Lee Filters Lee Elements Big Stopper review

Lee Filters' popular Big Stopper ND filter is now available as a screw-in filter as well as a 100mm-type square filter

Lee Filters Lee Elements Big Stopper
(Image: © Angela Nicholson / Digital Camera World)

Digital Camera World Verdict

While not quite as convenient to use as a magnetic filter, the Lee Filters Elements Big Stopper is highly portable and does away with the need for a filter holder. It offers the 10-stop light-cutting capability that we’re familiar with from the 100mm-type square Big Stopper, but also delivers that blue cast that we’ve come to expect and that many photographers say they love but others don’t.


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    Excellent build quality

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    Great optical performance

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    Supplied with a protective case


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    Only available in 4 sizes

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    Blue colour cast

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Lee Filters is one of the biggest names in filter manufacturing and its filters have been the go-to for many professional and enthusiast photographers for years. The company’s Big Stopper, a 10EV neutral density filter has become so well-known that many photographers use the name ‘Big Stopper’ for any 10EV filter.

Until relatively recently, Lee Filters only made square and rectangular filters, but in November 2021 it introduced the Lee Elements range, a collection of circular filters that screw onto a lens. There are five types of filter in the Lee Elements range including the Little Stopper (6EV) ND and Big Stopper (10EV) ND as well as two variable neutral density filters (VND 2-5 stops and 6-9 stops) and a Circular Polarizer (CPL). The filters are all available in 67mm, 72mm, 77mm, and 82mm screw-in sizes.

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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.