I’ve been experimenting with the Seven5 Micro System by LEE Filters and my FujiFilm X100s along the coastline near my home in Kiama, NSW. My first dabblings with this light-weight, nifty gear during recent walks in Cumbria and Spain, certainly whetted my appetite for playing around more with these handmade filters. I am enamoured with the SW-150 kit and filters for my full-frame camera too, although it is a significantly bulkier setup to lug around.
The Seven5 Micro System is a flexible kit that really allows one to have fun, especially with long exposure photography in the unforgiving, hard light of day. I purchased an adaptor and filter holder, Circular Polariser, 0.6 ND Soft Grad, 0.6 ND Hard Grad and the Big Stopper which makes for a reasonably complete kit. This brief video will give you the idea of what this micro system has to offer.
The Big Stopper, a filter that blocks 10 stops of light and is wonderful for long exposures, truly is great fun. I embedded my tripod legs into the sand today and was pleased with the results.
On Flickr, a couple of months ago, I noticed one of the photographers I admire experimenting with Lee filters on his X100s. This was the first time I’d heard of this filter manufacturer and Lee filters certainly seemed to be worth pursuing before travelling to The Lake District. A few days later, at his blog FlixelPix, David posted about these beautiful filters. His ebook, The Long Exposure, is worth a read and here is the associated Flickr group.
Trevor and Geoff at MediaVision Australia were extremely helpful in assisting me to get the gear I needed at very short notice. Their advice was sage and appreciated. Here’s their Seven5 Micro Filter System catalogue.