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LEE Filters100 x 100mm Big Stopper 3.0 Neutral Density Filter
 
4.9

(based on 94 reviews)

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99%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (51)
  • Great picture quality (32)
  • Lightweight (19)
  • Clear optics (16)
  • Compact (15)

Cons

  • Not durable (3)
  • Pricey / poor value (3)

Best Uses

  • Landscape/scenery (49)
  • Travel (16)
  • Image manipulation (13)
  • Long exposures (3)
  • Wildlife photos (3)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (30), Semi-pro photographer (30), Pro photographer (9), Casual photographer (6), Photography student (3)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (74)

Most Liked Positive Review

 

Simply Awesome

I am a hobbyist landscape photographer and love slow shutter shots, which usually means i'm out really early or later in the evening (which the latter I don't mind). I shoot with a...Read complete review

I am a hobbyist landscape photographer and love slow shutter shots, which usually means i'm out really early or later in the evening (which the latter I don't mind). I shoot with a canon 5d mrk iii and 17-40L lens for most of my landscapes. As for my filters I started out using screw on filters for CP, and ND, and then a couple years ago I read up on using Cokin P square filters which made sense to me. One set of filters for any of my lenses. Well I wasn't too keen on fixing the awful color cast I kept getting when stacking more than one filter, or having just B&W shots. So I thought I'd give the Lee filter a try after some prompting from a friend and I must say my first test shots were done between 8am to 12noon and my goodness 20 to 25 sec exposures in the middle of a cloudless day!!....no color cast!!...and my images are sharp! I am totally blown away by this filter and can't wait to try out some of Lee's grad filters! Also the holder and adapter rings are solid and block out stray light leaks from the back most excellent. Look me up on Flickr to check out my test shots to see for yourself. Michael A Santos

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Most Liked Negative Review

 

Filter withe the Blues

The Lee Big Stopper 3.0 is overpriced and all about the blues. Post processing the extreme blue tint is very difficult. The basic tenet of ND filters is to shoot an image that doesn't...Read complete review

The Lee Big Stopper 3.0 is overpriced and all about the blues. Post processing the extreme blue tint is very difficult. The basic tenet of ND filters is to shoot an image that doesn't need bracketing or post processing.I have a full set of Lee grad ND filters . . . which are great. My suggestion: get the Lee grad NDs . . . . and get a 9- or 10-stop ND filter from another company.This is not a neutral density filter; it's a BLUE density filter!!

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5.0

A real find

By Maximus

from Miami, Florida

About Me Semi-pro Photographer

Verified Buyer

Pros

  • Durable
  • Easy to Use
  • Great Picture Quality
  • Lightweight

Cons

    Best Uses

    • Landscape/Scenery

    Comments about LEE Filters 100 x 100mm Big Stopper 3.0 Neutral Density Filter:

    I use the Big stopper to capture sunset shots along the coast line, I have also used it while shooting beaches around the Caribbean, it allows for long enough exposures to smoothen waves and give the water and clouds that creamy look that's mostly impossible without an ND filter. The Filter comes in a sturdy metal protective case for an extra sense of security especially when I'm shooting outdoors as gear can get tossed around from time to time.

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    5.0

    Best you can Buy

    By Michael

    from New York

    About Me Casual Photographer

    Verified Buyer

    Pros

    • Easy to Use
    • Great Picture Quality

    Cons

      Best Uses

      • Landscape/Scenery
      • Travel

      Comments about LEE Filters 100 x 100mm Big Stopper 3.0 Neutral Density Filter:

      This ten stopper is a must for bright sunlight, and over exposers.

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      • No

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      5.0

      Great filter.

      By CJric

      from Searcy, AR

      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

      Verified Buyer

      Pros

      • Easy to Use

      Cons

        Best Uses

          Comments about LEE Filters 100 x 100mm Big Stopper 3.0 Neutral Density Filter:

          I don't have time to test it very much. But from the my use, it's a great filter. Very light color cast, and it's fits in Hetech's 100mm filter ring.

