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Lee Filters Reverse ND with Mark Bauer

January 25, 2020


I’m here on Dorset’s Jurassic Coast, to introduce you to LEE’s range of
Reverse ND filters. I’ve used other reverse ND’s in the past, but to be honest I’ve never been entirely
happy with the results. The transitions zones tend to be a little
bit harsh and it becomes obvious that you’ve used a filter. So I’ve worked with LEE to develop a range
of Reverse ND’s that do the job properly. A Reverse ND is a specialist filter that is
used to control the light at sunrise and sunset, when the sun is at it brightest on the horizon. The filter is darkest at the transition zone and then fades away gradually to the top of
the filter. What makes the LEE Reverse ND different is that they blend very smoothly from the
horizon to the sky, giving a much more natural look to the final image. They are available in three densities; 2 stops (0.6ND), 3 stops (0.9ND) & 4 stops
(1.2ND) this refers to the density on the horizon. They are designed for use on wide-angle lenses, ideally 24mm or wider on a full frame sensor
or equivalent. I’m going to be working with the 100mm System
this evening, but they are also available for the Seven5
and SW150 Systems. The sun is getting low in the sky, fingers
crossed for a great sunset, let’s put these to the test. The sun is just approaching the horizon now,
but the light is still pretty harsh. I’m going to try a shot with just a ProGlass
ND filter to smooth out the water, but use nothing to correct the sky. Well the sky is too bright and is completely
overexposed. I’m going to try the 4 stop (1.2)
Reverse ND. That’s given a fantastic result, it’s evened out the exposure so everything
looks really natural. The sun is a little bit lower in the sky now,
but it’s still quite contrasty. Here’s a shot without the Reverse ND and the
sky is still overexposed, but not as bad as previously. Here is the same shot but this time with a
3 stop (0.9) Reverse ND, the exposure is nice and even and it looks
very natural. The sun has dipped below the horizon and there
is a bit of an after glow. It’s not as contrasty as before, but without the Reverse ND the sky is still
overexposed. Here is the same shot with a 2 stop (0.6)
Reverse ND and it’s nicely controlled with a good even
exposure. So that’s LEE’s range of Reverse ND filters, the perfect filters for giving natural results
at sunrise and sunset.

23 Comments

  • Reply Julian Baird Photography October 9, 2017 at 8:48 am

    A great addition to the range and nice video featuring Mark again. I'll be picking one of these up. 🙂

  • Reply Diego McCartney October 9, 2017 at 8:52 am

    Impressive

  • Reply Eskil Øvrebø October 9, 2017 at 9:59 am

    Just 500 dollars:)

  • Reply Tony Turner October 9, 2017 at 10:17 am

    An excellent addition to the Lee range but can anybody explain to me why, as Mark suggests, these are apparently only suitable for wide angle lenses (24mm)?

  • Reply Anand .Sie October 9, 2017 at 11:04 am

    Why dont use a normal graduated filter but then upside down?

  • Reply Neil Bigwood October 9, 2017 at 7:08 pm

    Thank u

  • Reply Topsyrm October 9, 2017 at 7:40 pm

    Arggggh, I have just bought a Format Hitech one because Lee didn't do them. I would have preferred to stay with Lee but I didn't know they were planning to make them.

  • Reply Ian Laurenson October 11, 2017 at 2:16 pm

    can you not turn an ordinary one upside down like every one else , absolute bollocks

  • Reply Ben Kapur October 13, 2017 at 7:34 pm

    So awesome! Love the thumbnail too! 🙂

  • Reply SMGJohn October 22, 2017 at 4:19 pm

    Natural? But the human fucking eye cannot look directly at sun light without the foreground going dark or looking at the foreground and having the sun being too bright.

    Human eyes have limitations too, and if you have a camera with enough dynamic range specially 14 stops you can easily pull it in post.

  • Reply Chuck Norris October 24, 2017 at 2:28 pm

    That would have been better if you'd compared the reverse NDs with standard ND grads.

  • Reply Glen Domulevicz December 2, 2017 at 12:43 am

    I kept hearing people talk about Reverse ND filters.  Now I know what they are and how to use them.  Thank You.

  • Reply Allan Davies December 29, 2017 at 3:19 pm

    If! You could only buy one of these for coastal shots which one you recommend. And are these made of glass or resin ???

  • Reply Maruf Hossain January 22, 2018 at 11:04 pm

    This filter is fine for Haida 100 pro

  • Reply Damien Peterson February 18, 2018 at 8:39 am

    NEED HELP!! I have just purchased a Sony 16-35 GM with a 82mm diameter lens thread. After mounting the Lee filter system and a 105mm polariser ring I am getting very bad vignetting at 16mm. I then tried removing one of the filter guides however the vignetting is still prominent. So my question is before I send it back is whether there is a solution offered by LEE that I am unaware of? I really would like to stick with LEE and the circular polariser so please can you help? Thanks

  • Reply Rexx Fernandez March 16, 2018 at 1:44 pm

    Excellent video. Using one of these would save time in post, with regard to using bracketed shots and exposure blending.

  • Reply William Farr March 30, 2018 at 7:05 pm

    Unfortunately, to the best of my knowledge, Lee does not offer 100% optical glass on any of their ND grad filters. Lab tests do indeed show a loss of 17% & more in foreground sharpness/clarity shooting through resin ( plastic ) versus optical glass…
    Common sense suggests, after investing considerable sums of money in high quality glass lenses, high quality glass filters only to finish up the shot shooting through a piece of resin ( clear plastic ) is nothing short of lunacy…
    Because of this serious shortcoming on Lee's part, I will be looking elsewhere for my first & hopefully last Filter System…
    Thank you,
    Bill Farr…

  • Reply jeri sandoval May 8, 2018 at 12:19 am

    ¿Dónde comprar un adaptador para filtro?

  • Reply Swansong 007 July 19, 2018 at 9:28 am

    Hi great video. I have a question about why these filters are to be used with 24mm lens or wider. Would this filter work with 50mm, 70-200mm lenses? what would be the negative effect of doing so? Thanks

  • Reply Stephen Valera January 29, 2019 at 9:41 am

    Which is more versatile the 0.6 or the 0.9? Thanks

  • Reply Allan Davies June 1, 2019 at 9:58 am

    You know you are great at advertising these filters. But! I wish someone would answer all those bloody questions. It is like, you just do not care. So, disappointed in Lee…

  • Reply Jenn Grover June 29, 2019 at 9:16 pm

    Disappointed with the poor graduation in these filters, which is visible as Mark holds it up at the beginning. The scene in the video is one where you would like use a hard edge GND, anyway. Maybe I need the Carl Benson.

  • Reply Dr Ramakrishnaiah H. July 11, 2019 at 3:14 pm

    Lee filters are very expensive and not worth that quality. They very bad in terms of color cast…

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