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Nikon52mm Circular Polarizer (C-PL1L) Glass Filter - Drop-In
 
4.6

(based on 41 reviews)

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    (26)

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    (14)

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97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Clear optics (34)
  • Strong construction (29)
  • Firm mount (21)
  • Consistent effect (20)
  • Easily mounted (20)

Cons

  • Pricey / poor value (4)

Best Uses

  • Color correction (17)
  • Image manipulation (11)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Semi-pro photographer (11), Photo enthusiast (10), Pro photographer (10), Enthusiast (3), Professional (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (27)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Good for outdoor sports shots.

I bought this for my new 200-400 f/4 lens to reduce some of the reflections and darken the sky in daytime field sports events. It works well, and the thumbwheel on the...Read complete review

I bought this for my new 200-400 f/4 lens to reduce some of the reflections and darken the sky in daytime field sports events. It works well, and the thumbwheel on the exterior is quite easy to use. Since the lens is long, having the drop-in not only lets you use a smaller filter, but one that is closer to the camera's body and thus more easily reached and adjusted quickly during a shoot, as opposed to reaching to the end of the lens and into the hood. I've never found a 3rd-party polarizer to substitute for this one, not that I'd want one -- the Nikon quality is tough to beat.

It comes in a padded clear case, but it's not one which is easy to use in the field. You need a filter pouch, especially since you will be removing the default clear filter to place the polarizer filter in the lens.

Be aware that this takes the light down approximately one stop, so you'll want to keep the pouch with the clear one handy as the light dims at day's end. Even with a D3 cranked up to its highest ISO, you'll find under stadium lights that the filter darkens a bit too much.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Drop in CPL filter

I was excited to get this drop in filter, and use it with a Nikon 500mm F4 VR for my bird photography. Hoping that it would saturate colors in feathers, and foliage. I...Read complete review

I was excited to get this drop in filter, and use it with a Nikon 500mm F4 VR for my bird photography. Hoping that it would saturate colors in feathers, and foliage. I was a little disappointed with the weak effect. My screw mount cpl filters give a much richer effect on my other lenses.

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4.0

Easy to use and does the job!

By DP

from Oakdale, CA

About Me Photo Enthusiast

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    Cons

      Best Uses

        Comments about Nikon 52mm Circular Polarizer (C-PL1L) Glass Filter - Drop-In:

        I used this with my 200-400mm f4.0 lens in Africa. It was easy to swap out with the original and seemed to work well.

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        4.0

        Works well, easy to orient for effect

        By Samuel

        from Morgan Hill, CA

        About Me Pro Photographer

        Pros

        • Clear Optics
        • Easily Mounted
        • Easy To Rotate
        • Firm Mount
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

        • Fragile Storage Case

        Best Uses

          Comments about Nikon 52mm Circular Polarizer (C-PL1L) Glass Filter - Drop-In:

          The filter slips in easily and securely. Easy to adjust and rotate the filter inside the lens to get the polarizing effect. Strong construction for the mount.The hard plastic case for the $[$]filter is very cheaply made and mine was broken when I received the new filter from B&H. I bought a B+W hard plastic filter case for 105mm filters for $[$]and the Nikon 52mm drop-in filter assembly and the blue foam from the cheap Nikon case fit perfectly. Hard to understand why Nikon continues to use very fragile plastic cases for so many items it sells.

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          4.0

          Great addition!!

          By MikeP

          from Chicago, Illinois

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Clear Optics
          • Easily Mounted
          • Strong Construction

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about Nikon 52mm Circular Polarizer (C-PL1L) Glass Filter - Drop-In:

              When taking waters shots of waterfowl you can't go wrong. A little pricey, but a needed accessory to the 600mm.

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              5.0

              Beautiful!

              By Johan

              from Perth, Australia

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Clear Optics
              • Easily Mounted
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Cricket
                • Surfing

                Comments about Nikon 52mm Circular Polarizer (C-PL1L) Glass Filter - Drop-In:

                I use this for photographing surfing and cricket.

                Very easy to use, even under a lens & camera cover on the beach (sand, salt spray)

                Was interesting to see a different colouring of the sky - previous CPL I've used on shorter lenses have the effect of darkening the sky, whereas this was putting a brownish colour to the sky - almost a warming effect together with removing glare. But as with any CPL, the angle relative to the sun is very important - max effect is when shooting at 90 degrees to the sun.