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          • No

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          5.0

          Quality product Easy to use

          By jerdon

          from Australia Melbourne

          About Me Photo Enthusiast

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

          • Compact
          • Durable
          • Easy to Use
          • Great Picture Quality
          • Lightweight

          Cons

          • Better Protective Case
          • Needs Durable Protective
          • Needs Durable Protective Case

          Best Uses

          • Landscape/Scenery
          • Travel

          Comments about LEE Filters 100 x 100mm Big Stopper 3.0 Neutral Density Filter:

          The lee Bigstopper performs as per all the great reviews I've used it a few times so far and loving it

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          • No

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          1.0

          Filter withe the Blues

          By Jim Dunaway Photo

          from Evans, GA

          About Me Pro Photographer

          Verified Buyer

          Pros

            Cons

            • Extreme Blue Tint
            • Poor Image Quality
            • White Balance

            Best Uses

              Comments about LEE Filters 100 x 100mm Big Stopper 3.0 Neutral Density Filter:

              The Lee Big Stopper 3.0 is overpriced and all about the blues. Post processing the extreme blue tint is very difficult. The basic tenet of ND filters is to shoot an image that doesn't need bracketing or post processing.I have a full set of Lee grad ND filters . . . which are great. My suggestion: get the Lee grad NDs . . . . and get a 9- or 10-stop ND filter from another company.This is not a neutral density filter; it's a BLUE density filter!!

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              • No

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              5.0

              Increible

              By Hugo Valle

              from España

              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

              Verified Buyer

              Pros

              • Compact
              • Durable
              • Great Picture Quality

              Cons

                Best Uses

                • Landscape/Scenery
                • Wildlife Photos

                Comments about LEE Filters 100 x 100mm Big Stopper 3.0 Neutral Density Filter:

                Al igual que el Daryl Benson, otro filtro muy caro de conseguir en España y que merece mucho la pena tener en la maleta para largas exposiciones durante el día....... y la noche

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                5.0

                It is unusuall out of stock for a reason

                By JGo9

                from Waynesburg, KY

                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                Verified Buyer

                Pros

                • Easy to Use

                Cons

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery

                  Comments about LEE Filters 100 x 100mm Big Stopper 3.0 Neutral Density Filter:

                  If you are looking to long exposure shots and you want the best setup with the best quality image; then look no further. I've used circular 10 stops before and this setup is so much easier to use, and the image quality is not hurt by using the Lee Big Stopper.

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                  • Yes

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                  5.0

                  Create Dramatic Photographic Effects

                  By Steve

                  from Toledo, OH.

                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Great Picture Quality

                  Cons

                  • NOT durable

                  Best Uses

                  • Landscape/Scenery

                  Comments about LEE Filters 100 x 100mm Big Stopper 3.0 Neutral Density Filter:

                  I previously had read Peter Hill's article on "The Ultimate Guide to Neutral Density Filters" and since he spoke so highly of the results he got with Lee Filters Big Stopper I decided to purchase one. This filter is superb. Even as a novice I was able to capture some stunning long exposures. Even tough it is a bit pricey, I am totally satisfied with this product.

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                  5.0

                  Does exactly what it is supposed to do

                  By Tom

                  from Los Angeles

                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                  Verified Buyer

                  Pros

                  • Consistent
                  • Great Picture Quality

                  Cons

                    Best Uses

                    • Landscape/Scenery
                    • Travel

                    Comments about LEE Filters 100 x 100mm Big Stopper 3.0 Neutral Density Filter:

                    I had never used an extreme ND filter prior to this and had done a lot of research prior to settling on the Lee Big Stopper. The blue color cast is extremely easy to correct and the effect is incredible. It does take some practice settling on the proper exposure adjustments as well as developing a work flow, because leaving out steps will result in lousy results. Things such as setting the exposure to manual, prefocusing, closing the eyepiece. But that all works out. Being glass, the filter is easy to keep clean. The filter and mount are expensive but work together seamlessly and smoothly. I highly recommend this filter for anyone interested in ultralong exposures.

