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Tiffen Filters Polarizers Filters

3.46 star rating
                      3.46 / 5 (13 Reviews)
MSRP : $0

Product Description

Essential for outdoor photography; deepens intensity of blue skies; reduces or eliminates glare.

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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by seaward a Expert

Date Reviewed: March 11, 2011

Strengths:    Optical quality, physical quality, and low price. Several specialty filters not available from other manufacturers. Overall, same high quality for less money!

Weaknesses:    None that I can find.

Bottom Line:   
TIFFEN FILTERS are a product shrouded in mystery, misinformation, and general public ignorance. I use a TIFFEN CP, and a HOYA CP, and a B+W CP. I have used UV / Haze filters made by those three companies and others, including most of COKIN’s extensive line of filters.
I have NO empirical evidence based on personal experience as an expert-level, professional photographer to indicate that one was EVER optically superior or inferior to any other.
I have dropped two (2) very expensive Nikon telephoto lenses and each lens fell onto the lens side. In both cases, the UV filter was made by TIFFEN, and in both accidents, the TIFFEN filter ring and filter took the beating.
Much is made of B+W’a brass ring, but I feel that the softer aluminum ring of the TIFFEN filters may have absorbed more of the energy of the impact than brass would have.
I think many people are too eager to accept the idea that “an American filter can’t be as good as a Japanese or German filter” I have evidence to the contrary, and just placed an order for a several specialty filters made only by TIFFEN.

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Duration Product Used:   21+ years

Similar Products Used:   B+W, HOYA, Cokin, Heliopan,Nikon,

Type of photography:   Other

Overall Rating:1
Value Rating:1
Submitted by cammis a Casual

Date Reviewed: July 6, 2008

Bottom Line:   
I purchased a filter kit (UV, Polarizer, Warming). The UV and Warming are just fine. The Polarizer came with defects. The rotating ring was not fixed to the glass part, so the filter is loose and rotating the metal ring sometimes do not result in a rotation of the filter. I found out the the iiner ring was not screwd tight and I have no appropriate instrument to fix it.

Not satisfied at all as the CP is the filter I use most.
I am buying a Crystal Optics filter now.


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Duration Product Used:   2-5 years

Type of photography:   Outdoor

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:4
Submitted by darksoto a Expert

Date Reviewed: April 13, 2006

Strengths:    great polarizer for wide shots of anything including the sky

Weaknesses:    Not good for macro unnless the object is gleeming with intense light.

Bottom Line:   
Great filter if you want to include the sky.

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Duration Product Used:   6-10 years

Similar Products Used:   Tiffen Floerscent Filter, and center focus filter

Type of photography:   Outdoor

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by alxmtn a Intermediate

Date Reviewed: January 5, 2004

Strengths:    Performance overall is worth investment. Enhances images and helps reduce digital noise. Sky colors are deeper based on filter rotation. Easy to maintain.

Weaknesses:    Tricky to screw in front of lens since the rotating section will move as you thread onto your lens however this is a minor issue requiring some momentary patience. Alternative is to use with a CP lens hood if you can find one for your brand of camera.

Bottom Line:   
I own a 62mm Tiffen CP used with my Nikkor AF D 70-300 Zoom. I find images have less digital noise compared to lens w/o CP. No vignette problems except when used indoors to shoot through windows close up. Just stand further from the window and should be ok. Best used before the sun rises to high to be effective or late in the day. This filter offers gradients when rotated and the results are consistent. Nikon offers a CP lens hood which you screw in front of the CP then screw the CP to the lens. A small handle allows you to rotate the filter. Even without using a lens hood, works fine as long as you focus first then rotate the CP. Helps me understand principles of light and composition.

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Duration Product Used:   2-5 years

Price Paid:    $49.00

Purchased At:   B&H Photo

Similar Products Used:   62mm Tiffen Sky Filter, Hoya 81B, 52mm Crystal Optics UV

Type of photography:   Outdoor

Overall Rating:2
Value Rating:2
Submitted by sieracki001 a Intermediate from Irving TX

Date Reviewed: February 23, 2003

Strengths:    Price. Little handle on rim that allows the filter to be turned.

Weaknesses:    Quality and long term usability. Threads seem to want to bind up.

Bottom Line:   
I own a Tiffen 86mm Circular polarizer. I use it rarely recently. Have had some trouble with the filter rotation. I do like the little handle on the rim of the filter that allows rotation. I guess the aluminum that this filter is made out of (I have read it is aluminum) is worn out. I can still use it, it's just not as comfortable. Plus the glass seems to always be dirty. I bought this filter because it was half as much as a B&W or Heliopan of the same size. Guess what, I now own a B&W.

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Duration Product Used:   2-5 years

Price Paid:    $100.00

Purchased At:   B&H

Similar Products Used:   B&W CP

Type of photography:   Outdoor

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