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Solar Eclipse Filter

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The Solar Eclipse Filter brings the exposure range down to manageable levels when shooting solar events.

NEVER look directly at the sun, even through the filter.

A solar eclipse is such a rare and captivating phenomenon it’s only natural to want to capture it in a sequence of photographs.

However, when shooting a solar eclipse, even the lowest ISOs and fastest shutter speeds result in overexposed, blown-out images that fail to reflect the fascinating process.

As a result, a very strong, specialised filter is required to bring the exposure range down to manageable levels. This is where the LEE Solar Eclipse Filter comes in.

The Solar Eclipse Filter is available for all our systems.

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Solar Eclipse Stages

For best results practice in advance in order to calculate your exposures and ensure the best possible results.

Using the Solar Eclipse Filter

  1. NEVER look directly at the sun, even through the filter.
  2. Protect eyes by using live view or an electronic viewfinder to setup your composition and watch the eclipse.
  3. Turn your camera off when not active as prolonged exposure to the sun can damage the sensor even with the filter in place.
  4. Set your lens to manual focus and set it to infinity. This will prevent the lens from hunting for focus once the filter is in place.
  5. Slide the Solar Eclipse Filter into the holder.
  6. To avoid light leaks, the filter must be placed into the slot closest to the lens, with the foam seal facing the camera's backplate.
  7. Test for best exposure in clear conditions and bracket.
  8. We recommend starting with an exposure of 1/800sec at f/8 (ISO 800).
  9. Filter is designed for use during the partial phases of the eclipse, but remove during totality to avoid under-exposure.
  10. The filter has a blue cast to remove some of the sun's harmful infrared rays – correct this in postproduction.