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Use the tool below to compare LEE diffusions side-by-side, or click an image to enlarge. You can also see these tests in motion in the video.

  • No Diffusion
    LEE Arri M8, No Diffusion - Arri M8 5600K, T11
    No Diffusion
  • No Diffusion
    LEE Arri T2, No Diffusion - Arri 12 3200K, T11
    No Diffusion
  • White Diffusion
    LEE 216, White Diffusion - Arri M8 5600K, T-Stop -1
    A strong diffusion used for soft light effects.
  • Three Quarter White Diffusion
    LEE 416, Three Quarter White Diffusion - Arri M8 5600K, T-Stop -0.8
    A strong to medium diffusion used for soft light effects.
  • Half White Diffusion
    LEE 250, Half White Diffusion - Arri M8 5600K, T-Stop -0.6
    A medium diffusion used for soft light effects.
  • Three Eighth White Diffusion
    LEE 450, Three Eighth White Diffusion - Arri M8 5600K, T-Stop -0.3
    A medium/weak diffusion used for soft light effects.
  • Quarter White Diffusion
    LEE 251, Quarter White Diffusion - Arri M8 5600K, T-Stop -0.5
    A weak diffusion used for soft light effects.
  • Eighth White Diffusion
    LEE 252, Eighth White Diffusion - Arri M8 5600K, T-Stop -0.3
    A weak diffusion used for soft light effects.
  • Sixteenth White Diffusion
    LEE 452, Sixteenth White Diffusion - Arri M8 5600K, T-Stop -0.2
    A weak diffusion used for soft light effects.
  • LEELux
    LEE 400, LEELux - Arri M8 5600K, T-Stop -1
    A dense white diffuser used for wide beam spreads, creates an even, soft field of light without shadows.
  • Brushed Silk
    LEE 228, Brushed Silk - Arri M8 5600K, T-Stop -0.3
    Directional soft lighting effect used for scattering light in one direction only.
  • Hollywood Frost
    LEE 255, Hollywood Frost - Arri M8 5600K, T-Stop -0.3
    A light frost effect that softens edges.
  • Opal Frost
    LEE 410, Opal Frost - Arri M8 5600K, T-Stop -0.5
    A weak diffusion used for softening spotlight beam edges without altering shape.
  • Light Opal Frost
    LEE 420, Light Opal Frost - Arri M8 5600K, T-Stop -0.2
    A weak diffusion similar to Opal Frost, but less diffuse.
  • Eighth Hampshire Frost
    LEE 258, Eighth Hampshire Frost - Arri M8 5600K, T-Stop -0.2
    Extra light frost effect.
  • Quarter Hampshire Frost
    LEE 257, Quarter Hampshire Frost - Arri M8 5600K, T-Stop -0.2
    Extra light frost effect.
  • Half Hampshire Frost
    LEE 256, Half Hampshire Frost - Arri M8 5600K, T-Stop -0.2
    Extra light frost effect.
  • Hampshire Frost
    LEE 253, Hampshire Frost - Arri M8 5600K, T-Stop -0.2
    A light frost effect.
  • New Hampshire Frost
    LEE 254, New Hampshire Frost - Arri M8 5600K, T-Stop -0.1
    Used to soften the edges of spotlight beams, and to reduce the blue fringe. Flame retardant.
  • Durham Frost
    LEE 750, Durham Frost - Arri M8 5600K, T-Stop -0.2
    A frost that almost completely softens shutter edges and removes hot spots.
  • Heavy Frost
    LEE 129, Heavy Frost - Arri M8 5600K, T-Stop -1
    A strong diffusion that eliminates nearly all shadows. Flame retardant.
  • White Frost
    LEE 220, White Frost - Arri M8 5600K, T-Stop -1
    Used for soft light effects. Flame retardant.
  • Heavy Quiet Frost
    LEE 439, Heavy Quiet Frost - Arri M8 5600K, T-Stop -1
    A strong diffuser (pliable to handle) that virtually eliminates shadows at close distance.
  • Soft Frost
    LEE 402, Soft Frost - Arri M8 5600K, T-Stop -1
    A strong diffuser that creates a wide field of soft illumination. Diffusion characteristics similar to 216, falls between 216 and 129.
