Tiffen Circular Polarizer review: handy accessory for big contrast

We tested an essential tool that helps achieve stunning blue skies and glare-free surfaces without spending hours editing

Review - Tiffen Polarizer Filter
(Image: © Kim Bunermann/ Future)

Digital Camera World Verdict

The Tiffen Circular Polarizer is an affordable yet effective option for enhancing contrast, colour saturation and reducing glare in photographs. This filter is made with ColorCore Glass, guaranteeing consistent color reproduction every time it's used. It provides a secure grip and performs exceptionally well even in challenging lighting conditions. One of the filter's only drawbacks is that it may produce a slightly cool color tone. Nevertheless, this filter is still an excellent choice for photographers looking for high quality and value for money.


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    Good range of sizes

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    Very well priced

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    10-year warranty


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    Slight cool cast

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If you're looking to enhance the contrast and colours of your photos while minimizing glare, investing in a polarizer filter is a wise decision. This small yet powerful tool can cut down hours of editing time, making it an essential item for any photographer's kit. 

Tiffen's ColorCore process ensures colour consistency in every application. Such consistency provides photographers with the confidence that they can rely on the filter to deliver consistent, high-quality results, regardless of the lighting conditions or environment they're shooting in.


Are you familiar with the all-metal holder of the NX series? Have a look at the review on the Cokin NX CPL polarising filter. This filter requires a holder different from the Tiffen Circular Polarizer filter, which may be more suitable for your handling and workflow.

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Kim Bunermann
Technique Editor

Kim is the Technique Editor of Digital Photographer Magazine. She specializes in architecture, still life and product photography and has a Master's degree in Photography and Media with a distinction from the FH Bielefeld University of Applied Sciences in Germany. While studying, Kim came to the UK for an exchange term at the London College of Communication. She settled in the UK and began her career path by joining Future. Kim focuses on tutorials and creative techniques, and particularly enjoys interviewing inspiring photographers who concentrate on a range of fascinating subjects including women in photography, the climate crisis; the planet, its precious creatures and the environment.