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LEE Filters Graduated Neutral Density Soft Filter Set 4 x 6" - Consists of Three Graduated ND (Neutral Density) Filters (.3, .6, .9) - Soft Transition

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Often it is necessary or desirable to balance the light intensity in one part of a scene with another. This is especially true in situations where you don't have total light control, as in bright contrasty landscapes. Exposing for the foreground will produce a washed-out, over-exposed sky while exposing for the sky will leave the foreground dark and under-exposed.

Lee Grad ND filters are part clear, part neutral density (available in grades of .3 (1 stop), .6 (2 stops), .9 (3 stops)). They allow the transition to be blended into the scene, often imperceptibly. A neutral density .6-to-clear, with a two stop differential, will generally compensate the average bright sky-to-foreground situation and is also the most popular density of the series.

Certain Lee graduated neutral density filters are available with soft or hard transitions from dark to clear. The soft edge is recommended for wide angle lenses and the hard edge is recommended for normal and longer lenses.

Lee graduated resin filters are 4 x 6" (100 x 150mm) x 2mm thick. The 6" length allows for adjustment of the filter within the holder.

LEE Filters Graduated Neutral Density Soft Filter Set 4 x 6" - Consists of Three Graduated ND (Neutral Density) Filters (.3, .6, .9) - Soft Transition
  • .3ND Graduated Soft Transition Filter
  • 6ND Graduated Soft Transition Filter
  • 9ND Graduated Soft Transition Filter
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    LEE FiltersGraduated Neutral Density Soft Filter Set
     
    4.7

    (based on 51 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (40)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (9)

    • 3 Stars

       

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      (2)

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    98%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (40)
    • Clear optics (37)
    • Strong construction (30)
    • Firm mount (21)

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Image manipulation (25)
      • Color correction (14)
      • Filter protection (5)
      • Lens protection (4)
        • Reviewer Profile:
        • Photo enthusiast (27), Semi-pro photographer (14), Pro photographer (4), Casual photographer (3)
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      Most Liked Positive Review

       

      Holds back the sky, no color cast

      This is an ABSOLUTE MUST for landscape photographers! I'd been introduced to ND grads through a few photography books I'd read from Lee Frost. However, their value didn't strike me until I read...Read complete review

      This is an ABSOLUTE MUST for landscape photographers! I'd been introduced to ND grads through a few photography books I'd read from Lee Frost. However, their value didn't strike me until I read Galen Rowell's account of how critical they are to acheiving the appropriate dynamic range within an image of the sky/foreground. I have far more confidence in being able to correctly expose a landscape photograph accurately as my eyes would see it by reducing the dynamic range enough so that the camera's sensor can register it without washing out the sky or darkening out the foreground.

      Here is why I picked the SOFT Filter KIT:

      1. Soft--My horizon lines usually contain something interesting such as a tree or a building...a Hard Edge would not work well for this. A softer transition is necessary.

      2. (.3,.6, and .9 kit) The sky is typically 3-4 stops (give or take a stop) brighter than the foreground. Much of the difference in brightness will depend upon where the light falls in the foreground + shadows. In order to properly expose both you may need 4 stops or more of ND gradiation. That's why the kit is better than buying seperately. You may also notice the value bonus of buying all three together rather than seperately.

      Build Quality: Rather Nice. Not much to say here since I haven't dropped the filters and I hope that I don't. They'll fit loose enough in the holder so that up-down is easy while being securely in place. They aren't sharp on the edges so they're easy to hold.

      Recommendation: If you're serious about landscape photography you'll have bought this kit (or one by a similar brand) yesterday!

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      Quality control issues

      The set I received had water marks. I thought I could cleaned them out but they stubbornly refuse to be removed. There were also tiny specks not alike shimmering stars in the night light...Read complete review

      The set I received had water marks. I thought I could cleaned them out but they stubbornly refuse to be removed. There were also tiny specks not alike shimmering stars in the night light when I brought 2 of the filters to the sun light. I compared these filters with the hard graduated ND I own and did not see the same defects. I retuned them for exchange. Surprising this happened since these filters are supposed to be hand made. I would still recommend them, just check for quality of the set you receive.

