UK-based LEE Filters has released a brand new filter system that was designed to work best with smaller mirrorless cameras like Fuji’s X-series. The LEE85 System aims to give mirrorless APS-C shooters a more portable and size-appropriate option, without skimping on features.
“The LEE85 Filter System has been engineered specifically for photographers with smaller bodied cameras and lenses who need to travel light but don’t want to compromise on filter quality and versatility,” reads the description on LEE’s website. “[It’s] both compact and easy-to-use. It’s perfect for any kind of photography on-the-go, especially handheld.”
The holder itself is similar to the company’s LEE100 system, allowing you to slot in up to 3 filters (including the circular polarizer) and featuring a locking dial that allows you to adjust the holder’s orientation on the adapter ring before locking it down completely while you shoot.
The System will be sold in various kits with three different adapter rings—58mm, 67mm and 72mmm—and a set of corresponding filters that were designed for smaller sensors and the smaller holder.
In the illustration below, you can see how a LEE100 Hard Grad (left) needs to be substituted for a LEE100 Very Hard Grad (right) to get the same effect on a crop-sensor camera body. In addition to being more portable and convenient for smaller sized cameras, the LEE85 Hard Grad’s transition is already adjusted for the smaller image sensor.
The LEE85 System is due out in Q2 of 2020, assuming no pandemic-caused delays. For now, there’s no official release date or price associated with the system and its various kits, but you can find out more and/or sign up to be notified once it’s ready to ship by clicking here.