Get bluer skies and add warmth with the ultimate landscape polariser from Lee
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Aimed at landscape photographers, this filter differs from other polarisers by adding a touch of warmth.
Polarisers help to draw out cloud detail, enrich skies and cut reflections, producing far more dramatic images. Lee Filters already makes two polarisers – a standard rotating version and a 100mm square – both of which come in circular or linear models. This new addition uses the rotating polariser design, but a redesigned frame and glass mean that it is half the depth of the existing model, which helps to reduce vignetting when used with wide-angled lenses; Lee claims that this filter is designed to be used with lenses down to 16-17mm.
As it’s a 105mm filter, you need to attach a Lee Foundation Kit Holder (£55, $90) to the lens, then bolt a 105mm adapter ring (£35, $60) onto the front of the holder. The holder design enables you to stack filters, so it’s possible to use a graduated ND or Lee Little Stopper in combination with the polariser, giving you plenty of options when shooting.
The quality and size of the filter make it easy to handle, and the knurled texture ring makes it easy to adjust when in place in the holder.
The polarising effect works well without giving the image a metallic effect (a look that can arise with some polarisers). The added warmth is subtle, and only when compared alongside results from the other Lee polarisers can the effect really be noticed. The shift in design to make the filter thinner definitely works, and while we didn’t test it on a 16 or 17mm lens, on Nikon’s 20mm f/2.8 images definitely showed less vignetting with the new filter.
It’s easy to see why the Lee Filter system is so popular with pros: the ability to stack filters from the 100mm system when needed enables you to capture the image you want directly in-camera, making the most of what the scene before you has to offer.
Lee’s Landscape Polariser gently boosts warmth and contrast
The super-slim frame of Lee’s new polariser reduces the risk vignetting