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257 of 275 people found the following review helpful
This is one of the best bargains that i've seen, "essentially" you get 3 filters for the price of one. The image quality with these filters is great, the 812 (warming) filter is by far a favorite giving back the color richness that flash photography so often washes out, that is unless you have the patience for constantly tweaking your flash power. Aside from the 812 the UV protector is basically a clear protective filter. While it obviously has advantages over clear glass, I tend not to think of it as any different. This too is a great filter which I use about half the time because it doesn't affect color hues or change f stop values too greatly while it takes the worry out of carrying the camera around ready for any candid shots that may occur. Finally included is the circular polarizer. This filter adjusts the amount of uv light entering the camera by spinning the filter to the direction the uv rays are entering (or turning the thingy till things look better). This lens is great for sunny days and will take surface glare off lakes and glass making them transparent again. It also makes colors more crisp in general when photographing buildings and other large "reflective" man-made things. So things sound great so far, but now to why I only give this item 4 stars. While Tiffen is known to be one of the best at photo and video filters, they have quality control issues that do no live up to thier reputation. In my case the 812 filter arrived with a discoloration in the glass. While it was didn't hurt image quality, with the flaw being towards the edge of the filter, I none the less didn't want to find a situation in which the flaw would diminish quality. Seeing as it was not amazon's fault my first e-mail went to Tiffen for a replacement which they said they would gladly do, but only after I send them the filter and they recieve it would they ship my replacement (not an option in my circumstances). Instead Amazon's wonderful customer service shown through again, and within 3 days they had replaced the entire set. The second set arrivided without flaw but since my other two filters were in perfect condition I traded just the 812. I havn't had any other issues and i'm very satisfied with my filters. The only other word of warning would be to that of the circular polorizer. While I recieved 2 that were flawless occassionally I have read in reviews customers have received ones that were assembled backwards making the lens useless. A quick way to check to see if your CP is working correctly is to hold it, thread facing yourself, and look at an LCD monitor or TV and spin it until the picture dissapears(obviously working correctly). I still wouldn't pass up this deal knowing what I do now, chances are everything will show up perfectly but none the less if you're concerned order it before you need it and check everything over carefully. Amazon is always the best for returns and will often ship a replacement the next day with overnight shipping.

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I was recently doing some black and white film photography, and decided to use my 812 warming filter as a protective lens as I was carrying 3 lenses with me. Just thought that I would mention that using this filter will produce a "White" sky in some outdoor photographs. The shots were taken with a gradient blue sky to which the entirety showed up white, even on bracketed sets, that should have shown something in one of the series. While itself was a interesting effect for some shots, it mostly just caused me frustration in the darkroom. I just wanted to add this as fair warning. I discovered this on accident, so I don't know if it applies to all sky conditions as I didn't do a lot B&W sky shots, I might test it using Photoshop later as I see they have the 812s effect built in. Anyways, good luck and have fun photoing.
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108 of 117 people found the following review helpful
on May 12, 2005
I am not impressed with Tiffen filters I got in this set. The finish of the rings are poor. Despite of previously poor reputaion, I recently purchased some 67mm Quantaray filter from the local Ritz Camera store which are of much better quality compared to this set of Tiffen filters. I never got Tiffens before, had good experience with Hoyas. I will probably stay with those from now on. Now come to think of it, Ritz camera indicated the Quantaray they had were made by Hoya.

The glass on all the filters are quite a bit more reflective compared to the Hoyas and the Quantarays. Not a good sign.

The circular polarizer had some smudges and some lense swirl that after 10 sheets of lense tissue and quite a bit of cleaning solution failed to be fully cleared off. Quite frustrating. All of the filters came with lint and a few little smudges on them, not sure if the store handling or the manufacturer handling was to blame, but none of the other filters I got before had this kind of problem right out of the box.

