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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

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
B+W 52mm Circular Polarizer MRC Filter
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    B+W52mm Circular Polarizer MRC Filter
     
    4.9

    (based on 41 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (38)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (3)

    • 3 Stars

       

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    100%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Strong construction (26)
    • Clear optics (24)
    • Firm mount (22)
    • Easily mounted (19)
    • Consistent effect (15)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Image manipulation (17)
      • Color correction (14)
      • Lens protection (9)
      • Shooting outdoors (9)
      • Artwork (4)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Photo enthusiast (21), Casual photographer (6), Tech savvy (6)
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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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              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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                5.0

                Fine polarizer

                By Dennis

                from Dunedin, FL

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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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                      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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                        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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                          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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                              4.0

                              Very robust product - but has a defect

                              By Photo-Seattle

                              from Seattle, WA

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                              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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                                  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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                                    4.0

                                    Solid Product

                                    By Richard

                                    from Birmingham, AL

                                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                                    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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                                      5.0

                                      Great quality, does what it should!

                                      By Rick

                                      from Chicago, IL

                                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                      Pros

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

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

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

                                          Really helps bring out the colors and reduce reflections. Easy on and easy off!!

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                                          5.0

                                          great filters

                                          By stlsteve

                                          from saint louis

                                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                            Cons

                                              Best Uses

                                              • Color Correction
                                              • Lens Protection
                                              • UV Protection

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

                                              b+w makes the best polarizers have them for all my lenses

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                                              5.0

                                              A must buy for bright sunny Orlando FL

                                              By mnmnyuen

                                              from Philadelphia, PA

                                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                              Verified Buyer

                                              Pros

                                              • Clear Optics
                                              • 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 multi-coated Circular Polarizer (CPL) works quite well in bright and sunny Orlando FL (and would anywhere else for that matter with similar conditions). It helped to dial back in the blues of the sky which were getting blown out in the bright sunlight. It screws in and feels quite solid and well made, and comes with a plastic filter box for storage which is nice. It's a bit pricey, but a CPL really isn't something to skimp on in my opinion and you should get the best you can afford.

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                                                5.0

                                                Works great with Olympus M.Zuiko 12-50mm

                                                By Gregg Mack

                                                from Austin, TX

                                                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 B+W 52mm Circular Polarizer MRC Filter:

                                                  This B+W polarizing filter works great with my Olympus M.Zuiko 12-50mm f/3.5-6.3 ED lens that I use with my OM-D E-M5 camera.

                                                  No visible distortion that I can detect. I just does what it is supposed to do. I always use it when I am shooting outdoors (except during sunrise or sunset).

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                                                  5.0

                                                  The Best

                                                  By zensu

                                                  from Montgomery, AL

                                                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                                  Verified Buyer

                                                  Pros

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

                                                  Cons

                                                  • None

                                                  Best Uses

                                                  • Artwork
                                                  • Color Correction
                                                  • Cutting reflections
                                                  • Enhancing colors
                                                  • Image Manipulation

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

                                                  The best Circ. Polarizer I've ever used!

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                                                  5.0

                                                  Nice Filter!

                                                  By dixiepicsy

                                                  from NC

                                                  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:

                                                    I'm perfectly satisfied with this filter and absolutely thrilled with the results in my photography. It is well built, is easy to screw on and off, and works smoothly. Excellent quality. Honestly can't think of any cons.

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                                                    5.0

                                                    I would buy this product again and again

                                                    By chepko

                                                    from Russia, Moscow

                                                    About Me Casual Photographer

                                                    Verified Buyer

                                                    Pros

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

                                                    Cons

                                                      Best Uses

                                                      • Artwork
                                                      • Image Manipulation
                                                      • Lens Protection

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

                                                      Good design,exellent characteristics, comfortable to use.

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