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      5.0

      Best ND Grad filters

      By WarrenT

      from Gunnison, Co

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

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      Pros

      • Clear Optics
      • Easy To Use
      • Firm Mount
      • Strong Construction

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Image Manipulation

        Comments about LEE Filters Graduated Neutral Density Soft Filter Set:

        These are the best ND Grad filters I have used. I used Cokin filters in the past. When I upgraded my lenses, I had to upgrade my filters as well since the Cokin P filters would not cover my new 77mm lenses. I can see a vast improvement from the Cokin filters to the LEE filters. With Cokin I would get a magenta color cast. With the LEE filters, there is no color cast.The 4x6 size is great. I can cover a lot of my lens to get the shots that I want. The filters are sturdy and well made. Yes, they are a little bit pricey, but you get what you pay for. If you want good quality filters, then you'll have to pay a little extra.It is nice to get the image right in the camera so I can spend more time out shooting and less time in front of a computer trying to tweak my images.

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        5.0

        Pefecto

        By Hugo Valle

        from España

        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Clear Optics
        • Easy To Use
        • Firm Mount
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

          Best Uses

          • Image Manipulation

          Comments about LEE Filters Graduated Neutral Density Soft Filter Set:

          Uso estos filtros para fotografía y son de lo mejor que existe en el mercado

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          2.0

          Overpriced; poor spring mechanism

          By Hondo

          from Phoenix, AZ

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Clear Optics
          • Easy To Use

          Cons

          • Loose Mount
          • Weak Construction

          Best Uses

          • Image Manipulation

          Comments about LEE Filters Graduated Neutral Density Soft Filter Set:

          Rec'd the set, along with a Big Stopper a few days before heading out for a Vermillion Cliffs/Northrim Grand Canyon/Zion Nat Park shoot. I was pleased with the grads; but to tell you the truth, I got just as good results from shooting with Cokin filters years back on film. Simply put, overpriced. The lens adapter ring MUST be carefully screwed on your lens to avoid crossthreading; I use Canon L, and swapping the ring was a pain. With that said, I am now stuck buying another filter holder and Big Stopper....why?? Because on my ride back from Zion, I decided to get some night pics of the Glen Canyon dam from the bridge. I decided to use the big stopper covering half the lens, and fooled around with different exposures to get the lit up dam at the right exposure and include the stars above Lake Powell. Well, I'm not a big fan of some things that are quick release; which this frame holder is. I ever so lightly caught the filter housing against the fence hole opening (cut out frame-hole for picture taking) as I withdrew the camera and tripod back, and "click", there went $ on the 700' plunge to the Colorado River below. No apparent defect that I noticed; the adapter ring was still attached, and when it was installed, the holder freely rotated as it should. Unbelievable. Obviously, I am not a fan of the Lee filter housing; I probably got the 1%'er that had a weak spring; that's life. I also question long long the foam edge liner on the Big Stopper would have held up. I'll take some time to digest before I throw more money towards Lee filters; perhaps I can find a better holder that accepts Lee filters. I probably let the loss of the filter and housing affect my rating. If I was just looking at the quality of the pics I got from my 3 days of shooting, I'd give it a 4 star; but when I factor in cost, defective housing, and what I used to get out of my Cokin's years back, I stand by my 2 stars.

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          5.0

          Get it right in the camera!

          By SquirrelGirl55

          from The Adirondacks

          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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          Pros

          • Easy To Use

          Cons

            Best Uses

              Comments about LEE Filters Graduated Neutral Density Soft Filter Set:

              These filters solve problems! Glad I made the investment so that I no longer overexpose the sky or underexpose the foreground, or have to stitch two photos together in PS! Getting it right in the camera is always a good goal and these filters will help you do it in difficult lighting! Can't think of anything negative about them!

