Lee Filters Elements Circular Polariser

Lee Filters now makes circular filters as well as a range of square and rectangular filters, we take a look at the polarizer

Lee Filters Elements Circular Polariser
(Image: © Angela Nicholson/Digital Camera World)

Digital Camera World Verdict

Lee Elements Circular Polarizer gives you the quality and performance of a Lee Filters filter without the hassle and extra weight of a holder system. The construction is extremely good, making it easy to mount and use, the only disappointments are that there are just four sizes and the fact that Lee Filters waited this long to introduce screw-in filters and didn’t go for a super-speedy magnetic mounting system.


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    Lovely build quality

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    Excellent optical performance

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    Supplied with a protective case


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    Only available in 4 sizes

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    Multiple filters or step-up rings required for a lens collection

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Lee Filters is a widely known manufacturer of high-quality square and rectangular filters which mount on a lens via filter holder and an adapter ring. However, in November 2021, the company announced the Lee Elements range of circular filters. This comprises five filter types, with two standard neutral density filters (the Little Stopper 6 stop ND and Bigger Stopper 10 stop ND), plus two variable neutral density filters (VND 2-5 stops and 6-9 stops) and a Circular Polariser (CPL). Each filter is available in 67mm, 72mm, 77mm, and 82mm screw-in sizes and they are said to deliver the same performance as Lee Filters other filters.

Like the Lee100 Polariser that’s designed for use with the Lee100 Holder, the Lee Elements Circular Polariser is made from high-end optical glass. Multilayer nano coatings are also applied to make the filter easier to clean and to encourage water droplets to bead off as well as increasing the scratch resistance. 

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Angela Nicholson

Angela has been testing camera gear from all the major manufacturers since January 2004 and has been Amateur Photographer’s Technical Editor and Head of Testing for Future Publishing’s photography portfolio (Digital Camera MagazinePhotoPlus: The Canon MagazineN-PhotoPractical PhotoshopPhotography Week and Professional Photography magazines, as well as the Digital Camera World and TechRadar websites). She is the founder of SheClicks - a community group that encourages and supports female photographers.