Here is a great new product we may see a lot more of as people start lighting their sets with LED sources. Lee has introduced a set of four “Digital LED” filters that claim to balance higher colour temperature LEDs ranging from 5000-7000K back to 3200K. I have not had the need to try these because I typically don’t use LED sources for the work I do. The question I have is how relevant will these gels remain as LED manufacturers improve the CRI rating of their lights? My guess is that ALL gels will be obsolete when we transition to LED lighting.
However, I do see this as a great solution to the LED problems experienced by many ENG shooters now. LED panels of all shapes, sizes, and colours are highly popular in the fast paced, ENG doc and reality environment. CRI is all over the map and I see people struggling to get a decent white balance out of them that matches the other sources on set. These gels, I imagine, are just the solution some people have been waiting for. But that leads me to another question… Most of the LED lamps out there come with standard CTO correcting gels. So what I’d like to know is, how different are these digital filters from the regular old CTO gels that have been around forever?