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The Stopper Range from LEE Filters
  • Little Stopper

    6 stops

  • Big Stopper

    10 stops

  • Super Stopper

    15 stops

Our range of Stopper filters greatly reduce the light entering the lens so enabling very long exposures and many creative options.

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The Stopper Range

Our Stopper filters are used for extending exposure times which has the effect of making anything that is moving become blurred or ghost like, for example clouds, waterfalls, rivers or the sea.

Used creativity they can change the way we look at moving objects and capture a real sense of time passing in your images.

Stoppers are not limited to landscapes and can be used to blur crowds of people, traffic, or anything in motion.

  • Little Stopper

    6 stops

  • Big Stopper

    10 stops

  • Super Stopper

    15 stops

Stoppers are available in different strengths, each increasing exposure by different amounts and effecting the scene in different ways.

Little Stopper

Here the Little Stopper is used by Jeremy Walker to retain texture in the sea and sky while still giving a sense of time passing.

How to use a Stopper with Jonathan Chritchley

In this video fine art photographer Jonathan Chritchley demonstrates how to get the most from your Stopper filters.

Features practical tips and creative inspiration for anyone exploring long exposure photography. He demonstrates the Big & Little Stopper but the techniques and advice are also applicable to the Super Stopper.

  • Little Stopper

    6 stops

  • Big Stopper

    10 stops

Professional hints:

White balance

Use of Stopper filters may result in a slight colour cast. This is easily corrected in post-production, usually with a simple click of the auto white balance button..

Alternatively using auto white balance in the camera may help, but it is always best to do some tests.

Shooting tips

When making long exposures always use the sturdiest tripod you can, and take care not to knock the camera or tripod. If possible use a cable release or remote shutter release.

Cover your viewfinder before releasing the shutter to avoid light encroaching onto the sensor or film and causing flare.

LEE Stopper App - Exposure Guide and Timer

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

Features precise conversion in 1/3 stop increments, a full range of exposures for each Stopper and a countdown timer you can read in a glance.

Free download for iPhone and Android.

LEE Stopper App Get it on Google Play

Why use a Super Stopper?

The new Super Stopper works well in harsh midday sunlight - traditionally considered an unfavourable time to shoot. However, with this filter the softness that arises from any movement contrasts pleasingly with areas of bright light, creating an effect rarely seen before now.

  • Super Stopper

    15 stops

Super Stopper

The Super Stopper

Made from high quality optical glass.

Super Stopper with Jonathan Chritchley

Fine Art Photographer Jonathan Chritchley shows how he uses the Super Stopper to get the shots he wants in the glare of the French sunshine.

He describes why he selects this Stopper and how he uses it to get two stunning compositions.

You'll also see him use the new LEE Stopper App to quickly check the exposure time required.

  • Super Stopper

    15 stops

Shot with a Super Stopper
Mark Bauer

Here the LEE Super Stopper was used to reveal an unexpected pattern in the sea's motion.

Exposure: 5 minutes at f8

Shot without a Super Stopper

Why use a Big Stopper?

By greatly extending exposure times the Big Stopper blurs anything that is moving in your image, for example clouds, waterfalls, rivers, and the sea.

The filter can also be used on cityscapes to blur people or on roads and motorways to blur traffic.

  • Big Stopper

    10 stops

Big Stopper Pro Glass

The Big Stopper

Made from high quality optical glass.

Shot with a Big Stopper
Jeremy Walker

The LEE Big Stopper increases the exposure by ten stops, this allows the slight motion of the sea and sky to be captured.

Exposure: 2 minutes at f11

Shot without a Big Stopper

Why use a Little Stopper?

The Little Stopper can give increased flexibility with exposure lengths in the lower light at the start and end of the day. This often means that detail and texture can be retained in areas of movement such as the sky and water, while still conveying a sense of time passing.

  • Little Stopper

    6 stops

Little Stopper

The Little Stopper

Made from high quality optical glass.

