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

(based on 161 reviews)

Ratings Distribution

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    (128)

  • 4 Stars

     

    (28)

  • 3 Stars

     

    (1)

  • 2 Stars

     

    (2)

  • 1 Stars

     

    (2)

97%

of respondents would recommend this to a friend.

Pros

  • Easy to use (127)
  • Firm mount (107)
  • Strong construction (97)
  • Lightweight (12)
  • Clear optics (10)

Cons

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

Best Uses

  • Image manipulation (55)
  • Color correction (23)
  • Filter protection (19)
  • Landscape photography (10)
  • Lens protection (6)
    • Reviewer Profile:
    • Photo enthusiast (66), Semi-pro photographer (49), Pro photographer (13), Casual photographer (7), Professional (4)
    • Was this a gift?:
    • No (122)

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

Excellent filter system

By Frank S.

from Boston, MA

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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

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    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

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    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

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      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.

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        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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        1.0

        Wish I could give it a zero

        By Hondo

        from Phoenix, AZ

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        Pros

          Cons

          • Weak Construction

          Best Uses

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

            Upon withdrawing my tripod mounted camera from the "photo hole" in the fence on the Glen Canyon Bride overlooking the dam in N. AZ, the housing bumped into the opening; "click", there went my housing and Big Stopper (I was using it to cover half the lens to go long on the lit up dam, and bring out the stars above Lake Powell) taking the 700' freefall to the river below. The attachment ring was still attached to the lens; the housing rotated freely (as it should) when it was attached to the ring. Also, the descrition had said that the kit included parts that would enable using 4 filters; not so. It comes with one set of extra rails, when installed, will allow use of 3 filters. For me, it no longer matters.

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            5.0

            Good Kit

            By Sharks

            from Waterloo, Ontario

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            Pros

            • Easy To Use
            • Strong Construction

            Cons

              Best Uses

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

                I just tried it with my Nikon lens 16-35 when I received it. It worked very well.

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                5.0

                Lee Filter Foundation Kit

                By Mike D

                from Orlando, FL

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                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):

                    Great product. fits perfect on camera and holds filters nice and secure. I would recommend this over any of the after market filter holders.

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                    5.0

                    Holds Filters Securely

                    By RCSPhoto

                    from Boston, MA

                    About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                    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 use this to hold my Lee Big Stopper to my Canon 24-70mm f/4 lens (via a 77mm Adapter Ring). This product works great in that it holds my ND filter safely and securely. It is easy to put on and take off from the adapter ring. This holder is expensive but well worth it.

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                    5.0

                    A Quality Product

                    By SHerren

                    from Valparaiso, IN

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                    Pros

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

                    Cons

                      Best Uses

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

                        The Lee Filters Foundation Kit was shipped and delivered promptly and I am very pleased with its quality. It fits snugly to the adapter, it can be easily rotated yet stay where you position it. Also the filter is held securely, but can be easily repositioned. It is a solid piece of equipment and I can't find anything wrong with it.

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                        5.0

                        Best one I ever used

                        By Bernd the traveler

                        from Cologne Germany

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                        Pros

                        • Firm Mount
                        • Strong Construction

                        Cons

                          Best Uses

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

                            I should have spend my money in this brand earlier.

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                            5.0

                            Most flexible filter system

                            By OldAudioGuy

                            from Woodland Park, CO

                            About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                            Pros

                            • Lite Weight Yet Strong
                            • Strong Construction

                            Cons

                            • none so far

                            Best Uses

                            • Image Manipulation
                            • Special effects

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

                            My purpose was to acquire the parts needed to build the kind of filter system I can use for all my landscape photography. You don't have to read many reviews on the Web before you realize The Lee Filter System is the right group of products that will produce consistent and superb quality. I decided to make the investment in the best and I am completely satisfied. B & H carries the Lee products I will purchase over time to complete my kit. I have no complaints as, I thoroughly researched this product before purchase. I knew what I was going to get and indeed I got it.

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                            5.0

                            Nice Holder

                            By JSS

                            from St. Louis, MO

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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):

                              Easy and fast to use. The simple clip on the side makes it a snap to slide it on and off the lens. It also holds the filters perfectly yet with enough room to move them up and down in the holder smoothly. Seems very durable.

                              I am so taken with how easy this Lee holder system is to use, I don't want to bother with screw in ND filters. I will probably replace them with Lee filters.

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                              5.0

                              Easy to assemble and strong construction

                              By LinLin

                              from Cupertino, CA

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                              Pros

                              • Easy To Use
                              • Firm Mount
                              • Strong Construction

                              Cons

                                Best Uses

                                • Filter Protection

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

                                With easy to screw in adapter ring, you could just spring latch on the Lee Filter Holder: the best and easiest assemble filer adapter ever in the market. The tensions to slide in filters and to turn the filter adapter are just right.
                                The best 77 mm slide-in filter adapter in the market.

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                                5.0

                                great product

                                By BrokenRez

                                from sydney

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

                                Simple to use and quick to set up

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                                5.0

                                Easy on and off!

                                By Stan

                                from New York

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                                Pros

                                • Easy To Use
                                • Firm Mount

                                Cons

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Color Correction
                                  • Image Manipulation

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

                                  replacing my cokin filter holder with this as this accomodates my lee big stopper better than the cokin.

                                  this unit spring on and off with ease and is quick and easy to use.

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                                  4.0

                                  Sturdy and Lightweight,but….

                                  By Davebo

                                  from Halifax, Canada

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                                  Pros

                                  • Lightweight
                                  • Sturdy Construcion

                                  Cons

                                  • Filter Guides
                                  • Price

                                  Best Uses

                                  • Multiple Filter Holder
                                  • Single Filter Holder
                                  • Singlemultiple Filters

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

                                  Holder appears sturdy and lightweight. Brass hardware is a welcomed feature.But….the hard plastic filter guides look cheap and scratch the edges of your very expensive filters. Time will tell how long these will hold up. I expect that, depending on how often you use your system,these will likely need to be replaced.Minus 1 star for the guides…and price!

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                                  5.0

                                  strong foundation

                                  By georaz

                                  from waynesboro pa

                                  About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                                  Pros

                                  • Easy To Use
                                  • Strong Construction

                                  Cons

                                  • Price

                                  Best Uses

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

                                    great filter holder, bought it with the lee big stopper and hitect nd grad filters. strong construction, i used the cokin p filters before and the holder where ok but did go through two holders and on the third. i been using it now for a week and so far no problems. it is expensive.

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                                    4.0

                                    Feels a little flimsy

                                    By Victor Trasvina

                                    from New York NY

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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):

                                      Mostly made out of plastic which happens to be a little disappointing since its kinda pricy for what it is, but it does the job and its pretty easy to use

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                                      5.0

                                      Well Built

                                      By fishysam

                                      from Vancouver WA

                                      About Me Semi-pro Photographer

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                                      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):

                                          Mount securely on lens and holds filters snug.

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