  • Quiet Frost
    LEE 429, Quiet Frost - Arri M8 5600K, T-Stop -1
    A strong diffuser that creates a wide field of soft illumination but is thicker than the 402 Soft Frost. Similar to the 416.
  • Half Soft Frost
    LEE 404, Half Soft Frost - Arri M8 5600K, T-Stop -0.2
    A useful diffuser without too much light loss but very pliable to handle. Diffusion characteristics fall between 251 and 252.
  • Highlight
    LEE 414, Highlight - Arri M8 5600K, T-Stop -0.2
    A useful diffuser without too much light loss. Diffusion characteristics similar to 252.
  • Grid Cloth
    LEE 430, Grid Cloth - Arri M8 5600K, T-Stop -1.2
    A waterproof textile, ideal for attaching to large frames. Produces a strong diffusion effect.
  • Light Grid Cloth
    LEE 432, Light Grid Cloth - Arri M8 5600K, T-Stop -0.8
    A waterproof textile, ideal for attaching to large frames. Produces a medium diffusion effect.
  • Quarter Grid Cloth
    LEE 434, Quarter Grid Cloth - Arri M8 5600K, T-Stop -0.4
    A waterproof textile, ideal for attaching to large frames. Produces a weak diffusion effect.
  • Quiet Grid Cloth
    LEE 460, Quiet Grid Cloth - Arri M8 5600K, T-Stop -1.3
    A waterproof textile, quiet when used in windy conditions. Produces a strong diffusion effect.
  • Quiet Light Grid Cloth
    LEE 462, Quiet Light Grid Cloth - Arri M8 5600K, T-Stop -1
    A waterproof textile, quiet when used in windy conditions. Produces a medium diffusion effect.
  • Quiet Quarter Grid Cloth
    LEE 464, Quiet Quarter Grid Cloth - Arri M8 5600K, T-Stop -0.5
    A waterproof textile, quiet when used in windy conditions. Produces a weak diffusion effect.
  • Quarter Tough Spun
    LEE 229, Quarter Tough Spun - Arri M8 5600K, T-Stop -0.6
    Softens light and reduces intensity.
  • Tough Spun FR - 3/8
    LEE 264, Tough Spun FR - 3/8 - Arri M8 5600K, T-Stop -0.5
    A non-yellowing tough spun. Medium diffusion effect which softens shadows. Flame retardant.
  • Tough Spun FR - 1/8
    LEE 265, Tough Spun FR - 1/8 - Arri M8 5600K, T-Stop -0.4
    A non-yellowing tough spun. Weak diffusion effect which softens shadows. Flame retardant.
  • Perforated Highlight
    LEE 414p, Perforated Highlight - Arri M8 5600K, T-Stop -0.1
    A combination of both direct and soft diffused light. Flame retardant.
  • Perforated Heavy Quiet Frost
    LEE 439p, Perforated Heavy Quiet Frost - Arri M8 5600K, T-Stop -0.7
    A combination of both direct and strongly diffused light. Flame retardant.
  • Blue Frost
    LEE 221, Blue Frost - Arri 12 3200K, T-Stop -1
    Used for soft light effects with the addition of 218(1/8 CTB). Flame retardant.
  • Durham Daylight Frost
    LEE 720, Durham Daylight Frost - Arri M8 5600K, T-Stop -1.7
    Smooths PAR or flood washes of large areas. (Full CTB)
  • Shanklin Frost
    LEE 717, Shanklin Frost - Arri M8 5600K, T-Stop -1.6
    201 with frost to soften the beam of profiles. (Full CTB)
  • Half Shanklin Frost
    LEE 718 (M8), Half Shanklin Frost - Arri M8 5600K, T-Stop -1
    202 with frost to soften the beam of profiles. (1/2 CTB)
  • Half Shanklin Frost
    LEE 718 (T2), Half Shanklin Frost - Arri 12 3200K, T-Stop -1
    202 with frost to soften the beam of profiles. (1/2 CTB)
  • Blue Diffusion
    LEE 217, Blue Diffusion - Arri 12 3200K, T-Stop -1.5
    As White Diffusion but with the addition of 1/8 CTB.
  • Daylight Blue Frost
    LEE 224, Daylight Blue Frost - Arri 12 5600K, T-Stop -2.4
    Used for soft light effects with the addition of 201 Full CTB.
