        • Was this a gift?:
                        • No

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                        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        1.0

                        Junk

                        By John

                        from Oro Valley, AZ

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Reviewer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Firm Mount

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • None

                          Comments about Tiffen 52mm Linear Polarizer Filter:

                          I ordered two of these filters to use as a cheap variable neutral density filter (two perfect linear polarizers with their relative polarization vectors at 90 degrees will completely extinct light). I get roughly a two f stop change in overall light transmission while stacking and rotating the filters. This is extremely poor performance (polarized sunglass pairs usually do much better). There is some polarization effect for normal photographic use (minimizing non-metallic surface reflections and darkening the sky) but they are not as good as an old Vivitar linear polarizer that I have had for 30 years or more. Something is wrong with these filters.

                          • Was this a gift?:
                          • No

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                          5.0

                          Great Polarizer for the cost

                          By Garaine

                          from Norfolk, NY

                          About Me Casual Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Clear Optics
                          • Easy To Use

                          Cons

                          • Loose Mount

                          Best Uses

                            Comments about Tiffen 52mm Linear Polarizer Filter:

                            Glass is flawless, as expected from Tiffen. Works well with my 50mm Normal Canon lens, though can easily become unscrewed while trying to adjust the polarization.

                            • Was this a gift?:
                            • No

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                            5.0

                            Beautiful product!

                            By SocaHD

                            from Miami , FL

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Clear Optics
                            • Easy To Use
                            • Firm Mount
                            • Strong Construction

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Filter Protection
                              • Lens Protection

                              Comments about Tiffen 52mm Linear Polarizer Filter:

                              I will buy another product from Tiffen!

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                              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              Good Polarizer

                              By East.Coast.

                              from Boston, MA

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Clear Optics
                              • Easy To Use
                              • Firm Mount

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Color Correction

                                Comments about Tiffen 52mm Linear Polarizer Filter:

                                Simply a good filter. Good price and works well for both the sky or water filtering. Good glass quality

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                                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                5.0

                                [...] an excellent filter

                                By Pinelands Photography

                                from Long Island,NY

                                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Clear Optics
                                • Easy To Use
                                • Firm Mount
                                • Strong Construction

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

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

                                  Comments about Tiffen 52mm Linear Polarizer Filter:

                                  In summer, when sun angles are high, it is difficult to get nice blue skies. But with this cheap polarizer filter, one can restore those washed out colors by reducing glare and improving dynamic range. A must have for anyone who does landscape photography.

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                                  (0 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  4.0

                                  It does its job. nothing special

                                  By blair

                                  from tallahassee, Florida

                                  About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Clear Optics
                                  • Firm Mount
                                  • Strong Construction

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Lens Protection

                                    Comments about Tiffen 52mm Linear Polarizer Filter:

                                    Does its job. Not great but gets the job done..

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