Lee Filters Neutral Density Hard Grad set £177, $260
Lee Filters’ hand-made filters have acquired a reputation for absolute quality, and this set is no exception. Only the darkest ND8 filter in this trio exhibited a faint trace of a colour cast when shooting a white card, with the ND4 and ND2 filters performing perfectly. All three are ideal for balancing high-contrast landscapes by blocking up to three stops of light, and thanks to their large 100x150mm size you get plenty of composition control.
However, top quality doesn’t come cheap. The filters themselves are pretty pricey, but to actually use them you’ll need to fork out an extra £54/$88 for Lee’s Foundation Kit filter holder, plus around £19/$28 for a lens adaptor ring. Even so, if only the best will do and you’ve got deep pockets, it’s a price worth paying.