First one really
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Not strictly true, I bought the Big Stopper and a hard graduated set together with a holder and 82 mm wide angle adapter this week, I contacted Lee themselves and they pointed to their dealers in the EU, it was paid for on Monday, shipped on Tuesday and arrived on Thursday across the EU.
From which retailer did you get yours?
For those talking about availability: You have to understand that Lee makes as much product as it wants to sell.
I know it's hard to understand in this world of "Must make millions" to be happy... but not everyone wants to grow the largest company in the world... and not everyone has a problem with there being more demand than supply. Maybe they don't _want_ to "do anything about it".
I read an article about Lee a couple of years ago in the UK based Outdoor Photographer magazine (which is excellent BTW... I highly recommend it for anyone getting into landscape or wildlife photography... even if you're not from the UK). It sounds like a fairly small and tight-knit operation. Did you know that every one of their filters are _hand dipped_ by a team of women? Not sure why it's only women but it was evident that they take pride in their craft and insist on doing it right.
When it comes to needing a piece of glass between my lens and the world... I will trust those who take their time and care about their craft and mine over some huge factory corporation that keeps the "shelves stocked".
Lee are scarce for a reason. There's a reason these threads pop up nearly every week on forums across the internet. Don't let availability scare oh off from your purchase. Take that as a sign that the product is _good_ and is going to be around for a while.
The Soft and Hard Grad ND filters are a must. Their "Big Stopper" ND is also a lot of fun. Also the 105mm Polarizer and Adaptor are essential too.
They are tricky to find and sell out fast. You can pay a premium and get them off of eBay.