How can I use Grad filters on my rangefinder camera?

Graduated filters can be used on rangefinder or twin lens cameras, although their use is complicated by the fact that you cannot see the filter effect through the lens before exposure. The way to get around this problem is to mark your filter holder with alignment marks that match the filters position on your particular lens / camera. This can be done by trial and error, or more accurately by opening the back of the empty camera, opening the shutter on a bulb exposure and checking the filter position through the lens – you may have to focus onto a piece of ground glass or similar material – you can then mark the filter holder to show when the filter is ½ way down, 1/3 or 2/3 (some people just mark a halfway point). This only needs to be done once for each lens and will make using your filter system on rangefinder cameras much easier.

LEE Filters now offer calibrated rangefinder blades for the standard system to help with this, or of course the super compact Sev5n system.


  1. Very Hard and Medium Grads.
  2. Big Stopper - Blue cast?
  3. Can I use a polariser & coloured filters together?
  4. Can I use a polariser and ND grad in the filter holder?
  5. Can I use filters on a digital compact?
  6. Can I use my existing screw in polariser with the LEE Filter Holder?
  7. Can I use the LEE system on a Canon 17mm TSE lens?
  8. Can I use the system on my Hasselblad CF 40mm?
  9. Can my scratched Resin Filters be polished?
  10. Can you make filters with two colours (i.e. ND & warm up)?
  11. Can you produce a colour temperature filter as a grad?
  12. Can you supply grad filters for Black & White photography ?
  13. Do LEE make a filter for infra red photography?
  14. Do LEE make centre ND filters, for wide angle lenses?
  15. Do the bayonet adaptor rings fit the inner or outer bayonet?
  16. Do you have a lens cap for your system?
  17. How can I use Grad filters on my rangefinder camera?
  18. How do I clean my Polyester Filters?
  19. How do I clean my Resin Filters?
  20. How do I mount polyester filters in the plastic frames?
  21. How do I store LEE resin filters?
  22. How many filters can I use before the image quality suffers?
  23. How much exposure compensation do I give Grad Filters?
  24. How wide will the LEE Filter System go without vignetting?
  25. I have lost the brass finger bolt / wedge / spring from my holder – help?
  26. I use SLR, Medium and Large Format cameras, does LEE have a system that can be used on all three?
  27. If I had to buy just one filter, which would you recommend?
  28. My lens has a non standard fitting – How can I use the LEE System?
  29. Polariser ring 105mm - longer screws needed?
  30. Should I use hard or soft grads?
  31. What do I need to get started using filters?
  32. What does 0.3, 0.6 etc. mean?
  33. What filter sizes do LEE make?
  34. What is a blender filter?
  35. What is a stop?
  36. What is the difference between a Linear & Circular polariser?
  37. What is the difference between Resin, Polyester & Glass filters?
  38. What’s the difference between hard and soft grads?
  39. When should I use a wide angle adaptor ring?
  40. Where can I buy your photographic products?
  41. Where is my nearest Camera Filter dealer?
  42. Why is 82mm the largest Wide Angle Adaptor Ring?
  43. Will a Wide Angle Adpaptor Ring work on any lens?
  44. Faulty Big or Little Stopper / Red lines / Flare.
  45. Inspiring Professional Book 1 & 2
  46. Do LEE make a system for the Zeiss 15mm?
  47. Medium Wide / Universal Hood
  48. Cleaning of the Microfibre Cloth
  49. Fuji X - 10-24mm
  50. Field Pouch
  51. Landscape Polariser
  52. Sony Alpha cameras - which system.
  53. Why does the LEE Field Pouch not take the Holder or adaptor rings?
  54. Sigma 105mm f1.4 Art
  55. LEE Ambassador Programme

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