• Tiffen 55mm Photo Essentials Kit with UV Protector, 812 Color Warming, Circular Polarizing Glass Filters and 4 Pocket Pouch
  • Tiffen 55mm Photo Essentials Kit with UV Protector, 812 Color Warming, Circular Polarizing Glass Filters and 4 Pocket Pouch
  • Tiffen 55mm Photo Essentials Kit with UV Protector, 812 Color Warming, Circular Polarizing Glass Filters and 4 Pocket Pouch
Tiffen 55mm Photo Essentials Kit with UV Protector, 812 Color Warming, Circular Polarizing Glass Filters and 4 Pocket Pouch
Tiffen 55mm Photo Essentials Kit with UV Protector, 812 Color Warming, Circular Polarizing Glass Filters and 4 Pocket Pouch
Tiffen 55mm Photo Essentials Kit with UV Protector, 812 Color Warming, Circular Polarizing Glass Filters and 4 Pocket Pouch

Tiffen 55mm Photo Essentials Kit with UV Protector, 812 Color Warming, Circular Polarizing Glass Filters and 4 Pocket Pouch

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  • UV protector
  • Circular polarizer
  • 55mm diameter
  • 812 color warming filter

Customer Reviews

NICE BASIC FILTERS-AND MADE IN USAThese are nice basic filters and are well made. The polarizer works great, and I leave the UV filter on my camera all the time. I havent tried the warm filter yet but if its as good as the others Im happy. Please note that these filters are NOT multi-coated. They are very high quality optical glass and are actually two pieces of glass "sandwiched". They are optically distortion free and are easy to clean. The frames are aluminium powder coated and the "wheel" for the polarizer is plastic. The polarizer can be a bit tricky to take off if its too tight on the camera because the "wheel" is the same diameter as the filter..and this is done because some removable lens caps are the the "cupped" version..and the camera lens cap might not stay on unless the polarizer wheel is the diameter as the lens. Its no biggie..its still fairly easy to remove the polarizer. Many photo shops approve of these filters because they do a good job even though they are not multicoated. Multicoated filters are harder to clean, and you risk removing the coating when cleaning. Just use a lens hood if your worried about lens flare, and these filters will do a good job. Tiffen does make multi-coated filters in military grade high def..but they are very pricey for us amatures. 4Tiffen offers a fantastic product!Updated 8.25.15: I've seen several negative reviews for this filter set. In fact, 20% of the reviews are 3-stars or less. Now, granted, only 7% of those are 1-star reviews, but I feel the need to stand behind my original position.Tiffen makes an excellent product & is one of the industry leaders, making products that have been used by some of the top professional photographers & cinematographers in the business, from optics to tripods. Their products continually get top marks from most everyone who uses them. Now, is it possible that even a top manufacturer can have a product that's off slightly, having a smudge on a filter as one reviewer stated? Sure, & Amazon has a fantastic return & exchange policy, so rather than give a product 1-star & complain about a smudge, how about exchanging them for a new set & seeing how you feel about it then. If they strike out twice with two separate kits likely from two very different production runs, then by all means, you have every right to be upset.However, I find it highly unlikely that Tiffen would disappoint the next time around. I've actually slipped on a dirt slope while shooting, landing lens first. I got not a single scratch on my circular polarizer, which took the brunt of the blow, though I obviously reacted to mitigate the damage. I still using these same filters today.Regardless, these filters have exceeded my expectations at every turn & save me a lot of time in post-production computer editing, largely because I have to do such minimal correction, mostly corrections to highlights, shadows, exposure, & sometimes color saturation or cast. None of these are things that can be corrected by the filters in this set, except for the 812 Color Warming filter.When I've used the 812 to take portraits, especially in natural light, I've achieved results that have blown me away! I took a series of portraits of my cat, which is an Ocicat/tabby mix that has colors that are a mix of dark greys, dark browns, light browns with pure whites with all golden undertones. I took pictures without the 812 but with the other two. I decided on a whim to add the 812 & was absolutely amazed at the results. I've since posted many of these photos to my instagram account with absolutely ZERO correction--no computer correction, no in-camera correction tools, no post production whatsoever. I've received some of the most positive feedback on these pictures than on any other pictures I've posted. I've also achieved the same stellar results in portraits taken of my wife as well as several candids of both people & wildlife, mostly in natural light.I also took a series of sunset pictures over a few nights in a single week. I used the Circular Polarizer & the UV Filter. I took a number of pictures both with the filters & then took a number of pictures without the Circular Polarizer but left the UV filter on. When I compared the two series, the photos WITH the Circular Polarizer gave results closer to what the human eye naturally sees than the