Elite Filter Holder Review – SRB Photographic

After falling while out photographing and snapping my previous plastic filter holder (I'm very clumsy), one of the main features of the new replacement filter holder had to be build quality and durability as well as price. A large amount of my photography is Landscape/Seascapes so the new filter holder had to be able to accommodate more than one filter at a time and a polarising filter, which put me in Lee and Nisi territory and the cost of the system and filters rocket! I flicked through a few filter system reviews online and clicked on a few websites that…
SRB Photographic have created a very well engineered filter holder at a great price, that will last you years and just works ...

Elite Filter Holder

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SRB Photographic have created a very well engineered filter holder at a great price, that will last you years and just works ...

User Rating: 4.25 ( 1 votes)

After falling while out photographing and snapping my previous plastic filter holder (I’m very clumsy), one of the main features of the new replacement filter holder had to be build quality and durability as well as price.

A large amount of my photography is Landscape/Seascapes so the new filter holder had to be able to accommodate more than one filter at a time and a polarising filter, which put me in Lee and Nisi territory and the cost of the system and filters rocket!

I flicked through a few filter system reviews online and clicked on a few websites that I trust and have used to buy photography equipment before. The first thing that caught my eye when I clicked on SRB Photographic’s website was, NEW IN – The Elite Square Filter System. I was interested and after watching a YouTube video of the new holder and reading all the information on their website, I took the plunge and parted with my hard earned cash, here’s why …

The main deal clincher was the almost entirely aluminium design, with only the filter blades made of plastic, which can be screwed on or off, so easily replaced by new blades also sold by SRB Photographic for under £5. As part of the Elite Filter System you can also buy separately a polarising filter and a 10 and 6 stop ND filter which screw into the centre of the filter housing allowing you then to slide in up to two reasonably priced P Size (85mm) square filters on top, which can be purchased separately or as a kit of three which come as full ND, grads or soft grads which is pretty much all I will ever need for my type of photography.

Another great feature of the Elite System is the rotating mechanism at either end of the holder. Once the Elite Polariser has been screwed into the holder, use the rotating mechanism to rotate the polariser clockwise or counter-clockwise to get a different amount of polarisation, as shown in the video above.

Elite Filter Holder SRB Photographic

My only slight niggle with the holder, and it is a very small one, is sometimes the round screw in filters or polariser can be a little tricky to unscrew at times using your finger. This only happens if you have screwed the filter all the way in and tight. That said I have always been able to get the filter out using one finger or a thumb with a little effort.

To sum up, the Elite Filter Holder is made so well, I would say in normal use it is almost indestructible, which is always good for someone as clumsy as myself. The holder is very well engineered, has rotating wheels at either side to spin the polarising filter and has very well priced filters, both round and P Size, for anyone like myself who would struggle to afford the premium Lee Filter System.

Very well done SRB Photographic, a firm 5 stars from me and a happy customer.

Click the filter image to see the full Elite range.

(This review is not sponsored – I have bought all the above-mentioned gear myself – SRB Photographic have not paid me a penny and don’t provide me with equipment for review purposes)

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Tim

I am a landscape/seascape photographer from All comments appreciated and answered.Pontefract, West Yorkshire, England.

20 thoughts on “Elite Filter Holder Review – SRB Photographic”

  1. I’m considering buying the elite holder with polariser just wondered if the polariser was any good for such a low price. Regards, Ashley

    • Hi Ashley – Having used the Elite polariser for around 6 to 8 months in all conditions, I can assure you it’s fine, I very much like it. Like you I was a little doubtful at first due to the low price but in this case, polarization is good, the filter stops around 2 stops of light like other polarising filters and there is no noticeable colour cast at all. Build quality is rugged surrounding the glass also. Well worth £29 honestly. I am in no way sponsored by SRB, if it was rubbish I would say but it’s good. Kind regards, Tim.

  2. I have just ordered the elite filter holder along with the .Polariser, 10 stop filter and square 0.9 grad. Fingers crossed.