  • Neutral Density Frost
    LEE 225, Neutral Density Frost - Arri M8 5600K, T-Stop -1.5
    Used for soft light effects with the addition of 0.6 Neutral Density.
  • Lily Frost
    LEE 705 (M8), Lily Frost - Arri M8 5600K, T-Stop -1.6
    Smoothes PAR or flood washes of large areas.
  • Lily Frost
    LEE 705 (T2), Lily Frost - Arri 12 3200K, T-Stop -1.7
    Smoothes PAR or flood washes of large areas.
  • Moroccan Frost
    LEE 791 (M8), Moroccan Frost - Arri M8 5600K, T-Stop -1
    Smoothes PAR or flood washes of large areas.
  • Moroccan Frost
    LEE 791 (T2), Moroccan Frost - Arri 12 3200K, T-Stop -0.9
    Smoothes PAR or flood washes of large areas.
  • Hampshire Rose
    LEE 749 (M8), Hampshire Rose - Arri M8 5600K, T-Stop -0.6
    Combines flesh tone warmer 154 with some Hampshire frost.
  • Hampshire Rose
    LEE 749 (T2), Hampshire Rose - Arri 12 3200K, T-Stop -0.6
    Combines flesh tone warmer 154 with some Hampshire frost.
  • Soft Amber Key 1
    LEE 774 (M8), Soft Amber Key 1 - Arri M8 5600K, T-Stop -0.5
    Used for producing a warm key light colour. Flame retardant.
  • Soft Amber Key 1
    LEE 774 (T2), Soft Amber Key 1 - Arri 12 3200K, T-Stop -0.6
    Used for producing a warm key light colour. Flame retardant.
  • Soft Amber Key 2
    LEE 775 (M8), Soft Amber Key 2 - Arri M8 5600K, T-Stop -0.7
    Used for producing a warm key light colour. Flame retardant.
  • Soft Amber Key 2
    LEE 775 (T2), Soft Amber Key 2 - Arri 12 3200K, T-Stop -0.7
    Used for producing a warm key light colour. Flame retardant.
  • No Diffusion
    LEE Arri M8, No Diffusion - Arri M8 5600K, T11
    No Diffusion
  • No Diffusion
    LEE Arri T2, No Diffusion - Arri 12 3200K, T11
    No Diffusion
  • White Diffusion
    LEE 216, White Diffusion - Arri M8 5600K, T-Stop -1
    A strong diffusion used for soft light effects.
  • Three Quarter White Diffusion
    LEE 416, Three Quarter White Diffusion - Arri M8 5600K, T-Stop -0.8
    A strong to medium diffusion used for soft light effects.
  • Half White Diffusion
    LEE 250, Half White Diffusion - Arri M8 5600K, T-Stop -0.6
    A medium diffusion used for soft light effects.
  • Three Eighth White Diffusion
    LEE 450, Three Eighth White Diffusion - Arri M8 5600K, T-Stop -0.3
    A medium/weak diffusion used for soft light effects.
  • Quarter White Diffusion
    LEE 251, Quarter White Diffusion - Arri M8 5600K, T-Stop -0.5
    A weak diffusion used for soft light effects.
  • Eighth White Diffusion
    LEE 252, Eighth White Diffusion - Arri M8 5600K, T-Stop -0.3
    A weak diffusion used for soft light effects.
  • Sixteenth White Diffusion
    LEE 452, Sixteenth White Diffusion - Arri M8 5600K, T-Stop -0.2
    A weak diffusion used for soft light effects.
  • LEELux
    LEE 400, LEELux - Arri M8 5600K, T-Stop -1
    A dense white diffuser used for wide beam spreads, creates an even, soft field of light without shadows.
  • Brushed Silk
    LEE 228, Brushed Silk - Arri M8 5600K, T-Stop -0.3
    Directional soft lighting effect used for scattering light in one direction only.
  • Hollywood Frost
    LEE 255, Hollywood Frost - Arri M8 5600K, T-Stop -0.3
    A light frost effect that softens edges.
  • Opal Frost
    LEE 410, Opal Frost - Arri M8 5600K, T-Stop -0.5
    A weak diffusion used for softening spotlight beam edges without altering shape.
  • Light Opal Frost
    LEE 420, Light Opal Frost - Arri M8 5600K, T-Stop -0.2
    A weak diffusion similar to Opal Frost, but less diffuse.
