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B+W 52mm Circular Polarizer MRC Filter

B&H # BWCPMC52 MFR # 66-044838
B+W 52mm Circular Polarizer MRC Filter

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Product Highlights

  • Helps to Eliminate Reflections and Glare
  • Reduces Haze and Blue Cast in Landscapes
  • Greater Color and Tonal Saturation
  • MRC Multi-Resistant Coating
  • Rugged Brass Filter Ring
  • High Quality Schott Glass
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The B+W 52mm Circular Polarizer MRC 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.

The Multi-Resistant Coating (MRC) is both an anti-reflection coating as well as a protective surface. It helps to increase light transmission by reducing reflections, scattered light, and ghosting. Additionally, it offers greater protection to the filter substrate and stays cleaner for longer than uncoated filters.

B+W filters are constructed from high quality Schott glass for increased optical clarity and color fidelity. They feature a brass filter ring for durability as well as jamming prevention.

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° 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.
Multi-Resistant Coating offers both protection to the glass and helps to improve light transmission and image quality.
Constructed from high quality Schott glass for optical clarity.
Brass filter ring helps to prevent jamming and provides additional strength.
Type Circular polarizer
Size 52 mm
Filter Factor About 2.5 (1.3 stops)
Multi-Coated Yes, MRC (Multi-Resistant Coating)
Rotating Yes
Effect Eliminates reflections and haze and improves color and tonal saturation
Construction Schott glass
Front Filter Thread Size 52 mm
Front Lens Cap Size 52 mm
Packaging Info
Package Weight 0.1 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 2.6 x 2.6 x 0.7"
B+W 52mm Circular Polarizer MRC Filter
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    B+W52mm Circular Polarizer MRC Filter
     
    4.9

    (based on 48 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (44)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (4)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (0)

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Strong construction (30)
    • Clear optics (27)
    • Firm mount (26)
    • Easily mounted (22)
    • Consistent effect (18)

    Cons

    No Cons

    Best Uses

    • Image manipulation (18)
    • Color correction (17)
    • Lens protection (11)
    • Shooting outdoors (9)
    • Artwork (5)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (23), Casual photographer (6), Tech savvy (6), Pro photographer (3), Semi-pro photographer (3)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (41)

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    4.0

    Works

    By Sandy DeWitt

    from Miami

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about B+W 52mm Circular Polarizer MRC Filter:

          for my architectural shoots

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          • No

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          5.0

          Very satisfied

          By John

          from Maryland

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

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

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Increase Sky-cloud Contra

            Comments about B+W 52mm Circular Polarizer MRC Filter:

            Optical quality seems fine, and polarization effect is as expected. (Note that polarizers work best at ~90 degrees to the sun and must be adjusted for each photo.) Threads matched well to the lens, and cross-threading would only be the result of carelessness. Rotating the polarizer was smooth and did not unscrew the filter from the lens. I have only positive reactions.

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            • No

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            5.0

            Great!!!

            By ErnieL

            from Bryan, TX

            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

            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 B+W 52mm Circular Polarizer MRC Filter:

              this is a very nice polarizer!! easy to use and well made -

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              • No

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              5.0

              Best on the market.

              By Hydra

              from Florida

              Comments about B+W 52mm Circular Polarizer MRC Filter:

              Everything I wanted in a polarizer

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              5.0

              Excellent Construction with Great Result

              By Spinneyman

              from San Jose, CA

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Color Correction
                • Lens Protection

                Comments about B+W 52mm Circular Polarizer MRC Filter:

                I use this for B&W photography to help make the contrasts pop. The German glass is excellent and the brass fitting provides excellent durability.

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                • No

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                5.0

                very usefull

                By Reynol

                from Downey CA

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Artwork
                  • Color Correction

                  Comments about B+W 52mm Circular Polarizer MRC Filter:

                  very usefull.

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                  • No

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                  5.0

                  Just perfect

                  By Luis

                  from Gadsden, AL

                  Comments about B+W 52mm Circular Polarizer MRC Filter:

                  Great glass. Rotates without problems. Easy to install and remove

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                  4.0

                  Well made

                  By Kathy

                  from Maine

                  Comments about B+W 52mm Circular Polarizer MRC Filter:

                  This filter seems very well made and rugged. My only concern is that it is hard to get off my lens. The filter is thin, which is great for wide angle lenses, but it's thickness (or lack of) makes it hard to get a hold of to remove. I use it on 35mm Nikon lens. The polarization is great.

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                  5.0

                  Beautiful

                  By Dale

                  from Dallas, PA

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Clear Optics
                  • Strong Construction

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                      Comments about B+W 52mm Circular Polarizer MRC Filter:

                      I use this filter for flowers, landscapes, portraits, and more. Very solid construction with crystal clear optics.

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                      5.0

                      Performs exactly as advertised

                      By Socrates

                      from The Philadelphia part of New Jersey

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

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

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Reflection Removal

                        Comments about B+W 52mm Circular Polarizer MRC Filter:

                        A polarizer is the only filter that can not be mimicked in Photoshop and consequently it's the only filter that I use. It's essential for removing reflections (from non-metallic surfaces). This particular one appears to be exceptionally clear.

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                        5.0

                        Flawless

                        By Dave

                        from New Paltz

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Image Manipulation
                          • Lens Protection
                          • UV Protection

                          Comments about B+W 52mm Circular Polarizer MRC Filter:

                          Perfect clarity, solid construction, a must have.

