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LEE Reverse ND

Controlling the exposure at sunrise and sunset

  • Available in 0.6, 0.9 and 1.2 ND strengths
  • Ideal for sunrises and sunsets
  • Filter is at its most dense on the horizon line, with a gradual transition zone
  • Most effective when used on lenses of 24mm or wider on a full frame DSLR (or equivalent)
  • Available for LEE85, LEE100 and SW150 Systems

Unprecedented control when the sun is low

Reverse NDs are available for each LEE System

85 x 115mm

LEE100 System Logo

100 x 100mm

LEE SW150 System Logo

150 x 150mm

Many landscape photographers will testify that controlling exposure at sunrise or sunset, when the sun may be hovering only inches above the horizon, can be a tricky process. The strength of the sun means it can appear blown out, and trying to adjust the exposure can leave other areas in the frame underexposed.

The new range of LEE Reverse ND filters have been specifically designed to give the photographer full control over images shot at the beginning and end of the day.

As it's name suggests, the Reverse ND has a stronger density in the centre of the filter, with a carefully designed transition zone that gives a natural, balanced exposure to the sky.

Reverse ND filters are extremely useful, as they help to control the light in situations where the horizon is extremely bright. When using one, you can prevent the sky from overexposing, while ensuring the area at the top of the frame isn't too dark.

I've experimented with reverse filters in the past, but their transition zone was too hard, and the result too obvious. With LEE Filters' Reverse ND filters, however, the transition zone strikes the perfect balance between being strong enough to control the light, but soft enough to blend into the sky unobtrusively. Mark Bauer — Landscape Photographer

Handmade Precision

LEE 0.6 (2 Stop) Reverse ND

The Reverse ND allows the exposure to be controlled precisely at the horizon line, where a sunrise or sunset is at its brightest, making it ideal for seascapes in particular.

As with all of LEE Filters' resin graduated filters, the Reverse ND is manufactured by hand by the skilled technicians at the company's Andover factory. This enables a level of precision and quality control that's unique in the industry.

Most importantly, where many similar filters feature a strong 'stripe'' at the horizon line that fades very sharply, the LEE Reverse ND has a much smoother, more gradual transition between the dyed and clear areas of the filter. The result is a pleasing and balanced image.

A range of densities are available

(Refers to density in the middle of the filter)

  • 2 Stops 0.6ND
  • 3 Stops 0.9ND
  • 4 Stops 1.2ND

Available for the LEE85, LEE100 and SW150 Systems.

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.

Perfectly Balanced Sunset Exposures

ProGlass IRND 3.0 (10 Stop)

ProGlass IRND 3.0 (10 Stop) & LEE Reverse ND 0.9 (3 Stop)

Mark Bauer demonstrates the Reverse ND Filter


Professional hints:

Select the Right Lens

The Reverse ND has been designed to be at its most effective when used on lenses of 24mm or wider on a full frame DSLR (or equivalent).

Filter Position

For sunrises and sunsets slide the filter in the holder to position so the most dense area is on the horizon line where the sun is brightest.

The gradual ND transition zone will control the exposure preventing the sun and sky burning out, and the clear area will keep a reasonable exposure for foreground and middle ground interest.

No Filter

No Filter

LEE Reverse ND 0.9 (3 Stop)

With LEE 0.9 Reverse ND Mark Bauer

Most of my images are made around the golden hours of sunrise and sunset, but with the rising or setting sun creating a very bright area close to the horizon it can be challenging to get the exposure right.

I find LEE Filters’ new Reverse NDs are perfect for these situations. The filters are darker on the horizon to hold back the brightest part of the image, before gently fading towards the top to avoid unnaturally darkening the sky above. Justin Minns — Landscape Photographer

Perfectly Balanced Sunset Exposures

No Filter

LEE Reverse ND 0.9 (3 Stop)

The Right Stuff

We select the right filter substrate for the right results.

Learn when & why we select Resin or Glass

Jonathan Chritchley with LEE Big Stopper (Glass)

Joe Cornish with LEE ND Grad (Resin)

LEE Filters Quick Start Videos

You can view all our videos with Closed Captions and Translations (beta) on our YouTube Channel LEEfiltersTV

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