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Hoya 52mm alpha Circular Polarizer Filter

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Hoya 52mm alpha Circular Polarizer Filter

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Product Highlights

  • Circular Polarizer Filter
  • 3 to 4x Filter Factor, +1.6 to 2 Stops
  • Helps to Eliminate Reflections and Glare
  • Reduces Haze in Landscapes
  • Greater Color and Tonal Saturation
  • Non-Coated
  • Optical Glass
  • Aluminum Frame
  • 52mm Front Filter Threads
  • Plastic Case
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The Hoya 52mm alpha Circular 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 circular polarizer only differs from a linear polarizer in that it contains a quarter wave plane in addition to the linear polarizing filter. The addition of this quarter wave plane is to circularly polarize the linearly polarized light for the use of auto focus and exposure functions. Due to how the light is broken down and filtered with a linear polarizer, auto focus and exposure accuracy become skewed during use. When the light becomes circularly polarized, it permits the use of these functions.

This filter is non-coated and has approximately 96% average light transmission. It is constructed from optical glass and precision milled aluminum frames.

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.
Circular polarizers are ideal for use with digital cameras and autofocus lenses where a linear polarizer will often disrupt auto exposure and focus features.
Non-coated.
Approximately 96% average light transmission.
3 to 4x filter factor reduces exposure by 1.6 to 2 stops.
Constructed from optical glass and precision milled aluminum frames.
Plastic filter case for storage and transport.
Type Circular Polarizer
Size 52 mm
Filter Factor 3 to 4 (1.6 to 2 stops)
Multi-Coated No
Effect Eliminates reflections and haze and improves color and tonal saturation
Construction Optical glass
Front Filter Thread Size 52 mm
Front Lens Cap Size 52 mm
Hoya 52mm alpha Circular Polarizer Filter
  • Plastic Filter Case
  • Limited 1-Year Warranty
  • REVIEW SNAPSHOT®

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    Hoya52mm alpha Circular Polarizer Filter
     
    4.8

    (based on 22 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (18)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (0)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (0)

    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Durable (8)
    • Easy to use (8)
    • Compact (7)
    • Great picture quality (7)
    • Lightweight (5)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/scenery (11)
      • Travel (6)
      • Wildlife photos (6)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Photo enthusiast (8), Semi-pro photographer (5), Casual photographer (3)
        • Was this a gift?:
        • No (18)

      Reviewed by 22 customers

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      4.0

      Good Product

      By Rui Pinto

      from Lisboa

      About Me Photography Student

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Easy to Use

      Cons

      • Difficult To Unscrew

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Travel

      Comments about Hoya 52mm alpha Circular Polarizer Filter:

      Good product for the money. Not a super polarizer but ok.

      • Was this a gift?:
      • No

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      5.0

      Great product!

      By Paulo

      from Newark, NJ

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Durable
      • Great Picture Quality

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Travel

        Comments about Hoya 52mm alpha Circular Polarizer Filter:

        It does what it's supposed to do, and more. It is a must in some types of photography, and the quality is superior. One of the best out there.

        • Was this a gift?:
        • No

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        (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Superb product, great price!

        By UWTP

        from Florida

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Compact
        • Durable
        • Easy to Use
        • Good Video Quality
        • Great Picture Quality

        Cons

        • None

        Best Uses

        • Landscape/Scenery
        • Sports/Action
        • Video
        • Wildlife Photos

        Comments about Hoya 52mm alpha Circular Polarizer Filter:

        Perfect to shoot Manatees just under the water on a bright sunny day.

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        • No

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        (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Hoya makes them best

        By Rfcasella

        from NYC

        Comments about Hoya 52mm alpha Circular Polarizer Filter:

        The Hoya polarizer is the clearest most effective cure for glare. It reduces nonmatelac glare and produces sharp pictures...

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        5.0

        Polarizer filter

        By Gina's Mom

        from Webster, MA

        About Me Photo Enthusiast

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Durable
        • Easy to Use
        • Great Picture Quality

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Weddings/Events
          • Wildlife Photos

          Comments about Hoya 52mm alpha Circular Polarizer Filter:

          With the fall foliage coming, this filter will be used often to darken the sky and to eliminate glare on water. I love the results this filter produces.

          • Was this a gift?:
          • No

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          5.0

          Great budget filter

          By KevinECSP

          from Seattle, WA

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Great Picture Quality

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Outdoors

            Comments about Hoya 52mm alpha Circular Polarizer Filter:

            Great filter without dropping a lot of cash

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            • No

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            5.0

            Filter review

            By Billie Lamparter

            from Knoxville tn

            Comments about Hoya 52mm alpha Circular Polarizer Filter:

            As advertized

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            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

             
            5.0

            Great filter

            By Kssworld

            from Sacramento CA

            Comments about Hoya 52mm alpha Circular Polarizer Filter:

            Works great with auto focus. Good clarity. Does a good job for my photos.

