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.
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!
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.
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.