REVIEW: LEE FILTERS FIELD POUCH

April 15, 2016  •  6 Comments

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Over the years my collection of filters has become indispensable (not to mention valuable) so it's important that they are well protected while I'm in the field, both from the elements and my own clumsiness. I've never quite found the perfect storage solution so I was looking forward to getting my hands on the Lee 'Field pouch' to see if it fit the bill.

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A quick look

The Field Pouch is a simple design, made from a durable canvas type fabric which comes in two colours - sand or black. I can't be trusted to keep anything clean for long (note the mud splatters in the photos) so I opted for the latter, it was only going to end up black eventually anyway. 

Lee filters field pouchLee filters field pouch     Lee filters field pouchLee filters field pouch Flip back the top of the pouch and ten, well padded, filter slots are revealed. The lid, which extends about halfway down the front and sides of the pouch to keep the elements out,  is held in place by a tab of velcro. It has been designed to fold back out of the way to allow unrestricted access to the filters inside and there is even another velcro tab on the velvety lining of the lid to hold it there. Open the zip on either side of the pouch itself and the whole thing concertinas open to allow even easier access to the contents. The larger 100x150mm filters are easy to get in and out even with the zips closed, the smaller 100x100mm size less so, opening the zips a bit however makes the smaller filters equally easy to reach.

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Around the back of the pouch is a large belt loop as well as clips to attach either of the two included straps - a short one for hanging the Field Pouch from a tripod and a long one for hanging it over your shoulder.

Overall it looks to be pretty well made... so far, so good.

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Performance

How does it perform in use? In short, very well.

Until now I'd been using the Lee multi filter pouch, which although it provided protection, was never particularly practical in use. Designed like a book, the filter sleeves were rather flimsy so it was difficult to quickly get the filters out and even harder to get them back in again. It also lacked any way of attaching it to anything, I fixed a lanyard to mine so I could hang it around my neck, improving matters but only slightly.

Lee filters field pouchLee filters field pouch      Lee filters field pouchLee filters field pouch The field pouch is a vast improvement, with it slung over a shoulder and across my body both hands are left free to get the filters in and out. I wasn't so keen on having it hanging from the tripod using the short strap because it had a habit of tilting forward and with it unzipped look perilously close to spilling the contents on the floor. I should note that nothing actually did fall out and unzipping it halfway instead of all the way improved matters but I felt more comfortable using the shoulder strap.

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Protection is good as well. The pockets for the filters are soft and padded so the filters are snug and safe from scratches while the front and back of the field pouch are reinforced protecting the contents from knocks.

Weaknesses

This is where I started to struggle. Personally I wouldn't really change a thing… perhaps the velcro tabs, especially the one inside the lid, could be bigger to make closing it properly a little easier but that's a minor point.

Ok, if you want somewhere to keep your filter holder or adaptor rings you're out of luck, you can fit a filter holder in at the expense of a couple of filters but I don't think that's how it's designed. It's also quite large so you might have to rearrange your camera bag to fit it in but I'm nitpicking now.

Conclusion

This has been a bit of a short and sweet review and the conclusion is going to be no different… truth is, the Field Pouch is well thought out, well made and comes highly recommended.


Comments

6.Julie(non-registered)
I used this holder for a while but it misses on a few items: First it's made of canvas which is heavy and absorbs water. It does not allow for the holder to fit, which is a really big miss. Finally belt clip; This is too thick, it needs to be thin since it sits next to your body. The snap is hard to snap, and it comes unsnapped when wearing -

I wish this was made out of nylon - that there was room for the holder and that the belt connector used hook and loop, similar to that used on the LowePro film holder, or ThinkTank skin bags
5.Justin Minns Photography
I have one of these - It is possible to fit the holder in the pouch if that's your preference but if you want to hold 10 filters then this isn't for you but I believe Lowepro do a much that also accommodates the holder. I prefer to keep the holder in my bag with my camera, I clip it on when I take the camera out of the bag, pop the camera on the tripod and it's ready to go.
4.I have one of these(non-registered)
A great idea and I really like it but find it very lacking when I have to find another way to carry the holder. For me the holder and the filters go together and to have them separated is a miss in the design. I generally do not hand hold the filters.
3.Justin Minns Photography
Paniolo - The pockets open pretty wide so it's easy enough to get to 100x100mm filters. I use that size regularly and it's not a problem... something I should have mentioned on the review.
2.Jonathon Fowler(non-registered)
Good review, thanks, as I was thinking about buying this but it looks better suited if you want to travel light. I tend to take a large rucksack with a couple of bodies and multiple lenses, and carrying the standard Lee multi-pouch inside my rucksack has worked well to date.
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