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LEE Filters Foundation Kit (Standard 4x4", 4x6" Filter Holder) (Requires Adapter Ring)

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The Lee Foundation Kit is the basic element of the Lee filter holder System. This kit contains all the necessary components (including a small screwdriver) to construct a versatile holder which will take up to four filters. When assembled, the holder in it's standard form accepts three filters - 100mm (4") wide x 2mm thick and one additional 100 x 100mm (4x4") gelatin filter. It also holds 4x6" (100 x 150mm, 2mm thick) filters.

Lee makes a variety of standard and wide angle adapter rings in screw-in and bayonet sizes as well as accessory compendium shades. When mounted, this holder will rotate on the adapter ring for positioning a polarizer or a graduated filter. Optional "side-guides" and guide mounting screws in shorter/longer lengths are available for use with 1mm and 4mm thick filters.

Note! To use this holder, an optional adapter ring must be purchased

LEE Filters Foundation Kit (Standard 4x4", 4x6" Filter Holder) (Requires Adapter Ring)
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    LEE FiltersFoundation Kit (Standard 4x4", 4x6" Filter Holder) (Requires Adapter Ring)
     
    4.7

    (based on 139 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (109)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (26)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (1)

    98%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (110)
    • Firm mount (94)
    • Strong construction (81)
    • Lightweight (11)
    • Clear optics (8)

    Cons

    • Pricey / poor value (6)
    • Poor quality (4)

    Best Uses

    • Image manipulation (47)
    • Color correction (21)
    • Filter protection (16)
    • Landscape photography (10)
    • Lens protection (6)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (52), Semi-pro photographer (45), Pro photographer (10), Casual photographer (7), Professional (4)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (102)

    Most Liked Positive Review

     

    Does the job - nicely made

    Over the years, I've progressed from a small Cokin holder (a pre A-series from 1980), through a medium Cokin holder (current P-series) and now on to this Lee holder; all as...Read complete review

    Over the years, I've progressed from a small Cokin holder (a pre A-series from 1980), through a medium Cokin holder (current P-series) and now on to this Lee holder; all as a simple function of the ever-increasing filter size of my lenses. Frankly, the small Cokin (which was noticeably more 'cheaply-made' than either of the others) did its job perfectly adequately, and here we are, some thirty years later and it still works well as as it did before Metallica and Motley Crue even existed. It does seem, though, as you spend more money, you get a better made product, if that matters to you. This Lee holder is the only one of the three that gives no serious vignetting with two stacked filters on a Canon TS-E24 or a Zeiss Distagon 21 wide open (as long as you match it with the Lee wide angle ring) - the Cokin P series, despite what they claim, did. So, more money on another holder and more filters.

    This is what really irks me - If I could have foretold/forseen the future, I'd just have got the Lee (or the Cokin Z-Pro, which is comparable) right from the off, and saved quite a bit of money. I now have three functionally identical (apart from size) sets of ND and graduated filters.

    In the absolute scheme of things, unless you're using these professionally, their use is so infrequent that I'm not sure the quality issue matters, given that they all work. Any slight ergonomic differences are rendered irrelevant as they're all fiddly and time-consuming to set up. The size does matter, though, so even if you think there might be the slightest possibility of an 82mm+ filter size in your distant future, go large, and get some decent protection for your filters so that they don't get scratched. Big is no disadvantage, even for smaller lenses. Just a bit more expensive, but as I've learned, cheaper in the long run.

    In hindsight, I'd be perfectly happy with either the Cokin Z-Pro system or this Lee 4x4. The Lee stuff seems to be much harder to source, even through B&H. Four stars only because as a system, it's clumsy and too expensive.

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    Most Liked Negative Review

     

    Expected more for the money...

    My intended use of this product was too replace my current cokin filter holder and the several resin filters in my landscape kit. Glass Tiffen ND Grads had been on my to do list...Read complete review

    My intended use of this product was too replace my current cokin filter holder and the several resin filters in my landscape kit. Glass Tiffen ND Grads had been on my to do list for years and I thought I'd finally get it done. First the filters require the 4mm spacer kit... super cheap plastic and, as others have mentioned, the alignment nubs on the pieces don't line up correctly forcing you to cut one off to screw it all back together. Then in goes a filter and if your not real careful - out it goes through the bottom of the holder because it's not being held in tight. So now you must add some gaffer tape to the edges of the filters to make them a touch thicker so they actually stay in the holder and can be confidently used in the field. (I'm usually in the mountains where dropping a filter would be a horror show - [$] for the glass and then having to clean it all up...)The bottom line IMHO,For the money the holder and adaptor rings cost, I expected a heck of a lot more. For [$] invested it has been quite disappointing to me. 3 stars for lack of value (would a little metal in the part that holds the filters hurt ?) and the only reason I rate it that high is due to the fact that with a little fudging it will work.

