British filter manufacturer Lee Filters has announced a new polarising filter that features a built-in warm-up effect that it says is aimed at landscape photographers. The 105mm Landscape Polariser has been designed with a shallow mount and with a 105mm diameter so that it will be useful for wide angle views, with the company suggesting it will be compatible with focal lengths as wide as 16mm on full frame SLRs.

A spokesman for Lee told DP Review that the warm-up element of the Landscape Polariser is the equivalent to adding an 81A warm-up filter, so it will add an element of sunshine to images while emphasising browns, greens and gold colours in the scene. The addition of the warm-up element will create only slight light-loss, the company says, not adding more than 1/3EV to the exposure.

Combining the circular polariser and warm-up into one piece of glass means only one filter needs to be carried, but also the photographer has only to shoot through one piece of glass instead of two – thus reducing flare caused by reflections and surface dust and dirt.

Lee’s use of the slim mount means the filter can be screwed to the front of the two slot filter holder and still allow space for two additional filters to be slotted in without creating vignetting. The filter has been made circular instead of square so that the polarising effect can be varied without the photographer having to rotate the filter holder, upsetting the angles of graduated filters that may also be in use.

The Lee Landscape Polariser is available now, and costs £174 including tax. For more information and to see examples visit the Lee Filters website.

The Lee Filters 105mm Landscape Polariser The filter attached to the front of Lee's two slotted filter holder via the 105mm accessory ring

Press release:

Introducing The Landscape Polariser: A new slimline 105mm Polariser from LEE Filters

LEE Filters have now introduced a slimline 105mm Landscape Polariser. This new slimmer polariser will go down to 16/17mm without vignetting when used with a two slotted filter holder on a full frame 35mm sensor.

However, the Landscape Polariser comes with an added advantage. It has a slightly warm bias, so not only is the photographer able to remove glare from shiny surfaces, or increase the contrast between blue sky and white cloud, they can also enhance the greens, browns and golds that are so often associated with landscape photography.

Because the Landscape Polariser screws onto the front of the filter holder, it leaves both slots in the holder free, allowing the photographer to add further filters of their choice, opening up even more creative possibilities.

The perfect companion to your outdoor images, the Landscape Polariser combines all the quality and clarity of the standard LEE Filters Polariser with the versatility of a warm-up filter, making it an essential addition to the photographer's kit bag.

The Landscape Polariser retails at £174.00 (Inc VAT)