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CanonPL-C 52WII 52mm Drop-In Circular Polarizing Filter
 
4.6

(based on 27 reviews)

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    (19)

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    (7)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

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    (1)

92%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easily mounted (13)
  • Clear optics (12)
  • Consistent effect (12)
  • Strong construction (12)
  • Firm mount (10)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Color correction (6)
  • Image manipulation (4)
  • Landscape/scenery (4)
  • Sports/action (4)
  • Wildlife photos (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Semi-pro photographer (12), Pro photographer (6), Photo enthusiast (5)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (27)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Drop in, tune out glare

I got one of these in a recently purchased 600f/4L IS. The loss of light in a f/4 lens is significant in my opinion. I had to use much higher than I'd...Read complete review

I got one of these in a recently purchased 600f/4L IS. The loss of light in a f/4 lens is significant in my opinion. I had to use much higher than I'd like ISO for my taste in sunny conditions to get fast shutter speeds. Resulting in softer detail on birds and such. Not what I expected.

I also find the over saturation of blues to be less realistic than I want to deal with. Focus with a 1.4x extender is slower than it should be as well due to the loss of light. I put a stock clear filter in it's place.

Nice construction, easy to use, but I don't think I'll be using it much on the 600. I might use it on my 300f/2.8 though.

If you need a CPL and can work with the loss of light, this is a good product.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Inconvenient to adjust or remove

I have just owned the filter a short time but was looking forward to a easy access filter slot. Instead I learned I must remove the lens from the camera before inserting or removing...Read complete review

I have just owned the filter a short time but was looking forward to a easy access filter slot. Instead I learned I must remove the lens from the camera before inserting or removing it. In addition, the small wheel used to adjust the polarizing filter, does not protrude enough for easy access. Using that small wheel with gloves is near impossible.

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5.0

Excellent Drop-in Filter and easy external wheel adjustment.

By Ricky Wildlife Photographer

from Arkansas

About Me Pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Easy to Use
  • Great Picture Quality
  • Lightweight

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Sports/Action
    • Wildlife Photos

    Comments about Canon PL-C 52WII 52mm Drop-In Circular Polarizing Filter:

    Wish I had purchased the Drop-in Circular Polarizer filter when I purchased my Canon EF 500mm f/4L IS II USM Lens. You can drop in the lens in seconds and adjust with a knurled thumbwheel on the outside. I had one attempt to shoot a rare bird and it beautifully captured the image and eliminated reflections.

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    5.0

    Can't believe I only now got this!

    By AVC

    from Port of Spain, Trinidad & Tobago

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Sports/Action
      • Wildlife Photos

      Comments about Canon PL-C 52WII 52mm Drop-In Circular Polarizing Filter:

      Do sports photographers need this? If you photograph cars, or sport involving water, heck yes! makes a total difference. Landscape guys will tell you bluer skies and clear water, but the real benefit for sports photographers is you can expose the athletes better; the glare is cancelled out of the photo making it soooo much more pleasing... wish i got this sooner.

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      5.0

      Works

      By paulcolor

      from Anchorage, Alaska

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Sports/Action
        • Video
        • Wildlife Photos

        Comments about Canon PL-C 52WII 52mm Drop-In Circular Polarizing Filter:

        A great working tool for the Canon 200-400 zoom

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        1.0

        Inconvenient to adjust or remove

        By Marv E

        from Vermont

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

          Cons

          • Diddicult To Insertremov
          • Difficult To Insert

          Best Uses

            Comments about Canon PL-C 52WII 52mm Drop-In Circular Polarizing Filter:

            I have just owned the filter a short time but was looking forward to a easy access filter slot. Instead I learned I must remove the lens from the camera before inserting or removing it. In addition, the small wheel used to adjust the polarizing filter, does not protrude enough for easy access. Using that small wheel with gloves is near impossible.

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            5.0

            Excellent Quality

            By CWS

            from Ann Arbor, MI

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy to Use
            • Great Picture Quality

            Cons

              Best Uses

              • Sports/Action
              • Wildlife Photos

              Comments about Canon PL-C 52WII 52mm Drop-In Circular Polarizing Filter:

              Quality compares to other hig-end circular polarizers I own. Position of adjusting knob make it easy to adjust as you change camera position.

