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New to the world of filters and holders? Here's a quick overview of what you can achieve and what you need to get started.

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With LEE Neutral Density Grads & Real Blue Grad

Without Filters

With LEE Big Stopper and Neutral Density Grad

Without Filters

With LEE Polariser

Without Filters

With LEE Coral Grad and Neutral Density Grad

“Why I use Filters” - Joe Cornish


Acclaimed landscape photographer Joe Cornish explains how filters first revolutionised his photography with this skyline of New York City and the reasons they are an integral part of his practice today.

Filter Systems for a Wide Range of Cameras

LEE85 Filter System

LEE85 Filter System
(85mm Filters)

The LEE85 System has been designed specifically for photographers with smaller bodied cameras and lenses who need to travel light but don’t want to compromise on filter quality and versatility. Packed with features and made from precision engineered aluminium, the Holder is small, lightweight and compact.

The LEE85 can be easily attached, adjusted and locked to the lens with just a finger and a thumb. The System includes a clip-on Polariser, Neutral Density Filters, as well as Little and Big Stoppers. Photographers can use up to three filters plus a Polariser.

LEE Filters System

LEE100 Filter System
(100mm Filters)

Designed by photographers for photographers, the new LEE100 Filter System combines all the best aspects of our previous holder with clever new features that make using filters quicker and more intuitive than ever.

Designed with just about every photographic combination in mind the LEE100 System can be configured to hold up to four 100mm filters (our standard width) for unparalleled creative freedom.

We offer a broad range of adaptor rings which enable you to use this system with an enormous range of lenses, and the new holder is compatible with all current filters.

LEE Filters SW-150 Mark II Filter Holder

SW150 Mark II Filter System
(150mm Filters)

The SW150 Mark II Filter Holder has been designed specifically to fit ultra-wideangle lenses.

The design of the SW150 Mark II has been adapted from its predecessor and is now not only compatible with LEE’s range of SW150 neutral density graduated and standard filters, but also the new SW150 polariser and Little, Big & Super Stoppers.

Due to the size of the front element of ultra-wideangle lenses, these filters are larger than those in the standard 100mm range.

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Use our quick select menus to locate your lenses and discover which System we recommend for each lens and which Systems are compatible and not compatible. You'll also learn exactly what Adaptor Rings you'll need to get started.

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The Right Stuff

We select the right filter substrate for the right results

It’s been 50 years since LEE Filters first started to manufacture filters for the photographic industry. We’ve learned a great deal in that time – not least, which base material is most suitable for which filter. By selecting the best base material for the job, we can ensure that photographers achieve accurate, consistent results.

Those who use filters regularly for their work will know that there are two main substrates used in the manufacture of filters – resin and glass. LEE Filters uses both in its extensive range, and it’s important to understand why we may choose one over the other, in particular when it comes to graduated filters.

Joe Cornish with LEE Resin ND Grad

Joe Cornish with LEE ND Grad (Resin)

Resin Filters

  • Handmade to exacting standards
  • Subtle transitions with no harsh edges
  • Optically correct with reduced reflections

Our resin Neutral Density Graduated Filters are all made by hand in our UK-based factory, and our resin is an optically correct polycarbonate of the highest quality, which we also manufacture ourselves. The reason we use this substrate is because of its ability to ‘take’ the dye evenly and controllably. Also, thanks to the carefully selected organic compounds that give the resin its high optical quality, the filters have a very low reflectance that mean no additional anti-reflection coatings are required.

Because of this ability to control every stage of the production process, we are able to ensure maximum consistency and reliability of our filters.

Such a meticulous approach also means we are able to control the filters’ graduation lines with precision, giving subtle transitions without the harsh edges or density variations that can degrade a photographic image.

When dyeing glass filters, the manufacturing process necessitates a more ‘random’ approach. Such a process makes it virtually impossible to precisely control the transition lines, which is why our experience informs us that glass is an unsuitable surface for graduated filters.