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              5.0

              Very nice set

              By JSS

              from St. Louis, MO

              About Me Photo Enthusiast

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Clear Optics
              • Easy To Use

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Image Manipulation

                Comments about LEE Filters Graduated Neutral Density Soft Filter Set:

                This is a very nice set. The filters are of high quality and came in perfect condition. They also come in a very nice soft pouch for transport. I have used these filters for landscape shots to darken the sky and get cloud details while keeping the foreground nicely exposed. Paired with a Lee Holder, these filters are easy to use. You can hand hold them, but it is so much easier with the holder.

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                5.0

                Loving This Set

                By Kommay

                from Georgia

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Clear Optics
                • Easy To Use
                • Firm Mount
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Color Correction

                  Comments about LEE Filters Graduated Neutral Density Soft Filter Set:

                  New to the use of these filters and really enjoying it. I'm still experimenting but so far, find the versatility very useful.

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                  5.0

                  No image quality issues

                  By Phil

                  from McPherson Kansas

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Clear Optics
                  • Easy To Use
                  • Firm Mount

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Image Manipulation

                    Comments about LEE Filters Graduated Neutral Density Soft Filter Set:

                    I was worried about sharpness but I don't think these filters effect that at all. In my limited usage so far, it seems that there might be a slight color shift but It isn't anything I would be worried about. Great product. I just wish they were less expensive.

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                    5.0

                    Nice to have it

                    By Mike

                    from Seattle

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Clear Optics
                    • Easy To Use
                    • Firm Mount
                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Color Correction
                      • Filter Protection
                      • Image Manipulation
                      • Lens Protection
                      • UV Protection

                      Comments about LEE Filters Graduated Neutral Density Soft Filter Set:

                      Make such great different when shooting sunset.

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                      5.0

                      On the wishlist

                      By Charles

                      from Hong Kong

                      About Me Casual Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Clear Optics
                      • Strong Construction

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Color Correction

                        Comments about LEE Filters Graduated Neutral Density Soft Filter Set:

                        Higher price than HT, but good quality.

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                        5.0

                        Brilliant, Quality costs

                        By Keith

                        from Frankfurt, Germany

                        About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                        • Clear Optics
                        • Easy To Use
                        • Firm Mount
                        • Strong Construction

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

                          • Color Correction
                          • Image Manipulation

                          Comments about LEE Filters Graduated Neutral Density Soft Filter Set:

                          Amazing, a Brit needs to come to NY to source a product of the UK!!
                          Many thanks B&H for having stock and being helpful.

                          The entire Lee Filters range is ***** quality.
                          Yes you pay more, but you GET more!!!

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                          5.0

                          These work great

                          By gumgardner

                          from northern califronia

                          About Me Casual Photographer

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Clear Optics
                          • Easy To Use
                          • Strong Construction

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Color Correction
                            • Image Manipulation

                            Comments about LEE Filters Graduated Neutral Density Soft Filter Set:

                            The size is great for most of my lenses and its nice to have all three densities in one pack. I have another smaller filter that didnt work well at all for all but the smallest diameter lens.

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                            • Yes

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                            5.0

                            Happy with the product.

                            By Azarashiinu

                            from NC

                            About Me Casual Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Clear Optics
                            • Easy To Use
                            • Firm Mount
                            • Strong Construction

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Color Correction
                              • Image Manipulation

                              Comments about LEE Filters Graduated Neutral Density Soft Filter Set:

                              It worked as expected and was surprisingly scratch resistant.

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                              5.0

                              Work great!

                              By Mike

                              from Rhode Island

                              Comments about LEE Filters Graduated Neutral Density Soft Filter Set:

                              Have wanted these filters for years and finally upgraded. They have worked out great, made well and I love the longer dimension to make it easier to put the horizon very high or very low in the frame!

