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LEE FiltersFoundation Kit (Standard 4x4", 4x6" Filter Holder) (Requires Adapter Ring)
 
4.8

(based on 175 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (141)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (30)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (1)

98%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (138)
  • Firm mount (118)
  • Strong construction (108)
  • Lightweight (12)
  • Clear optics (10)

Cons

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

Best Uses

  • Image manipulation (62)
  • Color correction (24)
  • Filter protection (22)
  • Landscape photography (10)
  • Lens protection (8)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (71), Semi-pro photographer (52), Pro photographer (15), Casual photographer (7), Professional (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (129)

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 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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    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

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        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

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          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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                      5.0

                      Excellant, Very Well Made Product

                      By OregonKid

                      from Bend, OR

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

                      This and an adapter ring were a gift for my wife. The build quality is just outstanding. With the addition of the filters, I think she will be very happy with the ease of use and flexibility os the kit.

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                      5.0

                      Excellent Filter System

                      By Randy

                      from Vacaville, CA

                      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 the Lee Foundation Kit along with their 77mm adaptor and a couple of filters for my Nikon Lens. In the past I've used a 10 stop screw on filter and found that taking the filter on and off to focus for long exposures was time consuming and the risk of dropping the filter was high. I bought the Lee system due to what I've read on line and I have not been disappointed. Now with the filter holder in place it is a simple task to remove the kit and filters to re-compose and focus. It's well designed and seems to be strong. I really like this product a lot!!

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                        5.0

                        Lee quality

                        By Mario

                        from Lévis, Québec

                        About Me Photo Enthusiast

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                        Pros

                        • Easy To Use
                        • Firm Mount
                        • Strong Construction

                        Cons

                        • Strong Build

                        Best Uses

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

                          Easy to use and well made.

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                          4.0

                          Un buen kit

                          By Hugo Valle

                          from España

                          About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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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):

                            Estamos ante un buen kit para filtros de 4x4 o 4x6 y de una calidad de construccion aceptable.Hay posibilidad de usarlo con un CPL BW pero no por ejemplo con un LightcraftAun ante todo esto, igual es un poco caro, pero si es recomendable

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                            5.0

                            Excellent filter system

                            By Frank S.

                            from Boston, MA

                            About Me Photo Enthusiast

                            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):

                              The Lee filter system is outstanding. Easy to use, versatile across different lenses. Optical quality is top notch. Highly recommend it; well worth the cost.

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                              5.0

                              Foundation Kit for Big Stopper

                              By Steve

                              from Toledo, OH

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Use
                              • Firm Mount
                              • Strong Construction

                              Cons

                              • Sold Seperately

                              Best Uses

                              • Filter Protection

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

                              The Lee foundation kit is quality made for their filters and snap on to any of Lee's adapter rings. I have been using this product during my long exposure shoots and am always impressed by how easily it snaps onto the adapter. But I do have to say that since this is a one size fits all it should be sold as a package with the Big Stopper Neutral Density filter.

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                              5.0

                              Best filter system I have used to date

                              By WarrenT

                              from Gunnison, CO

                              About Me Photo Enthusiast

                              Verified Buyer

                              Pros

                              • Easy To Use
                              • Strong Construction

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Image Manipulation

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

                                After purchasing other filter systems and being disappointed in their quality and ease of use, I decided to purchase the LEE Filter system. Putting the filter holder onto the adapter ring is really easy. Once the holder is on the adapter ring, it stays attached to the adapter ring and rotates freely as it should. There is a little brass pull knob that is used to attach/detach the filter holder from the adapter ring. For this reason it it very easy to put on and take off since there are no knobs to turn, pins to push, or trying to get it to slide on.The filter holder is made of durable plastic and seems very well built. I have only had the system for a few weeks now, but it appears like it will last a long time if common sense is used while using it.I was warned by other photographers that the filter holder has fallen off of their lenses. However, I am not one to carry the filter holder with filters still attached to my camera and tripod while carrying the tripod over my shoulder while walking though brush and trees, nor to I keep it attached to my lens and then put it into my camera bag.So far I am very pleased with the construction and ease of use of the LEE Filter foundation kit, and I would recommend it.

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                                5.0

                                Get it right in camera

                                By Art

                                from Chesapeake, VA

                                About Me Photo Enthusiast

                                Verified Buyer

                                Pros

                                • Easy To Use
                                • Workflow Time Saver

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Tone Down The Highlights

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

                                  You need the Lee Foundation Kit, Adapter rings, and a filter set.I purchased 72mm & 77mm adapter rings. I also purchased the GND soft filter set (3 filters)You can come close in processing software, but getting it correct in camera may save you a lot of processing time and allow you to get back to taking photos.Since purchasing and this Lee system it makes me wonder why I didn't do it years ago.

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                                  5.0

                                  It works

                                  By P.Macro

                                  from Sacramento, Ca.

                                  About Me Pro Photographer

                                  Verified Buyer

                                  Pros

                                  • Easy to clean
                                  • Easy To Use

                                  Cons

                                  • cost

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Image Manipulation

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

                                  use with lee wide adapter rings fits most lens, buy extra guides 2mm,4mm size to match filters and longer Lee screws B & H has them.

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