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Lee SW150 filter system for the Nikon 14-24 f/2.8 lens now shipping

Lee Filters finally released the SW150 filter system for the Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8 lens. The product was announced back in November of 2009.

The SW150 is available as a Starter Kit that contains a filter holder, adapter collar for the lens, a 0.6ND graduated filter and a neoprene lens cap. Lee filter offers also a separate system adapter that will allow you to attach the SW150 to other lenses.

Currently Adorama is taking pre-orders for the SW-150 kit.

Here is the full email that was sent to customers:

LEE Filters SW150 now available!

Now available to order, the new LEE Filters SW150 Filter System specifically designed to fit the Nikon 14-24mm lens.

LEE Filters have developed an entirely new filter system that enables you to use graduated and standard filters on a Nikon 14-24mm lens.

Initially being offered only for the 14-24mm, the system comes as a Starter Kit containing the holder, a unique adaptor collar for the lens, a 0.6ND (2 stop) hard graduated filter and a neoprene lens cap that fits over the collar when the holder is not attached.

A full range of resin graduated and standard filters will be available to order but there will be no Polarizer or Big Stopper available for this system. The filter sizes for the system are 150mm x 170mm for graduated filters and 150mm x 150mm for standard filters. The holder is fully rotational enabling greater flexibility when positioning graduated filters.

Also available is the SW150 System Adaptor, this allows you to attach to the SW150 onto any standard LEE adaptor ring, enabling you to use the SW150 on any other lenses you have.

The video below shows how the Lee SW150 filter system works:

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  • Steve

    No polarizer? That’s crazy. I understand they don’t work well on skies with a lens that wide, but some of us use them to remove reflections from wet rocks, water, that sort of thing. In fact, for my own shooting, less than 10% of my polarizer shooting has anything to do with sky enhancement.

    Come on Lee, you almost have it! Give us a polarizer!

    • cpm5280

      Surely someone will develop a way to adapt the system. A good machinist with the right tools is a fine thing.

      • Global

        I bet they are soooo happy that Nikon came out with the 16-35/4. They almost had Nikon locked up on the wide side. Rather than use this contraption, i’d rather just use a 16-35/4 and pop a filter straight on.

        • cpm5280

          sure. I think m y take is that this is useful to a small group of people — which happens to include me — who happen own a 14-24 *and* already be invested in Lee’s filter system. From that standpoint, it’s pretty nice.

          • http://www.russbarnes.co.uk RussB

            Being invested in the Lee system already means absolutely nothing for this setup. The filter sizes required for this are completely different!

            • cpm5280

              I was misled by the “150mm” – the standard Lee size I use is 4×6″, which overlaps here in the 150mm/6″ dimension.

      • PHB

        The problem may be the lack of circular polarizers that big.

        I am pretty sure that the need for a polarizer much larger than 77mm is quite small. Before now you would be putting it on a $8000 lens.

        In the film days a linear polariser was made up in sheets. But circular… Anyone know how it is made.

        $600 sounds like a reasonable price to expect, though perhaps not to pay.

        The 14-24 is a great lens. But that does not mean that a 14-24 plus a bodged together aftermarket filter will beat the dx alternative.

    • Vic

      polarizer +1

      I don’t use graduated filter at all. But polarizer is a must for me.

    • mshi

      CPL won’t work well with ultrawide at all.

    • Dave

      I am not sure if this lens has a rear filter holder but on “sort-of” solution I have used with fisheyes is: Go to Edmund Scientific (google it) and they sell flat polarizing film squares that can be cut with scissors or an exacto knife. Cut a square to fit the rear filter holder. You will need to turn the filter 90 degrees for each shot until you get a position that works well. Ultra wides will only be polarized in a part of the sky so this isn’t the perfect situation but a polarizer over the front of the lens will give you the same problem. You can figure out how to polarize the whole sky if you want to use Photomerge in Photoshop. Just an idea.

      • Peter G

        There is no rear filter holder on the Nikon 14-24mm lens.

        • Dave

          That is a Nikon fail if I ever heard one. Ultra wide with no rear holder? I am not a huge fan of filters myself except the polarizer. Most filtering can be done more precisely digitally nowdays.

          • Peter G

            So, what are you complaining about then, if you want to digitally add the filtration effect?

            Where do you expect they will put the filters?
            Drop in style similar to the ones used on the big telephoto lenses, or bayonet filters as used on the 16mm F2.8 fisheye.?

            BTW..I have the drop in polarisers to fit my 300mm f2.8 and 500mm f4, and think I have used them maybe 2 or 3 times.
            Sure , a polariser would be nice on the Nikon 14-24, but, as others have stated, the angle of view with this lens will not give you an even polarisation effect. Its too wide .

