Just like lee filters’ big Stopper and Little Stopper, the Super Stopper is designed to give longer exposures, allowing you to blur moving objects within a scene such as clouds or water. However, unlike its previous incarnations, the Super Stopper has a far higher tint density, reducing the amount of light entering the lens by a huge 15 stops. To put this into perspective, the Big Stopper converts a normal exposure of 1/60sec into 15 seconds, while the Super Stopper converts it into astaggering 8 minutes. Alternatively, if you happen to have a spare 17 hours and 4 minutes on your hands, you might want to have a go at converting a regular 2-second exposure.
Inside the tin that houses the Super Stopper filter, you’ll find an instruction booklet and a handy guide to help you calculate exposures, which allows for a quick and easy transition into creating the shots you want.
There are a variety of interestingand fun projects that you can embark upon with a slow shutter speed. Now that the summer months are approaching, you may want to visit popular attractions and capture them. However, it can be hard to get a shot without also photographing the hordes of people that typically accompany tourist traps. The Super Stopper gives you the ability to completely cut moving figures out of your photograph, leaving you with a clear path to the perfect shot.
While the Lee Filters Super Stopper may be on the pricey side, these mind-bendingly long exposures create a wealth of opportunity for experimentation with your photography – just be careful that you are happy with your shot before you press the shutter!
- Street price: £103 (As of July 2016)
- Visit: www.leefilters.com
This review was first published in the June 2016 issue of Practical Photography - download back issues here.