  3. Have been thinking of buying this holder for a few months now, but was umming and ahhhing.

    Thank you for what appears to be an impartial and honest review. No ‘sexing it up’ comments, no in depth techno babble just a well written straightforward review.

    Off to buy one now

    • Glad my review helped Andrew. I was out with my holder a couple of weeks ago at Ladybower Reservoir & Brimham Rocks. I’m very happy with mine and have just had delivery of an 85mm 1.2 (4 stop) ND Grad for the holder. I hope you enjoy yours.

  4. Hi Tim, great review, just what I was looking for. I have one question if you can help. Because the polariser screws in, and it looks like you can also screw in a 10-stop ND filter, I was wondering what would happen if you wanted both a polariser and a 10-stop filter in the holder at the same time? Can this be done? Or is it a case of only having one or the other in at one time?

    • Hi Steve, I have just returned from a weekend at the coast using my filter system, a lovely morning on the beach. To answer your question, it is a case of using one at a time. I know exactly what you mean, there are occasions where I would like to use both the Polariser and 6 or 10 stop filters together but you cannot. For the money, though this is something I can live with. Kind regards.

      • I have an elite system and think its great.
        There are a couple of ways you can get around using both a polariser and a ND filter – either user square ND’s infront of the polariser (be careful with light leaks though) or use a screw in filter directly on your lens before you attach the Elite system.

        • Thanks for the advice Chris, very glad you like the filter system 😉
          I was thinking of getting a square 10 stop, thanks for the heads up about light leaks, I thought it came with a gasket, but I suppose it depends how the gasket seals. I think I’ll get one anyway and try it, thanks.

      • Hi Tim, great impartal review, i think i’ll order in the morning. Am i right in thinking that i can use the slide in square 10 stopper with the polariser thus saving the need to buy the round one. Also if using the square 10 stopper without the polariser i believe they sell a screw in ‘shield’ to plug the gap and block any light. Am i right in my thinking?

        • Hi Luke, you are very welcome and I am glad the review has helped you come to a decision. I still very much use this filter system and I am not looking for another one.

          To answer your questions, yes, you are correct on both counts, you can use a square glass 10 stop but (as you rightly say) it’s a good idea to use the round screw in ‘shield’ with it to prevent unwanted light leaking in, also, do not forget to cover the viewfinder of the camera unless you are using mirrorless.

          I hope you like the system but I’m sure you will!

          Kind regards
          Tim

  5. Sorry Tim, one more thought just came to mind. With a 10 stop screwed into the holder, how then would you line up a graduated filter? As I assume you then can’t see anything?

    • Ask as many questions as you like Steve, not a problem. Again, this is another drawback with the filter system, you have to guess where to place the grad when the 10 stop is screwed in. You have found both the small problems with the system, everything else just works and works well. You have to way up if you can live with or get around these drawbacks in order to save a lot of money or go for something like a Lee system that will cost a hell of a lot more, especially the filters as I’m sure you know. The choice is yours 🙂

      • Thanks for the reply. Not necessarily a drawback for me, it’s just something that popped into my head as I’m only just getting into using filters etc. I certainly couldn’t justify spending on the Lee setup.

        • You have pinpointed both and dare I say only drawbacks there, I may add these to the original post, so great thoughts Steve! Good light and great photography my friend. Let me know which filter system you end up buying, just out of interest if you have time 😉

  6. Does elite holder kit fits cokin p filters?cause i have them from a previous kit and i dont wanna replace them

    • Hi Angelos, a good question, I fully understand you not wanting the expense of replacing your current Cokin P filters. I have Googled this and have not seen that they do, so I would say no. Please check back here though, at a later date, I will contact SRB Photography and ask the question. Kind regards…

      • Reply from SRB Photographic –

        The Elite holder is designed to take our P size filter that measure 2.3mm thick, some Cokin filters are slightly thinner and fall through but we have not found this with all. We have a few customers with thinner Cokin filters, they have solved this problem by adding masking tape to the edge of the filters to make them slightly thicker.

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