            • Dave

              I am not the only one buying the lens right? (Right?). Others may want to use filters. I repeat: Big fail on Nikons part to not provide a filter holder like other ultra wide lenses. And like off brand manufacturers are smart enough to do. Read my post, there is a solution to polarizing wide views. Because you have only used a filter a few times in no way reflects how the thousands of other potential lens users practice photography. You must work for Nikon with these infantile comments.

  • longzoom

    Pola filter will not cover such the wide angle – no way! Second – in my experience – one must keep the Lee system immaculate clean. Due to great DOF, already at 5.6, all of dust is yours! You will spend a lot of time sitting in the front of monitor to remove artifacts. Or pay for the time used in the lab! Dimitri.

  • Symple

    I am curious how the Lee will deal with reflection off the back of the filter compared to the Cokin X-Pro system? The X-Pro has a much better selection of filters from Singh-Ray and Cokin, including the very good X164 polarizer from Cokin. I have been using the X-Pro for two years now and don’t see the Lee being that much better considering it is so specific and limited in choices.

    • north

      They don’t. A few people with this filter system have posted their results on nikonians board, and the results were questionable at best. The top corners in every image were affected with this issue, some more than others. It’s not something that cannot be photoshoped, but it is a headache.

    • Derek

      Well let’s wait and see. This is still new. To me, the Cokin system doesn’t look much better.
      For the Cokin filter holder alone it costs over $600.00 and it only goes out to 18mm last I checked.

      • Dweeb

        I still have not seen anyone definitively prove that the Lee works without cutoff down to 14mm FX.

      • Symple

        My Cokin system cost more than the 14-24 new. Unless you are shooting video or need long exposure times I think you are better with bracketing and exposure fusion. The one thing I find bothersome aside from the reflection issue (which has solutions) is the fact that the Cokin filters are so large that even small amounts of wind vibrate the 170mm filters in the mount; that the Lee are quite a lot smaller and less expensive is attractive over the Cokin that I have been using, but bracketing and RAW really are more convenient for still images than wielding the large filters that add the chance of blur.

  • kevin

    Personally who cares anymore. Now that the 16-35mm is out I know many 14-24 shooters that have switched. Lee missed the boat.

    • Dr SCSI

      +1 Kevin… I waited two years for Lee to release that kit! I too have since bought the 16-35mm lens for this very reason (plus the smaller package).
      I was so irritated at Photokina 2010 in Colone, as I stopped by the Lee display and they couldn’t give a date when the product would ship in the USA. (I live in Germany, but order everything through B&H because it is still cheaper than buying locally. ) The two managerial type guys sitting at the stand had no clue, nor did they really want to talk shop. It is as if they sent them over from England for a mini vacation from the office. Totatly useless…I wouldn’t recommend waiting on this product….buy what you need now!

      • Global

        My thoughts exactly! Timeliness is next to godliness in the world of Technology!!

    • mshi

      14-24 is so f^cking good and 16-35 still can’t match.

      • http://www.russbarnes.co.uk RussB

        Agreed. I rate the 16-35 as average at best, but anything that doesn’t take a filter is a big backwards step. So I bought a 24mm PC-E instead.

      • PJS

        The 14-24 will blow away the 16-35, period. What Lee needs to get on the market is some ND filters for this system. I hear they are in the pipe, just not in the USA yet. A nice 9x ND would be wonderful for those 14mm waterfall shots (which you will NEVER get with the 16-35, btw).

  • john

    Hope they can also make one filter holder for the sigam 12-24. Having a big headache with that lens lacking a good way to hold a Neutral Density Graduated filter

    • Nick

      Buy a Tokina 12-24 f4 instead. Better lens, no problems.

      • duff

        I’m pretty sure he ment FX use for that Sigma. The Tokina 12-24 f/4 is a DX lens.

      • Peter G

        The Tokina is a DX lens …Effectively 18-36 mm field of view.
        Nice lens, I had one, but, not in the same class as a Nikon 14-24 .

        Bought my Nikon 14-24mm in February, 2010.
        Never used the Tokina since then. Sold it recently.

      • john

        The Tokina 12-24 won’t work on my film camera

    • PJS

      Rumor has it that Lee will be making different mounting sets for this holder. Don’t know what lenses they will be targeting, but you can always hope. You might also write them – they are very good at communicating with customers.

