LEE Filters LEE100 Holder review

The LEE100 Filter System is one of the best-known and most widely-used filter systems, but how does the current LEE100 Holder shape up?

Lee100 filter holder
(Image: © Angela Nicholson/Digital Camera World)

Digital Camera World Verdict

LEE Filters has adopted a fairly traditional approach to using square and rectangular filters with its LEE100 Holder. There are no filter frames and adjustments are made by pushing the filter up or down, or rotating the holder on the adapter ring. Meanwhile, the polarizing filter can be rotated using your fingers on its knurled front ring and there’s no fancy cog mechanism. It means that you need to take care to not get fingerprints on the filters when you’re getting them into the right position, but everything is nice and straightforward - also long as you have the knack for removing the polarizer.


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    Lightweight design

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    Attaches securely to a lens when locked

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    Compatible with a wide range of filters


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    Adapter required to fit LEE’s older 105mm polarizer filter

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    Tricky to remove the polarizer

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    No markings on the locking mechanism

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LEE Filters is one of the best-known names in photographic filters and its 100 Filter System has been used by huge numbers of professional and enthusiast photographers. In March 2019 the company introduced a new filter holder and polarizer. At the time, some photographers were surprised because the old holder had served them well for years. However, the new LEE100 Holder looks and feels more modern and does away with the need to use fiddly little screws to attach the filter guides.

The LEE100 Holder is compatible with all existing LEE Filters LEE100 filters as well as same-sized filters from other brands. However, as I’ll explain later, the (old-style) LEE Filters 105mm Landscape Circular Polarizer Filter can only be mounted via an adapter ring.

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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.