photos taken without the optical filtration.That's the beauty of these products. Optical filtration does things for the photographer that can't be done with any other tools. In particular, the 812 Color Warming filter is exclusive to Tiffen, as far as I'm aware. It does amazing things for my photos, which is what it promises! I just wish I had the regular linear polarizer just because it's easier to use & gives more natural results without worrying about whether or not I've got my filter rotated to the right direction for the blue of the sky to come out right, things like that. Otherwise, I love every filter & the things they allow me to do as a photographer that I wouldn't be able to do otherwise.Having the ability to correct visual aberrations BEFORE they get stored in the photo is brilliant! Please, read these negative reviews with a grain of salt. If you have doubts, buy them, save the packaging, use them AND don't use them, see the results for yourself, make your own judgments, & if you're not satisfied then return the product & write your own review. It's really a simple choice because the worst that can happen is you end up with a great product, incredible photographs, & happy memories or just beautiful works of art. Tasks for listening, so to speak. 'I bought this set for my Nikon D3200 in 52mm (the inner diameter if the lens body) & couldn't be happier. You can stack the filters for combined effects or use them individually. I find the UV filter & the Polarized filter combine very well for almost all outdoor occasions. The UV filter protects your optics & you CCD from overexposure to ultraviolet rays while the Polarized filter rotates to give you three quite distinct options:cool, warm, or neutral lighting throughput. The filters offer tremendous clarity & allow colors to pass through unchanged, giving you a true look at the world. I couldn't be happier with my purchase, though do be careful when putting the filters on your lenses--you most definitely do NOT want to cross-thread either the lens threads or the filter threads or both. It will make using the items an extremely untenable situation.Update: While this purchase was for my cousin, a very promising young artist photographer who loves nature, I've had mine for several months now. I use them for every kind of photography, from wildlife, to landscapes, to storms and lightning, to portraits and personal candids. Lately, I've been using all three filters stacked together, the UV filter on the bottom, the Circular Polarizer in the center, and the 812 Color Warming filter on top. Originally, I was worried about the 812 warming colors that didn't need warning, but what I've found in using it is that it is very color tolerant. For the most part, I've found that where I would normally have to adjust the White Balance because the photo is washed out, either a little or a lot, the 812 eliminates the need for me to have to make those adjustments in post, particularly since I work exclusively in raw, or .NEF for the Nikon standard. Using the optical filters allows me to keep the raw data mostly unaltered to produce good, useable photos for printing, for social media, for sharing with friends, etc. Having good, usable raw data photos right on camera makes producing good printable final products so easy. With just a few, often slight, adjustments you can easily get great photos practically off the camera. Even more adjustments and create the art shots you want with general ease. The best part, shooting in raw format gives you a virtual negative, full non-destructive editing. Any change you make can be fully undone by going back to the negative since all the changes you make are saved to a new file. Between to optical filters and the right software, shooting in raw, you can do almost anything with today's dSLR cameras. The beauty of these optical filters is that with them you don't have to make basic adjustments in post. I've really enjoyed using the Tiffen Filters. I highly recommend them, and they have many other options available, so the possibilities are tremendous. Definitely add optical filters to your equipment case. 5Good value packageI initially gave this product a poor review after using for about 2 weeks. At the time I wasnt sufficiently versed in its use together with the Panasonic FZ18 and therefore got some frustrating results. Here is my revised review after using the set for more than 8 months now.This package actually offers great value for the price. I've noted greatly enhanced colour saturation using the polarizer (especially with sunsets and rich hues of blue and orange). The UV filter has also proven effective in reducing the ugly blue glow look under flourescent lighting as well as cutting haze in my shots. While I've used the ND filter on rare ocassions to reduce over-exposure, I have yet to try it on other suggested applications, eg. blurring water movement, but this requires a tripod which I dont have. given the fact that I live in Trinidad where almost everything already has a warm tone, I have never once used the warming filter.If you're using a wide-angle lens then look out for vignetting (darked out edges)on our shots. To my knowledge, this cannot be avoided since the lens will also capture the edges of the filter given the expanse of its angle. You can overcome this by zooming in slightly until the dark edges disappear.Additionally, remember that with the polarizer, you lose a little light so you may need to widen your aperture, slow your speed or adjust your ISO to get the right exposure.Overall, great package, great price. 