Sun 02-Jun-13 08:16 PM | edited Sun 02-Jun-13 08:18 PM by phfcpa
Already own this great lens, but: about to consider purchasing the Lee foundation 150mm kit for the Nikon 14-24mm lens. Its a bit pricey, but maybe the best alternative? I see a much less expensive one on Ebay (under $200), but that may make me a bit nervous. This is for a trip to Acadia, Baxter State park, and general landscapes. For the future, for North Carolina waterfall,etc. Has anyone used this item and recommend it? Also, if you have used it, which Neutral density and ot other filters have you used and which do you recommend, soft or hard, and which strength. they come in all strengths, and the kit come with a .6 hard.
I just purchased this system for myself as recommended by Marty. I bought all hard lenses because of some comments regarding the cleaning of the filters. Glass will be much easier and won't scratch as some of the soft filters. At least that is what was recommended.
I meant hard edge, better for straight lines, like the ocean as opposed to soft edge, better for landscapes where there is not a straight line, and it is more feathered, rather than all dark, for the graduated neutral density lenses. I think that these are all glass.
OK I don't have the 14-24 or that massive filter system but I have used GND filters (Cokin P system) for a lot of landscape pics.
I'd say the hard filter might be beneficial for relatively striaght horizons such as ocean shots but for general landscape use in mountainous terrain or non-coastal outdoor scenery I prefer a soft grad. It typically happens that the transition is more visible in your images than it appeared in the viewfinder while shooting, so with hindsight, you might often have preferred a weaker gradation and/or a lower ND rating than the one you used.
I have a 1-stop and a 2 stop. You can stack them to get a stronger effect or use them individually or oppose them leaving a clear strip in between such as when shooting landscapes that have water in the foreground.
>I meant hard edge, better for straight lines, like the ocean >as opposed to soft edge, better for landscapes where there is >not a straight line, and it is more feathered, rather than all >dark, for the graduated neutral density lenses. I think that >these are all glass.
Correct, they are all glass and I went to 2filter.com. Bought both the soft edge and hard edge on several ND and Color filters but all in glass. I've never had anything but glass filters and I'm not sure how to store the polymer or whatever they are made of. Also bought one of their storage cases to keep everything together. For circular polarizing I just bought screw mount filters for the lenses I use outside mostly.
Thu 27-Jun-13 07:29 PM | edited Fri 28-Jun-13 04:11 AM by jrp
>Glass filters tend to be harder to scratch, but are much >easier to break than the so-called "polymer" type. >My graduated filters are all of resin, by Lee, and I've never >damaged one > >By the way, much more on this topic may be found over in our >Filters & Lens Accessories Forum.
Brian, based on your comment I sent back the Glass and exchanged for the Resin. The people at 2filter.com are great. No problems at all.
Your first links to a definitely NON-LEE filter holder. I use the real thing, the LEE Filters SW150 Filter Holder Kit. Expensive, big and obtrusive; but it works very well. I have an almost complete collection of resin filters by LEE and Hitech for it.
Wed 05-Jun-13 02:24 AM | edited Wed 05-Jun-13 06:12 AM by jrp
It is absurd to some large extent. The filters can be mixed. So to talk about the original and first to market LEE system and downgrade it because of the unavailability or long wait on some filters or the holder is close to ridiculous. They are handcrafted and worth waiting, plus you can always mix them with those from other brands, like Hitech.
Not offering a polarizer is a problem? Using a polarizer in a lens under 28mm focal length is always a problem, leading to uneven polarization over the horizon; that has nothing to do with LEE or any other manufacturer, it is physics. Knowledge and experience seems to be lacking there. And it is interesting the reviewer is using only manufacturers images, not his own.
What I find more interesting in the new copy of the LEE holder made by Lucroit, is eliminating the need for the baffles the LEE uses to avoid flare. If that works well, it is a darn good point that is not even mentioned in the "review", so I wonder if the reviewer has ever used the systems. Even if he has, from 1 star to 3? C'mon! Why not seven?
Given the size of the holder and the option to use glass filters (heavier than those of resin), I find the LEE system more securely held at the lens. But it could be just an impression.
Wed 19-Jun-13 01:50 AM | edited Wed 19-Jun-13 02:01 AM by gearsau
I still haven't taken any photos, but, I'm in no rush. (us stroke patients learn not to rush for any thing )
I have had the Lucroit System for just over a week, and, after looking at the Lee Video, I feel that Lucroit have come up with a " holding system" that is simpler and easier to use than Lee.
The Master Holder, which would appear to be diecast alloy, is fitted to the lens from the front, so, the lens does not need to be taken off the camera body as well. Lucroit basically use friction / interference fit between an " O" Ring that fits into a machined grooved in the master holder and the lens body. Its a firm fit as well. No chance of the master holder falling off.
If the " O " ring wears after years of use it would be a simple matter to replace the " O" ring. The fit of the adapter to the Nikon 14-24 mm lens body is tight, without being overly tight.
Yes, its definitely 165mm x 200mm filter size. I had the choice of filters, and I went for graduated soft, 2 stop HiTech 165 x 200mm.
Initially, I was trying to fit the filter holder onto the lens from the rear, but, soon realised my mistake
I leave the holder on the lens at all times. The only ( slight) problem with the Lucroit, is that they don't provide a lens cap, but, I am going to cut down one of my older Nikon 14-24 lens caps. As you would know, those Nikon 14-24mm lens caps do wear a bit from taking them on and off the lens all the time.