Jonathan Chritchley with LEE Glass Stopper

Jonathan Chritchley with LEE Big Stopper (Glass)

Glass Filters

  • Consistent density and opacity
  • Controls IR pollution for digital sensors
  • ProGlass for the ultimate in precision and neutrality

When it comes to the original and hugely popular LEE Filters Stopper Range, these long-exposure filters are manufactured using molten glass with an added colourant to achieve a suitably deep colour and density that reduces the amount of visible light that can pass through them.

Part of their unique quality is the slightly blue colour cast they feature. This cast is added to the filter intentionally in order to reduce the problem of infrared light pollution – something that can cause issues with digital sensors.

As the dye is added to the molten glass, rather than coated onto the filter surface, a natural optical vignette is created in the corners of the Stopper filters. This is especially noticeable when they are used with wideangle lenses. This vignette gives images that ‘classic’ Stopper quality that is loved by photographers worldwide and has redefined the look of long-exposure digital photography.

As for our latest ProGlass IRND Filters, these are vacuum evaporated onto glass, using ultra-thin layer technology to reflect unwanted light away from the lens. This technology gives a clean, pure, clinical look, with neutral, vibrant colours and excellent control of infrared and ultra-violet light, and without colour casts or an optical vignette.

LEE Resin ND Grad Filters

Resin ND Grads with exacting densities and graduated areas.

LEE ProGlass Filters

ProGlass ND Standards - precisely neutral.

Any Questions?


Over the years our support team has built up a Knowledge Base of answers to frequently asked questions. It's a good place to look if you have any questions.

Knowledge Base

Take a look — it can be useful to simply browse through the questions and answers, or use the search to find something specific.

LEE Filters Camera Knowledge Base

The LEE100 System in action - with David Noton

LEExposure 09 - Read our latest online magazine

LEExposure Issue 09 Highlights

  • Rachael Talibart explains why the moods and vagaries of the sea are important to her photography
  • What's new with the LEE100 Holder
  • Composition Masterclass with Verity Milligan
  • The Gallery - our showcase of fine photography
  • Anatomy of an autumn image
  • YourView - Your work critiqued by a professional
  • Mark Cornick explains the beauty of a deliberately blurred image

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How to clean and store your filters


ClearLEE Filter Wash & Cloth


Filter and System Pouches

Angela Nicholson, Reviews Editor at Camera Jabber, takes a look at our ClearLEE range - designed especially to ensure your filters stay optically perfect and free of marks and smudges.

She also demonstrates our Filter and System Pouches and shows how she keeps everything organised and ready to go when you need it.

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LEE100 Landscape Kit

A great place to start – this kit provides dramatically more control for your landscape photography.

  • LEE100 Filter Holder – lightweight and sturdy.
  • 0.6 Medium ND Grad (2 stop),
    possibly our most versatile grad filter.
  • Filter guide-blocks with 1, 2 and 3 filter slots plus removal tool.
  • Pouches for storing holder, filters and holder accessories.

* Adaptor Ring not included

LEE100 Long Exposure Kit

Get creative with long-exposure photography and control the contrast in the scene.

  • LEE100 Filter Holder – lightweight and sturdy.
  • Big Stopper (10 stop),
    the original long-exposure filter.
  • Little Stopper (6 stop),
    for long-exposures in lower light or to retain more detail.
  • 0.6 Hard ND Grad (2 stop),
    control the contrast in a wide range of landscape and lighting scenarios. Can combine with Stoppers.
  • Filter guide-blocks with 1, 2 and 3 filter slots plus removal tool.
  • Pouches and tins for storing holder, filters and accessories.

* Adaptor Ring not included

LEE100 Deluxe Kit

Our most comprehensive collection provides all you need for creative landscape photography.

  • LEE100 Filter Holder – lightweight and sturdy.
  • 0.6 Medium ND Grad (2 stop),
    so often the right choice for a variety of landscapes.
  • 0.9 Hard ND Grad (3 stop),
    ideal for balancing the light when shooting seascapes.
  • 1.2 Medium ND Grad (4 stop),
    helps control very bright skies, sunrises and sunsets.
  • Big Stopper (10 stop),
    the original long-exposure filter.
  • LEE100 Polariser,
    cuts glare and reflections, adds contrast to skies.
  • ClearLEE Filter Wash (50ml) and cleaning cloth.
  • Filter guide-blocks with 1, 2 and 3 filter slots plus removal tool.
  • Pouches and tins for storing holder, filters and accessories.

