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The Lee Grad Neutral Density Soft Filter Set can be used with both digital and film cameras. The set contains three 100 x 150mm soft ND graduated resin filters to enable the photographer to adjust exposure over part of a scene without affecting the colour balance. Exposure can be controlled by 1, 2 or 3 stops, to suit the individual situation and offers a soft transition from dark to light. ND Grads are often used by landscape photographers to balance the exposure within a scene - typically between the bright sky and darker land. ND Grad filters are available with a hard or soft gradation. Soft Grads perform best in woodland, mist, or interiors. Anywhere where there is no definite transition between sky and foreground, a soft grad will gently balance exposure across the image. This set is for use with the Lee 100mm Filter Holder system. Filter Holder and Adapter Rings not included. More
- 1x 0.3 Neutral Density Soft Grad Filter
Reduces exposure by 1 stop without affecting colour balance. Soft transition from dark to light.
- 1x 0.6 Neutral Density Soft Grad Filter
Reduces exposure by 2 stops without affecting colour balance. Soft transition from dark to light.
- 1x 0.9 Neutral Density Soft Grad Filter
Reduces exposure by 3 stops without affecting colour balance. Soft transition from dark to light.
Should I use hard or soft grads?
This depends on: the type of photography, the type of equipment, and the requirements of an individual situation. There is no simple answer, most professionals will carry a selection of both. Hard Grads tend to be used on smaller format cameras (DSLR or 35mm) and are used for general landscape shots with a definite horizon. Soft Grads tend be used on larger format cameras or on very wide angle lenses and are used for balancing exposure evenly, when there is no definite horizon i.e. in cities or other situations when you may have an uneven skyline.
Compatible with both digital and film photography
Whatever format you shoot, ND Grads help cameras record scenes more like we see them - with a broad tonal range that's lost if not captured in the moment.
Precise creative control
There is a place in landscape photography for both hard and soft grads. Which one you decide to use will depend mainly on the subject matter of your image.
As a general rule, a hard grad would be used for images containing a horizon, or any hard transition between the sky and the foreground - even with jagged or mountainous horizons, the exposure can be controlled far easier with a hard grad.
Soft grads perform best in woodland, mist, or interiors. Anywhere where there is no definite transition between sky and foreground, a soft grad will gently balance exposure across the image.
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Excellent quality. Learn how to use it properly for natural effects without obvious filter lines
Expensive. But should last a lifetime.
from North Ayrshire
Expensive filters but they are the best. Solid enough construction and great optics. Haven't had any use of the 1 stop filter yet so not sure if that is a luxury for me.
as a photo enthusiast who's passion is landscape photography these filters are a must, since I bought this set I have scene the difference in the photo's that I have and I would not take another landscape without using them.you do get what you pay for.
Purchased LEE filters before -The Best
Quality and performance superb,easy to use,care must be taken handling to prevent surface marks from sharp or rough surfaces.
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Reliable set of filters
What can I say? If you're looking for a dependable set of soft-grad ND filters, it's hard to find anything better. I already had the hard-grad set and eventually found that these are equally good to have. If you only buy one set, get the hard grads, but if you can stretch to both, these are great for scenes with trees, etc
Long wait but worth it
By Bob the bower
Great for bringing together extreme contrasts such as back-lit sunsets where the camera is already at its limits.
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not for everyone
from New Forest
About Me Pro Photographer
Once you start using Lee filters, you quickly get why pros use them.Start with the hard ND filters to see if landscape photography is for you. Then invest in these. If you want every photon to count, avoid cheap filters. Don't waste your energy - life is too short.
Great for balancing the settings.
Essential for any serious landscaper
With anything wider than 40mm on a full frame body, my previous Cokin P series led to huge vignettes, at 17mm it was nearly square crop. In combination with a wide angle mount this system gets much much better results.They can take a while to be in stock at the moment, but that is testament to the quality when demand outweighs supply.And don't forget they have other uses than just correcting the exposure of the sky in a landscape.
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