                The CPL did take 1+ stop of light depending on how much effect I dialed in, but isn't really an issue when shooting in bright light and trying to remove the glare / reflections.

                The filter holder provided by Nikon was really poor quality!

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                4.0

                Good polorizer

                By Nisii Art

                from Fayetteville, Ar

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                Pros

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

                Cons

                • Expensive

                Best Uses

                • Color Correction

                Comments about Nikon 52mm Circular Polarizer (C-PL1L) Glass Filter - Drop-In:

                Good polorizer and if you are looking at buying one you know why you need one. ....

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                5.0

                This filter is all I could ask for .

                By buzzard

                from Selby SD.

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Consistent Effect
                • Easily Mounted
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                • The Case Could Be Better

                Best Uses

                • Color Correction
                • Image Manipulation

                Comments about Nikon 52mm Circular Polarizer (C-PL1L) Glass Filter - Drop-In:

                I ordered this filter to use at a small airshow.I use it with the 200-400 VRII and was able to get some great photos with the help of this filter. The sun was hot and the sky a deep blue with puffy clouds. This all made for a great day and this filter made it better.

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                4.0

                Works Great!

                By JK

                from California

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                Pros

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

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Color Correction

                  Comments about Nikon 52mm Circular Polarizer (C-PL1L) Glass Filter - Drop-In:

                  Vivid colors, drops right in no issues and easy to adjust from the outside. Only 4 stars because I believe it's overpriced but what isn't.

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                  5.0

                  Indispensable

                  By Dusty Viewfinder

                  from Chicago, IL

                  About Me Photography Student

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

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

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Reduce Glare Reflection

                    Comments about Nikon 52mm Circular Polarizer (C-PL1L) Glass Filter - Drop-In:

                    Easy to operate, this is an indispensable addition to Nikon's 200-400 zoom lens, especially for shooting wildlife in, out of, and around water.

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                    5.0

                    Smooth Solution

                    By Tom Vadnais

                    from Atlanta, GA

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                    Pros

                    • Clear Optics
                    • Consistent Effect
                    • Easily Mounted

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                        Comments about Nikon 52mm Circular Polarizer (C-PL1L) Glass Filter - Drop-In:

                        I bought this to use with the 300mm f/2.8 VRII lens. As you'd expect, it fits perfectly, and works flawlessly. Rotating the polarizer with the wheel is very smooth and precise. Highly recommended.

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                        5.0

                        Must have for galre in nature

                        By BAH

                        from Gaithersburg, MD

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                        Pros

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

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Color Correction
                          • Mange glare reflections

                          Comments about Nikon 52mm Circular Polarizer (C-PL1L) Glass Filter - Drop-In:

                          A must have tool for the 300 f2.8 used in nature photography.

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                          5.0

                          Very good build quality. A must .

                          By dlphoto

                          from Montréal, Canada

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                          Pros

                          • Consistent Effect
                          • Easily Mounted
                          • Strong Construction

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Color Correction

                            Comments about Nikon 52mm Circular Polarizer (C-PL1L) Glass Filter - Drop-In:

                            Very good build quality. A must for telephoto lens.

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                            5.0

                            Great Polarizer

                            By Arizona Birder

                            from Hereford, AZ

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                            Pros

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

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Nikon 52mm Circular Polarizer (C-PL1L) Glass Filter - Drop-In:

                                I bought this to go with my 200-400mm zoom. I was particularly interested in using it with bird photography. It is great for any situation with lots of reflected light especially water shots (ducks). I am anxious to use it for snow scenes, etc. The thumb screw works easily and I am quite happy with the product.

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                                5.0

                                Gives the lens the advantage it should.

                                By Moose Watcher

                                from Skowhegan Maine

                                About Me Photography Student

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                                Pros

                                • Clear Optics
                                • Consistent Effect
                                • Easily Mounted
                                • Results I needed
                                • Strong Construction

                                Cons

                                • Expensive but what isn't

                                Best Uses

                                • UV Protection

                                Comments about Nikon 52mm Circular Polarizer (C-PL1L) Glass Filter - Drop-In:

                                It does what it is supposed to do and its ease of use it just that, easy. I use it for wildlife in water and landscapes. Works well on the 200 to 400 mm lens.