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    5.0

    Great kit that makes Grad Nds easy

    By Spence

    from Salt Lake City, UT

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Firm Mount
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Filter Ease Of Use
      • Filter Protection

      Comments about LEE Filters Foundation Kit (Standard 4x4", 4x6" Filter Holder) (Requires Adapter Ring):

      This kit makes it so easy to us a grad nd. Before I owned it I would try to balance the filter with a shaky hand while also trying to snap the picture. Inevitably my hands or the edge of the filter would get into the photo. Not anymore. This kit holds the filters at any angle with ease and saves my awkward positions. It's fantastic. I'm sure it's also great for stacking if you own other filters - as for me I just own one.

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      5.0

      Rock solid kit

      By Mike

      from Norristown, PA

      About Me Photo Enthusiast

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

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

      Cons

      • None

      Best Uses

      • Image Manipulation

      Comments about LEE Filters Foundation Kit (Standard 4x4", 4x6" Filter Holder) (Requires Adapter Ring):

      Using in combination with the Lee Big Stopper. Superior photos from long exposure photography.

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      5.0

      Solid Construction

      By Phil

      from McPherson Kansas

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy To Use
      • Firm Mount

      Cons

        Best Uses

        • Image Manipulation

        Comments about LEE Filters Foundation Kit (Standard 4x4", 4x6" Filter Holder) (Requires Adapter Ring):

        Works well. Holds filters securely. I was worried about the Lee Filters slipping out but it does a good job. A little expensive for what it is but it is not clunky or loose so it may be worth it.

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        5.0

        This works great on wide angle lens

        By Jack

        from Honolulu

        About Me Casual Photographer

        Verified Buyer

        Pros

        • Easy To Use
        • Firm Mount
        • Strong Construction

        Cons

          Best Uses

            Comments about LEE Filters Foundation Kit (Standard 4x4", 4x6" Filter Holder) (Requires Adapter Ring):

            This is a must for wide angle lens. I had the Cokin P series but that didn't allow me to shoot at 16mm, but with this, I'm able to shoot at 16mm without any problems.

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            4.0

            Good but Overpriced

            By Marco Morittu

            from Italy

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Firm Mount

            Cons

            • Pricey

            Best Uses

            • Image Manipulation

            Comments about LEE Filters Foundation Kit (Standard 4x4", 4x6" Filter Holder) (Requires Adapter Ring):

            I bought this to use with 100x100mm ND Filters.
            It is well built and does what is supposed to.
            Honestly I think all the Lee Holder and adapters are overpriced.
            If you plan to use the Lee Filter Holder with many lenses having different thread size, I suggest to buy the Lee Adapter Ring in the size of your bigger lens (say a 77mm thread) and then buy all the cheap Step-Up ring you need for the smaller threaded lenses (e.g. 72mm etc.).
            You will save a lot of money using a 5$ Step-Up ring instead of buying many different size of the Lee Adapter ring ;-)
            Please notice, if your step-up ring it's meant to work with a super wide angle lens,in order to avoid or reduce vignetting, buy the thinner type of those step-up… you'll find here on B&H too.

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            5.0

            Best i have used!

            By thegary

            from winnipeg, canada

            About Me Pro Photographer

            Verified Buyer

            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Firm Mount
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

              Comments about LEE Filters Foundation Kit (Standard 4x4", 4x6" Filter Holder) (Requires Adapter Ring):

              Extremely well made and thought out product. If you need filters , get holder. You won't be sorry.

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              5.0

              As advertised

              By Jay

              from Philadelphia, PA

              About Me Pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Firm Mount
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

              • Expensive

              Best Uses

              • Environmental Portraiture
              • Image Manipulation
              • landscape

              Comments about LEE Filters Foundation Kit (Standard 4x4", 4x6" Filter Holder) (Requires Adapter Ring):

              This is a plastic filter holder that slides on right to the adapter rings (sold separately). I brought this for my 24-70mm 2.8, and it works great! I thought this is made of plastic initially, but with some videos, I found out that this is plastic. The plastic is of high quality, so there's no worry for that. Some reviews also complaint about the quick release falling off quickly. I strongly disagree with those statement. The quick release stays on great. I have had it fallen off once before, but that's only because my backpack swung forward and knocked it off. I suggest watching some videos on Lees' website for tips and technical informations. Only con is that I don't understand how a few plastic parts cost $ dollars.

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              4.0

              solid filter holder

              By BYip

              from Danville, CA

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Firm Mount

              Cons

              • Plastic Construction

              Best Uses

                Comments about LEE Filters Foundation Kit (Standard 4x4", 4x6" Filter Holder) (Requires Adapter Ring):

                Great 4x4 and 4x6 filter holder. Able to attach and remove with one hand as well. 4 stars only because other than the screws, it is made of plastic.

