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Seven5

Lee Filters Seven5 Medium Grad Set

R3 795

Landscape photographers use graduated neutral density filters because the sky is usually brighter than the land – especially in dramatic sunset light. Graduated ND filters are dark on the top half and transparent on the bottom half. When the dark part is positioned over the sky of an image, it ‘reduces’ the amount of light allowed through and this results in a darkened exposure of the sky. This concept is displayed as simple as possible in image #5 on the left. On the left side of the image it shows the result with no filter and on the right it shows the result with the filter. Graduated ND filters are available in soft, medium and hard and this determines the distance of the transition between the dark part and the transparent part.

  • Hard Grad - These filters are typically for scenes with a straight and uniform horizon, like the sea.
  • Soft Grad - These filters are typically for scenes with a less uniform horizon, like landscapes with trees or high mountains. 
  • Medium Grad - These Filters are a new product released in 2016. Medium grads are for situations where the horizon isn’t perfectly uniform, but there isn’t that much protruding above it, like a landscape with low hills or mountains. It is also the perfect solution for photographers that don’t want to commit to a hard or soft grad. Not everyone can afford to buy the full range of these filters and the medium grads are an excellent new compromise.

The hard, soft and medium grads are available in different densities, because light is dynamic and different scenes require a different amount of ‘darkening’ of the sky. Lee Filters offers densities of 0.3, 0.45, 0.6, 0.75, 0.9 and 1.2 (0.3 = 1 stop), but we feel that the range is a bit excessive. You can either buy the graduated ND filters individually or as a hard or soft set, the latter of which offers a better per-filter price. These filters command a high price, because each and every one is handmade to the most exacting standards. To give you an idea of how exact the standards are: Lee Filters only employs women in the manufacturing process, because men are more more susceptible to colour inaccuracies and only men can be colour-blind.

We offer a different variety of Graduated ND filters for each system, according to popularity. If you’re looking for a Graduated ND we do not stock, simply get in touch with us via the contact page.

  • 100mm - Soft and Hard Sets, 0.6 + 0.9 in Soft, Medium and Hard
  • 150mm - Soft and Hard Sets, 0.6 in Soft, 0.6 + 0.9 in Medium
  • 75mm - Soft and Hard Sets

If you’re unsure about which density is right for you, read below.

  • 0.3 (1-stop) is for experienced shooters, usually to be combined with a 0.6 or 0.9.
  • 0.6 (2-stop) is the most popular filter as a 2-stop difference between land and sky is most common. If you shoot a sunset/sunrise the 0.6 will be the all-rounder that best balances exposure between land and sky in most directions.
  •  0.9 (3-stop) is the ideal if you like shooting into the sunset. The 0.6 isn’t always dark enough for into-the-sun shots. The issue with the 0.9 is that it will be too dark if shooting 90-degrees from the sun or with the sun at your back.

If you're new to the Lee Filter system it can be tricky figuring out what will be suited to your needs. Click through to our choosing the right Lee gear article to gain further insight to assist you in making the perfect choice. 

 

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