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                                3.0

                                Drop in CPL filter

                                By SteveQuad

                                from Whittier, Ca

                                About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                                Pros

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

                                Cons

                                • Expensive
                                • Weak Effect

                                Best Uses

                                  Comments about Nikon 52mm Circular Polarizer (C-PL1L) Glass Filter - Drop-In:

                                  I was excited to get this drop in filter, and use it with a Nikon 500mm F4 VR for my bird photography. Hoping that it would saturate colors in feathers, and foliage. I was a little disappointed with the weak effect. My screw mount cpl filters give a much richer effect on my other lenses.

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                                  5.0

                                  A great addition for the big glass

                                  By Ken

                                  from Port Orchard, Washington

                                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                                  Pros

                                  • Consistent Effect
                                  • Easily Mounted
                                  • Strong Construction

                                  Cons

                                  • Lack of good storage case

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Color Correction
                                  • Image Manipulation

                                  Comments about Nikon 52mm Circular Polarizer (C-PL1L) Glass Filter - Drop-In:

                                  This circular polarizer works very well, smooth operating and built to last. It's also nice that it fits many of Nikon's big glass for those lucky enough to have 400 & 500MM lenses. I bought this for my newly acquired Nikon 300mm 2.8 VRII. I'm very happy with it, the lens and this filter. Both are highly recommended.

                                  I have only one negitive for Nikon. This unit should come with a better case for secure storage for the polarizer or for the clear glass unit when using this filter. It comes with a clear plastic box with foam insert, which is clearly not meant for daily use. A case is available from Nikon, but has been out of stock for sometime.
                                  Nikon sometimes misses the boat on things like this. They have great gear but often fail to go that extra step.

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                                  5.0

                                  Buy this.

                                  By DAM

                                  from Boulder CO

                                  About Me Pro Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

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

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Image Manipulation

                                    Comments about Nikon 52mm Circular Polarizer (C-PL1L) Glass Filter - Drop-In:

                                    You can "circulate" the lens without removing it from the holder. Shooting in CO, a CP is as valuable as sunscreen.

                                    Not great: removing or installing when you've got a lens coat on your lens. But really no big deal. A minor annoyance at best.

                                    Great: Construction, ease of use, great case for keeping the filter weatherproof. This CP is one one of the best!

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                                    5.0

                                    Essential polarizer by Nikon

                                    By FotoAthletico[@]

                                    from Asheville, NC

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                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

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

                                    Cons

                                    • Price

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Color Correction
                                    • Image Manipulation

                                    Comments about Nikon 52mm Circular Polarizer (C-PL1L) Glass Filter - Drop-In:

                                    Essentially equipment that I have mated to my Nikor 200-400 F4 VRII and D3S to shoot outdoor sports (soccer primarily). Game times often don't give the best light and shadows/backgrounds can mess with that perfect shot. Simple fast and adds great color enhancement.

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                                    5.0

                                    C-PL1L Works great

                                    By Mac

                                    from Lisle, Illinois

                                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

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

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Color Correction

                                      Comments about Nikon 52mm Circular Polarizer (C-PL1L) Glass Filter - Drop-In:

                                      Use on my new 200-400 f/4 zoom. Works great. Darkens skies and takes reflections off glass and water. Easy to use and well built.

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                                      5.0

                                      WOW!!!

                                      By Corwyn

                                      from Toronto, Ontario Canada

                                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                                      Pros

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

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Color Correction

                                        Comments about Nikon 52mm Circular Polarizer (C-PL1L) Glass Filter - Drop-In:

                                        I know it was expensive but I cannot say how much I love this filter, super easy to use with perfect results. I use this in my 200-400mm and the difference is amazing. I love C-pol filters but I never imagined I would like it this much on my telephoto. Was scared to buy it because of the cost, but am so glad I did, worth every penny. The optical quality is perfect and the built quality is the same. Would give it 6 starts if I could.

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                                        5.0

                                        EXCELLECT, BUT PRICEY

                                        By number1dp

                                        from Northern California

                                        About Me Pro Photographer

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                                        Pros

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

                                        Cons

                                          Best Uses

                                          • Cuts reflections on water
                                          • Darkens skys landscapes

                                          Comments about Nikon 52mm Circular Polarizer (C-PL1L) Glass Filter - Drop-In:

                                          Great Nikon quality, but really the only choice and very pricey. Works great in my 400mm 2.8 Nikkor and my 300mm 2.8 Nikkor and will also work in the 600mm Nikkor as soon as I can afford to pruchase one. So, it's one polarizer that will fit the rear filter slot of all 3 lenses and that makes the high price a little more acceptable.

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