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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 that when assembled in its standard form, accepts three filters - 100mm (4") wide x 2mm thick. It also holds 4x6" (100 x 150mm, 2mm thick) filters. The holder can be made to accommodate up to four 2mm thick filters by using the separately-available Lee Filters 3/4" Side-Guide Screws and an additional set of Side Guides for 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.

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)
     
    4.8

    (based on 184 reviews)

    Ratings Distribution

    • 5 Stars

       

      (149)

    • 4 Stars

       

      (30)

    • 3 Stars

       

      (1)

    • 2 Stars

       

      (2)

    • 1 Stars

       

      (2)

    98%

    of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

    Pros

    • Easy to use (143)
    • Firm mount (123)
    • Strong construction (112)
    • Lightweight (12)
    • Clear optics (10)

    Cons

    • Pricey / poor value (6)
    • Price (5)
    • Poor quality (4)

    Best Uses

    • Image manipulation (65)
    • Color correction (25)
    • Filter protection (23)
    • Landscape photography (10)
    • Lens protection (8)
      • Reviewer Profile:
      • Photo enthusiast (74), Semi-pro photographer (53), Pro photographer (17), Casual photographer (7), Professional (4)
      • Was this a gift?:
      • No (135)

    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 filter kit

    By lb3

    from Phoenix, AZ

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

    This kit works great with my lee big stopper filter and adapter ring for my lens size

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    5.0

    Good Product

    By JG

    from USA

    About Me Pro Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use
    • Firm Mount
    • Strong Construction

    Cons

    • Price

    Best Uses

    • Filter Protection

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

    I had long used multi-exposure and HDR techniques to blend images to achieve realistic exposure, but these techniques are time-consuming and don't always work well for scenes with moving features such as clouds. I finally broke down and bought this filter holder and a 2-stop soft grad, and find that I prefer these old-fashioned tools for landscape photography. I'm glad I bought this holder instead of trying to hand-hold filters, but to each his own. The only caveat, as other reviewers have noted, is the high cost of the filter equipment, but it is well made and solves several problems. Recommended.

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    5.0

    well designed piece

    By Patakidiak

    from Indianapolis

    About Me Photo Enthusiast

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy To Use

    Cons

      Best Uses

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

        Easy to place on lenses (with adapter), easy to use. Now I do not have to hold the grad.ND filter with my hand any more (one has only so many hands). Also, I will not bump into the lens with my hand holding the filter. My only gripe is that I like to use a lenshood to reduce lens flair and now none of the hoods fit. Lee does sell this product with a detachable hood too, but it is a bit bulky with the hood and if you want to detach it (like in windy condition to reduce vibration) you would have to do it at home with good lighting, no wind and a screwdriver. So perhaps one needs two kits, one with the hood and one without. Now I just need a sherpa.

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        5.0

        Very Well Made Filter Holder

        By Visionary Impressionist

        from Las Vegas, NV

        About Me 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):

          I use this excellent Lee filter holder for landscape images. It is well made and does exactly what its designed to do. I find this Lee filter system to be excellent, compact, light weight and easy to use with my Leica S cameras and lenses. The holder keeps the filters held tight enough to keep from slipping and you can turn the holder to any position with its adapter ring.

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          5.0

          Great filter system, a must have

          By Ranger

          from Fairbanks, AK.

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

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          Pros

          • 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):

            I find myself using this system on most of my sunrise and sunset shoots, it really helps to bring what you are actually seeing to the screen.

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            5.0

            Filters Made Easy

            By Dillon

            from RI

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

            This foundation kit hold the filters in place, perfectly. With easy maneuvers to place and remove filters, and also to remove the kit from your lens, I can not see any way in which this rig could be improved. With the capability of holding 2 filters by Lee (4x4) you have a lot of options with this kit. I highly recommend Lee Filters.

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            5.0

            Easy to use

            By HuzzahGuy

            from Cleveland, OH

            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):

              I like this filter holder for it's build quality and how easy it is to securely put it on the camera and it's easy to remove too.

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              5.0

              Perfect fit

              By Sylvia

              from Ca

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

              Smoothly goes on and off.

