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

(based on 46 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (30)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (14)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (0)

95%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Clear optics (38)
  • Strong construction (31)
  • Firm mount (25)
  • Easily mounted (24)
  • Consistent effect (23)

Cons

  • Pricey / poor value (5)

Best Uses

  • Color correction (18)
  • Image manipulation (11)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Semi-pro photographer (13), Pro photographer (11), Photo enthusiast (10), Enthusiast (3), Professional (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (31)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Beautiful!

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...Read complete review

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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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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3.0

Expensive

By Ale

from Mar del Plata, Argentina

About Me Casual Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

  • Expensive

Best Uses

  • Eliminate Reflections

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

Easy to properly orient and good optical quality, but too expensive.

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  • No

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5.0

Nice but expensive gear

By Rick

from Alpharetta, GA

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

It's a lot for a polarizer but I can't imagine one would be if it had to fit on the end of my Nikon 300 2.8!

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5.0

What a Difference

By Higgie

from Northwest Florida

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

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

      This 52mm Circular Polarizer Drop-In by Nikon is just what the doctor ordered! Works great and very easy to use.

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      • No

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      5.0

      PERFECT!

      By Les Tension

      from Elkhart Lake, WI

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

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

          Perfect/easy to install/easy to operate/works perfectly

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          • No

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          5.0

          Typical Nikon quality

          By Star gazer

          from Annapolis, MD

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Clear Optics
          • Easily Mounted
          • Firm Mount

          Cons

            Best Uses

            • Color Correction

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

            I use this filter in my nikkor 200-400 and 600 mm lenses. It is of good high quality and the adjustment knob moves easily.

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            • No

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            4.0

            Easy to use and does the job!

            By DP

            from Oakdale, CA

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            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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            • No

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            (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

             
            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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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              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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                  (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                   
                  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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                    • No

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                    (1 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    Good polorizer

                    By Nisii Art

                    from Fayetteville, Ar

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    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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                    • No

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                    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    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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                    (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    Works Great!

                    By JK

                    from California

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    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:

                      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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                      • No

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                      (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

                       
                      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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                        (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Smooth Solution

                        By Tom Vadnais

                        from Atlanta, GA

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        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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                            (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            5.0

                            Must have for galre in nature

                            By BAH

                            from Gaithersburg, MD

                            About Me Pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            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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                              • No

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                              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              Very good build quality. A must .

                              By dlphoto

                              from Montréal, Canada

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Verified Buyer

                              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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                                (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                5.0

                                Great Polarizer

                                By Arizona Birder

                                from Hereford, AZ

                                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                Verified Buyer

                                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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                                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                                     
                                    5.0

                                    Gives the lens the advantage it should.

                                    By Moose Watcher

                                    from Skowhegan Maine

                                    About Me Photography Student

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    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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                                    (2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                                     
                                    3.0

                                    Drop in CPL filter

                                    By SteveQuad

                                    from Whittier, Ca

                                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    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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                                      • No

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                                      (8 of 8 customers found this review helpful)

                                       
                                      5.0

                                      A great addition for the big glass

                                      By Ken

                                      from Port Orchard, Washington

                                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      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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