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              4.0

              Great design

              By KPT2020

              from Boston MA

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easily Mounted
              • Firm Mount
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

              • Expensive

              Best Uses

              • Glare

              Comments about Canon PL-C 52WII 52mm Drop-In Circular Polarizing Filter:

              Works great and fits drop in slot perfectly. Easy to use knob for adjusting polarizer

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              4.0

              Drop in, tune out glare

              By Schwany

              from Gilroy, CA

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Reviewer

              Pros

              • Easy to use

              Cons

              • Loss Of Light
              • Pricey

              Best Uses

              • Cuts Reflective Glare

              Comments about Canon PL-C 52WII 52mm Drop-In Circular Polarizing Filter:

              I got one of these in a recently purchased 600f/4L IS. The loss of light in a f/4 lens is significant in my opinion. I had to use much higher than I'd like ISO for my taste in sunny conditions to get fast shutter speeds. Resulting in softer detail on birds and such. Not what I expected.

              I also find the over saturation of blues to be less realistic than I want to deal with. Focus with a 1.4x extender is slower than it should be as well due to the loss of light. I put a stock clear filter in it's place.

              Nice construction, easy to use, but I don't think I'll be using it much on the 600. I might use it on my 300f/2.8 though.

              If you need a CPL and can work with the loss of light, this is a good product.

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              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

               
              5.0

              Works like a little Champ

              By Wags

              from Modesto, CA

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

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

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • UV Protection

                Comments about Canon PL-C 52WII 52mm Drop-In Circular Polarizing Filter:

                Gotta have it!

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                5.0

                Drop-In Polarizer for New 200-400 Zoom

                By Slider

                from Chicago, IL

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easily Mounted

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about Canon PL-C 52WII 52mm Drop-In Circular Polarizing Filter:

                    I just bought the New Canon 200-400 1.4X Zoom lens and during a recent shoot I noticed a lot of glare off the windows and hoods of the race cars I was shooting. (Not due to the lens) I purchased the Drop-In Circular Polarizer and it worked great!

                    You simply remove the factory carrier with the clear filter installed and drop in the polarizer. There is a small wheel on the top which is easy to locate and rotate the filter reducing the amount of reflected glare. It's not cheap but works well.

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                    5.0

                    Nice Color!

                    By BirdsLover

                    from Los Angeles

                    About Me Pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Clear Optics
                    • Easily Mounted
                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                    • Cross-Threads Easily

                    Best Uses

                    • Image Manipulation

                    Comments about Canon PL-C 52WII 52mm Drop-In Circular Polarizing Filter:

                    Put it on my 600mm f4 IS and love it! Nice saturation color! All I can say is BUY IT!!!

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                    5.0

                    A great way to go

                    By Fort bragg guy

                    from Fort Bragg, CA

                    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

                      Comments about Canon PL-C 52WII 52mm Drop-In Circular Polarizing Filter:

                      This drop in filter was a great way to go to make it easier to keep the filter clean and protected. I particularly like being able to adjust it with the thumb screw rather than reaching to the front of the lens.

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                      5.0

                      Well done, easy to use

                      By Andy G

                      from Fort Collins, CO

                      About Me Serious Bird Photographer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Improves Picture Quality
                      • Rugged Case

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Birds On Water
                        • Shooting Outdoors

                        Comments about Canon PL-C 52WII 52mm Drop-In Circular Polarizing Filter:

                        This is an easy-to-use polarizer that comes in a nice, solid case. For bird photography it helps get the glare off the water and for birds in trees it helps get some of the sheen off the leaves, increasing the depth of color. Like all polarizers it takes away light, so it's more useful in brighter light. It snaps in and out reasonably easy - not effortless - but good. If Canon had put round bevels on some of the edges it might self-align better when installing but that would be extra credit. I particularly like the arrow on top showing which way faces front. I wish the default filter that comes with the 500mm f/4 II also had this arrow. I'll probably draw one on. If you shoot birds on water this filter is an absolute must.