  • Eighth Hampshire Frost
    LEE 258, Eighth Hampshire Frost - Arri M8 5600K, T-Stop -0.2
    Extra light frost effect.
  • Quarter Hampshire Frost
    LEE 257, Quarter Hampshire Frost - Arri M8 5600K, T-Stop -0.2
    Extra light frost effect.
  • Half Hampshire Frost
    LEE 256, Half Hampshire Frost - Arri M8 5600K, T-Stop -0.2
    Extra light frost effect.
  • Hampshire Frost
    LEE 253, Hampshire Frost - Arri M8 5600K, T-Stop -0.2
    A light frost effect.
  • New Hampshire Frost
    LEE 254, New Hampshire Frost - Arri M8 5600K, T-Stop -0.1
    Used to soften the edges of spotlight beams, and to reduce the blue fringe. Flame retardant.
  • Durham Frost
    LEE 750, Durham Frost - Arri M8 5600K, T-Stop -0.2
    A frost that almost completely softens shutter edges and removes hot spots.
  • Heavy Frost
    LEE 129, Heavy Frost - Arri M8 5600K, T-Stop -1
    A strong diffusion that eliminates nearly all shadows. Flame retardant.
  • White Frost
    LEE 220, White Frost - Arri M8 5600K, T-Stop -1
    Used for soft light effects. Flame retardant.
  • Heavy Quiet Frost
    LEE 439, Heavy Quiet Frost - Arri M8 5600K, T-Stop -1
    A strong diffuser (pliable to handle) that virtually eliminates shadows at close distance.
  • Soft Frost
    LEE 402, Soft Frost - Arri M8 5600K, T-Stop -1
    A strong diffuser that creates a wide field of soft illumination. Diffusion characteristics similar to 216, falls between 216 and 129.
  • Quiet Frost
    LEE 429, Quiet Frost - Arri M8 5600K, T-Stop -1
    A strong diffuser that creates a wide field of soft illumination but is thicker than the 402 Soft Frost. Similar to the 416.
  • Half Soft Frost
    LEE 404, Half Soft Frost - Arri M8 5600K, T-Stop -0.2
    A useful diffuser without too much light loss but very pliable to handle. Diffusion characteristics fall between 251 and 252.
  • Highlight
    LEE 414, Highlight - Arri M8 5600K, T-Stop -0.2
    A useful diffuser without too much light loss. Diffusion characteristics similar to 252.
  • Grid Cloth
    LEE 430, Grid Cloth - Arri M8 5600K, T-Stop -1.2
    A waterproof textile, ideal for attaching to large frames. Produces a strong diffusion effect.
  • Light Grid Cloth
    LEE 432, Light Grid Cloth - Arri M8 5600K, T-Stop -0.8
    A waterproof textile, ideal for attaching to large frames. Produces a medium diffusion effect.
  • Quarter Grid Cloth
    LEE 434, Quarter Grid Cloth - Arri M8 5600K, T-Stop -0.4
    A waterproof textile, ideal for attaching to large frames. Produces a weak diffusion effect.
  • Quiet Grid Cloth
    LEE 460, Quiet Grid Cloth - Arri M8 5600K, T-Stop -1.3
    A waterproof textile, quiet when used in windy conditions. Produces a strong diffusion effect.
  • Quiet Light Grid Cloth
    LEE 462, Quiet Light Grid Cloth - Arri M8 5600K, T-Stop -1
    A waterproof textile, quiet when used in windy conditions. Produces a medium diffusion effect.
  • Quiet Quarter Grid Cloth
    LEE 464, Quiet Quarter Grid Cloth - Arri M8 5600K, T-Stop -0.5
    A waterproof textile, quiet when used in windy conditions. Produces a weak diffusion effect.
  • Quarter Tough Spun
    LEE 229, Quarter Tough Spun - Arri M8 5600K, T-Stop -0.6
    Softens light and reduces intensity.
  • Tough Spun FR - 3/8
    LEE 264, Tough Spun FR - 3/8 - Arri M8 5600K, T-Stop -0.5
    A non-yellowing tough spun. Medium diffusion effect which softens shadows. Flame retardant.