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            5.0

            Quality product

            By DZ

            from Denver, CO

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Compact
            • Durable
            • Easy to Use

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Landscape/Scenery
              • Sports/Action
              • Travel
              • Weddings/Events
              • Wildlife Photos

              Comments about Hoya 52mm alpha Circular Polarizer Filter:

              With all the sunny days we have in COlorado, this filter really comes in handy.

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              • No

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              4.0

              polarizer

              By Don

              from Nampa Id.

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy to Use
              • Great Picture Quality
              • Lightweight

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery

                Comments about Hoya 52mm alpha Circular Polarizer Filter:

                Easy to use with great results.

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                • No

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                (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                 
                4.0

                52mm Hoya Circular Polarizer Works OK

                By Sammy

                from Northern Virginia

                About Me Casual Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Good Contrast
                • Good price value

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery
                  • Wildlife Photos

                  Comments about Hoya 52mm alpha Circular Polarizer Filter:

                  The Hoya 52mm alpha Circular Polarizer Filter works ok, but I was hoping for a little more contrast at the peak position of the filter. I need to put in more time with the filter to determine how different lighting situations affect the filter, but for the price the filter is fine. Perhaps in the future I will spring for a more expensive Zeiss filter.

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                  • No

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                  (0 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  5.0

                  Great Filter

                  By JJMPLS

                  from Minneapolis, MN

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Compact
                  • Durable

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about Hoya 52mm alpha Circular Polarizer Filter:

                      Works great with my Nikkor 50mm

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      Necessary part of the package

                      By Dan C

                      from York, PA

                      About Me Casual Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Compact
                      • Durable
                      • Easy to Use
                      • Great Picture Quality
                      • Lightweight

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Landscape/Scenery
                        • Travel
                        • Wildlife Photos

                        Comments about Hoya 52mm alpha Circular Polarizer Filter:

                        This filter adds wonderul color enhancement and a great appearance to pictures shot in sunlight. After using my lens without any filter for the first several months of having it, I cannot imagine going back to not using it. It is simple to attach as it just twists onto the end of the lens and the filter easily rotates to allow you to get the best shot depending on the direction of the light source.

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                        • No

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                        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Perfect!

                        By Hawaii Guy

                        from Princeton, NJ

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Compact
                        • Easy to Use
                        • Lightweight

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Landscape/Scenery
                          • Travel

                          Comments about Hoya 52mm alpha Circular Polarizer Filter:

                          Thin and lightweight. Worked as expected.

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                          • No

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                          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Great Product

                          By PauloSee

                          from Boston MA

                          Comments about Hoya 52mm alpha Circular Polarizer Filter:

                          Works as described, meat clean profile. Screws on easily. I would definitely recommend this to a friend.

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                          (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Hoya Quality

                          By Petie

                          from S. Windsor, CT

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Durable
                          • Lightweight

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Landscape/Scenery

                            Comments about Hoya 52mm alpha Circular Polarizer Filter:

                            Well Built & Durable.

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                            • No

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                            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            great product!

                            By paleowin

                            from Eugene, OR

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Compact
                            • Durable
                            • Easy to Use
                            • Great Picture Quality
                            • Lightweight

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Landscape/Scenery
                              • Travel
                              • Wildlife Photos

                              Comments about Hoya 52mm alpha Circular Polarizer Filter:

                              I bought this with a new lens and it arived the day before a big snow. I took it out and really tested it with the strange lighting conditions you get in snow and go some beautiful results!

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                              • No

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                              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              Good choice

                              By aragen

                              from Doral, FL

                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Clear Optics
                              • Consistent Effect
                              • Easily Mounted

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Image Manipulation
                                • Lens Protection

                                Comments about Hoya 52mm alpha Circular Polarizer Filter:

                                I got this not only to filter the incoming light but to protect the lens, great results when you are taking shots of landscapes with blue sky since the color is better.

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                                • No

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                                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                5.0

                                A real photographer aways has one !

                                By Belizeman01

                                from Salinas,Ca.

                                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Clear Optics
                                • Easily Mounted
                                • Strong Construction

                                Cons

                                • None

                                Best Uses

                                • Improve Sky Shots And Con

                                Comments about Hoya 52mm alpha Circular Polarizer Filter:

                                This filter never comes off except at night.....that's how useful it is! Develope the habit to always give your filter a twist to see how the scene changes; the sky, the water, buildings, people's glasses, auto windows, and sport scenes.Whether color or B/W, it can cause a dramatic affect! Can't go wrong with a Hoya filter.

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                                • No

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                                (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                4.0

                                Easy to use

                                By uv10

                                from NY, NY

                                About Me Casual Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Clear Optics
                                • Consistent Effect
                                • Easily Mounted

                                Cons

                                • Doesn't Fasten Well

                                Best Uses

                                • Bw Landscapes

                                Comments about Hoya 52mm alpha Circular Polarizer Filter:

                                I was first introduced to a polarizer by a professional photographer while on vacation.
                                This filter works great if you like Black and White photography landscapes with black skies.
                                You will need to learn how and when to use the filter. The position you choose to aim your camera in relation to the sun is important as the effect won't be very noticeable if you don't place yourself properly.

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