Shot with a Little Stopper
Mark Bauer

The LEE Little Stopper increases the exposure by six stops, this allows texture and detail to be retained in the sea and sky while still giving a sense of time passing.

Shot without a Little Stopper

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How to use a Stopper & Exposure Guide

  1. First compose your image before fitting the Stopper.

  2. Take a meter reading without the filter in place, and set your desired aperture and shutter speed.

  3. Use the exposure tables to find the correct exposure. Your filter will have come with a printed exposure table.

  4. With the Stopper inserted into the slot nearest the lens, attach the filter holder as usual and make your exposure.

  5. Always use the sturdiest tripod you can when making long exposures, and take care not to knock the camera or tripod. Cover your viewfinder before releasing the shutter to avoid light encroaching onto the sensor or film and causing flare.

Little Stopper

Normal Shutter
Little Stopper
+6 stops
1/1000 1/15
1/500 1/8
1/250 1/4
1/125 1/2
1/60 1 second
1/30 2 seconds
1/15 4 seconds
1/8 8 seconds
1/4 15 seconds
1/2 30 seconds
1 second 1 minute
2 seconds 2 minutes

Big Stopper

Normal Shutter
Big Stopper
+10 stops
1/1000 1 second
1/500 2 seconds
1/250 4 seconds
1/125 8 seconds
1/60 15 seconds
1/30 30 seconds
1/15 1 minute
1/8 2 minutes
1/4 4 minutes
1/2 8 minutes
1 second 16 minutes
2 seconds 32 minutes

Super Stopper

Normal Shutter
Super Stopper
+15 stops
1/1000 30 seconds
1/500 1 minute
1/250 2 minutes
1/125 4 minutes
1/60 8 minutes
1/30 16 minutes
1/15 32 minutes
1/8 1hr 4mins
1/4 2hrs 8mins
1/2 4hrs 16mins
1 second 8hrs 32mins
2 seconds 17hrs 4mins

No filter

Without a Super Stopper

With a LEE Super Stopper

With a Super Stopper John Miskelly

Professional hints:

Combining a Stopper with other filters

All the Stopper filters can be used in conjunction with other filters such as Neutral Density Graduated Filters.

This gives an even greater level of control and creative possibilities.

Keep the Stopper closest to the lens

Other filters should be set up and positioned in the filter holder as normal before using the Stopper filter.

Remember to keep the slot nearest the camera free for the Stopper. Ensure the foam seal is facing the backplate to prevent light getting behind the filter and causing flare.

Shot with a Big Stopper, 0.6 Soft Grad and Polariser
Chris Prescott

Danny MacAskill at Loch Coruisk, Isle of Skye during filming for 'The Ridge'.

Composite image using these filters:

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No filter

Without a Super Stopper

With a Little Stopper & LEE 0.9 Soft ND Grad

With a Super Stopper

A Full Range of Stopping Power

Why use a ND Standard?

Our ND Standards reduce the exposure equally across the frame. This increases shutter speeds and blurs movement.

We offer ND filters with a full range of stopping power

Our range extends from the 0.3 ND (1 stop) all the way to the new Super Stopper (15 stops).

Ultimate flexibility

ND Filters can be stacked together, or used with other filters, so you can respond to almost any lighting situation.

ProGlass: Specialist filters for digital

When shooting digitally, light at the infrared and ultraviolet ends of the spectrum can be problematic. The ProGlass range of filters has been designed with this in mind, absorbing more infrared and ultraviolet light than traditional ND filters. With digital cameras the result is a punchier image, with less discolouration in adverse lighting conditions.

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Without a Big Stopper

With a LEE 0.9 ND Standard

Shot with a LEE ND Standard
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LEE Stopper App

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  • Adaptor Ring

    screws onto camera lens

  • Filter Holder

    attaches to the adaptor ring

  • LEE Filter

    slides into the filter holder

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