5UV filter and polarizer are awesome!I waited a while...obviously....to give these a review. I bought them in 2004, it is 2017 and these biatches are STILL doing their job and doing it perfectly. I've been a photographer for 22 years and I got them when I was at year 9 of that venture. ....back when we were still using FILM....you kids in elementary school and middle school go google Fuji 100, 200, or 800 film or Kodak 800 film, then Google search "dark room" and realize you have SO much LESS work to get your photos than all of us "old" bastages. UV filter and polarizer are awesome! 5First thing I bought for my camera. Lack of experience showsI bought this kit about a year ago. I was so excited about my new camera purchase that I wanted to make sure that i was prepared. Please be warned that anything you put in front of your lens will degrade the image to some degree. The quality of what you put in front will determine the degree of that degradation.With that being said the UV filter in this package is garbage. It causes ghosting in images. Ghostings is basically where you can see a ghosted image of a light right next to the original light source. This is an easy indication of a poorly made filter.The Warming filter is pretty cool. Being a Caucasian in the winter isn't always the most pleasing of skin tones. Its gimmicky though.The polarizer is decent. When stacked i sometimes have spots on the image.The pouch is actually great. I use it to hold the warming filter my ND filters and the polarizer.If you are just starting out, trust me when I say that quantity in this hobby is not worth the sacrifice of quality. For the price you are better off buying a multicoated UV protector. Save up and buy a polarizer later if you want. As your skills increase you will notice that you will quickly outgrow this kit, rendering most of it useless. Also make sure your buying the right size. that MM is very important :)Happy picture taking! 2You get what you pay for.This is a three filter set that is quite cheap. Unfortunately, it performs that way as well. UV filter is OK, although I am pretty sure it is uncoated. It is quite prone to flare. I guess it protects your front element, if you are concerned about that, but I would take it off if you are shooting into any strong light sources.The polarizing filter is pretty weak. It is also quite prone to flare. Of course, you would hope that with a polarizing filter you aren't shooting directly into the sun, but if you would, you would get some pretty strong flare.I haven't used the warming filter -- don't really see the point when shooting digital, easy enough to do that type of effect in post processing.All in all, if you are compulsive about protecting your front element and want a (albeit weak) polarizing filter, this is probably the deal for you. On the other hand, if you want nice filters, expect to pay for them. 3Good filters, even if some redundantThis kit comes with four things:- Circular polarizer: the filter that most people looking at this kit are interested in. While it is difficult to make a "bad" polarizer (it either works or doesn't) this one certainly is among the good working ones. Makes the sky look awesome, and takes away reflections from water and windows. Polarizer is a definite must for photographers of any level.- UV filter: if you read reviews online, the Tiffen UV filter is generally not effective at blocking out UV. So most people just use it as an additional layer of glass, for protecting their lens. My personal philosophy is "why bother", but you may find it interesting.- Warming filter: this is really more for the "authentic field" photographer who wants their picture to look right the first time. Any decent software can mimic this effect, so I also say "why bother".- A four-filter pouch: there is a single pouch to store all three filters. Since polarizer is a little thicker, in effect, it's just perfect for three. Since there no individual wrappers, and I only really use one filter, this pouch just sits at home.Overall, for a bit more than what the polarizer is retailing alone, you get some extras. I don't really find their all that valuable, but nevertheless worth the extra couple of dollars.Regarding the build quality: I am not discerning enough to tell any aberrations in the glass. The plastic frame, though, is a bit rough along the edges, and the printed labels aren't sharp, but doesn't really affect the performance. But basically, it doesn't *look* expensive. Made in USA.Also comes with a promotional brochure, but it's interesting 'cause it explains the effects of all current Tiffen filters, so good reading material :) 4Just as expected...I was so excited to get this filter set I had to try each out the same day. At first I didn't understand the idea of a circular polarization filter that spins. And when I first used it outside my home, it didn't seem to show much difference. I read the Tiffen booklet that came with the filters and it tells you how the polarization filter works better in certain situations than others. You also have to be a certain angle from the sun to get the full