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                    5.0

                    Must needed ND for long exposures

                    By WarrenT

                    from Gunnison, CO

                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                    Pros

                    • Compact
                    • Easy to Use
                    • Lightweight

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

                      • Landscape/Scenery

                      Comments about LEE Filters 100 x 100mm Big Stopper 3.0 Neutral Density Filter:

                      After deciding to get high a high quality filter system and junk my existing cheap filters, I decided to go with the LEE Filter system. I purchased the Big Stopper as part of my new system, and I have yet to be disappointed from it. The filter is made from a high quality piece of glass. There is also a foam gasket on the filter to prevent light leaking into the camera during the long exposures. I have no need to shade the top of my filters while using the Big Stopper. (I also purchased the Little Stopper and it has the same foam gasket.)

                      I have used the filter now quite a few times in the couple of weeks since I received the filter, and I am amazed on the long exposures I can get while out in bright daylight.

                      There is a slight bluish cast to the image when using the Big Stopper, but a quick color balance fix in Lightroom will get rid of the bluish tint.

                      The Big Stopper comes in a nice, durable tin with a foam lining to help protect the filter. There is also a nice exposure adjustment card that comes with it as well. The only drawback from the exposure card is that it is only in whole stops. A quick fix for this is to download an app for your smart phone.

                      I would highly recommend this product.

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                      5.0

                      excellent filter

                      By Zippie

                      from oshkosh, wi

                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                      Verified Buyer

                      Pros

                      • Durable
                      • Easy to Use
                      • Great Picture Quality

                      Cons

                        Best Uses

                        • Landscape/Scenery

                        Comments about LEE Filters 100 x 100mm Big Stopper 3.0 Neutral Density Filter:

                        This filter worked great for my long exposure waterscapes of the great lakes this fall.

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                        4.0

                        Issues with Quality Control

                        By John W

                        from Detroit, MI

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

                        Verified Buyer

                        Pros

                          Cons

                            Best Uses

                            • Landscape/Scenery
                            • Travel

                            Comments about LEE Filters 100 x 100mm Big Stopper 3.0 Neutral Density Filter:

                            Anyone into landscape photography knows about Lee filters. They make a great product, which is why it can be hard to find them in stock. I ordered the Big and Little Stoppers. Unfortunately the first shipment of both filters had small scratches on the front and back. I cleaned them carefully hoping that they were just cleaning marks, as they were very dirty when I received them. B&H was awesome, as always, and sent me new filters with return shipping to send back the scratched filters. Well, those were scratched and dirty as well. Again, B&H was awesome, and we gave it a go for a third time. This time the filters had no scratches, but they were still pretty dirty. Just make sure you inspect the filters completely when you receive them!

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                            5.0

                            Paid Dividends Right Off The back

                            By Murraj Photography

                            from Houston, TX

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                            Verified Buyer

                            Pros

                            • Compact
                            • Easy to Use
                            • Great Picture Quality
                            • Lightweight

                            Cons

                              Best Uses

                              • Landscape/Scenery
                              • Travel

                              Comments about LEE Filters 100 x 100mm Big Stopper 3.0 Neutral Density Filter:

                              I bought this product after doing a lot of research on it and it paid off right after I bought it. I took it with me with a photo group and took photos near the Brazos River in Texas. Whatever reading my camera had, I simply subtracted 10 full stops from my shutter speed and took the shot. It was beautiful. The only drawback is that since the filter is so dark, it's difficult to get the camera to focus with the filter attached to it. Yet that's an easy fix: just set the camera to autofocus on the area (press half-down), once that's set, change it to manual focus, slide in the filter, and take the shot. Oh yeah, mirror up as well for more stability while shooting lovely long exposure landscape shots (through live view). If you want to push the envelope on landscape shots, this is for you.