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                        4.0

                        Nice Polarizer

                        By Mike from Alaska

                        from Wasilla, AK

                        About Me Parent, Tech Savvy

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Compact Design
                        • Easy To Use
                        • Great Quality
                        • Light

                        Cons

                        • Off Color From Series I

                        Best Uses

                        • Landscape
                        • Reducing reflections

                        Comments about Canon PL-C 52WII 52mm Drop-In Circular Polarizing Filter:

                        If it was the same color as my Series I lens, I would give it 5 stars. Otherwise it's exactly what you expect, an internal polarizing filter with an external wheel you turn to control the rotation of the polarizer. Works great in 300mm f/2.8 IS series 1 lens. Very nice quality.

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                        5.0

                        Just so cool!

                        By Jake

                        from NYC

                        About Me Film Professional

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Compact Design
                        • Easy To Use
                        • Improves Picture Quality

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Shooting Outdoors

                          Comments about Canon PL-C 52WII 52mm Drop-In Circular Polarizing Filter:

                          Great piece to have with your long canon telephoto.

                          Polarizers are a great addition to any kit, and this one is a quick and simple alternative to bulky and costly matte box rigs.

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                          5.0

                          I would buy this product again

                          By Anne Lecuire

                          from arlington VA

                          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 Canon PL-C 52WII 52mm Drop-In Circular Polarizing Filter:

                            very easy to use,great product

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                            5.0

                            Drop in, Fire away

                            By RMC |33| Photography

                            from Reno, Nevada

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

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

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                                Comments about Canon PL-C 52WII 52mm Drop-In Circular Polarizing Filter:

                                I shot a lot of skiing and snowboarding with the Canon 200 f/2 and 500 f/4 II. The simplicity of the drop in filters are amazing, easy to use and store and produce top notch images as one would expect. I highly recommend this filter to anyone shooting a Canon "Great white" near or around water (or any of its other forms).

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                                4.0

                                Hobson Choice as a Circular Polarizer

                                By Malsam

                                from Singapore

                                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Consistent Effect

                                Cons

                                • Not Value For Money
                                • Switch Feels Cheap

                                Best Uses

                                • Landscape

                                Comments about Canon PL-C 52WII 52mm Drop-In Circular Polarizing Filter:

                                I use on a 300L, its neat and handy and its the only way you can use a circular polariser on a large tele. For 300 you get to use on travel and landscape shots, so this filter is useful. On 400 and up I doubt you will use it for landscape shots anymore and more on wildlife in which I think won't be necessary anymore.

                                I'm not sure of Canon filters but with the same price I can get a much better filter brand at the same size. Of course the mount is an issue and how you control the polarisation is another. Overall I think its too pricy.

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                                5.0

                                best tool for the job

                                By yipDog

                                from Mesa, AZ

                                About Me Pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Clear Optics
                                • Consistent Effect
                                • Easily Mounted

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Color Correction
                                  • Image Manipulation

                                  Comments about Canon PL-C 52WII 52mm Drop-In Circular Polarizing Filter:

                                  Perfect for the 500mm f4 USMII and will be put to use once I get the 300 as well!

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                                  5.0

                                  A "Must-Have" accessory

                                  By Ebonius

                                  from Boulder, Colorado

                                  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

                                    Comments about Canon PL-C 52WII 52mm Drop-In Circular Polarizing Filter:

                                    This filter was specifically made for the filter holder in your Canon 300mm or 400mm f/2.8 lens. The quality is superb. It makes switching between a polarizer and a UV filter a snap. You use your right index finger to turn a small wheel at the top right of the filter to adjust the amount of polarization. If you've used the old style filter holder for these lenses you have experienced taking the filter out, turning it until you achieve the polarization and then try to slip the holder back into the lens without moving it. Good luck with that! With the new 52mm Drop-in Circular Polarizing Filter you set it on the fly and never have to pull the filter holder out of the lens. I'm glad I bought it. It's a real time-saver and the resulting photos are remarkable.

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                                    5.0

                                    Polarizing filter

                                    By Tom G.

                                    from Garden Grove, California

                                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

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

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Dramatic Effect
                                      • Reflection control

                                      Comments about Canon PL-C 52WII 52mm Drop-In Circular Polarizing Filter:

                                      It's easy to change and easy to use. I have noticed no downsides to this as of yet.

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