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General Brand 55mm Circular Polarizing Filter

B&H # GBCP55 MFR # 55CP
General Brand 55mm 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: $14.95

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Tiffen 55mm 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 55mm, 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 55mm
Pitch Thread = 0.75
Front Lens Cap Size 55mm
Packaging Info
Package Weight 0.1 lb
General Brand 55mm Circular Polarizing Filter
  • 10-Year Warranty
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    Tiffen55mm Circular Polarizing Filter
     
    4.7

    (based on 11 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (8)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (0)

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Clear optics (4)
    • Easy to use (4)
    • Easily mounted (3)
    • Reliable (3)
    • Strong construction (3)

    Cons

    No Cons

    Best Uses

    • Landscape photography (3)
    • Lens protection (3)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (4)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (8)

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    5.0

    Perfect for my use!

    By Norm

    from Brownsville, TX

    About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about Tiffen 55mm Circular Polarizing Filter:

          As an accomplished amateur photogapher, I've used polarizing filters before. The Tiffen 55mm circular polarizing filter I recently purchased from B&H was perfect for my needs. From the online ordering through delivery, it was one of easiest transactions I've had. The added benefit of a quality product fulfilled my expectations.Living in the birding capital (Rio Grande Valley TX), this lens is a handy addition to quality photography.

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          5.0

          Great polarizer

          By Celia

          from Portland, or

          Comments about Tiffen 55mm Circular Polarizing Filter:

          Sharp and clear. I'm very happy with it!

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          5.0

          it does what you ask him to do

          By olisipe

          from bruxelles, belgium

          Verified Buyer

          Comments about Tiffen 55mm Circular Polarizing Filter:

          good product

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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
            • Museum Photography

            Comments about Tiffen 55mm 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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            • No

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            use with gopro

            By (hi, i'm miles)

            from New York

            About Me Professional

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Reliable

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Landscape Photography
              • Traveling

              Comments about Tiffen 55mm Circular Polarizing Filter:

              use with gopro hero3+ and srp blurfix3+.

              great effect on the beach to get blue skies and block reflections on the water. i coated my filters and gopro lens with rainx to keep the water drops off.

              vignetting on photos and timelapse. no vignetting on videos.

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              4.0

              use with gopro

              By (hi, i'm miles)

              from New York

              About Me Professional

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Durable
              • Easy To Use
              • Lightweight
              • Reliable

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Landscape Photography
                • Traveling

                Comments about Tiffen 55mm Circular Polarizing Filter:

                does the job with a hero3+ and srp blurfix3+nice effect for getting blue skies on the beach. i coated this filter and my gopro housing with rainx to keep the water drops off

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                5.0

                Good buy

                By BPC

                from NYC

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Clear Optics
                • Consistent Effect
                • Easily Mounted

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Color Correction
                  • Lens Protection
                  • UV Protection

                  Comments about Tiffen 55mm Circular Polarizing Filter:

                  Works great on my Gopro Hero3.

                  As advertized and affordable. Limits overexposure and makes the colors pop.

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                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Which filter to buy next

                  By Lasermark

                  from Asheville, NC

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Easily Mounted
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Artwork

                    Comments about Tiffen 55mm Circular Polarizing Filter:

                    I had never used a polarizer filter before I bought Tiffen's. I had my hopes up for a Hoyal filter. B & H were temporarly out of stock. Clicked the see like items and Tiffen popped up. I said half the price its worth a try. The reviews I received from my friends on how my pictures have gotten better is all I needed. I am now shopping for my next Tiffen filter. I highly recommend this filter.

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                    • No

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                    4.0

                    Great polarizer! Great price!

                    By Vic

                    from Dallastown, PA

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Clear Optics
                    • Consistent Effect
                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Color Correction
                      • Image Manipulation
                      • Lens Protection

                      Comments about Tiffen 55mm Circular Polarizing Filter:

                      Polarizer works just as it's supposed to. Easy and turns well on the lens. Only con is that it's sometimes hard to remove, and if you turn it in a counter-clockwise direction, it can sometimes loosen. I haven't had mine fall off, and hope it never does! 4 stars, due to this issue.

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      Excellent

                      By bajlunchan

                      from Poza Rica, Mexico

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Cheap
                      • Clear Optics
                      • Easily Mounted
                      • Strong Construction

                      Cons

                      • Non

                      Best Uses

                      • Outdoor photography

                      Comments about Tiffen 55mm Circular Polarizing Filter:

                      It is useful for getting that deep blue skies and give that cluods contrast. Great for outdoor photography specially in sunny days.

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                      • No

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                      4.0

                      Very good quality

                      By GGazza

                      from Rome, Italy

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Clear Optics
                      • Easy To Use
                      • Firm Mount

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Image Manipulation
                        • Lens Protection

                        Comments about Tiffen 55mm Circular Polarizing Filter:

                        Very good quality.

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                        • No

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