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                4.0

                Best Filter System, No Compromises

                By etb

                from Virginia

                Comments about LEE Filters Foundation Kit (Standard 4x4", 4x6" Filter Holder) (Requires Adapter Ring):

                Absolute best filter system available, period. Works amazingly well. Super easy to use. Only giving 4 stars because it is pricey. You do get what you pay for though...

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                4.0

                Nice kit almost perfect

                By Ignacio

                from Costa Rica

                Comments about LEE Filters Foundation Kit (Standard 4x4", 4x6" Filter Holder) (Requires Adapter Ring):

                The kit is no less than expected from LEE but it would be 5 stars if there were a customizable filter guide selection. I only use glass (reason why I bought this...) and it comes with just the 2mm guides.

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                5.0

                Good product

                By Mike

                from Seattl

                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy To Use
                • Firm Mount
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                    Comments about LEE Filters Foundation Kit (Standard 4x4", 4x6" Filter Holder) (Requires Adapter Ring):

                    Simple

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                    5.0

                    Good Filter Holder

                    By Sven

                    from Inverness, FL

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

                    Verified Buyer

                    Pros

                    • Easy To Use
                    • Firm Mount
                    • Strong Construction

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Image Manipulation

                      Comments about LEE Filters Foundation Kit (Standard 4x4", 4x6" Filter Holder) (Requires Adapter Ring):

                      This is a good quality product and much better than buying all these screw on filters for a bunch of different lenses. I like the system and would buy it again !!!

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                      5.0

                      Great quality product

                      By MarcB83

                      from Montreal, Canada

                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Easy To Use
                      • Firm Mount
                      • Strong Construction

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                          Comments about LEE Filters Foundation Kit (Standard 4x4", 4x6" Filter Holder) (Requires Adapter Ring):

                          Very well made and works great. No reason to consider anything else.

                          Short story on great customer service from Lee Filters. One of the 4 long screws that come with the kit when using additional slots or the 105mm filter holder, was missing the groove on top that allows using a screwdriver to tighten it up. I wrote an email to Lee, which was promptly answedred, and within a week I had received by mail from UK 2 screws to replace my defective one.

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                          5.0

                          essential part of kit

                          By scottie

                          from calgary ab

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Firm Mount
                          • Strong Construction

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                              Comments about LEE Filters Foundation Kit (Standard 4x4", 4x6" Filter Holder) (Requires Adapter Ring):

                              good for multiple filters ,well constructed,easy to use

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                              5.0

                              Perfect

                              By Ed

                              from Idaho

                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Use
                              • Firm Mount
                              • Strong Construction

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Image Manipulation

                                Comments about LEE Filters Foundation Kit (Standard 4x4", 4x6" Filter Holder) (Requires Adapter Ring):

                                After using the Cokin system using this set up is so much better.A great investment if you use filters regularly. Easier to us and the quick dismount allows ease and speed for pre focusing a scene.

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                                5.0

                                Brilliant!!

                                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 Foundation Kit (Standard 4x4", 4x6" Filter Holder) (Requires Adapter Ring):

                                  Quality costs $$$The complete range of LEE Filters costs lots, but provides the required quality.

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                                  5.0

                                  Pricey but you get what you pay for

                                  By MJR

                                  from Huntington Beach, CA

                                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Easy To Use
                                  • Firm Mount
                                  • Strong Construction

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                      Comments about LEE Filters Foundation Kit (Standard 4x4", 4x6" Filter Holder) (Requires Adapter Ring):

                                      Very well constucted, easy to use and filters slide effortlessly in mounts

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                                      5.0

                                      Lee filters rule

                                      By Szero270

                                      from Bay shoe ny

                                      Comments about LEE Filters Foundation Kit (Standard 4x4", 4x6" Filter Holder) (Requires Adapter Ring):

                                      Wow ,fantastic equipment , works well

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                                      4.0

                                      Quality product!

                                      By Gram M

                                      from Spokane, WA

                                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Easy To Use
                                      • Firm Mount

                                      Cons

                                      • Screws Fit Poorly

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Image Manipulation

                                      Comments about LEE Filters Foundation Kit (Standard 4x4", 4x6" Filter Holder) (Requires Adapter Ring):

                                      I haven't had a chance to use this yet except at home and certainly not the purpose. Kit is of great quality. I was somewhat disappointed that the kit didn't have shorter screws. I closely read the directions and assembled as described yet the screws stick out through the backside and it concerns me that I could damage expensive optics. Fits nicely with adapter rings. Appears to work as advertised.

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                                      5.0

                                      Lee system

                                      By Mapster

                                      from Wisconsin

                                      Comments about LEE Filters Foundation Kit (Standard 4x4", 4x6" Filter Holder) (Requires Adapter Ring):

                                      I have been wanting this system for awhile and finally bit the bullet. Am soooo glad I did! It is a really slick system. Pricey but worth it. If you are trying to decide whether to buy it, do it, you won't be disappointed!

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