polarization effect. But once I got the hang of it after playing with it for a while, I love it.I like how you can spin the filter because sometimes when you have the effect working while you're holding your camera horizontally, when you turn it for a vertical photo, the effect goes away. You simply turn the filter until you see the effect again, and shoot away. One time I was taking a photo of a rainbow and went to turn the camera and the rainbow instantly disappeared. It's kind of fun to play around with this. You can also add filters on top of this one, but I'm not sure how that may affect the polarization filter.Overall this filter kit is wonderful and worth the cost since it normally costs more than this at a photo store. I haven't played with the warming filter yet, but the circular polarization lens is my favorite and probably will stay on my lens most of the time. I use this on my Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi with a Sigma telephoto lens. 5Good filters, bought mostly for the bagI'm a new DSLR person who just wants to make my family photos and vacation photos look cooler. I'd have a simple camera if the DSLR wasn't a gift. This review will just tell a little about each filter. (Feel free to correct me, dslr experts!)This comes with 3 filters, a UV filter, which is to protect the more expensive lens. A warming filter, which is to help with fluorescent lights in rooms to give a warmer look. I haven't used it much and haven't enjoyed the effect. The last one is a polarizing filter, which I bought separately also. It's used to block out reflected light and darken the sky for better looking photos. I've used this one a lot, it even works with snow.The carrying case is a must have, and holds 4 filters, which means you can take what you need with you and don't have to have filters lose in your camera bag. 5Tiffen filters are a must have item for a photographer's ...Tiffen filters are a must have item for a photographer's bag and camera. It is just a basic. Not only is it functional for the use intended, but it will protect you valuable lens (i.e. in my case, on one of my camera throw in the purse/backpack/beach bag kind of days with my small grandchildren, I set my camera quickly down on the table at lunch to slice chicken fingers for a suddenly starving to death crying child, while the other child turn equally as quickly knocking the said camera off the table onto the awaiting BRICK floor lens first. The only damage was small cracks in the side of the filter, which I was still able to use and shot pix throughout the day.) Check for the lens size number (preceded by zero with a slash through it) on the inside rim of your camera lens (sometimes on the outside) and order the correct filters to fit your camera lens. Personally I have several duplicate sets for the lens' I use most because I just leave them on. I have been buying Tiffen for years for all my different cameras and lens whims and have never had a problem of any kind. By the way, I am an amateur, pleasure photographer, that takes hundreds of pictures all year every year. 5
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Description
  • UV protector
  • Circular polarizer
  • 55mm diameter
  • 812 color warming filter
Reviews

Customer Reviews

NICE BASIC FILTERS-AND MADE IN USAThese are nice basic filters and are well made. The polarizer works great, and I leave the UV filter on my camera all the time. I havent tried the warm filter yet but if its as good as the others Im happy. Please note that these filters are NOT multi-coated. They are very high quality optical glass and are actually two pieces of glass "sandwiched". They are optically distortion free and are easy to clean. The frames are aluminium powder coated and the "wheel" for the polarizer is plastic. The polarizer can be a bit tricky to take off if its too tight on the camera because the "wheel" is the same diameter as the filter..and this is done because some removable lens caps are the the "cupped" version..and the camera lens cap might not stay on unless the polarizer wheel is the diameter as the lens. Its no biggie..its still fairly easy to remove the polarizer. Many photo shops approve of these filters because they do a good job even though they are not multicoated. Multicoated filters are harder to clean, and you risk removing the coating when cleaning. Just use a lens hood if your worried about lens flare, and these filters will do a good job. Tiffen does make multi-coated filters in military grade high def..but they are very pricey for us amatures. 