I am considering the Lee system for my Nikon 14-24 mm lens. I discovered the Lucroit system on this very forum.
I think I will go with the Lee system,as, unless I am mistaken, the Lucroit system seems to clip onto the lens,as opposed to the Lee System which screws together. My thoughts are, that, as the Lucroit system appears to be " snap on", over time, it could become fatigued.
I'm in Australia, and have only seen information on the net, BTW.
The only one I've used is the Fotodiox solution. It works well and the craftsmanship in the product is very nice. I have nothing to compare it with. having not used anything else. I found this writeup of it helpful before I got it.
I use the SW150 Lee system. It seemed to be the most solid, secure and effective system.
It took quite a while to arrive after ordering it. It is a bit cumbersome, like the lens itself Since I don't use it daily it is easy to forget how to mount it on. To fit it in any regular backpack is not that easy, so I use an extra bag just to carry the holder and filters.
However, despite all of the above, the images obtained with it are -for me- more than worth the pain. I use LEE and Hitech filters and added the included extra set of filter guides to enable the use of two filters at a time.
I was looking for a solution comprising ND, polarising and graduated tinted filters and concluded that the Wonderpana 66 Ultra Kit was the only option available, period.
Last time I checked, both the Lee and Lucroit systems were lacking in some way or other (for my purposes). For example, I liked the larger size of the Lucoit system filters but no polarising filter is available for it (unless you go 3rd party, in which case, the filter thickness becomes a potential problem and increases the set-up cost enormously). Lee does not offer a polariser filter either.
I have not made a purchase yet but understand that the Fotodiox system is well built, the filters are of high optical quality and the price is reasonable.
Since I am a new member here, I am not able to promote products or provide links and have had previous posts moderated as a consequence, in which case, the purpose of my post here is pointless. Will the Moderator make an exception please?
Many thanks for the information. It will give me more to research.
I don't the moderators will mind as we are all in this forum to try to help each other .
I don't think a polariser would work on the Nikon 14-24 lens , as the angle of view at 14mm is too wide for a polariser to work effectively.
I have a number of Nikon polarisers, in 52mm, 62mm , 72mm, and 78 mm sizes, as well as " drop-in " polarisers for my 300mm f2.8 and 500mm f4 lenses. Those lenses take special polarisers. Not cheap, either
Sat 23-Mar-13 04:29 AM | edited Sat 23-Mar-13 04:30 AM by Beachthongs
True, a polariser will show banding in open blue skies with a super wide lens but there are many other situations where a polariser on a wide lens is useful. During far-away photo trips, I have hours to spare between the beautiful morning sunrise and the golden light before sunset. To make the most of the harsh midday sun, a polariser is a good companion with a 14mm wide lens for waterfalls, vegetation and urban scenes.
Sat 23-Mar-13 04:34 AM | edited Sat 23-Mar-13 04:36 AM by Beachthongs
I contacted Lucroit about a polarising filter solution only weeks ago and sadly, there was no hint of a polarising filter being released. I say 'sadly', because I really liked the larger size of the Lucroit system filters: the size of the filters will reduce vignetting, plus the filter holder can rotate a full, stepless 360 degrees, without limitation, making it more flexible in terms of using a slip-in polarising filter and graduated tinted filter.