  • Brad

    I am happy Lee is thinking about folks with this lens. It would be a perfect W.A. landscape lens if it could take filters. Currently I don’t own this lens (I decided on the 24mm PC-e instead due to the filter shortcoming). However…

    I just wish that Lee would up their production of current products instead of releasing new ones because nobody has there products in stock in the US. Currently I am waiting for their big stopper and 4×4 filter holder w/77mm filter threads. The current wait time is 1-2 months for both items.

    • http://www.russbarnes.co.uk RussB

      +1. I bought the PC-E too for the same reasons.

      And I also agree that the mere ability to pre-order this product means absolutely nothing where Lee is concerned. Lee is an organisation with a classic problem, which has now been going on so long that I believe is entirely engineered by them… great product, low or no availability. This ensures the balance of supply and demand remains in their favour but eventually someone will manufacture a product line up that is better and can get it to market to match demand and at that point Lee will go out of business or be reduced to a tiny minority.

      The irony with my Lee purchases is that I had to import many of my purchases from the USA even though they are apparently made 50 miles from where I live. I did have a Lee employee tell me that the 10 stopper is hand made in Thailand though, so that ‘Made in England’ tag is also BS.

  • http://tumbleweed-092.livejournal.com/ Slow Gin

    370 bucks for the metal barrel? Are you crazy? Go and buy 16-35 VR instead plus get bunch of hi-end Schneider glass filters. It will cost you less and your pocket would be still thick enough to order lot of beer.

  • sirin

    honestly, who uses 14-24 for landscape work? it’s a lens for tight interior shots when you want no the fisheye distortion or trouble merging panoramic sots. 16-35 is for landscapes, and it takes filters too.

    • http://jimpattersonphotography.com Jim

      Actually, I know a couple Canon photographers who use the Nikon 14-24mm for landscapes, but they do exposure blending and probably wouldn’t use this filter system anyway.

      • sirin

        i think a lot of people got themselves a 14-24 simply because 16-35 was only introduced in 2010. if both showed up on the market in the same time, 14-24 would probably become a special-purpose interior lens.

        • http://jimpattersonphotography.com Jim

          Actually, these two photographers are using the 14-24mm because they feel it is a sharper lens and because of the extra wide angle view, not because it came to market sooner.

    • Peter G

      I use the Nikon 14-24 when travelling. Its not just a lens for tight interior shots. Its also much sharper then the 16-35, a stop faster , and wider angle of view. When I am travelling, it is used daily on my D3.

  • http://www.truphotos.com gnohz

    Since it says that the SW150 System Adaptor this allows you to attach to the SW150 onto any standard LEE adaptor ring, does that mean that they will have adaptors of different sizes, 77mm, 67mm, 62mm etc?

  • vinman

    Actually, I use the 14-24 for landscape and architecture. A polarizer would be nice, but a set of NDs and grads (hard and soft from about .6 to 5 stops) would be better for 85% of shots I need. As for the cost, Adorama’s pre-order price is better than the $450 bombshell Lee dropped about six months ago. I had pretty much written it off, but for around $85 less it’s at least feeling more reasonable.

    Also, don’t forget the potential this opens up for this lens shooting video. NDs and grads are a near necessity for more than novelty shooting. Start pricing DSLR video gear and $370 starts looking like a relative bargain! I don’t currently shoot video, but will once Nikon updates my beloved D700 body.

  • Erich

    I got SW-150 from ebay 3 month ago, and it works on 14mm in FX format, you can check this one.

    http://www.flickr.com/photos/erich0604/5303779071/
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/erich0604/5479731820/
    both 14mm in D700

    • Yhannoby

      lucky to find this accesory in ebay.

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    • http://www.truphotos.com gnohz

      Very creative! :D

  • Nick

    In typical fashion to bleed out photographers, Lee have included a hard edge grad filter knowing full well that 90% of the time landscapers need and use soft edge grad filters. I’ll bet they won’t let you exchange it for the soft either.

    • duff

      Actually, I use hard edged Cokins 95% of the time, even though I have a full set of soft edged GNDs as well.

  • http://ronscubadiver.wordpress.com ronscubadiver

    As good as this lens is, I think most photographers would be better off with the 16-35 f/4 or even better one of the older f/2.8 ultra wide zooms. The filters are only one headache. A protruding front element makes it difficult to use in crowds and it’s huge and heavy.

    • http://www.truphotos.com gnohz

      And the different sizes that are required for this lens means that users either need to get an extra set of bigger filters just for this, or switch their entire filter system!

  • Kanichiro

    I find the number of people advocating a lens other than the Nikon 14-24 mm being discussed interesting, especially since none of them seem to own, or have even used the lens in question.