* Adaptor Ring not included

In Conversation with David Noton and Joe Cornish


We invited respected photographers David Noton and Joe Cornish to discuss all things photographic over a pint. Here they chat about light as the central subject of much of their photography.

This fascinating conversation continues over a series of videos that give a revealing insight into the technical, aesthetic and practical considerations that inform their work.

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Neutral Density Graduated Filters (ND Grads)

LEE ND Grad Filters

Our range of Neutral Density Graduated Filters are used to balance the exposure within a scene – typically between the bright sky and considerably darker land.

They are handmade to the most exacting standards which ensures each and every one is true to its name: totally neutral with a smooth gradation that lets you control exposure without impacting colour balance.

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Joe Cornish
Joe Cornish

Dunstanburgh Castle, Northumberland, England

Without filtration the sky would have been almost 3 stops brighter than the foreground - that's almost white! Using two ND Grads allowed precise control of tonal divisions.

Joe Cornish Filter Diagram


LEE100 Polariser

A Polariser will increase colour saturation and remove potentially distracting reflections from nonmetallic surfaces such as glass and water.

When photographing skies, the Polariser will increase saturation and reduce glare.

The strength of the polarised effect depends on the rotation of the polarising filter.

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LEE Polariser Filter Example
Jeremy Walker

Portland Bill, Dorset, England

With the clouds echoing the waves I needed to control the exposure between the sky and the foreground and so here I've used just a 0.3 ND Grad with the hard edge placed to the base of the lighthouse. Then to really give the colours in the shot a boost and to maximise the contrast between the sky and clouds I've used a Circular Polariser.

Jeremy Walker Filter Diagram

The Stopper Range

LEE Big Stopper and LEE Little Stopper

The LEE Stopper Range now includes three filters – the Super Stopper, Big Stopper & Little Stopper. They all reduce the amount of light entering the lens allowing slower shutter speeds and the opportunity to explore creative long exposure photography.

  • Super Stopper

    15 stops

  • Big Stopper

    10 stops

  • Little Stopper

    6 stops

Each filter blocks a different amount of light with the Super Stopper being the most powerful. It will extend exposures by a massive 15 stops. As an example, an exposure that would have been 1/60 of a second is extended to 8 minutes!

These sort of long exposures allow anything that is moving in your image to become blurred or ghost like, for example clouds, waterfalls, rivers and the sea.

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With only a 0.6 ND Soft Grad

Without a Super Stopper

With a 0.6 ND Soft Grad & LEE Super Stopper

With a Super Stopper

Without a filter

Without a Big Stopper

With a LEE Big Stopper

With a Big Stopper

Without a filter

Without a Little Stopper

With a LEE Little Stopper

With a Little Stopper

Coral Set

3 pale to mid-tone Coral Grads to add warmth

Landscape Set

3 filters designed for urban & rural landscapes

Autumn Tint Set

3 filters to accentuate golds, reds and browns

Sky Set

3 filters to enhance the colours in the sky

Sunrise Set

3 bright, warm colours for dawn or sunrise

Black & White Filters

Range of filters for total black and white control

Mark Bauer demonstrates LEE Effect filters


Mark Bauer demonstrates how the subtle use of LEE effects filters can enhance scenes in-camera and give very natural results.

Across a variety of locations he uses the LEE Sunrise and Sunset sets, Autumn Tint set, and Mist Grad and Mist Stripe. He explains how he has used them, what worked and what didn't.

Sunrise Sunset Autimn Tint Mist Filters
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LEE Stopper App

Our new app makes it easier than ever to calculate the correct exposure when using a Big, Little or Super Stopper.

Product Directory

Complete product information and listings for all LEE filters, holders, kits, sets and accessories.

Inspiring Professionals

Reimagined for tablets these new eBooks take you through stunning landscape photos and the exact filters and techniques used.

LEE Filters Quick Start Videos

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