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                              5.0

                              Completes the set

                              By Mel

                              from Hillsboro, OR

                              About Me Pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Clear Optics
                              • Easy To Use

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Filter Protection
                                • Image Manipulation
                                • Lens Protection

                                Comments about LEE Filters Graduated Neutral Density Soft Filter Set:

                                This Filter Set completes the set of filters I needed to fully outfit my 16-35mm lens for my style of photography.
                                Well built and durable permitting me to carry them in my "out in the field" bag without worrying about damage.

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                                5.0

                                a little problem

                                By ortolani.g

                                from Genova, Italy

                                About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                                Pros

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Filter Protection

                                    Comments about LEE Filters Graduated Neutral Density Soft Filter Set:

                                    everything went, well great service! advice concerning one: after I made ​​an order, while it was pending I could not add any other products, so I had to make two orders.

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                                    5.0

                                    An incredible tool

                                    By Max

                                    from Seattle, WA.

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                                          Comments about LEE Filters Graduated Neutral Density Soft Filter Set:

                                          Probably the most useful tool in my bag for adjusting light (other than exposure buttons) and offering options and versatility to the creation of my landscape images. The quality of these filters are incredible, offering no distortion or imbalances and the ease of use is unsurpassed. If there's any sort of downside to them it's that they CAN scratch easily (although I've not done so yet) but the quality of image easily trumps that.

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                                          5.0

                                          Beautiful GND filters

                                          By kaneohebud

                                          from Oahu, Hawaii

                                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                          Verified Buyer

                                          Pros

                                          • Clear Optics
                                          • Easy To Use
                                          • Firm Mount
                                          • Strong Construction

                                          Cons

                                            Best Uses

                                            • Highlight Dampening

                                            Comments about LEE Filters Graduated Neutral Density Soft Filter Set:

                                            Lee filters live up to their reputation for quality and clarity. I now have a great set of GND filters with a professional mounting system that doesn't get knocked off my lens when accidentally bumped.

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                                            5.0

                                            Lee grad filters 4x6

                                            By Poppy

                                            from Indianapolis, IN

                                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                                              Cons

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                                                  Comments about LEE Filters Graduated Neutral Density Soft Filter Set:

                                                  Received this filter set in great condition. I use the filters without a holder by hand holding. The results are pretty awesome and really help in photos with a sky horizon line. Most cameras cannot meter across a large amount of stop that landscape photography requires. These filters balance out the difference for great results in post processing.

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                                                  5.0

                                                  Great Filter Set

                                                  By Evildogsofdoom

                                                  from Houston, TX

                                                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                                  Verified Buyer

                                                  Pros

                                                  • Clear Optics
                                                  • Easy To Use
                                                  • Firm Mount

                                                  Cons

                                                  • Pricy

                                                  Best Uses

                                                  • Exposure balancing
                                                  • Image Manipulation

                                                  Comments about LEE Filters Graduated Neutral Density Soft Filter Set:

                                                  These filters do exactly what they are designed to do. Allowing balance between exposure of the sky and foreground. They introduce no colour changes. Filters can stack for added effect. No signs of vignetting on a 24mm lens (FF)

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                                                  5.0

                                                  GREAT

                                                  By Cindy

                                                  from Western Australia

                                                  About Me Pro Photographer

                                                  Verified Buyer

                                                  Pros

                                                  • Clear Optics
                                                  • Easy To Use
                                                  • Firm Mount
                                                  • Strong Construction

                                                  Cons

                                                  • Inconsistent Effect
                                                  • Loose Mount
                                                  • Weak Construction

                                                  Best Uses

                                                  • Color Correction
                                                  • Filter Protection
                                                  • Image Manipulation
                                                  • Lens Protection
                                                  • UV Protection

                                                  Comments about LEE Filters Graduated Neutral Density Soft Filter Set:

                                                  Just on time for my landscape photography trip

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