03 December 2019
The LEE 100mm filter system is pretty marvellous, but there are certain components you need to get right in order to make things work. This is why I thought it might be a good idea to make a quick video showing what you need and how it all goes together. LEE filters are a brilliant tool for photographers wanting to get that extra level of control over their image when out and about. They are known for being some of the finest filters out there – with a range of ND, graduated ND, graduated mist and polarising filters on offer making it easy to have control over shadows, exposure time and ambiance without the faff of editing in post. There is certainly the argument that computer editing can often achieve similar results to using filters – for example stacking multiple frames to achieve the smooth long-exposure look for water, but nothing compares to the analogue feeling of slotting in the right filters, adjusting them to exactly the right angle and seeing your image come together right in the moment.
I had my first proper crack at photography with the LEE 100mm filter system a few weeks back, when I visited Sheffield Park with a Fuji GFX100 and photographed the burgeoning autumnal colours. It was great fun, and something I would definitely recommend people try if they haven’t already. If you want to see exactly how I got on, I wrote a blogpost which you can read HERE.
To summarise the main points in this video – you need a few elements in order to use the LEE filter system effectively. Firstly, you need the correct-sized adaptor ring for the lens you are planning on using. The Zeiss Distagon T* 21mm f/2.8 ZE I was using had an 82mm front filter thread, so I needed an 82mm adaptor ring. If you have a few lenses that you want to use the filter system on, you can pop adaptor rings onto each of them so it’s easy to switch between them at a moment’s notice. The main filter holder then clips onto this adaptor ring, you simply pull out the latch and clip it into place. The filter holder will not fall off, but it can still be rotated – handy for adjusting the angle of certain filters. You can then slot in the desired 100mm filter into the front of the holder and the small black plastic blades keep them from falling out. That’s pretty much it if you are just using square/rectangular filters, but for attaching circular filters such as the LEE Landscape Polariser you will also need to attach the LEE 105mm Accessory Ring to the front of the filter holder. This is the part that can be a little fiddly, but stay strong, watch the video, and I will show you how to go about it.
If you would like to have a go with the LEE filter system, you can find our full selection, HERE.