Filter system manufacturer Lee has introduced a new adapter for its 100 series that allows photographers to hold two filter holders at angles to each other in a move aimed at offering more precise control of brightness across the scene. The new Lee 100 Tandem adapter fits into one of the slots of the existing 100 series holder and is able to rotate a second holder independently of the main one.
The idea is to accommodate situations in which brightness transitions in the scene work across more than one plane, and the Tandem holder can be used to position a second graduated filter at an angle to the others. The main holder can still hold two filters as well as the adapter, while the adapter holds its own holder with filter slots. Once the filters are in the right place the adapter’s position can be locked to prevent accidental movement.
Lee has also launched a new hood for the 100 system holder. The collapsible hood uses a self-supporting bellows structure and extends to shield the lens and filters loaded in the Lee 100 holder from the sun or directional artificial lighting. The hood locks on to the main holder and can be rotated independently when needed.
The Lee 100 Tandem adapter will be available from 5th August and will cost £44.50 plus tax. The Lee 100 Hood will come out on the 19th August at £208 plus tax.
Welcoming the latest additions to the LEE100 Family
Following on from the hugely successful launch of the new LEE100 Filter Holder earlier in 2019, LEE Filters has now introduced two new products to further enhance the system.
The LEE100 Tandem Adaptor
There are occasions when one filter holder isn’t enough, and this is when the new LEE100 Tandem Adaptor proves invaluable. Unique to the LEE Filters system, the Tandem Adaptor, which is constructed from aluminium, allows the photographer to use more than one ND grad and rotate each independently of the other, so they can be set at different angles. This allows for far more precise creative control of the exposure in complex lighting situations than one holder alone.
To fit, the first LEE100 Filter Holder is attached to the lens via the adaptor ring as normal. The LEE100 Tandem Adaptor then slides into the holder’s outermost slot, and the second LEE100 Filter Holder is attached to the adaptor. The holder closest to the lens can be used with up to three filter slots (one must be used for the Tandem), while the holder that’s attached to the Tandem Adaptor can be configured with one, two or three further filter guides.
Both holders can be rotated freely until the desired effect is achieved, and then locked in place to avoid any accidental movement of the filters.
The LEE100 Hood
Versatile and sturdy, the LEE100 Hood is fully compatible with the new LEE100 Filter Holder. Designed to shade the camera’s lens, and reduce the risk of stray light and flare spoiling the image, it can be used with up to three slot-in filters plus the LEE Filters Polariser. Constructed from a water-resistant reinforced nylon in a collapsible concertina design, it is self-supporting, with no need for intrusive and fiddly rails or guides, and can be adjusted to different angles and extensions for maximum versatility.
Simple to set up, the hood comes with an attachment ring that is affixed to the LEE100 Filter Holder via four locking tabs. The hood is then locked securely on to the attachment ring with a lever. It is then attached to the adaptor ring in the usual way.
The hood can be rotated independently of the LEE100 Filter Holder, allowing the photographer to use ND grads as normal, while still getting the most out of the hood itself. At its fullest extension, the hood can be used with lenses of around 28mm and a two-slot filter guide without the risk of vignetting. Once it is reduced to half extension, lenses as wide as around 20mm can be used without vignetting.
Simple to extend and collapse, and quick to attach and detach, the LEE100 Hood is the ideal addition to the photographer’s kit bag.
The LEE100 Tandem Adaptor is available to purchase from LEE Filters dealers from 5th August 2019, with a RRP of £44.50 ex-VAT.
The LEE100 Hood is available to purchase from LEE Filters dealers from 19th August 2019, with a RRP of £208.00 ex-VAT.