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LEE Filters 4x4" Circular Polarizer Glass Filter

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LEE Filters 4x4" Circular Polarizer Glass Filter

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Light rays which are reflected become polarized. Polarizing filters are used to select which light rays enter your camera lens. They can remove unwanted reflections from non-metallic surfaces such as water or glass and also saturate colors providing better contrast. The effect can be seen through the viewfinder and changed by rotating the filter. The filter factor varies according to how the filter is rotated and its orientation to the sun. Filter factor is between 2.3 and 2.8 (approx. +1.3 stops).

Circular polarizers are specifically designed for use with auto-focus SLR cameras (They will also work on manual systems and video cameras without problems).

This filter is glass and measures 4x4".

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LEE Filters4x4" Circular Polarizer Glass Filter
 
4.6

(based on 21 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

  • 5 Stars

     

    (15)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (5)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (0)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

94%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Clear optics (11)
  • Consistent effect (9)
  • Easily mounted (7)
  • Easy to use (7)
  • Firm mount (6)

Cons

  • Pricey / poor value (3)

Best Uses

  • Image manipulation (5)
  • Color correction (3)
  • Travel (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (7), Semi-pro photographer (6), Enthusiast (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (14)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Excellent Polarizer

This is an excellent polarizer for an excellent filtration system. The polarization effect is clean, clear, if a little subtle in some cases. There is little to no color cast when rotating,...Read complete review

This is an excellent polarizer for an excellent filtration system. The polarization effect is clean, clear, if a little subtle in some cases. There is little to no color cast when rotating, which is ideal when photographing scenes where you need ideal color-correct output.

Using this filter with multiple filters in the Lee filter holder is complicated. Used solo, it is great, however its effect can be a little subtle in some cases where you would hope it was more powerful. When you need a combination of graduated ND filtration as well as polarization, use gets fairly complex. At a minimum, a tandem adapter and two Lee foundation kits are necessary to allow independent movement of the polarizer vs. the GND filter(s). Care should be taken to keep filter depth at a minimum when using the tandem adapter, so the amount of filters you can stack is limited on wide angle lenses (2-3 at most, including the polarizer). For normal through telephoto focal lengths, stacking is usually not a problem.

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Extremely fragile

Would love to love the product, but broke it at the very first opening! It's glass so I am to blame, but a 70 cm drop while product was still wrapped resulted in...Read complete review

Would love to love the product, but broke it at the very first opening! It's glass so I am to blame, but a 70 cm drop while product was still wrapped resulted in broken glass. It's not my only Lee glass though, but the first ever to break in 3 years. I'm double penalized: this kind of product is regularly back order and rather expensive, even for Lee standard.

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5.0

Easy to be a pro with this filter!

By davidrsinger

from Fairfax, VA

About Me Photo Enthusiast

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Clear Optics
  • Consistent Effect
  • Easily Mounted
  • Firm Mount

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Image Manipulation
    • UV Protection

    Comments about LEE Filters 4x4" Circular Polarizer Glass Filter:

    I loved this filter the moment I used it. It'll make you look like an instant pro. I read so many books and reviews about filters before purchasing this one and as soon as I got it I knew how I was going to this and everything I used it on looked so much better.

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    • No

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    4.0

    Works as advertised

    By Colin

    from Brisbane, Australia

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Clear Optics
    • Consistent Effect
    • Easily Mounted
    • Firm Mount

    Cons

    • Cost

    Best Uses

      Comments about LEE Filters 4x4" Circular Polarizer Glass Filter:

      As per usual, same great quality of Lee filter systemSize/shape/weight etc similar to Big stopperDifference is no 'padding' like big stopperAlso need to remember which way to put it in.Con: Quite expensive, but i suppose polarizers all tend to be.

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      5.0

      Nice product

      By Donnybrook

      from Northwest

      Comments about LEE Filters 4x4" Circular Polarizer Glass Filter:

      Purchased as my lenses are all different filter sizes and like the Lee system a lot so just needed step up rings.

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      (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

       
      5.0

      Exactly what I wanted

      By Greg

      from Chicago, IL

      About Me Pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Clear Optics
      • Consistent Effect
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Sunglasses For Your Lense

        Comments about LEE Filters 4x4" Circular Polarizer Glass Filter:

        I'm a big of the Lee Filter system. This polarizer is no exception. The quality is great. Does the job of a polarizer. Worth the money.

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        • No

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        (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

         
        5.0

        Perfect CP to use without gradients

        By BYip

        from Danville, CA

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Clear Optics
        • Consistent Effect
        • Firm Mount
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about LEE Filters 4x4" Circular Polarizer Glass Filter:

            Deciding between this and the Lee 105mm CP. Decided on the 4x4 for the price difference and because I don't plan on using any gradient filters in the near future so I don't need to worry only being able to rotate the glass 90degrees.

