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

(based on 31 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (23)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (7)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

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    (1)

93%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easily mounted (13)
  • Clear optics (12)
  • Consistent effect (12)
  • Easy to use (12)
  • Strong construction (12)

Cons

No Cons

Best Uses

  • Wildlife photos (7)
  • Color correction (6)
  • Landscape/scenery (6)
  • Sports/action (6)
  • Image manipulation (4)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Semi-pro photographer (13), Pro photographer (7), Photo enthusiast (6)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (30)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Can't believe I only now got this!

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...Read complete review

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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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

Canon Quality

By Prime Lens Rob

from Las Vegas, NV

Verified Buyer

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

It's easy to use and I have no complaints. You get what you pay for. Feels tuff and durable. Step up or shut up.

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5.0

Someone was really thinking here

By DriveByShootings

from SoCal

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

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

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery
    • Travel
    • Video
    • Wildlife Photos

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

    Before purchasing a super zoom 500mm lens I was very concerned about how I would tackle a polarizing filter but Canon has really made life easy with their Drop-In Circular filter easily accessible from the top of the lens and simple to change out for other Drop-In's such as a UV or gel. As with most of the L series gear my big issue is price but hey, there really is no substitute.

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    5.0

    Perfect For The Big Glass Shooter

    By Pro Shooter

    from Oregon

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

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

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Sports/Action
      • Travel
      • Wildlife Photos

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

      I use this with my Canon 400mm F2.8 and Canon 800mm 5.6 lenses and have no complants about it. Does what it is designed to do.

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      • No

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      5.0

      Excellent!

      By ClassicSax

      from Buffalo, NY

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Compact
      • Durable
      • 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:

        This is a drop in filter made for specific Canon super telephoto lenses. The quality is excellent. The rotation of the filter is easy. This filter is a must for bird photography.
        Nice blue sky and easier to see through the water. This filter help toning down reflections.
        Some could argue that the price is high, but this what you need to maintain the high quality of picture that these super telephoto lenses can achieve.
        With these big lenses, it is not possible to get filters big enough to fit on the far end of the optics.

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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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            • No

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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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              • No

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              (2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)

               
              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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                  • No

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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 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    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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                    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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                          (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          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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                            (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                             
                            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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