Lee Filters announces new filter and holder system
LEE Filters has announced a new filter and holder system, the LEE100.
The new holder’s most innovative design element is the blue locking dial, which allows it to be used in three different settings:
- Neutral: Holder can be both rotated and quickly removed or knocked off should it be caught by clothing, for example, thereby protecting the camera and lens.
- Half lock: Holder can be rotated but is locked to the adaptor ring, and cannot be removed from it.
Full lock: Holder cannot be rotated and is also locked in place, so cannot be removed from adaptor ring.
Also new are modular filter-guide blocks, which come in one, two and three-slot configurations. Their simplified design means they snap on to the holder and remain securely in place until the photographer is ready to remove them. The new tapered profile gives improved resistance when positioning filters.
The new system is compatible with all existing LEE 100mm filters and adaptor rings, and the LEE100 system can be used with up to three slot-in filters without the risk of vignetting.
Also announced is a new LEE100 Polariser. The polariser snaps on to the front of the filter-guide block, where it is secured until ready to be removed again.
Constructed using a lightweight, high-transmission polariser glass, the LEE100 Polariser features a subtle warm tone to help intensify natural colours. It can be used in combination with LEE’s 100mm filter range, and when clipped on to the two-slot filter-guide block, has the same wide-angle capabilities as the previous filter holder.
Existing LEE Filters polarisers can also be attached to the new holder via a clip-on 105mm polariser ring. The polariser is screwed into the ring and clipped on to the LEE100 filter holder, and can be used either on its own or in combination with other filters.
Local pricing has not been finalised, but UK pricing (excluding VAT) is as follows:
LEE100 filter holder £69.95 ($129AUD), LEE100 Polariser £195 ($360AUD) and LEE100 105mm polariser £35 ($64AUD).