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Mar 15, 2014 14:01 |  #1

Been looking at finally investing in a 100mm filter system, is the DSLR Starter kit the best way to get started? Also does anyone know if it only has a single filter holder, or has 3 filters holders as I can't tell if this is an optional extra, or included?

Is there a downside to the Wide Angle adaptors, I'm guessing there must be or there would be no reason for the "Standard" ones to exist.

And lastly, if I get the start kit, and want to start expanding on it, is a soft grad a good next option?


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Mar 15, 2014 20:31 |  #2

IMO, yes, the Lee is the best if you're going for a filter system.

It is a single holder, with 3 slots, so the original configuration can hold 3 filters. You don't needs to buy anything else.

The wide angle adaptors cost more, that is the downside. But your question really should swap the subjects around and ask about the downside to the standard adapters, as the downside is vignetting at wide angles, which is why the wide angle adaptors exist.
Previously, the standard adapters were also a 2-piece design with metal and plastic parts, this was also a downside. This is now no longer the case, and the standard adapters are all-metal.

I would avoid the starter kit. The coral grad is pointless. You'd be better off getting the following: 1x 0.9 hard grad ND, 1x 0.9 soft grad ND

You can reverse the hard grad to make a 0.9 solid ND, so you effectively have 3 filters (though only 2 can be used at any one time obviously)

Alternatively, you can replace the 0.9 soft with an 0.6 soft.


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Mar 15, 2014 20:44 |  #3

Pretty much what Tom said; just get the wide angle adapter(s) and you'll be set for any of your lenses in that filter size. After the initial buy, I'd work up to adding one, each of the .6 filters as well; stacking those when two .9s are too much is handy.

Their 100x100 polarizer is a fantastic addition to that kit, as well.


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Mar 15, 2014 21:16 |  #4

Cheers guys, the start kit I was looking at doesn't come with the coral, but rather a 0.6 hard grad and 0.6 ND, but I think I'm better off doing like you said and getting the 0.9 hard and soft.

I'm interested in the polarizer but both square and the 105mm ones all seem out of stock atm. Is it worth getting the Pro Holder so I can rotate a square one, or is being able to rotate it 90 degrees in a normal holder enough?


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Mar 16, 2014 00:26 |  #5

RileyNZL wrote in post #16761456 (external link)
ut of stock atm. Is it worth getting the Pro Holder so I can rotate a square one, or is being able to rotate it 90 degrees in a normal holder enough?

This is a very lengthy thread on this topic as many others have had this same question over the years. However, everyone who has ever actually tired it this says it works quite well, even if you can't always rotate it maximally when in combination with GNDs. Note there is a front and back side to the filter (front will "Lee" being readable.

https://photography-on-the.net …9&highlight=Lee​+Polarizer
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Mar 16, 2014 09:37 |  #6

Cheers mike, thinking of getting the starter kit (holder 0.6 ND, 0.6 hard Grad etc) and then a 0.9 soft grad for now, then getting the square polarizer and other filters when I can afford them/they are in stock in New Zealand.


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