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Lee Filters Nikkor Z 14-24 f2.8 S Holder Kit Review

Lee Filters NIKKOR Z 14-24 f2.8 S Holder kit review
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Our Verdict

The Lee Filters Nikkor Z 14-24 f2.8 S Holder Kit is an easy-to-use, high-quality solution for anyone wanting to shoot with filters on the Nikon Z 14-24 f2.8 S lens. However,  it means that you need to invest in Lee Filters Foamless Stopper filters if you’re interested in using dense ND filters for long exposures during the day and they’re not ideal for use in the standard Lee Filters Lee100 holder.

The frames snap easily on and off the filters and work very well, making the filters easier to handle. It would be nice to see Lee Filters introduce another holder that’s compatible with a wide range of lenses via its adapter rings but that is also compatible with the filter frames and has a foam gasket.

For

  • Perfectly matched to the lens
  • Easy to fit
  • The filter frame makes the filters easier to handle

Against

  • Only suitable for use with the Z 14-124mm F/2.8 S
  • Requires filters without foam

What is the Lee Filters Nikkor Z 14-24 f2.8 S Holder Kit?

The Lee Filters Nikkor Z 14-24 f2.8 S Holder is a filter holder that is specifically designed for use on the superb Nikon Nikkor Z 14-24mm f/2.8 S lens for full-frame Z-series cameras like the Nikon Z7 II. It enables Lee Filters 100mm rectangular and square filters to be used on this ultra-wide lens which normally only accepts 112mm circular filters via its dedicated lens hood.

Lee Filters NIKKOR Z 14-24 f2.8 S Holder kit review

Specification

  • Product type: 100mm filter holder for Nikon Nikkor Z 14-24 f2.8 S lens
  • Holder construction: Aluminium alloy
  • Attachment mechanism: Compression ring
  • Filter compatibility: Lee100 Filters
  • Number of slots: 2
Lee Filters NIKKOR Z 14-24 f2.8 S Holder kit review

Features

Unlike the standard Lee Filters Lee100 Filter Holder, the Lee Nikkor Z 14-24mm f2.8 S Holder doesn’t require a screw-on adapter ring and instead it mounts directly on to the end of the lens. It slides on and then the compression ring is tightened to keep it in place.

Two slots in the holder allow up to two filters to be used at a time. However, while the Nikkor Z 14-24mm f2.8 S Holder is compatible with standard Lee100 filters, you can’t just slot them in as the holder is larger than the Lee100 Holder they were originally designed for. First, the filters must be mounted in a plastic frame that slides into the holder.

Lee Filters supplies two frames with the Nikkor Z 14-24mm f2.8 S Holder Kit. One is square and accepts 100x100mm  filters such as the Big Stopper and Little Stopper while the other is rectangular and accepts 150x100mm graduated filters.

However, if you’re going to use the Nikkor Z 14-24mm f2.8 S at the wider end, it’s vital that you use Lee Filter’s new breed of Big Stopper and Little Stopper that come without the foam gasket. Instead, there’s a foam gasket on the holder around the compression ring.

Lee Filters NIKKOR Z 14-24 f2.8 S Holder kit review

Performance

The Lee Filters Nikkor Z 14-24 f2.8 S Holder is quick and easy to fit on the lens and the compression ring tightens up well so it feels secure.

It only takes a few seconds to mount the filters in the supplied frames, however, as usual, there’s a knack to it. With the front of the frame facing you so you can see the large LEE lettering in the tab at the top, slide the bottom of the filter into the bottom of the frame. Then ease the top of the filter back and snap it into the frame. Do the reverse to remove the frame.

Once they’re in their frames, the filters are easier to handle and there’s less risk than normal of getting finger prints across them. It feels a better way of woking with filters, but unfortunately, the frames don’t fit in the standard Lee100 holder so you’ll have to pop the filters out again to use them on other lenses.

Lee Filters NIKKOR Z 14-24 f2.8 S Holder kit review

In the frame, the filters slide smoothly and easily into the holder and there’s a stop that prevents you from pushing them too far down.

Lee Filters now produces the Foamless Little Stopper (6EV ND) and Foamless Big Stopper (10EV) which are specifically designed for use with the Nikkor Z 14-24 f2.8 S Holder. These will fit in the standard holder but there’s a risk of light leaking around the sides of the filter which means that it’s best to use the Stoppers with foam in the standard holder.

I tried using a Standard Big Stopper (ie with foam) in the Nikkor Z 14-24 f2.8 S Holder and the foam encroaches into the image at the shortest focal lengths.

Using the Nikkor Z 14-24 f2.8 S Holder with the Foamless Little Stopper introduces some vignetting, especially at the 14mm point, but it’s easily dealt with using Adobe CameraRaw’s vignette control. Increasing the corner brightness to between +2 and +4 usually deals with it, although the degree of corner shading is a matter of taste.

Sample images

The small size of the thumbnails below accentuates the vignetting, follow the link to see full-size images shot on the Nikon Z7 II with the Z 14-24mm f2.8 S with and without the Lee Filters Nikkor Z 14-24mm f2.3 S Holder and Little Stopper.

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