4Tiffen offers a fantastic product!Updated 8.25.15: I've seen several negative reviews for this filter set. In fact, 20% of the reviews are 3-stars or less. Now, granted, only 7% of those are 1-star reviews, but I feel the need to stand behind my original position.Tiffen makes an excellent product & is one of the industry leaders, making products that have been used by some of the top professional photographers & cinematographers in the business, from optics to tripods. Their products continually get top marks from most everyone who uses them. Now, is it possible that even a top manufacturer can have a product that's off slightly, having a smudge on a filter as one reviewer stated? Sure, & Amazon has a fantastic return & exchange policy, so rather than give a product 1-star & complain about a smudge, how about exchanging them for a new set & seeing how you feel about it then. If they strike out twice with two separate kits likely from two very different production runs, then by all means, you have every right to be upset.However, I find it highly unlikely that Tiffen would disappoint the next time around. I've actually slipped on a dirt slope while shooting, landing lens first. I got not a single scratch on my circular polarizer, which took the brunt of the blow, though I obviously reacted to mitigate the damage. I still using these same filters today.Regardless, these filters have exceeded my expectations at every turn & save me a lot of time in post-production computer editing, largely because I have to do such minimal correction, mostly corrections to highlights, shadows, exposure, & sometimes color saturation or cast. None of these are things that can be corrected by the filters in this set, except for the 812 Color Warming filter.When I've used the 812 to take portraits, especially in natural light, I've achieved results that have blown me away! I took a series of portraits of my cat, which is an Ocicat/tabby mix that has colors that are a mix of dark greys, dark browns, light browns with pure whites with all golden undertones. I took pictures without the 812 but with the other two. I decided on a whim to add the 812 & was absolutely amazed at the results. I've since posted many of these photos to my instagram account with absolutely ZERO correction--no computer correction, no in-camera correction tools, no post production whatsoever. I've received some of the most positive feedback on these pictures than on any other pictures I've posted. I've also achieved the same stellar results in portraits taken of my wife as well as several candids of both people & wildlife, mostly in natural light.I also took a series of sunset pictures over a few nights in a single week. I used the Circular Polarizer & the UV Filter. I took a number of pictures both with the filters & then took a number of pictures without the Circular Polarizer but left the UV filter on. When I compared the two series, the photos WITH the Circular Polarizer gave results closer to what the human eye naturally sees than the photos taken without the optical filtration.That's the beauty of these products. Optical filtration does things for the photographer that can't be done with any other tools. In particular, the 812 Color Warming filter is exclusive to Tiffen, as far as I'm aware. It does amazing things for my photos, which is what it promises! I just wish I had the regular linear polarizer just because it's easier to use & gives more natural results without worrying about whether or not I've got my filter rotated to the right direction for the blue of the sky to come out right, things like that. Otherwise, I love every filter & the things they allow me to do as a photographer that I wouldn't be able to do otherwise.Having the ability to correct visual aberrations BEFORE they get stored in the photo is brilliant! Please, read these negative reviews with a grain of salt. If you have doubts, buy them, save the packaging, use them AND don't use them, see the results for yourself, make your own judgments, & if you're not satisfied then return the product & write your own review. It's really a simple choice because the worst that can happen is you end up with a great product, incredible photographs, & happy memories or just beautiful works of art. Tasks for listening, so to speak. 'I bought this set for my Nikon D3200 in 52mm (the inner diameter if the lens body) & couldn't be happier. You can stack the filters for combined effects or use them individually. I find the UV filter & the Polarized filter combine very well for almost all outdoor occasions. The UV filter protects your optics & you CCD from overexposure to ultraviolet rays while the Polarized filter rotates to give you three quite distinct options:cool, warm, or neutral lighting throughput. The filters offer tremendous clarity & allow colors to pass through unchanged, giving you a true look at the world. I couldn't be happier with my purchase, though do be careful when putting the filters on your lenses--you most definitely do NOT want to cross-thread either the lens threads or the filter threads or both. It will make using the items an extremely untenable situation.Update: While this purchase was for my cousin, a very promising young artist photographer who loves nature, I've had mine for several months now. I use them for every kind of photography, from wildlife, to landscapes, to storms and lightning, to portraits and personal candids. Lately, I've been using all three filters stacked together, the UV filter on the bottom, the Circular Polarizer in the center, and the 812 Color Warming filter on top. Originally, I was worried about the 812 warming colors that didn't need warning, but what I've found in using it is that it is very color tolerant. For the most part, I've found that where I would normally have to adjust the White Balance because the photo is washed out, either a little or a lot, the 812 eliminates the need for me to have to make those adjustments in post, particularly since I work exclusively in raw, or .NEF for the Nikon standard. Using the optical filters allows me to keep the raw data mostly unaltered to produce