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            5.0

            Best CPL

            By Mod

            from Lakewood, CO

            About Me Photo Enthusiast

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

              Cons

              • Price

              Best Uses

              • Image Manipulation

              Comments about LEE Filters 4x4" Circular Polarizer Glass Filter:

              I used to have a B+W screw in CPL and I found that it was very hard to use with graduated filters. Therefore, I research online and found Lee 4x4 CPL is a perfect candidate for this job.

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              • No

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              (1 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

               
              1.0

              Extremely fragile

              By HmJ

              from Tokyo, Japan

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about LEE Filters 4x4" Circular Polarizer Glass Filter:

                    Would love to love the product, but broke it at the very first opening! It's glass so I am to blame, but a 70 cm drop while product was still wrapped resulted in broken glass. It's not my only Lee glass though, but the first ever to break in 3 years. I'm double penalized: this kind of product is regularly back order and rather expensive, even for Lee standard.

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                    • No

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                    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                     
                    4.0

                    Exactly what you'd expect from Lee

                    By Tartofour

                    from Montréal,Qc

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Clear Optics
                    • Consistent Effect
                    • Easily Mounted

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Artwork

                      Comments about LEE Filters 4x4" Circular Polarizer Glass Filter:

                      No worries with filter size now: every lens I have will work with the polarizer. I thought it wouldn't be as easy to use as a circular one, but I find it much easier, especially with nd filters and the ability to remove it quickly.

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                      • No

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                      5.0

                      Flawless

                      By huey

                      from Canada

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Clear Optics
                      • Consistent Effect
                      • Easily Mounted
                      • Firm Mount

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Image Manipulation

                        Comments about LEE Filters 4x4" Circular Polarizer Glass Filter:

                        Yet another flawless filter from LEE. Can't expect anything less from them.

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                        • No

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                        (3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Great filter

                        By Tony

                        from Minnesota

                        About Me Amateur Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Improves Picture Quality

                        Cons

                        • expensive

                        Best Uses

                        • Removing reflections
                        • Shooting Outdoors

                        Comments about LEE Filters 4x4" Circular Polarizer Glass Filter:

                        I still prefer round polarizers for normal use, as this is difficult to adjust while looking through the viewfinder to see effect (depends on how easy your holder rotates). I knew it would be more work to rotate the filter, but forgot that I would normally look through the viewfinder to adjust my Circular Polarizer.

                        What this filter will be great for is tripod work, and in combination with ND and GND filters. Obviously with GND filters it will limit the amount you can rotate the CP to 90 degree increments.

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                        (3 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        2nd best glass I've bought!

                        By visions2pixels[@]

                        from Perth western Australia

                        About Me Hobbyist, Professional Artist

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Compact Design
                        • Easy To Use
                        • Highly Compatible
                        • Lightweight
                        • Professional Quality

                        Cons

                        • Pricey / Poor Value

                        Best Uses

                        • Landscape
                        • Portrait
                        • Removing reflections

                        Comments about LEE Filters 4x4" Circular Polarizer Glass Filter:

                        I use this mainly to saturate the sky a bit more for both landscape and high fashion photography. Because i almost always use ultra wides i dont get vignetting with this filter. Its a lovely piece of glass second to my nikon 70-200 vr2 as it doubles as a nd6.
                        What i dont like about it is that if you plot it in the wrong way it wont work so getting it wrong may mean a miss of a shot. But to me Im quite use to it already, just mark a sticky tape on the side which faces the front! Easy
                        although i dont think any filter is worth over 60bux but its not like i know how to make any

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                        (5 of 5 customers found this review helpful)

                         
                        5.0

                        Sunny day's need

                        By Alex Xu

                        from New York, NY

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Clear Optics
                        • Consistent Effect
                        • Easily Mounted
                        • Firm Mount
                        • Strong Construction

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Image Manipulation

                          Comments about LEE Filters 4x4" Circular Polarizer Glass Filter:

                          Help you a lot with unwanted reflection.
                          Saturate the color and reduce haze in your image.
                          Best with LEE standard filter holder.
                          And remember it'll reduce the light in 2- stops just like a regular .6ND filter.

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                          (4 of 4 customers found this review helpful)

                           
                          5.0

                          Great polarizer

                          By enis

                          from Safety Harbor,Fl

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Clear Optics
                          • Strong Construction

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about LEE Filters 4x4" Circular Polarizer Glass Filter:

                              I recently switched from the Cokin Z-pro filter holder system to the Lee system. The Lee system is so much better!! So far the Lee polarizer has done a wonderful job saturating colors and removing glare. I use it mainly for landscape work. For anyone thinking about buying a filter holder system, take my word and go with Lee.

