Lee’s Deluxe filter kit has all you need!
Filters brings high-quality filters to smaller lenses with this comprehensive set
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