good, useable photos for printing, for social media, for sharing with friends, etc. Having good, usable raw data photos right on camera makes producing good printable final products so easy. With just a few, often slight, adjustments you can easily get great photos practically off the camera. Even more adjustments and create the art shots you want with general ease. The best part, shooting in raw format gives you a virtual negative, full non-destructive editing. Any change you make can be fully undone by going back to the negative since all the changes you make are saved to a new file. Between to optical filters and the right software, shooting in raw, you can do almost anything with today's dSLR cameras. The beauty of these optical filters is that with them you don't have to make basic adjustments in post. I've really enjoyed using the Tiffen Filters. I highly recommend them, and they have many other options available, so the possibilities are tremendous. Definitely add optical filters to your equipment case. 5Good value packageI initially gave this product a poor review after using for about 2 weeks. At the time I wasnt sufficiently versed in its use together with the Panasonic FZ18 and therefore got some frustrating results. Here is my revised review after using the set for more than 8 months now.This package actually offers great value for the price. I've noted greatly enhanced colour saturation using the polarizer (especially with sunsets and rich hues of blue and orange). The UV filter has also proven effective in reducing the ugly blue glow look under flourescent lighting as well as cutting haze in my shots. While I've used the ND filter on rare ocassions to reduce over-exposure, I have yet to try it on other suggested applications, eg. blurring water movement, but this requires a tripod which I dont have. given the fact that I live in Trinidad where almost everything already has a warm tone, I have never once used the warming filter.If you're using a wide-angle lens then look out for vignetting (darked out edges)on our shots. To my knowledge, this cannot be avoided since the lens will also capture the edges of the filter given the expanse of its angle. You can overcome this by zooming in slightly until the dark edges disappear.Additionally, remember that with the polarizer, you lose a little light so you may need to widen your aperture, slow your speed or adjust your ISO to get the right exposure.Overall, great package, great price. 5UV filter and polarizer are awesome!I waited a while...obviously....to give these a review. I bought them in 2004, it is 2017 and these biatches are STILL doing their job and doing it perfectly. I've been a photographer for 22 years and I got them when I was at year 9 of that venture. ....back when we were still using FILM....you kids in elementary school and middle school go google Fuji 100, 200, or 800 film or Kodak 800 film, then Google search "dark room" and realize you have SO much LESS work to get your photos than all of us "old" bastages. UV filter and polarizer are awesome! 5First thing I bought for my camera. Lack of experience showsI bought this kit about a year ago. I was so excited about my new camera purchase that I wanted to make sure that i was prepared. Please be warned that anything you put in front of your lens will degrade the image to some degree. The quality of what you put in front will determine the degree of that degradation.With that being said the UV filter in this package is garbage. It causes ghosting in images. Ghostings is basically where you can see a ghosted image of a light right next to the original light source. This is an easy indication of a poorly made filter.The Warming filter is pretty cool. Being a Caucasian in the winter isn't always the most pleasing of skin tones. Its gimmicky though.The polarizer is decent. When stacked i sometimes have spots on the image.The pouch is actually great. I use it to hold the warming filter my ND filters and the polarizer.If you are just starting out, trust me when I say that quantity in this hobby is not worth the sacrifice of quality. For the price you are better off buying a multicoated UV protector. Save up and buy a polarizer later if you want. As your skills increase you will notice that you will quickly outgrow this kit, rendering most of it useless. Also make sure your buying the right size. that MM is very important :)Happy picture taking! 2You get what you pay for.This is a three filter set that is quite cheap. Unfortunately, it performs that way as well. UV filter is OK, although I am pretty sure it is uncoated. It is quite prone to flare. I guess it protects your front element, if you are concerned about that, but I would take it off if you are shooting into any strong light sources.The polarizing filter is pretty weak. It is also quite prone to flare. Of course, you would hope that with a polarizing filter you aren't shooting directly into the sun, but if you would, you would get some pretty strong flare.I haven't used the warming filter -- don't really see the point when shooting digital, easy enough to do that type of effect in post processing.All in all, if you are compulsive about protecting your front element and want a (albeit weak) polarizing filter, this is probably the deal for you. On the other hand, if you want nice filters, expect to pay for them. 3Good filters, even if some redundantThis kit comes with four things:- Circular polarizer: the filter that most people looking at this kit are interested in. While it is difficult to make a "bad" polarizer (it either works or doesn't) this one certainly is among the good working ones. Makes the sky look awesome, and takes away reflections from water and windows. Polarizer is a definite must for photographers of any level.