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Re: Lee Big Stopper Discontinued?
« Reply #15 on: July 29, 2013, 04:43:04 AM »
I have written to LEE seeking a clarification about the "discontinued" filters... await a response.

The big stopper is definitely not being discontinued.
There have been supply problems which are currently being addressed, and I believe that by the end of the year availability should be much better.

This was also the information being issued at Focus exhibition in the UK.

Lee drives me nuts with their availability. Ok folks...supply at the end of the year...lets not take any photos until then ok?

I've moved over to Photodiox with their Wondapaner system. It allows me to use a CPL and ND filters with my TS-e 17mm. It works and has availability. Sure the ND filters are far from neutral....but I've yet to fine one which is. I've tried B&W/Helliopan/Lee/Sing Ray/Hi-Tech/Tiffen and they all are far from neutral.

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Re: Lee Big Stopper Discontinued?
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Re: Lee Big Stopper Discontinued?
« Reply #16 on: July 29, 2013, 05:06:56 AM »
Lee drives me nuts with their availability. Ok folks...supply at the end of the year...lets not take any photos until then ok?

I've moved over to Photodiox with their Wondapaner system. It allows me to use a CPL and ND filters with my TS-e 17mm. It works and has availability. Sure the ND filters are far from neutral....but I've yet to fine one which is. I've tried B&W/Helliopan/Lee/Sing Ray/Hi-Tech/Tiffen and they all are far from neutral.

i'm sorry if this is a kind of a thread hijacking, but could you please shed more light on the color cast you get from photodiox compared to lee? i've recently purchased a nikkor 14-24 as an upgrade for my 17-40L and ordered a complete filter kit from photodiox. i know for example that lee GNDs tend to give a brownish cast to the photos, how are the photodiox in that respect?

thanks

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Re: Lee Big Stopper Discontinued?
« Reply #17 on: July 29, 2013, 11:38:57 AM »
I've had much better luck in the past ordering Lee products from Robert White in the UK (http://www.robertwhite.co.uk/shop-by-brand/lee-filters/filters.html?dir=desc&order=price) although the prices fluctuate quite a bit with the currency exchange rates.
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Re: Lee Big Stopper Discontinued?
« Reply #18 on: July 29, 2013, 02:37:15 PM »
From the LEE twitter feed:

Contrary to misinformation, the Big Stopper has NOT been discontinued. Due to an extremely high demand we're filling backorders asap


https://twitter.com/LEEFilters/statuses/361917539690889216
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Re: Lee Big Stopper Discontinued?
« Reply #19 on: July 30, 2013, 01:08:30 PM »
Got this official response from LEE -

"That is incorrect. We are still experiencing serious delays due to the popularity of the filter but we are still shipping them as fast as we can make them!"

still makes me wonder why B&H stopped selling them.
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Re: Lee Big Stopper Discontinued by B&H?
« Reply #20 on: July 31, 2013, 10:11:21 AM »
Got in touch with Henry Posner at B&H, seems to have been a mixup in their inventory system, both the big stopper and 105mm CPL are back on the B&H website now.

Here was his response:

Henry Posner ‏@h_posner 13m
@sturdiva Possibly the buyer miscoded an out-of-stock item accidentally as being DISC.
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Re: Lee Big Stopper Discontinued?
« Reply #21 on: August 05, 2013, 06:54:03 AM »
Lee drives me nuts with their availability. Ok folks...supply at the end of the year...lets not take any photos until then ok?

I've moved over to Photodiox with their Wondapaner system. It allows me to use a CPL and ND filters with my TS-e 17mm. It works and has availability. Sure the ND filters are far from neutral....but I've yet to fine one which is. I've tried B&W/Helliopan/Lee/Sing Ray/Hi-Tech/Tiffen and they all are far from neutral.

i'm sorry if this is a kind of a thread hijacking, but could you please shed more light on the color cast you get from photodiox compared to lee? i've recently purchased a nikkor 14-24 as an upgrade for my 17-40L and ordered a complete filter kit from photodiox. i know for example that lee GNDs tend to give a brownish cast to the photos, how are the photodiox in that respect?

thanks

The Lee ND grads seemed to have a magenta cast on mine (it got progressively worse in the darker densities). Their ND filters are a very poor quality gel and seemed far from neutral too. The photodiox ND filters seem to have a pinky / gold cast:

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Re: Lee Big Stopper Discontinued?
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Re: Lee Big Stopper Discontinued?
« Reply #22 on: August 05, 2013, 09:04:21 AM »
The Lee ND grads seemed to have a magenta cast on mine (it got progressively worse in the darker densities). Their ND filters are a very poor quality gel and seemed far from neutral too.

I've never seen this with any of my Lee (or Singh-Ray grads or ND filters, and I've been using their filter system for 15 years now.  Maybe you're just having some WB issues with your camera?
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Re: Lee Big Stopper Discontinued by B&H?
« Reply #23 on: August 07, 2013, 01:04:47 AM »
Hmmm. One of the reasons Lee is an industry standard is due to their consistent quality, also partly why they command a big price. If you are getting colour cast problems like that I can only think that either you got a bad copy, or as they say..."you're doing it wrong!"  ;D

As far as Lee, well...they are LEGENDARY for their supply problems. Not just for the Bigstopper, which took off in popularity I'd say a few years ago and made an item already produced in small numbers, incredibly hard to find. I received my copy from Robert White in the UK (link is shown earlier in the thread) about eight months after ordering. And that was because B&H, Adorama, Amazon, every US supplier I Googled didn't have it in stock during that entire time! I'm sure some did, at certain times, but with only 1 or 2 arriving in stock they would be gone instantly, so it would only be sheer luck to find one somewhere.

It has also taken me literally a couple of years to assemble the bits and pieces of filter gear I wanted for my various lens sizes, I have a one stop and a two stop ND, 105mm circular polarizer, Foundation Kit (also notoriously hard to obtain) and the low-profile rings to adapt for 72, 77, and 82mm filter rings. I had to use different suppliers and hunt them down, one by one. I would source one ring from one random supplier in the US, another in the UK - a virtual treasure hunt!

So why all the issues? Lee is a bit of a throwback company, they literally make every filter by hand in England. If you want to see a really interesting video that may relieve a bit of the frustration of waiting forever for their products to ship, or at least answer a few questions, check out this link:

Mike Browne visits Lee Filters

There is no Cheap Chinese off-shoring here, they are hand-dipping each filter to dye them and then individually testing each one manually!

And this is expected to supply behemoths like B&H!  :o

Having said that, the effort made the success of getting them all the more sweet, as well as the pleasure of using high-quality, truly handmade products with beautiful results. But if it's instant gratification one wants, better to go with a cheaper (and nearly as good) competitor.
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Re: Lee Big Stopper Discontinued by B&H?
« Reply #23 on: August 07, 2013, 01:04:47 AM »