Lee’s Deluxe fil­ter kit has all you need!

Fil­ters brings high-qual­ity fil­ters to smaller lenses with this com­pre­hen­sive set

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Lee fil­ters are renowned for op­ti­cal qual­ity and are used by most land­scape pho­tog­ra­phers. How­ever, the 100x100mm fil­ter sys­tem can feel a bit much for smaller D-SLRs like the D3300 and com­pact sys­tem cam­eras (CSCs) like those in the Nikon 1 range. To ad­dress this, Lee has re­leased the Seven5 sys­tem, which has a range of fil­ters mea­sur­ing 75x90mm.

The Seven5 Deluxe kit is a lit­tle pricy but in­cludes al­most ev­ery­thing you need to get started, in­clud­ing the new holder, three ND grads, a Big Stop­per and a cir­cu­lar po­lariser, plus pro­tec­tive pouches. You just need to buy the screw-in lens adapter.

The fil­ters are smaller ver­sions of the 100x100mm fil­ters, but the holder has been slightly re­designed in metal, fea­tur­ing two fil­ter slots and se­cur­ing bolts on the front that dou­ble as the at­tach­ment fit­tings for the po­lariser.

The Big Stop­per ex­tends ex­po­sures by ten stops, al­low­ing longer shut­ter speeds. It slots into the holder and is ready to use in sec­onds. The ef­fect is dra­matic, and while there is a slight blue cast, a shift in warmth in post-pro­duc­tion will cor­rect it.

This set fea­tures 0.6 soft and 0.6 and 0.9 hard grad­u­ated neu­tral den­sity fil­ters that help bal­ance the ex­po­sure when shoot­ing land­scapes. This com­bi­na­tion is far more use­ful than the usual se­lec­tion of only hard or soft grads at 0.3, 0.6 and 0.9. Once slot­ted in place they can be moved in the holder to meet the hori­zon.

Fi­nally, the cir­cu­lar po­lariser clicks onto the front of the holder, leav­ing the two slots free for other fil­ters.

Adap­tor rings are avail­able up to 72mm, so the Seven5 kit can be used with most Nikon D-SLR kit lenses.

It’s not cheap, but this kit is easy to use, well de­signed and op­ti­cally ex­cel­lent.

This set of fil­ters is costly but very use­ful if you use a small to medium size lens or a Nikon 1 cam­era

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