The set might be cheap, but it sure is for a good reason.
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195 of 216 people found the following review helpful
on November 2, 2003
There is no doubt that the price is right with this set as it comes with 3 filters. but using relatively inexpensive UV filters on lenses as protection is not a good idea because it will degrade your image slightly. if you have superior lenses (like Canon L glass or IS) you will probably want to buy a much higher quality UV filter as protection. and if you have cheaper lenses, then i would not use a cheap UV filter because you will be degrading your image too much.
the good news is that you also get a circular polarizer and a warming filter in this set. so that helps make this kit worthwhile.
just don't fall into the trap of thinking that cheap UV filters on your lenses are necessarily a good thing.
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47 of 49 people found the following review helpful
on May 25, 2001
These really are the essential filters. I keep the UV protector on my lens anytime I'm not using another filter just to protect the lens.
The circular polarizer is fantastic. It is amazing how often it is needed. You simply turn the filter until you find the point where glare disappears. I've used it for everything from eliminating glare from the Plexiglas in ice skating rinks and windows to the midday sun glare. It's fantastic.
The warming filter comes in very handy in landscape and portraits. I've used it most in outdoor portraits to enhance that warm sunset feel.
Three filters everyone should have. They even come in a nice case.
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49 of 52 people found the following review helpful
on November 4, 2005
I am an just an amateur, and I have owned these filters (+ others of the same brand) for about two years, and I have been very very happy with them. In particular, you cannot believe how different your landscape pictures will look like with a cicular polarizer filter unless you try it. This filter will really change your life (well, picturewise at least...). If used properly, you will have pictures with incredibly neat colors. The way it will render the blue of a noon sky is unbelievable. These filters are well worth their price. If you only want to buy one, you should definitely buy the circular polarizer.
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124 of 139 people found the following review helpful
on January 31, 2004
Set that I got came in a somewhat cheap case and has poor anodizing on them. Shiny and seemingly worn in some of the threads. At first I thought they had been used but at closer examination, they were just poorly finished. The circular polarizer does not turn smoothly, again probably due to the poor finish in the threads. I may return them and get something more acceptable, such as Promaster.
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40 of 43 people found the following review helpful
on February 20, 2007
This is one of the best bargains that i've seen, "essentially" you get 3 filters for the price of one. The image quality with these filters is great, the 812 (warming) filter is by far a favorite giving back the color richness that flash photography so often washes out, that is unless you have the patience for constantly tweaking your flash power. Aside from the 812 the UV protector is basically a clear protective filter. While it obviously has advantages over clear glass, I tend not to think of it as any different. This too is a great filter which I use about half the time because it doesn't affect color hues or change f stop values too greatly while it takes the worry out of carrying the camera around ready for any candid shots that may occur. Finally included is the circular polarizer. This filter adjusts the amount of uv light entering the camera by spinning the filter to the direction the uv rays are entering (or turning the thingy till things look better). This lens is great for sunny days and will take surface glare off lakes and glass making them transparent again. It also makes colors more crisp in general when photographing buildings and other large "reflective" man-made things. So things sound great so far, but now to why I only give this item 4 stars. While Tiffen is known to be one of the best at photo and video filters, they have quality control issues that do no live up to thier reputation. In my case the 812 filter arrived with a discoloration in the glass. While it was didn't hurt image quality, with the flaw being towards the edge of the filter, I none the less didn't want to find a situation in which the flaw would diminish quality. Seeing as it was not amazon's fault my first e-mail went to Tiffen for a replacement which they said they would gladly do, but only after I send them the filter and they recieve it would they ship my replacement (not an option in my circumstances). Instead Amazon's wonderful customer service shown through again, and within 3 days they had replaced the entire set. The second set arrivided without flaw but since my other two filters were in perfect condition I traded just the 812. I havn't had any other issues and i'm very satisfied with my filters. The only other word of warning would be to that of the circular polorizer. While I recieved 2 that were flawless occassionally I have read in reviews customers have received ones that were assembled backwards making the lens useless. A quick way to check to see if your CP is working correctly is to hold it, thread facing yourself, and look at an LCD monitor or TV and spin it until the picture dissapears(obviously working correctly). I still wouldn't pass up this deal knowing what I do now, chances are everything will show up perfectly but none the less if you're concerned order it before you need it and check everything over carefully. Amazon is always the best for returns and will often ship a replacement the next day with overnight shipping.

And a little further insight...

I was recently doing some black and white film photography, and decided to use my 812 warming filter as a protective lens as I was carrying 3 lenses with me. Just thought that I would mention that using this filter will produce a "White" sky in some outdoor photographs. The shots were taken with a gradient blue sky to which the entirety showed up white, even on bracketed sets, that should have shown something in one of the series. While itself was a interesting effect for some shots, it mostly just caused me frustration in the darkroom. I just wanted to add this as fair warning. I discovered this on accident, so I don't know if it applies to all sky conditions as I didn't do a lot B&W sky shots, I might test it using Photoshop later as I see they have the 812s effect built in. Anyways, good luck and have fun photoing.
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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful
on January 8, 2002
Improves pictures dramatically and protects lense. Top quality and sent in a neat bag. Local camera store had this at twice the price.
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53 of 59 people found the following review helpful
on November 29, 2004
The filters that I got are poorly finished. The 812 filter has a smudge on it, while all 3 filters don't screw on properly on my lens. All filters come off EASILY. They are totally useless. I suggest that you buy filters in a real store so you can try them on your lens.
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76 of 87 people found the following review helpful
on January 23, 2007
In spite of the fairly positive reviews I've read here at Amazon about these filters, my experience differs. I returned the filters almost immediately after buying them. I was planning to use them the Nikon 50mm f 1.4D AF Nikkor lens I use with a Nikon D200. I was planning to use the UV filter primarily for protection of the lens. However, the filter glass is not "multi-coated" to reduce reflection. From my perspective, a filter - particularly a UV filter used to protect a pristine lens like my Nikkor - is absolutely worthless (underscore the word "worthless") if I've got to take it off the lens in the field in order to get a decent shot without reflection. As an aside, I thought the Tiffen filters looked and felt cheap. Additionally, they arrived somewhat smudged in their holder. Not a problem: Amazon allowed me to return them. In exchange, I purchased a Sigma multi-coated UV filter which cost roughly $19.00. Beautiful glass; great product; no reflections. Worth the price. 'Nuff said.
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