Lee Filters LEE100 Holder Review
Updated: May 3, 2020
Exciting times, One of my favourite companies, Lee Filters has released a brand new filter holder and polariser !
Being a bit of a Lee Filters fan boy I simply couldn't wait to get hold of one to put through its paces and try.
Those of you who follow this blog know I always shoot with them and really don't have a bad word to say about them.
The review I did of the Lee Filters Landscape Polariser will have left you in no doubt how much I liked the product and how much faith I put in it, so why change ?
Well after some seriously heavy use for a couple of years my polariser had become stuck to the holder and while it still rotated it meant I couldn't take it off which was a bit of a problem as not every shot requires its use but most however needed a filter so I was left with no choice.
Around this time Lee Filters announced the new LEE100 system and I must admit I really liked the look of it so I forked out the hefty sum of £317 for both the LEE100 holder and the LEE100 Polariser (I will review this separately)
Now some might say I didn't need to do this because Lee Filters market an adaptor ring for the new LEE100 system so you can use your old Lee 105 mm landscape Polariser with it for an additional £42 which would have then cost me just a "measly" £125 for the holder and adaptor.
The only problem was Wex Photography didn't have stock of the adaptor ring and I wanted it all right now plus my older filter had become a little stiff so I figured why not have the new stuff, after all I use it so often and considered it and investment and handy to have a spare.
So, What was the main difference ?
The original filter holder did have a problem with pinging off the lens mount every so often when using a heavier set up with a polariser and not only could it cause damage to the filters, worse case if the holder dropped off a cliff with two grads, a polariser and a holder on then it was a VERY costly error. (I speak from experience)
Lee Filters quietly rolled out a slightly revised version of their now famous holder a couple of years ago and this had a much stronger spring and clip on which did the job perfectly and in the two years I used mine I never had a single instance of it coming off the lens mount.
The new holder had a locking facility which would guarantee it wouldn't fly off when least expected and that alone was enough to convince me that the £83 price tag was worth it.
I waited for the postman to drop off my new toys and when they got here I was ultra excited and opened the holder box.
My first impression wasn't good if I'm honest, it felt quite cheap and flimsy compared to the old one.
It had a mock carbon fibre effect on it but it did feel lighter than the old version. It did however come with a nice velvet feel bag to keep the holder safe and another for the guides and removal tool.