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    Lee BIG Stopper

    Has anyone been able to land a Lee BIG Stopper (ten-stop ND filter)?

    If so, where did you find one?

    My usual supplier of Lee filters seems to be permanently out of stock.

    Are these very difficult to obtain at the moment?

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    Seems to have been a few people chasing them recently. Arnica (Phil) picked up a B+W 10 stop instead back in June.
    Just wondering though does the extra stop make much difference from a ND400 (9 stops)?

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    I have been using a HiTech 8 stop (2.4) filter. They make to 10-stop and a reasonably priced (well compared to Lee and B+W).

    HiTech are claimed to be colour neutral but I don't agree with that. In some lighting conditions they do display the dreaded purple colour cast that stacked Cokin filters and others are known to exhibit. Still you can generally tame it post-processing.

    If you already own a 9-stop filter, I would think you would be wasting your money to go an extra stop.

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    I don't own a nine-stop filter; I have one three-stop screw-in filter and two three-stop Lee resin filters.

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    Ive got one : www.vanbar.com.au
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    Sorry x-man

    I was really replying to goodallphotography - I guess I should have quoted.

    I know you don't have a 9-stopper.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ricktas View Post
    Ive got one : www.vanbar.com.au
    Thanks for that.

    The problem I found with Vanbar is that it's significantly more expensive than my overseas supplier, even with currency conversion rates.

    When I bought my first Lee kit (0.9 GND, 0.6 GND, holder and lens adapter), Vanbar wanted $200 more than my overseas supplier.

    Studio Kit Direct is asking £80 for the Lee BIG Stopper, which translates to around $AUD 140.

    With Vanbar does the ability to add an item to the cart in the online shop indicate that the item is available?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Xenedis View Post
    With Vanbar does the ability to add an item to the cart in the online shop indicate that the item is available?
    I don't know. They do all their mail order from Melbourne.

    When I did my shopping with them, I rang the Sydney store, they checked the stock and location. One item was out of stock in Sydney but available from Melbourne so I was given the choice of mail order including the shipping cost or order from Sydney and pick up for free. I did the latter.

    When the supplier was a little tardy, they said they would get the item up from Melbourne at no additional cost it it didn't arrive in a day or two, but then the item came in anyway.

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    Mediavision in Gladesville are the other Australian seller of Lee.

    No website but this posting in another forum indicates that Medavision were selling them for $160.

    http://www.photoforum.com.au/showthr...mm-ND10-Filter

    Phone number of Mediavision is (02) 9816 4055 and the address is 4 Monash Rd, Gladesville

    Hope this may help.

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    10 stop B+W ND here for a $167.80 delivered
    http://cgi.ebay.com.au/B-W-77mm-110-...item4151666b16
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    Quote Originally Posted by Xenedis View Post
    Thanks for that.
    With Vanbar does the ability to add an item to the cart in the online shop indicate that the item is available?
    No it doesn't, I found that out recently... best to call first.

    I recently picked up some Lee stuff from Vanbar about a month ago but almost everything was back-ordered. I spoke to them about it and apparently most of the stock they had coming in was already allocated to orders.

    Some sort of world-wide shortage I was told. They did have some Big Stoppers available when the stock did arrive though - I did consider buying one.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigjobs View Post
    No it doesn't, I found that out recently... best to call first.

    I recently picked up some Lee stuff from Vanbar about a month ago but almost everything was back-ordered. I spoke to them about it and apparently most of the stock they had coming in was already allocated to orders.

    Some sort of world-wide shortage I was told. They did have some Big Stoppers available when the stock did arrive though - I did consider buying one.
    I ordered my big stopper on a Sunday night from Vanbar, it arrived on Tuesday.

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    The other UK supplier is Teamwork Photo & Digital. They are also GBP80 and out of stock but are taking orders with a 6 to 8 week lead time for supply.

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    They also carry HiTech who do filters to 10-stop but note the HiTech 8-stopper I have DOES exhibit a colour cast under some lighting conditions.

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    Buy here http://cgi.ebay.com/B-W-77mm-ND-3-0-...ht_4599wt_1136

    I have bought several genuine B+W filters from them, all arrive quickly and always cheaper than Mainline.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Wayne View Post
    The Lee BIG Stopper is a 100mm x 100mm filter for creative systems.

    The filter you've linked is a screw-in type (which is the wrong size for my 82mm-diameter lens).

    I need the sheet filter type for my Lee system.

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    The dealers for Lee in Australia are:

    Vanbar Imaging
    159 Cardigan Street,
    Carlton,
    Victoria 3053,
    Australia
    Tel: 03 9347 7788
    Fax: 03 9347 0407
    Email: lee@vanbar.com.au
    Website: http://www.vanbar.com.au

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    Mediavision Australia
    4 Monash Road,
    Gladesville,
    N.S.W 2111,
    Australia
    Tel: 00 612 9816 4055
    Email: sales@mediavision.com.au

    I have used Teamwork Digital (UK) and Vanbar for my Lee purchases
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    I've got three questions along these lines.
    Does the big stopper truly have a zero colour cast?

    Does it fit in a Hitech 100mm holder?

    and where can you get the Hitech 2.4 that Peter mentioned? I looked on the Formatt website but they don't seem to list it.

    Thanks...

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    Quote Originally Posted by bb45pz View Post
    and where can you get the Hitech 2.4 that Peter mentioned? I looked on the Formatt website but they don't seem to list it.

    Thanks...
    This page from the first drop down list box. http://www.formatt.co.uk/stills-filt...s-filters.aspx

    It is a "High density" filter

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    Quote Originally Posted by bb45pz View Post
    I've got three questions along these lines.
    Does the big stopper truly have a zero colour cast?

    Does it fit in a Hitech 100mm holder?

    and where can you get the Hitech 2.4 that Peter mentioned? I looked on the Formatt website but they don't seem to list it.

    Thanks...

    I use mine with the Cokin Z-Pro system, as long as you have a 100mm filter system it should fit! It comes with spongey material stuck to the edges to cut light leak in around the sides of the filter and holder.

    I got an interesting purple cast from one photo out of a set I took recently. BUT as I and a few others alluded to quite some time ago in a thread, we think the colour cast issue is a white balance one. That the cameras are reading the white balance incorrectly when ND filters are in place. I have seen it corrected by a simple white balance adjustment in RAW conversion. The purple cast is not seen all the time, even with the Cokin filters, if the filter was the cause, it should be. We surmised that under certain light conditions the camera reads a faulty white balance and the purple cast is not caused by the filter as such, but the camera in combination with ND filters and certain light conditions.
    Last edited by ricktas; 01-08-2010 at 10:09pm.

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    Thanks Rick and Peter,

    I noticed on the formatt site theres a '3' option as well as the 2.4 so perhaps thats their 10 stopper. If so I'll stick with the Hitech as I've basically just kitted myself out with Hitech filters.

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