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              5.0

              Great filter system

              By Big Sky

              from Bozeman, MT

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Easy To Use
              • Firm Mount
              • Strong Construction

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Filter Protection
                • Image Manipulation

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

                I spent a lot of time comparing the Lee and Cokin systems. I am very pleased with my decision to go with the Lee system. It is simple to use...well made and has plenty of versatility.

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                1.0

                Lee Filter light leak

                By lee1

                from Asheville, NC

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Firm Mount
                • Strong Construction

                Cons

                  Best Uses

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

                    This item was 1 of 3 other Lee Filters products (the 100 mm Big stopper 3.0 ND Filter and 77mm adapter ring were the other 2). I purchased so as to shoot long exposures. I used these items together for 1 long day and every exposure using the filter had a light leak. I took the time to document my experience and publish it to my website: http://leepirtle.com/leefilter01/. I contacted B&H, providing the above URL and they suggested refraction/reflection might be the reason and said that they would like to see some more test images shot at f/5.6 and f/16 so they can rule out what the actual issue is. I also provided that URL to Lee Filters who responded: "Once in a while, the lens needs to be taped as well". At this point I am waiting for enough sun to try the above suggestions because I want this to work but I am not pleased with my initial results.

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                    5.0

                    Lee Filter Holder fills the gaps

                    By leannewhatever

                    from Melbourne, Australia

                    About Me 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):

                      I am starting to do a lot more long exposure photography, and was trying to use the Lee Big Stopper in a different filter holder, but was getting light leakages in my images. Took me a while to realise that I need the Lee Filter Holder, no more light leakage, it is easy to put on and off the adaptor ring, brilliant job.

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                      5.0

                      Use with Graduated rectangular Filters

                      By Fred the enthusiast

                      from Floirda

                      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):

                        Very easy to mount and use

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                        5.0

                        Great Holder

                        By Bob

                        from Corunna, MI

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

                        Easy to use and rotates in any direction.
                        I would recommend this to a friend.

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                        5.0

                        Works great!

                        By James

                        from Birmingham AL

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

                        Makes taking the filters in and out a snap. Don't forget an adapter ring like I did on my order. You can not attach this to the lens without an adapter.

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                        5.0

                        High Quality!

                        By Scott

                        from Columbia, MO

                        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):

                          I bought this to supplement the starter kit, so that I'd have a holder for a second body. It is a very high quality filter holder, and gives the impression that it will last a lifetime.

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                          5.0

                          Just an awesome useful design!

                          By davidrsinger

                          from Fairfax, VA

                          About Me Photo Enthusiast

                          Verified Buyer

                          Pros

                          • Easy To Use
                          • Firm Mount
                          • Strong Construction

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Filter Protection
                            • Image Manipulation
                            • Lens Protection
                            • UV Protection

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

                            There's a reason they set the standard. It's a straightforward useful designed tool that you will use over and over again if you're into landscape and long exposure photography. It's sturdy and won't let you down as well as fitting nearly all 4X4 and 4X6 filters. I never leave home without it.

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                            4.0

                            Lee Foundation Kit

                            By Photography Buff

                            from British Columbia

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Easy To Use
                            • Firm Mount
                            • Quality product
                            • Strong Construction

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

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

                                This product works really well. I would give it 5 if not for the price.

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                                5.0

                                A must have!

                                By Trigger Z

                                from Canyon Lake, Ca

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

                                2nd purchase. First one was stolen in San Francisco and had to replace, a must have! Never had a problem with quality, no regrets.

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                                5.0

                                Great alternative to Matte Box.

                                By Nay Nay

                                from Honolulu, HI

                                About Me Pro Photographer

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easy To Use
                                • Firm Mount
                                • Strong Construction

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Filter Protection
                                  • Lens Protection
                                  • UV Protection

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

                                  This is a wonderful alternative to a mattebox. Especially when you need a small footprint and are run and gunning.

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                                  5.0

                                  professional

                                  By crackwood

                                  from Montreal, QC, Canada

                                  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):

                                      can't expect more and filters quality is incredible.

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