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                              5.0

                              Time warp

                              By therealmccoyphoto

                              from South Lake Tahoe

                              Comments about LEE Filters 100 x 100mm Big Stopper 3.0 Neutral Density Filter:

                              This is a must have for anyone who loves landscape photography. Adds no weight to you bag but adds so much to the final results.

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                              5.0

                              Love it

                              By RCSPhoto

                              from Boston, MA

                              About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Compact
                              • Easy to Use
                              • Great Picture Quality
                              • Lightweight

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Landscape/Scenery
                                • Sports/Action

                                Comments about LEE Filters 100 x 100mm Big Stopper 3.0 Neutral Density Filter:

                                I recently bought this filter and used it to take some stunning landscape photographs of the ocean/beach. While it comes with a metering guide, I found it to be sort of confusing and found one online that made better sense. You'll likely find (as I did) it's not quite 10 stops as advertised. Prior to this filter, I owned a Cokin grad ND filter made of plastic so it gets some 'getting used to' using a glass (easily scratched) filter. But it's well worth it:)

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                                5.0

                                It's a Big Stopper, color balances well

                                By RuralNJ Photographer

                                from White House Station, NJ

                                About Me Semi-pro Photographer

                                Verified Reviewer

                                Pros

                                • Easy to Use
                                • Good quality

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Landscape/Scenery
                                  • Sports/Action
                                  • Travel

                                  Comments about LEE Filters 100 x 100mm Big Stopper 3.0 Neutral Density Filter:

                                  Lots of people complain about the color shift, but it's really not something that can be perfectly controlled in the filter at this price point. There are some filters in the $-$ range for 77mm round glass that don't need as much correction. For my uses, spending less and then spending a couple seconds on correction is more sensible. YMMV.Attaching two pictures - an unfiltered, uncorrected, and a filtered uncorrected. B&H limits pictures to two... but I printed the unfiltered image and the corrected image and couldn't successfully tell them apart. The total correction effort was a single click on the 18% gray patch, no complex light/mid/dark correction work required.

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                                  5.0

                                  Super Nice Filter

                                  By JS

                                  from St. Louis, MO

                                  About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                                  Pros

                                  • Great Picture Quality
                                  • Lightweight

                                  Cons

                                    Best Uses

                                    • Landscape/Scenery

                                    Comments about LEE Filters 100 x 100mm Big Stopper 3.0 Neutral Density Filter:

                                    High quality filter. Comes in a very nice metal case with a card on exposure conversion to make using the filter very easy.

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                                    5.0

                                    WOW. You can use at broad daylight.

                                    By zhlange

                                    from Sacramento, CA

                                    About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                                    Pros

                                    • Compact
                                    • Easy to Use
                                    • Great Picture Quality
                                    • Lightweight

                                    Cons

                                      Best Uses

                                      • Landscape/Scenery
                                      • Travel

                                      Comments about LEE Filters 100 x 100mm Big Stopper 3.0 Neutral Density Filter:

                                      I used it during noon time with the sun shining on top of everybody. I was able to slow the waves with minimal overexposure on the background (see picture).

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                                      5.0

                                      Great Product

                                      By Mike

                                      from San Antonio

                                      Comments about LEE Filters 100 x 100mm Big Stopper 3.0 Neutral Density Filter:

                                      Wish I ordered this filter sooner.

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                                      5.0

                                      Awesome for long exposures

                                      By Cedric

                                      from Ottawa, Canada

                                      About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                      Verified Buyer

                                      Pros

                                      • Compact
                                      • Easy to Use
                                      • Great Picture Quality
                                      • Lightweight

                                      Cons

                                        Best Uses

                                        • Landscape/Scenery

                                        Comments about LEE Filters 100 x 100mm Big Stopper 3.0 Neutral Density Filter:

                                        Great product for long exposures.

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