Review: Lee Filters Field Pouch

My preference is to travel light and bring as little gear as possible with me. That’s true whether I’m in London to capture moody cityscapes or in northern Sweden for icy sunrise landscapes. For my long exposure work all I need is my X-T1 camera with the XF16-55mmf2.7 lens attached, my Lee Filters 100mm set and a tripod. All of the above fit snugly in a ThinkTank Turnstyle 20 sling bag, except the tripod which I carry in my hand. It turned out to be impractical.

My lightweight kit bag for long exposures WITHOUT the Lee Filters Field Pouch.
My lightweight kit bag for long exposures WITHOUT the Lee Filters Field Pouch.

Having each individual filter in a case made it tricky to quickly add or remove a filter from the holder, and having cold fingers made it ten times as bad. The focus was more on not fumbling with the filters and their cases instead of the image I wanted to capture, and I sometimes felt it was not worth the effort to take a long exposure shot. Something needed to change.

Enter Lee Filters Field Pouch!

Lee Filters Field Pouch in black with the tripod strap attached.
Lee Filters Field Pouch in black with the tripod strap attached.
Closeup of the Lee Filters Field Pouch
Closeup of the Lee Filters Field Pouch.
Where you attach the various straps. Notice how it has a little pocket to slide back into when not in use.
Attachment for other straps. Notice how it has a little pocket to slide back into when not in use.
The lid will stay closed securely thanks to the velcro.
The lid will stay closed securely thanks to the velcro.

The Lee Filters Field Pouch brings several advantages. It is a compact, convenient and safe way to carry filters and adapter rings. The pouch has ten slots which can fit filters up to 100x150mm. The Lee Filters Field Pouch also comes with a shoulder strap and a belt loop. Personally, I find it easier to just hang it off the tripod. The accordion design makes all the filters and adapter rings readily accessible. The Field Pouch is made from a durable cotton canvas and the front and back feels like they have a stiff insert offering further protection from bumps and knocks. As long as you don’t sit on the pouch your filters should be safe.

My lightweight kit bag for long exposures WITH the Lee Filters Field Pouch.
My lightweight kit bag for long exposures WITH the Lee Filters Field Pouch.

 

Lee Filters Field Pouch hanging off a tripod ready to be used.
Lee Filters Field Pouch hanging off a tripod ready to be used.
Lee Filters Field Pouch hanging off a tripod ready to be used.
Lee Filters Field Pouch hanging off a tripod ready to be used.

So far I’m really pleased with my purchase and it no longer feels like it is an effort to use my Lee Filters for a long exposure photo.

8 responses to Review: Lee Filters Field Pouch

  1. Ian Pack says:

    Yep, LEE Filters have created a product which is genuinely useful. Like you say, with the Filed Pouch it’s no longer a chore to use the filters!

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  2. Neil says:

    Nice review.. although can I ask, how good is the belt loop? The one on the standard pouch is very small and although fine with a standard belt, it wont work with my Think Tank belt system. Is this any improved?

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    • Hi Neil,

      Of course you can, but I’m afraid I won’t be of much help. I haven’t used the belt loop yet and I don’t own a Think Tank belt system so I don’t know how well it fits.

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  3. Martin Wills says:

    This field pouch is a must have piece of kit. Storing the filters and been able access them with ease is so much more user friendly.

    Liked by 1 person

  4. mugsy says:

    HI Eric,

    If you wind that tripod loop around the stem a couple of times, the pouch will sit up higher and not hang quite so flat – even easier to access the filters.

    Liked by 1 person

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