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                          (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Very satisfied with this purchase.

                          By stu

                          from wyoming

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

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

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Color Correction
                            • Image Manipulation

                            Comments about B+W 52mm Circular Polarizer MRC Filter:

                            This filter is of very good quality for the price. It mounts to the lens with ease and the movement is smooth. The color of my photos is exceptional across the entire range. The skies are deep blue without muddying and beautifully contrast with the white clouds. B+W filters are a great addition to my camera kit and I look forward to purchasing more B+W filters in the future. So far I have found no cons with this filter.

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                            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            Fine polarizer

                            By Dennis

                            from Dunedin, FL

                            Verified Buyer

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                              Cons

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                                  Comments about B+W 52mm Circular Polarizer MRC Filter:

                                  Using on a Leica camera. Solidly made, does everything it should.

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                                  • No

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                                  (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                   
                                  5.0

                                  Great Filter

                                  By Sandy

                                  from San Angelo Tx

                                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

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

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Color Correction
                                    • Lens Protection
                                    • UV Protection

                                    Comments about B+W 52mm Circular Polarizer MRC Filter:

                                    Love BH products. Very well made and offers protection and good polarization

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                                    (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                                     
                                    5.0

                                    I am pleased with the results..

                                    By Moose

                                    from North Dakota

                                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Clear Optics
                                    • Consistent Effect
                                    • Easily Mounted

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Image Manipulation

                                      Comments about B+W 52mm Circular Polarizer MRC Filter:

                                      I needed to shoot through the windshield of a car to take a portrait. The filter did a great job reducing glare and I got the shot I wanted.

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                                      (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                                       
                                      5.0

                                      Essential

                                      By ChrisW

                                      from NY

                                      About Me Casual Photographer

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                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

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

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Artwork

                                        Comments about B+W 52mm Circular Polarizer MRC Filter:

                                        Solid build, well worth the money. A good polarizer is essential to your kit; I find this one to be really nice.

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                                        (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                                         
                                        5.0

                                        Very Effective Tool for photography !!!

                                        By Sam The Photographer

                                        from New York, Ny

                                        About Me Pro Photographer

                                        Verified Buyer

                                        Pros

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

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Color Correction
                                          • Image Manipulation
                                          • Lens Protection

                                          Comments about B+W 52mm Circular Polarizer MRC Filter:

                                          This filter definitely does the job. Colors become very vivid and helps for excellent quality pics. Especially for water & sky pics it really helps them stand out. It was an excellent buy. I recommend anyone serious about photography to purchase this filter.

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                                          (7 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

                                           
                                          4.0

                                          Very robust product - but has a defect

                                          By Photo-Seattle

                                          from Seattle, WA

                                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                          • Easily Mounted
                                          • Firm Mount
                                          • Strong Construction

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

                                              Comments about B+W 52mm Circular Polarizer MRC Filter:

                                              B+W is obviously the best brand, when it comes to filters. This one is no exception. But I received one with a defect. When you look towards the lens side; you see that almost gold colored sliver-like line. It rotates with outer glass. You don't see that when you look at from the other side. So it has to be somehow a coating defect (or a scratch?) on the inner-side of the rotating glass. Obviously user can not scratch the coating between two glasses.I didn't expect this coming from a company with such a formidable reputation. Specially when you pay $[$] and expect the best product on the market. So that's the reason for minus one star. I'll contact B&H to see what can they do about that. I'll update with the result.

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                                              (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                                               
                                              5.0

                                              Great Filter!

                                              By Matt

                                              from Aiken, SC

                                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                              Verified Buyer

                                              Pros

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

                                              Cons

                                                Best Uses

                                                • Color Correction
                                                • Image Manipulation
                                                • Lens Protection

                                                Comments about B+W 52mm Circular Polarizer MRC Filter:

                                                This is my first circular polarizing filter, and I have been using it for the last 5 months with no complaints. It is money well spent because it has great construction sporting a brass ring, multi-coated glass, and a plastic carrying case. It weighed in at 1.73oz with case. The filter element is easy to turn and stays where you put it. I use it on my 52mm Nikkor lenses and my Panasonic camcorder with a step-up-ring to really make the blue skies pop.

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                                                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                                 
                                                4.0

                                                Solid Product

                                                By Richard

                                                from Birmingham, AL

                                                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                                Verified Buyer

                                                Pros

                                                • Easily Mounted
                                                • Firm Mount
                                                • Strong Construction

                                                Cons

                                                • Weak Effect

                                                Best Uses

                                                  Comments about B+W 52mm Circular Polarizer MRC Filter:

                                                  This B+W filter is my first circular polarizer. With that said, I cannot compare this circular polarizer to others. I have used this filter a few times by now, and it seems to work quite well. Although it does not saturate colors or the sky as much as I expected it would, saturation is noticeable although somewhat subtle. Concerning the reduction of reflections, this filter works quite well and eliminates a majority of reflections on water and other reflective surfaces. Although this circular polarizer works well, I had to deduct one star for how this product was packaged. When I opened up the packaging and looked at the filter, there was a smudge covering roughly 10% of the filter's surface, which was difficult to remove. However, I was able to remove the smudge to some degree with cleaning. Considering that it does not seem to decrease image quality, I do not view it as a significant problem. Overall, this product appears to be of high quality and worth the money.

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