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About Tiffen

These filters absorb Ultra Violet (UV) light. Film is more sensitive to Ultra Violet light than our eyes. This often shows up as a haze or a bluish cast, especially when shot from high altitudes and from long distances, particularly over water.

UV filters also help protect your lens from dust, moisture, fingerprints, scratches and damage from cleaning.

Since they absorb no normal light and have no effect on color or contrast, they can be kept on your lens at all times.

Tiffen Ultra Violet filters are available in a variety of absorbtion levels and sizes.

UV filter ---------- Standard UV. Most popular protection filter.
UV MC -------------- Multi coated for extra flare protection.
UV Warm ------------ Combines UV with Tiffen's '812' warming filter.
Haze 1 ------------- Absorbs 75% of UV light.
Haze 2 --------------Absorbs 100% of UV light.
Haze 15--------------Absorbs 81% of UV light.
Haze 16--------------Absorbs 86.5% of UV light
Haze 17 ------------ Absorbs almost all UV light.
UV Wide Angle Thin - UV filter for use with wide angle lenses.

Summary of Customer Reviews

Customers most agreed on the following attributes:
Easy to use (94),Clear optics (57),Firm mount (56),Strong construction (43),Improves picture quality (27),Compact (24),Consistent effect (14),Reliable (6),Durable (5),Lightweight (4)
Best Uses:
Lens protection (69),UV protection (44),Shooting outdoors (35),Shooting indoors (20),Close up filming (9),Panoramic filming (8),Filter protection (7),Everyday (6),Color correction (3),Portraits (3)
Reviewer Profile:
Tech savvy (37),Photo enthusiast (27),Enthusiast (20),Casual photographer (14),Technically challenged (5),Parent (4),Professional (4),Semi-pro photographer (4),Film professional (3)

Tiffen Features

  • Most effective protection filter.

Reviews about this item

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(based on 141 reviews)


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Most Liked Positive Review


Solid Performer

Mounted on Nikon AF 50mm f/1.8 D lens and works great! Very well built and feels solid. I believe it will last for many years to come.


Most Liked Negative Review


Terrible flaring.

If you point this filter anywhere near a strong light source it will flare very obviously. I've tested identical shots in identical lighting with and without the filter, and the flare definitely comes from the filter. I'm returning this and getting a coated filter.

Reviewed by 141 customers


nice filter


from white oak, tx  -  Professional

this filter can be used everyday. not only is it a good filter, but provides extra protection for your investment.


not comment


from casa grande,az  -  Semi-Professional

not comment

(2 of 2 customers found this review helpful)


To Use or Not To Use a Filter


from North Texas  -  Semi-Professional

When I decided to buy the Canon 50mm f/1.8 prime lens I had no intention of adding a UV filter. Knowing that cheap (inexpensive) filters generally reduce the quality of images, the sharpness of the lens would be compromized. Of course one can always add a high quality filter but the cost of such a filter would be half to two thirds the price of the lens and if the purpose of the filter is physical protection, well it hardly justifies. When I bought that lens it came with this filter. I figured I'd give it a try just because. I ran some tests judging it's affect on the lens under rough sun light conditions. The kind of conditions which are real world for any serious shooter. Sure enough the degredation was noticable. The differences in the shots with and without the filter were obvious. Under indoor shooting conditions and in more even light the degredation is going to be less. Regardless, for any photographer who buys a sharp lens such as this 50mm prime, to add mediocre glass over it will result in compromised contrast and color saturation. For physical protection, the use of the filter may be a good enough reason for more casual shooters and no, it's not going to ruin your pictures. It's just not going to let the lens produce its best.




from Chicago, Illinois  -  Casual user

It fits perfectly; does the job.


Tiffen 52 mm UV Glass Filter


from Phoenix, Arizona  -  Hobbyist/Enthusiast

Love my new Tiffen 52 mm UV glass filter!! It attaches to the lens with no trouble. My pictures come out crisp. Love it!


Tiffen 52mm UV Filter


from Oregon  -  Hobbyist/Enthusiast

I have used Tiffen filters on several lenses and am very pleased with the consistent quality. The product performs well and is inexpensive. In addition it adds protection for the lens. For those looking for a good basic UV filter I would certainly recommend it.


Protect your investment


from Livingston, NJ  -  Hobbyist/Enthusiast

UV filters are the most important part of your camera kit. They protect your lenses and improve your pictures. Anyone who doesn't cover the front (and back) of their lenses is asking for trouble.


Dependable UV filter


from White Plains, NY  -  Hobbyist/Enthusiast

To protect your lens, you can't go wrong with this filter.


Great for protection


from Chicago  -  Tech Savvy

It's great to protect the lens from scratches and dust




from Grover Beach, CA  -  Photography enthusiast

This came in a bundle and I was really happy to get this filter to protect my lens


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Shopper  Why Did You Choose This?
GAIL G  This came with a kit, what I chose was the Nikon or Hoya HD2 filters [I purchased both of those]
Sandy M  Does this fit a Nikon 18-55mm lens? How about a 55-200mm one?
MICHAEL S  Both kit lenses accept 52mm filters. I recommend getting a UV filter that is also multicoated to control lens flare. I made the mistake of buying a less expensve one and was disappointed when it produced lens flare. I changed it out for MC and now it's not a problem. A UV that is MC is good protection and can still be found for less than $20. The Hoya is a good one.
Abraham L  What UV filter do I buy for Nikon D70 18-70mm lens?
SUNFLOWERANNE S  This applies to any lens with which I am familiar. Get out your best reading glasses and look at the front area of your lens, near the threaded area where the filter screws onto the lens. There you will see a number which corresponds with the diameter of the threads in mm. (This has NOTHING to do with the focal length of the lens.) That indicates the diameter of filter which will fit that lens. By the way, I keep a UV filter on my lens at all times to act as a guard against scratching the lens.
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