  • Tough Spun FR - 1/8
    LEE 265, Tough Spun FR - 1/8 - Arri M8 5600K, T-Stop -0.4
    A non-yellowing tough spun. Weak diffusion effect which softens shadows. Flame retardant.
  • Perforated Highlight
    LEE 414p, Perforated Highlight - Arri M8 5600K, T-Stop -0.1
    A combination of both direct and soft diffused light. Flame retardant.
  • Perforated Heavy Quiet Frost
    LEE 439p, Perforated Heavy Quiet Frost - Arri M8 5600K, T-Stop -0.7
    A combination of both direct and strongly diffused light. Flame retardant.
  • Blue Frost
    LEE 221, Blue Frost - Arri 12 3200K, T-Stop -1
    Used for soft light effects with the addition of 218(1/8 CTB). Flame retardant.
  • Durham Daylight Frost
    LEE 720, Durham Daylight Frost - Arri M8 5600K, T-Stop -1.7
    Smooths PAR or flood washes of large areas. (Full CTB)
  • Shanklin Frost
    LEE 717, Shanklin Frost - Arri M8 5600K, T-Stop -1.6
    201 with frost to soften the beam of profiles. (Full CTB)
  • Half Shanklin Frost
    LEE 718 (M8), Half Shanklin Frost - Arri M8 5600K, T-Stop -1
    202 with frost to soften the beam of profiles. (1/2 CTB)
  • Half Shanklin Frost
    LEE 718 (T2), Half Shanklin Frost - Arri 12 3200K, T-Stop -1
    202 with frost to soften the beam of profiles. (1/2 CTB)
  • Blue Diffusion
    LEE 217, Blue Diffusion - Arri 12 3200K, T-Stop -1.5
    As White Diffusion but with the addition of 1/8 CTB.
  • Daylight Blue Frost
    LEE 224, Daylight Blue Frost - Arri 12 5600K, T-Stop -2.4
    Used for soft light effects with the addition of 201 Full CTB.
  • Neutral Density Frost
    LEE 225, Neutral Density Frost - Arri M8 5600K, T-Stop -1.5
    Used for soft light effects with the addition of 0.6 Neutral Density.
  • Lily Frost
    LEE 705 (M8), Lily Frost - Arri M8 5600K, T-Stop -1.6
    Smoothes PAR or flood washes of large areas.
  • Lily Frost
    LEE 705 (T2), Lily Frost - Arri 12 3200K, T-Stop -1.7
    Smoothes PAR or flood washes of large areas.
  • Moroccan Frost
    LEE 791 (M8), Moroccan Frost - Arri M8 5600K, T-Stop -1
    Smoothes PAR or flood washes of large areas.
  • Moroccan Frost
    LEE 791 (T2), Moroccan Frost - Arri 12 3200K, T-Stop -0.9
    Smoothes PAR or flood washes of large areas.
  • Hampshire Rose
    LEE 749 (M8), Hampshire Rose - Arri M8 5600K, T-Stop -0.6
    Combines flesh tone warmer 154 with some Hampshire frost.
  • Hampshire Rose
    LEE 749 (T2), Hampshire Rose - Arri 12 3200K, T-Stop -0.6
    Combines flesh tone warmer 154 with some Hampshire frost.
  • Soft Amber Key 1
    LEE 774 (M8), Soft Amber Key 1 - Arri M8 5600K, T-Stop -0.5
    Used for producing a warm key light colour. Flame retardant.
  • Soft Amber Key 1
    LEE 774 (T2), Soft Amber Key 1 - Arri 12 3200K, T-Stop -0.6
    Used for producing a warm key light colour. Flame retardant.
  • Soft Amber Key 2
    LEE 775 (M8), Soft Amber Key 2 - Arri M8 5600K, T-Stop -0.7
    Used for producing a warm key light colour. Flame retardant.
  • Soft Amber Key 2
    LEE 775 (T2), Soft Amber Key 2 - Arri 12 3200K, T-Stop -0.7
    Used for producing a warm key light colour. Flame retardant.

Credits: Director of Photography Don McVey (go here for full blog post on this test) worked with Kieron Jansch from Manned Camera to shoot every LEE Diffusion with a single M8 HMI. Patiently modeling is Andreea Paduraru with makeup by Bobbie Ross.

Don Mcvey and Kieron Jansch compare every LEE diffusion to light a model with a single M8 HMI

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