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                              • No

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                              (7 of 7 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              Excellent Polarizer

                              By Jon Rista

                              from Aurora, CO

                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Clear Optics
                              • Consistent Effect

                              Cons

                              • Complex Multi-Filter Use
                              • Weak Effect

                              Best Uses

                              • Color Correction
                              • Highlight Mitigation

                              Comments about LEE Filters 4x4" Circular Polarizer Glass Filter:

                              This is an excellent polarizer for an excellent filtration system. The polarization effect is clean, clear, if a little subtle in some cases. There is little to no color cast when rotating, which is ideal when photographing scenes where you need ideal color-correct output.

                              Using this filter with multiple filters in the Lee filter holder is complicated. Used solo, it is great, however its effect can be a little subtle in some cases where you would hope it was more powerful. When you need a combination of graduated ND filtration as well as polarization, use gets fairly complex. At a minimum, a tandem adapter and two Lee foundation kits are necessary to allow independent movement of the polarizer vs. the GND filter(s). Care should be taken to keep filter depth at a minimum when using the tandem adapter, so the amount of filters you can stack is limited on wide angle lenses (2-3 at most, including the polarizer). For normal through telephoto focal lengths, stacking is usually not a problem.

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                              • No

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                              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              Expensive but quite nice!

                              By donricouga

                              from Atlanta, GA

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Clear Optics
                              • Consistent Effect
                              • Easily Mounted
                              • Firm Mount
                              • Strong Construction

                              Cons

                              • Expensive

                              Best Uses

                              • Color Correction
                              • Image Manipulation

                              Comments about LEE Filters 4x4" Circular Polarizer Glass Filter:

                              An expensive piece of glass but have been able to take wonderful pictures with nice deep blue skies and nice greens in the brightest of days. Recommended

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                              (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

                               
                              5.0

                              Cool and easy

                              By Illuminator

                              from North Carolina sandhills

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Clear Optics
                              • Easily Mounted
                              • Strong Construction

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Artwork
                                • Color Correction

                                Comments about LEE Filters 4x4" Circular Polarizer Glass Filter:

                                Great product and easy to use. Used mostly to control glare off leaves and water. Lee products seem to be often backordered from the manufacturer. Worth the wait.

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                                (6 of 6 customers found this review helpful)

                                 
                                4.0

                                expensive, but works well

                                By Honkydonkey

                                from State College, PA

                                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easy To Use

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Color saturation
                                  • Landscapes
                                  • Reduce glare

                                  Comments about LEE Filters 4x4" Circular Polarizer Glass Filter:

                                  Product is good for landscape photography to deepen the color of blue skies, reduce glare from water and wet surfaces, and saturate colors. Polarizers are basically essential for photographing waterfalls. This particular polarizer slides into slots in the Lee filter system that, with adaptor rings, can be used with multiple lens sizes. This saves on the cost of having to buy a different filter for every size lens. I have used this filter with lenses from 18-200 mm. Another advantage of this filter system is that it can be used in combination with a graduated or split neutral density filter that can be slid up and down depending on the location of the horizon in the frame. Make sure that the Lee logo faces away from the lens, otherwise, the polarizing effect is weakened.I have smashed two of the same filters before, so make sure to protect them from any unexpected free falls, and collisions with the ground or other hard objects or surfaces. It hurts to pay the [$] for a 4x4 inch piece of glass. Obviously I have found the filter useful enough to spend [$] on two replacements over the years.

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                                  5.0

                                  High Quality Polarizer

                                  By rolsen

                                  from Finland

                                  About Me Hobbyist/Enthusiast

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Durable
                                  • Easy To Use

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Landscapes

                                    Comments about LEE Filters 4x4" Circular Polarizer Glass Filter:

                                    These big 4x4" polarizers are to be used with special filter holders from different manufacturers. This is made of glass, so it's more durable than those made of resin. Only drawback I can see is the price tag :)

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                                    4.0

                                    Great price, exactly what I wanted

                                    By I. R.

                                    from Utah

                                    About Me Semi-Professional

                                    Verified Buyer

                                    Pros

                                    • Durable
                                    • Easy To Use
                                    • Improves Product Function

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Sporting Events
                                      • Studio
                                      • Traveling

                                      Comments about LEE Filters 4x4" Circular Polarizer Glass Filter:

                                      fits mat box, good glass and comes with a case

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                                      4.0

                                      High Quality

                                      By dirtyfreebooter

                                      from Tucson, AZ

                                      About Me Semi-Professional

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Durable
                                      • Easy To Use
                                      • Improves Product Function
                                      • Lightweight

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Landscape Photography
                                        • Traveling

                                        Comments about LEE Filters 4x4" Circular Polarizer Glass Filter:

                                        High quality filter. 4 of 5 stars, because to use a polarizer effectively with any graduated filter, you really need to have the adapter to rotate the polarizer independently.. adding to the overall cost.

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