    Not to be outdone, I’m also amused it took Lee Filters this long to actually release their filter holder. Their announcement comes right at the time I made my decision to sell my D700 and 14-24 mm lens.

  • broxibear

    Pictures of Focus on Imaging 2011 show here http://www.ephotozine.com/forums/topic/ephotozine-at-focus-on-imaging-2011–pics–88356
    I guess no one’s announcing anything special at this event since it’s been so quiet on the rumour sites ?

  • Summergoose

    I’m looking forward to trying out the 150sw, I needed it last summer in Glacier National Park where photos without a grad ND filter were unusable, because of the bright skyscraper & snow cover on the mountains. I used my old Nikon 17 – 35 2.8 with a D700. I kept wishing I could use the 14mm for the incredible landscapes. I’ll post the results when I get my SW150. I hope Singh-Ray will make some filters for this now that Lee is finally shipping!

    • http://www.truphotos.com gnohz

      I’m quite sure Singh Ray will be much more expensive than Lee if they do make one :(

  • joe

    This is a foolish contraption, it’s ugly and impractical, there has got to be some manufacturer out there that can make an adapter that can be screwed on to this lens.

  • Joaquim

    Nikon is driving me crazy about not releasing a new FX camera. Anything about new releases beside the D5100?

    • broxibear

      Mirrorless earlyApril.
      D5100 earlyApril.
      D800 early September announcement, stock in December.
      D4 and D400 early April 2011 release.

      As far as I can gather from admin on this site, from what I’ve heard and from other sites this information is the most credible so far ?
      Nikon isn’t driving you crazy…you’re driving yourself crazy.

      • broxibear

        Typo…that should be D4 and D400 early April 2012 release.

        • Joaquim

          Well, so I wont feel that bad if I buy a D700 now

          • broxibear

            I don’t know if you’ll feel good or bad Joaquim?…If you need a full frame Nikon right now then you’ve got the D700, D3 (still new stock out there), D3s or D3x.
            If however you don’t need one straight away you could wait a few months and I’m sure Nikon’s plans will be clearer in September…the other option is to buy a used D700 and sell it when the new model comes out, that way you won’t lose as much money ?
            Apart from that I don’t know what else you can do ?

          • http://www.dubhead.at Madhias

            Well, i would buy a F75, F100 or whatever good film camera, buy some Fuji Velvia 50 or anything else, shoot in this good old fashioned way, develop the dia-film, scan and be surprised how good the qualitiy is – and wait for a D800 :-)

  • broxibear

    Really interesting article by Thom Hogan on his site today called “Camera Week Wrap Up” http://www.bythom.com/index.htm
    I hope he doesn’t mind me quoting from it…
    “We’re currently in a stage where the camera makers are going to find the same thing that the personal computer CPU makers found years ago: just upping the specs at the core–in the case of CPUs, clock speed, in the case of sensors, megapixels–has diminishing returns and eventually market growth goes away because no one perceives a real need to buy the new to replace the old. It doesn’t make the word processor run faster or their pictures any better. ” © bythom.com

  • http://www.kylewhitneyphotographic.com Kyle

    Cool its about time someone built this

  • http://blogg.hogbergphotography.com Danonino

    Just a question, how can there be 60 comments on this boring topic?! CRRRAZY NIKONIANS!

    • Mock Kenwell

      Because the same topic has been up for days now and about 70% of those posting here are looking for any sign of the taking-too-long D700 replacement. Read the comments. Most of them don’t pertain to the original post.

    • http://www.dubhead.at Madhias

      Have a 14-24mm, and need it!

  • L

    Alot of words and no pictures.

    And alot of references to “a friend of a friend”

  • Joe Bodego

    I am sure the D700 replacement is molded, built and sitting in a room somewhere. I think the issue here is the video part of the camera is still being perfected. I am actually glad for this wait, I started saving a year ago for a full frame camera and the longer the delay the more money I save. I have saved so much money that I am no longer looking at a D700 replacement but a D3 replacement. Thank you Nikon for your sluggish marketing, some of us are benefiting.

  • Smudger

    LEE Filters SW150 – What a lash up!

  • Alan

    Simple but expensive solution to a problem that could perhaps have been better removed during lens design. Nikon have long used drop in filters for long telephotos, Pentax have not only avoided the superwide filters problem with their 645D 25mm lens using a drop in holder for 40.5mm filters, and you can even rotate filters. Some years ago Sigma used a slightly different approach with a fish eye lens design that allowed the lens to be split in half (extra bayonet mount in the middle) to access very small filters (22.5mm?).

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