- UV filter: if you read reviews online, the Tiffen UV filter is generally not effective at blocking out UV. So most people just use it as an additional layer of glass, for protecting their lens. My personal philosophy is "why bother", but you may find it interesting.- Warming filter: this is really more for the "authentic field" photographer who wants their picture to look right the first time. Any decent software can mimic this effect, so I also say "why bother".- A four-filter pouch: there is a single pouch to store all three filters. Since polarizer is a little thicker, in effect, it's just perfect for three. Since there no individual wrappers, and I only really use one filter, this pouch just sits at home.Overall, for a bit more than what the polarizer is retailing alone, you get some extras. I don't really find their all that valuable, but nevertheless worth the extra couple of dollars.Regarding the build quality: I am not discerning enough to tell any aberrations in the glass. The plastic frame, though, is a bit rough along the edges, and the printed labels aren't sharp, but doesn't really affect the performance. But basically, it doesn't *look* expensive. Made in USA.Also comes with a promotional brochure, but it's interesting 'cause it explains the effects of all current Tiffen filters, so good reading material :) 4Just as expected...I was so excited to get this filter set I had to try each out the same day. At first I didn't understand the idea of a circular polarization filter that spins. And when I first used it outside my home, it didn't seem to show much difference. I read the Tiffen booklet that came with the filters and it tells you how the polarization filter works better in certain situations than others. You also have to be a certain angle from the sun to get the full polarization effect. But once I got the hang of it after playing with it for a while, I love it.I like how you can spin the filter because sometimes when you have the effect working while you're holding your camera horizontally, when you turn it for a vertical photo, the effect goes away. You simply turn the filter until you see the effect again, and shoot away. One time I was taking a photo of a rainbow and went to turn the camera and the rainbow instantly disappeared. It's kind of fun to play around with this. You can also add filters on top of this one, but I'm not sure how that may affect the polarization filter.Overall this filter kit is wonderful and worth the cost since it normally costs more than this at a photo store. I haven't played with the warming filter yet, but the circular polarization lens is my favorite and probably will stay on my lens most of the time. I use this on my Canon EOS Digital Rebel XTi with a Sigma telephoto lens. 5Good filters, bought mostly for the bagI'm a new DSLR person who just wants to make my family photos and vacation photos look cooler. I'd have a simple camera if the DSLR wasn't a gift. This review will just tell a little about each filter. (Feel free to correct me, dslr experts!)This comes with 3 filters, a UV filter, which is to protect the more expensive lens. A warming filter, which is to help with fluorescent lights in rooms to give a warmer look. I haven't used it much and haven't enjoyed the effect. The last one is a polarizing filter, which I bought separately also. It's used to block out reflected light and darken the sky for better looking photos. I've used this one a lot, it even works with snow.The carrying case is a must have, and holds 4 filters, which means you can take what you need with you and don't have to have filters lose in your camera bag. 5Tiffen filters are a must have item for a photographer's ...Tiffen filters are a must have item for a photographer's bag and camera. It is just a basic. Not only is it functional for the use intended, but it will protect you valuable lens (i.e. in my case, on one of my camera throw in the purse/backpack/beach bag kind of days with my small grandchildren, I set my camera quickly down on the table at lunch to slice chicken fingers for a suddenly starving to death crying child, while the other child turn equally as quickly knocking the said camera off the table onto the awaiting BRICK floor lens first. The only damage was small cracks in the side of the filter, which I was still able to use and shot pix throughout the day.) Check for the lens size number (preceded by zero with a slash through it) on the inside rim of your camera lens (sometimes on the outside) and order the correct filters to fit your camera lens. Personally I have several duplicate sets for the lens' I use most because I just leave them on. I have been buying Tiffen for years for all my different cameras and lens whims and have never had a problem of any kind. By the way, I am an amateur, pleasure photographer, that takes hundreds of pictures all year every year. 5
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