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

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

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

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Nikon C-PL1L overview

  • 1Description

Light rays which are reflected become polarized. Polarizing filters are used to select which light rays enter your camera lens. They can remove unwanted reflections from non-metallic surfaces such as water or glass and also saturate colors providing better contrast. The effect can be seen through the viewfinder and changed by rotating the filter. The filter factor varies according to how the filter is rotated and its orientation to the sun. Filter factor is between 2.3 and 2.8 (approx. +1.3 stops).

This is a drop-in circular polarizing filter for the following Nikon lenses: AF-S 300/2.8D, AF-S 500/4D, AF-S 600/4D, AF-S 200-400/4G and the ED 400/2.8S (Nikon Cat#1499). This filter is externally rotatable.

Circular polarizers are specifically designed for use with auto-focus SLR cameras (They will also work on manual systems without problems).

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Nikon C-PL1L specs

Filter Type Circular Polarizer
Shape Circle
Circular Size 52 mm
Packaging Info
Package Weight 0.35 lb
Box Dimensions (LxWxH) 4.6 x 4.5 x 1.25"

Nikon C-PL1L reviews

52mm Circular Polarizer (C-PL1L) Glass Filter - Drop-In is rated 4.6 out of 5 by 49.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Works as needed I use this on my Nikon 200-400 zoom lens. It works as advertised with no surprises. The external wheel can easily be rotated quickly to adjust the polarizing filter. I mostly use this when shooting sports, backlit. This causes some glare and contrast issues that the polarizers seems to help. However, the 200-400 is 1 stop slow to start with (f4.0 through the range). So, the polarizer lets in even less light to an otherwise slow lens. This becomes more of a problem with the TC on the lens. But the hi iso capabilities of the Nikon D3 offset this some.The only reason I didn't give this item 5 stars is due to the price. At $ it hurts when you buy it.
Date published: 2008-04-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Worth the price! I wondered why a piece of glass could cost so much. However, it is constructed in such a way that it can be slid into my 500mm lens and adjusted by rotating a small easy to access dial on the outside. Having the polarizer inside the lens makes so much sense, especially when I am photographing wildlife in damp, bright, contrasty settings such as Yellowstone in the winter. I have yet to get a coat for my lens so I cannot address ease of adjusting the polarizer with it covering the lens. However, it is a nuisance to exchange it with the UV filter, but the benefits outweigh the inconvenience.
Date published: 2008-05-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from A great addition for the big glass 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.
Date published: 2011-08-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Works well, easy to orient for effect 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.
Date published: 2014-03-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from 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 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!
Date published: 2013-12-23
Rated 4 out of 5 by from 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 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.
Date published: 2008-09-14
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Essential add on for Nikon long glass Having used Nikon's long lenses for many years I had never used a polarizer until this purchase. Now I wish I had done this long ago and find I am using the filter more and more, particularly shooting wildlife in water locations with the 200-400 f4 and 600f4 lenses. The only problem I have had is turning the filter to the desired position using the knurled wheel on the top of the housing while using the Lenscoat covers I have on all the lenses
Date published: 2008-07-01
Rated 5 out of 5 by from WOW!!! 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.
Date published: 2011-04-12
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